Opinion: Michele Bachmann’s campaign is now complete: She’ll publish a book

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To run for president in these United States, you need to have a book published, preferably a memoir or autobiography sharing personal stories that just happen to reinforce whatever your political narrative is.

Now, Michele Bachmann will have her own.

As yet untitled, the book’s November publication was announced Monday by Sentinel, an 8-year-old conservative publishing imprint of Penguin (USA) that previously published books by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.


The publisher said the manuscript is already completed and that the 55-year-old congresswoman shares ‘previously untold’ stories from her private life, including her career as a tax attorney, biological mother of five and foster mother of 23.

Bachmann’s political career began relatively late and inauspiciously when, in her mid-40s, she lost a local school board race in Minnesota. The following year, she won a state Senate spot. And then she won her seat in the House in 2006, a tough year for Republicans nationally.

In a prepared statement released by Sentinel, Bachmann said:

People are the most important ingredient in life. I love people, and I care deeply that our nation’s economy turns around so they can realize their American dream. This book will help to share my enthusiasm for an energized, pro-growth economy, and the life experiences that inform my optimism for the American people and for American greatness.

The founder of the congressional ‘tea party’ caucus and a successful House fundraiser, Bachmann launched her presidential campaign during a June GOP debate.

Earlier this month, she won the over-covered Ames Straw Poll, but her standing in the real polls has faded somewhat since the entry into the Republican contest of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, now the party front-runner by double digits.



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