Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has confirmed that she will be the fifth and final participant in a New Hampshire presidential summit on spending and job creation at the end of this month, the tea-party-affiliated Americans for Prosperity Foundation announced Thursday.
“We are glad to have Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s participation in this first major presidential discussion on spending and job creation,” AFPF President Tim Phillips said in a statement. “Congresswoman Bachmann’s views and insight into these issues facing the American people will be a welcome addition to this must-attend summit.”
Bachmann will share the stage with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, and pizza magnate Herman Cain. She was not included on the original guest list because when invitations were sent in December, she “hadn’t had any serious press” about running, AFPF New Hampshire Director Corey Lewandowski told National Journal.
Bachmann’s participation in the summit—a clear indicator that she and others are beginning to take her potential candidacy more seriously—will give the tea party favorite an opportunity to woo conservatives in the first-in-the-nation primary state. And it won’t be her first engagement with AFPF: On Tuesday—the congresswoman’s 55th birthday—she headlined an AFPF “Cut Spending Now” rally on Capitol Hill, where Phillips led the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday.”
The summit will take place April 29 in Manchester.