What a difference a few months make: unlike the first debate of the 2012 elections, this one only took a good five minutes to become newsworthy, as exploratory unofficial candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann announced she had finished filing papers today to become an official candidate.
After a very brief rapidfire introduction, moderator John King began the debate with questions on the economy– by far the most important topic for voters according to most polls. Before answering her question, however, the Congresswoman had a secret to tell the New Hampshire audience: “I filed today my paperwork to seek the office of the presidency of the United States and I’ll very soon be making my formal announcement.” And with that, things suddenly got way more interesting for fellow Minnesotan Tim Pawlenty.
The announcement via CNN below:
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