Bachmann to launch campaign from Iowa hometown 

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., will officially announce her candidacy for the Republican presidential contest on Monday from her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. 

Bachmann announced during a GOP debate in New Hampshire last week that she filed candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission. The Waterloo speech will allow her to set the tone for her campaign and introduce herself to Iowans who control the state's caucuses, a key first test for presidential contenders.

Bachmann was scheduled to make two stops in the state Saturday on the Iowa Tea Party bus tour, which has been rolling in Iowa for the past few weeks. On Wednesday, her scheduled appearances in Indianola and Lamoni were no longer on the Tea Party itinerary. 

Bachmann's press office is expected to provide more details on her trip to Iowa by Wednesday afternoon.

Bachmann was born in Waterloo and attended school in Cedar Falls through the sixth grade, before her family moved to Minnesota when she was 13 years old.

Since April 2010, Bachmann spent eight days campaigning in Iowa — a relatively short time compared to her top rivals for the nomination.

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty has spent 25 days campaigning in the state. 

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