Rep. Michele Bachmann is considering a run for president.
The Republican Party of Minnesota will host a forum for GOP presidential candidates in Bloomington in early October, the party announced in a press release.
The forum will be part of the Midwest Leadership Conference, which is held in a different state in the Republican National Committee’s Midwest Region every two years. The conference, to be held Oct. 7 and 8 at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, will also feature activist training and speeches from conservative leaders.
Two Minnesotan Republicans, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmann, are considering a run for president. The hotel is in GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen’s district, which is adjacent to Bachmann’s.
If presidential candidates are spending a lot of time in Iowa by that point, it should be easy for them to get to Bloomington. A close suburb of the Twin Cities, Bloomington is only a couple hours drive north of the Iowa border and a short drive from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.
The RNC’s Midwest Region also includes Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Illinois. Minnesota last hosted the conference in 2001, and then-Vice President Dick Cheney was the keynote speaker.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.