Rep. Michele Bachmann will join a crowd of other likely GOP presidential hopefuls later this month at a New Hampshire event billed as the “first major presidential discussion on spending and job creation.”
The Minnesota Republican and tea party darling will be the “fifth and final participant” at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s summit, according to a statement released by the fiscally conservative organization. The event is scheduled for April 29 at the Executive Court in Manchester.
Other participants include former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) and businessman Herman Cain of Georgia.
“We are glad to have Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s participation in this first major Presidential discussion on spending and job creation,” AFP Foundation President Tim Phillips said in the statement. “Congresswoman Bachmann’s views and insight into these issues facing the American people will be a welcome addition to this must-attend Summit.”
The organization’s New Hampshire state director, Corey Lewandowski, said the group is “excited to be hosting this first of its kind event of the presidential primary season and look forward to a lively and productive discussion of the issues.”
“This summit will allow the people of New Hampshire and those all across the country to hear firsthand from both confirmed and potential presidential candidates on issues that affect them directly,” he said.
Like other likely presidential contenders, Bachmann has increased the number of public appearances in key states on the presidential calendar, such as New Hampshire, which will host the first Republican primary in the nation.
Bachmann, a 55-year-old three-term Congresswoman and founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, surprised many political observers by indicating she will seek the nation’s top elected post. But this move and others suggest that she’s taking a potential run seriously.
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