Ed Brookover, an advisor to Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, says the calendar and the debate schedule is likely to push the tea partier to declare for president.
“I’m not sure the debate is what’s going to make our final decision,” he said. “Is it a factor? Yes.”
Other Republicans familiar with Bachmann’s thinking said all signs point to a White House run. They insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations with Bachmann and her advisers.
Bachmann has already announced she is forming an exploratory committee and is “in it for the conversation.”