Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congressman and Tea Party favorite that the MSNBC host devotes countless hours to complaining about on air, announced during Monday’s CNN debate that she is planning to run for president.

Even though she was slated to participate in Monday’s debate, she was not a candidate yet, and hadn’t even filed papers to form an exploratory committee. She had begun hiring staff and making moves indicative of someone who is preparing to do so.

She said during the debate that she plans to make a formal announcement soon.In an interview after the debate, a campaign aide for Bachmann said she plans to announce within the end of the month.

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