Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann officially declared Monday that she was running for the Republican presidential nomination.


"My name is Michele Bachmann. I stand here in the midst of many friends and many family members to announce formally my candidacy for president of the United States," she said.

"I do so because I am so profoundly grateful for the blessings that I have received both from God and from this great country and not because of the position of this office, but because I am determined that every American deserves these blessings and that together, once again, we can secure that promise of the future for America."

The congresswoman made her announcement in Waterloo, Iowa.

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