Minnesota's two Republican presidential candidates spent more time criticizing President Obama during a GOP debate Monday night than they did going after their rivals for their party's nomination. Michele Bachmann captured some of the limelight when she formally announced her intention to run for the White House.
Two Minnesota Republicans -- former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann -- are among seven GOP presidential candidates participating in a debate Monday evening in New Hampshire. MPR reporter Mark Zdechlik talked with Tom Crann about preparations for the debate.
As the former Minnesota governor and current 6th District congresswoman take the stage for tonight's CNN debate, the two will have to take different routes to the nomination: Pawlenty wooing traditional Republicans while Bachmann firing up the grassroots.
Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty today called for big business and personal income taxes cuts as well as sweeping changes to federal regulations.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is considering a
run for the Republican presidential nomination, says she thinks the
race can accommodate both her and Sarah Palin.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is not a formally declared Republican candidate for president, yet. But she spent Memorial Day honoring veterans and speaking to potential supporters in New Hampshire, a key state for presidential hopefuls.
On the heels of her trip to Iowa last week, Minnesota Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann is in New Hampshire for a Memorial Day appearance.
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is speaking this Memorial Day at a joint county GOP picnic in Dover, N.H. Bachmann arrived in the Granite State Sunday evening and met privately with a relatively small group of Republicans at a home in Dover which is northeast of Manchester.
Republican Michele Bachmann of Minnesota's 6th District has said she is considering a run for president. She canceled an appearance in Des Moines, Iowa, last night, to remain in Washington for several floor votes. But she spoke to supporters there via video, and said she will make her intentions clear next month.
In Guthrie Center, Republican voters are most concerned about the federal debt and government spending. And finding someone to replace President Obama.
With the Iowa State Capitol building behind him, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty launched his campaign for the White House on Monday before an audience of a couple hundred supporters.
Republican Tim Pawlenty on Monday
pledged to be a president who levels with the American people and
accused President Barack Obama of doing just the opposite as the
former Minnesota governor launched his candidacy for the GOP
nomination in a pivotal state.
A campaign staffer told MPR News that former Gov. Tim Pawlenty will announce his official bid for the presidency on Monday morning in Des Moines.
Political observers say the ex-governor's fundraising success between now and the end of June is critical to his presidential ambitions.
But even some Republicans say Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be hard to beat, given her standing in the polls and her fundraising ability.