ABC News’ Amy Walter and Michael Falcone report:
Rep. Michele Bachmann, the leader of the House Tea Party caucus and a favorite of conservatives, is wading deeper into presidential waters this weekend with a multi-stop trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire.
Bachmann’s main event in the Granite State will be a Saturday speech at a fundraising brunch organized by the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.
A source close to Bachmann said the Minnesota Republican “will be talking about how beating Obama starts with defunding ObamaCare and the need for a constitutional conservative to be the Republican nominee.”
Whether Bachmann wants a shot at becoming that nominee remains an open question, but she’s certainly not shying away from the speculation nor is she shunning all the media attention. Not only will C-SPAN cameras be present for her speech in Nashua but Bachmann announced on Friday that she would be streaming it live on her Facebook page. (She invited supporters to tune in at about 11:25 a.m. ET.)
And Bachmann won’t be flying solo in New Hampshire either. She will be accompanied by at least three of her children and her husband, Marcus. The Bachmanns have five children and have provided foster care to 23 others.
Known more for her Tea Party pedigree than her personal story, showing off her family gives Bachmann the opportunity to introduce a side of herself that not many people have seen.
Earlier this week, Bachmann said she would decide “by early summer” whether to pursue the GOP nomination. “We need a nominee who really understands the times that we live in,” Bachmann said on CNN on Tuesday.
Before Saturday’s event in Nashua, Bachmann plans to tour Manchester’s Liberty Harbor Academy, a private high school, where she will attend a reception organized by the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. Later that morning she is expected to meet with voters at the town’s Red Arrow diner, a popular political stop in the early primary state. In the afternoon, Bachmann will headline a fundraiser for Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC in Barrington, N.H.
On Friday night, Bachmann was to attend a private fundraiser at the home of Ellen Christo, the director of development and business relations for the New Hampshire Republican Party.
This will be Bachmann’s first political trip to New Hampshire this year. She has recently paid visits to two other early nominating states -- Iowa and South Carolina.