Michele Bachmann: Will She Announce Presidential Bid Before June?

By Gregory

May 17, 2011 4:13pm

ABC News’ Gregory Simmons ( @abcgregory) reports: Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., appears to be considering moving up her timeline for announcing whether she will run for president, she said in an interview on Fox News on Tuesday.

"Our Facebook has been lit up, our donations are pouring in, and people are saying 'Michele, jump in. We want you to run,’ “ Bachmann said. 

“We had announced earlier that we would be looking at a June entry date for a decision, one way or another, about this race,” she added. “Possibly, we may move that up.”

Bachmann, who has been toying with a bid for the GOP nomination, recently told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl she thought President Obama was beatable and that when it comes to the 2012 GOP primary race, she is “in.”

"I'm in for 2012 in that I want to be a part of the conversation in making sure that President Obama only serves one term, not two, because I want to make sure that we get someone who's going to be making the country work again. That's what I'm in for," Bachmann said. "But I haven't made a decision yet to announce, obviously, if I'm a candidate or not, but I'm in for the conversation."

Should Bachmann decide to jump in the race she would still be paddling hard upstream.  A recent Quinnipiac University poll found just 6 percent of American voters indicated they would enthusiastically support her for president.  Twenty-one percent said they would consider supporting her while 29 percent indicated they never would never get behind her.

She plans to visit Iowa before the end of the month, headlining a fundraiser in Des Moines.  Her conservative and Tea Party credentials could give her a boost in the early nominating state, especially with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee out of the way. 

According to an FEC report filed Tuesday, Bachmann's PAC raised just over $173,000 in the month of April and has raised over $700,000 since January.

Here’s Jonathan Karl’s interview with Bachmann.

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