Bachmann did well in her first debate, has shown the ability to raise money and has strong connections with the Tea Party. These facts along with the fact she is a hometown Iowan could propel her instantly into a favorite to win the 2012 Iowa Caucus.
One of the questions concerning Bachmann is her seriousness in the role as candidate. “Congresswoman Bachmann needs to show a commitment to the caucus and primary process,” said Iowa Republican strategist Bob Haus, “It’s not just a good debate performance or an announcement that her supporters are looking for, they’re looking for a sustained effort that moves her message.”
After Monday’s Iowa announcement, Bachmann will is scheduled to speak in New Hampshire and then in South Carolina, the next two primary states in the 2012 presidential election.