DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rep. Michele Bachmann plans to participate in a presidential debate in New Hampshire this month, a move that further signals the Minnesota Republican expects to be a candidate for the 2012 nomination.
Bachmann will be on stage for the June 13 debate in Manchester, N.H. That's according to Bachmann aide Andy Parrish.
The congresswoman says she will announce her plans for 2012 this month in Iowa, the state that hosts the leadoff presidential caucuses.
She has been laying campaign groundwork in Iowa by hiring senior political staff and scouting campaign office space. She has also traveled to the early primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Also expected to participate in the New Hampshire debate: Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney.