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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is acting like a presidential candidate, but she's not ready to make it official.

On Thursday, as Bachmann was touring Iowa, CNN reported that the congresswoman is on the verge of forming a presidential exploratory committee. Her spokesman, Doug Sachtleben, stopped short of confirming the report but did nothing to discourage speculation.


"The congresswoman is grateful for all the encouragement she's received," Sachtleben said in a statement. "She will make a decision about 2012 this summer. There is a natural timeline to these events and they will run their course."

The CNN report cites an unnamed source close to Bachmann as saying that though she often references "early June" as the deadline for her decision, "nothing is static," and the announcement that she will form the committee could come even earlier.

Bachmann has been traveling the presidential circuit lately. She's visited New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina, all states that will hold crucial early presidential contests.

On Wednesday, she joined fellow potential 2012ers Herman Cain and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, in a rally at the Iowa Capitol to support a Christian home-schooling network; she's one of a number of potential GOP contenders being interviewed by Iowa pastors on Thursday and Friday in Des Moines; on Saturday, she'll participate in a Conservative Principles Conference hosted by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and will subsequently take part in a "Rediscover God in America" webcast. Other scheduled participants in the webcast include three potential presidential rivals: former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

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Lindsey Boerma is a staff reporter (politics and policy) for National Journal.

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