Michele Bachmann set to launch White House bid
Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party favourite and Republican congresswoman, is set to launch a run for the White House within weeks, advisers said on Thursday.
Mrs Bachmann, who was only elected to Congress in 2006, is set to leapfrog Sarah Palin in the reckoning as the arch conservative, provocative female contender.
Mrs Palin has so far only dallied with the idea of running despite her large grassroots following. Though her candidacy for the Republican 2012 nomination would be a long shot, it would liven up a race that is set to be dominated by past and present state governors, all men cut from similar political cloth.
Ed Brookover, an adviser to the Minnesota congresswoman, said she had been considering launching her campaign in June but might bring the date forward to take part in the first Republican debate in early May.
Mrs Bachmann, a former tax lawyer and mother of five, has caused controversy in the past when she accused Mr Obama of having "anti-American" associates.
Another Tea Party favourite, Republican Senator Rand Paul, said that he was considering running if his father, Representative Ron Paul of Texas, decided not to make another White House bid.