Michele Bachmann announces presidential campaign - Political Hotsheet - CBS News
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann entered the Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire Monday night as the only participant who had not announced his or her campaign. No longer: Bachmann announced early in the debate that she had filed paperwork for a 2012 run.
"I filed today my paperwork to seek the office of the presidency of the United States today and I'll very soon be making my formal announcement," she said.
The outspoken, high-energy politician -- the first woman to enter the race -- elaborated in a statement emailed to reporters immediately after those comments.
"Our country needs a leader who understands the hardships that people across America have been facing over the past few years, and who will do what it takes to renew the American dream. We must become a strong and proud America again, and I see clearly a better path to a brighter future," said Bachmann.