Bachmann and Pawlenty to speak Friday at DC event

WASHINGTON — Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will both speak this Friday in Washington, DC at a conference sponsored by the religious conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition.

The event is yet another showcase for Republican presidential candidates. Some of the other speakers include Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Herman Cain and Ron Paul, all of whom are running official or unofficial campaigns.

The group is led by former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, who’s been experiencing a political comeback of late.

This is Pawlenty’s second trip to Washington in a week and a half. Last week, he spoke to a crowd of mostly journalists at the libertarian Cato Institute shortly after officially kicking off his presidential campaign.

Bachmann plans to announce her presidential ambitions this month.

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