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imageCongresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) announced her candidacy last night during the CNN debate and by sending the following fundraising email out last night during the debate:

For the last several months, thousands of patriotic Americans encouraged me to run for President of the United States. After many weeks of prayer and thoughtful discussion with my family and friends, I have decided to take the next step forward in seeking the Republican nomination for President of the United States.

This afternoon we filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to create a new committee, Bachmann for President!

We will plan on making a more formal announcement and entrance into the race later this month from my hometown of Waterloo, Iowa but I feel so strongly about what is happening to our country that I couldn’t wait even one more day to begin this campaign!!

And the fact remains that our country is headed in the wrong direction under President Obama’s leadership. Our federal government has grown far beyond its constitutional boundaries. Our economic recovery is in shambles, our standing with our international allies is strained and our core American values and freedoms are under constant threat.

We cannot risk giving President Obama four more years to dismantle our nation. We must act now. That’s why I’ve made the decision to get in this race. As a mother, wife, small-business owner and public servant, I believe I can offer the leadership and passion our Party needs to win the White House…

Our country is in desperate need of a leader who will restore constitutional conservative values to our federal government. President Obama must be held accountable for the far-left agenda he has implemented while in office. I intend to hold him accountable, and if elected I pledge to dismantle Obamacare, reduce our growing debt, provide the private sector with the resources needed to create jobs, and strengthen our national defense.

If you agree that our country is in need of new leadership – that we cannot risk four more years under President Obama’s left-wing policies – then I hope I can count on your support as I build my presidential campaign.

In order to defeat President Obama and get our country back on track, we have to build a national grassroots effort larger than any Republican candidate in history. We’re officially building this team today and I hope you will step up to the plate and join my campaign.

Doesn’t this make an announcement address in Waterloo, IA pretty anticlimactic?  I think so.

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