Bachmann says she’s in

WASHINGTON – It’s official, Michele Bachmann is running for president.

The announcement came as seven Republican presidential candidates, including Bachmann, met in Manchester, New Hampshire tonight for a debate hosted by CNN.

“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. So I wanted you to be the first to know,” said Bachmann, who shared the stage with former Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

The three-term Stillwater Congresswoman has been flirting with a run for months, with all signs pointing toward a White House bid.

My colleague Mark Zdechlik, who’s at the debate, will have more of the details later tonight and tomorrow morning.

Bachmann’s congressional campaign website has already been replaced with a skeletal presidential campaign site that asks supporters to donate money.

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