Profile: Michele Bachmann

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks at a rally by home school advocates, Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. More than 1,000 home school advocates rallied on the steps of the Iowa Statehouse, cheered on by three potential Republican presidential candidates who joined their cause. (Charlie Neibergall)

August 17, 2011 8:56:23 AM PDT
Below is a profile of Michele Bachmann, who is running on the GOP ticket to be president of the United States. PARTY AFFILIATION: Republican

AGE: 55

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: She is a member of the United States House of Representatives.

EDUCATION: She is a graduate of Anoka High School and Winona State University. She received her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary.

FAMILY: Marcus (husband); Children: Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, Sophia

PROS AND CONS according to ABC News' Amy Bingham, Maya Srikrishnan, Jared Pliner, Jennifer Schlesinger and Josh Goldstein

    PROS: Strong support from Tea Party activists. Minnesota base gives her great access and credibility in Iowa. Proven ability to raise money.

    CONS: "A polarizing figure. Can she broaden her appeal beyond a narrow slice of the Republican electorate?.

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