U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said Monday that she has filed paperwork to enter the presidential race and said she plans to make a formal announcement "soon."
The Minnesota Republican's meteoric rise from state lawmaker to unofficial Tea Party ambassador has made her a polarizing figure in D.C. and beyond.
Love her or hate her, she says what she thinks, relishes the spotlight and seldom cedes ground, with an unpredictable edge almost always on display.
Case in point? At Monday night’s GOP presidential debate, she announced out of the blue she had filed papers to be an official candidate for the nomination.
“I do what I say and say what I mean and I don’t change what I do based on the political wind or desire to simply move up the next ladder,” she said later.
Michele Bachmann stressed her eagerness to “take on not only the opposing party but my own party as well to do what I think is right.”
Known for biting but sometimes inaccurate commentary (like someone else we know) she regularly aggravates foes and provides comedic fodder.
At the same time, the conservative is also regarded as a skilled, resilient politician with a large base of support and a force to be reckoned with.
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