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Bachmann Won't Flake Out on Running for President

Update: Michele Bachmann announced she's running for president in Iowa Monday, insisting that her campaign is a serious one: "Now I seek the presidency--not for vanity, but because America is at a crucial moment." She presented herself as someone who could unite the different factions of the Republican Party: "We can win in 2012 and we will. Our voice has been growing louder and stronger. And it is made up of Americans from all walks of life like a three-legged stool... It's the peace-through-strength Republicans--and I'm one of them. It's fiscal conservatives--and I'm one of them. And it's social conservatives--and I'm one of them. It's the Tea Party movement and I'm one of them."

Original Post: Fox News' Chris Wallace got himself into a bit of trouble Sunday when he asked Michele Bachmann, "Are you a flake?" The angry response from viewers pushed Wallace to apologize in a special web video. Monday morning, she'll formally enter the presidential race, as she's indicated she would do for months now. In fact, she'll open her campaign by challenging President Obama on his flakiness--declaring, "In February, 2009, President Obama was very confident that his economic policies would turn the country around within a year. He said: 'A year from now, I think people are going to see that we're starting to make some progress. If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition.' Well, Mr. President, your policies haven't worked. ... And so, Mr. President, We Take You at Your Word!"


Michele Bachmann is incessantly compared to Sarah Palin, who, until recently, has been a higher-profile potential 2012 candidate. One of the ways in which Bachmann comes out looking the strongest against Palin is the question of flakiness. As Palin routinely cancels appearances at the last minute, Bachmann's detractors have been hoping against hope for months that the Minnesota congresswoman was not serious about a presidential campaign. But clearly, she was.