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[UPDATE] A Woman For President? 2012 May Be The Year

By: Joel Brown - CBS News Email
By: Joel Brown - CBS News Email

[UPDATE] 6-27 Washington, D.C.-

The Iowa caucuses are still more than seven months away but that isn't stopping Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann from trying to drum up support.

The tea party favorite will formally launch her campaign today in Iowa in the same town where she was born.

Michele Bachmann is hoping her hometown roots will help steer her to the White House.

"Everything I needed to know, I learned in Iowa!!!"

This morning, the Minnesota Congresswoman officially kicks off her campaign for the Republican presidential nomination with a rally in Waterloo, Iowa.. her birthplace.

"The Des Moines Register" released a poll over the weekend showing the tea party favorite neck and neck with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney among likely caucus goers.

Last night...Bachmann urged supporters to keep that momentum going.

"You may have heard that there's a straw poll coming up in August, that's not a small deal, that's a big deal."

Analysts say Bachmann's bid will be a critical test for how far the tea party movement can go.

The congresswoman is running on promises to cut spending, shrink the government, and repeal President Obama's health care overhaul.

"This is the Obama deficit, Obama debt due to Obama spending."

Sunday, the mother of five continued blaming the President for the country's economic woes. But she also came under fire for comments she made about him in 2008.

Schieffer: "Do you wish you'd put it a different way when you said he had anti-american views?"
Bachmann: "Oh sure, there's a lot of things i wish i would have said differently of course."

Bachmann will get her chance to chart a new path... starting today.

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[UPDATE] 6-21 Washington D.C.-

Jon Huntsman's 'resume' could be be his biggest hurdle as he jumps into the race for President.

After serving as Utah's Governor, the sometimes 'moderate' Republican accepted a job from President Obama-- serving as his ambassador to China for nearly 2 years. A fact that could hurt Huntsman with the GOP base.

CBS News Political Correspondent Jan Crawford says:

"I think it is going to be very tough for Jon Huntsman to define who he is - and if he tries to go too far to the right and beat up on Barack Obama, you know will he look disloyal and will voters believe it."

Huntsman was raised Mormon like Mitt Romney - the perceived front runner among Republicans.

In a new gallup poll one in five Americans said they would not vote for a Mormon for President.

When asked about the poll Romney said the election will come down to the economy.

"My guess is people are going to make their decision as to who to vote for on the person they think Americans jobs again."

Huntsman's expected to announce his candidacy later today. That makes nine Republicans running for President. But there are some big names, still on the fence.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Former Governor of Alaska Sara Palin have yet to decide.

And an adviser to Rick Perry has said the Texas governor is 50-50 on making a run for the White House.

"Let's stop this American downward spiral."

Whoever wins the Republican nomination and takes on President Obama - will need plenty of money.

The President is already raising funds and could bring in a billion dollars for his re-election campaign.

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[UPDATE] 6-6 Washington D.C.-

The G-O-P field for president is about to get even more crowded. Another candidate is expected to join the race today.

Former Senator Rick Santorum will kick off his run for the White House this morning with an announcement in Pennsylvania.

Santorum says:
"Americans have now realized that what they need is not someone they can believe in, but they need a president who believes in them"

Like other Republican candidates - he's expected to seize on President Obama's economic policies . Only 54,000 jobs were created last month - and unemployment rose to 9.1 percent.

No president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has been re-elected when unemployment was ABOVE seven point two percent.

Another presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, said this about President Obama:
"Did you hear what he said about the 9.1 unemployment. He called it a bump in the road, no Mr. President those aren't bumps in the road. Those are American people."

While the GOP field for president is filling out, it's the candidates who haven't yet declared getting all the attention.

"I apologize if I stepped on any of that PR that Mitt Romney needed or wanted that day."

Sarah Palin apologized Sunday after her bus tour pulled into New Hampshire the same day Mitt Romney launched his bid.

But Palin made no excuses for comments she made about Paul Revere. Last week in Boston, she said his famous "midnight ride" was meant as a warning for both American colonists... and the British.

Palin was questioned on Fox Sunday Morning:
"You know you messed up about Paul Revere don't you?"

"You know what, I didn't mess up about Paul Revere. Part of his ride was to warn he British that were already there you are not going to succeed, you are not going to take American arms."

The former Alaska governor has still not said whether she'll run for President and write a new chapter in American history.

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[UPDATE] 6-3 Washington D.C. -

The latest contender for the Republican presidential nomination is wasting no time hitting the campaign trail -

"I'm Mitt Romney. I believe in America and I'm running for President of the United States!!"

A day after making his run for the White House official, Mitt Romney will hold his first town hall today in New Hampshire. It's just one of more than two dozen public appearances the former Massachusetts governor is expected to make this month.

Thursday, Romney sold himself as the only candidate to beat the man currently in office.

"Barack Obama has failed America. When he took office the economy was in recession. He made it worse and he made it longer!"

Later today, Romney will address conservative leaders at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington. He'll be joined by other GOP hopefuls including former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and congresswoman Michelle Bachman.

But it's the Republicans who aren't running who could be stealing the spotlight.

Sarah Palin's "One Nation" bus tour took her to Romney's home state of Massachusetts Thursday... then to a clam bake in New Hampshire.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani also popped up in New Hampshire the same day as Romney... to speak at a Republican luncheon.

While neither are official candidates - they weren't shy about taking jabs at Romney who's considered the GOP front runner. Both slammed the health care law he enacted in Massachusetts saying it's very similar to President Obama's overhaul.

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Five Republicans have already officially announced they'll run for President. The list will get much longer in the coming weeks...though several candidates are still testing the waters.

Sarah Palin strikes up conversations with everyone.

"Wish you the best of luck...what do you do Rich?"

But the former Vice Presidential candidate won't confirm or deny what her fans really want to know....if she'll run for President .

"I don't know- honestly I don't know. It's still a matter of looking at the field and considering much. There truly is a lot to consider before you throw yourself out there ."

If she does run, Palin promises an unconventional, untraditional approach.

She's already taking one with her East Coast bus tour of historical sites that doesn't have an advance schedule.

She made stops in Washington, Baltimore and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania yesterday...where she was asked about Republican contenders for President.

"I think the Republican field is already quite strong. It's going to change up a lot and I think there will be more strong candidates jumping in. Truly, there is still a lot of time for folks to make up their mind, jump in, and get their campaigns together. The field isn't set yet, not by a long shot."

But it will quickly become more clear. In two days, former Massachsetts Governor Mitt Romney is expected to announce his bid for the nomination. Some political analysts consider him a frontrunner.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani is also a possible top contender ... though he hasn't even announced his candidacy yet.

Tea Party favorite Michelle Bachman and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum are expected to join the already crowded field soon.

As for Palin, it's anyone's guess where she's heading next.


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