Until this morning, US Rep. Michele Bachmann's name was supposed to be one of 18 names appearing on the 2012 Presidential straw poll ballot at this year's Value Voter Summit at the Omni Hotel in Washington, DC. The Value Voter Summit is well known for drawing high profile Republicans from around the country, including Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, from Minnesota's 6th District.
A few hours before Rep. Bachmann was scheduled to speak at the Summit, someone from her campaign requested Bachmann's name be taken off the Presidential straw poll ballot. A media rep for the Value Voter Summit told Fox News the request was made by someone from Bachmann's communications team but did not know who specifically made the request.
JP Duffy, who also handles media inquiries for the Summit, tells Fox News he does not know what time the actual request was made. "It was made earlier today... and we honored the request" Duffy said. Bachmann spoke to the Value Voter Summit crowd at for about 20 minutes starting at 1050am. Duffy says no specific reason was given as to why Rep. Bachmann wanted her name taken off the 2012 Presidential straw poll.
The timing of removing Bachmann's name from the straw poll is interesting when you consider her opponent, Tarryl Clark, a Democratic state senator, launched a new online ad today accusing Rep. Bachmann of having much higher political aspiriations than getting re-elected to Congress in November 2010.
The press secretary for Rep. Bachmann's campaign, Sergio Gor, tells Fox News, "Yep, it (Bachmann's name) was taken off at our request, long before Clark (Bachmann's opponent) ever issued her press release. Congresswoman Bachmann is running to represent the 6th Congressional district of MN, and has no intentions of running for President."
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty requested to have his name taken off the same Presidential straw poll more than a week ago because of a scheduling conflict. Pawlenty is currently traveling in China and Japan on state business and was not able to attend the Value Voter Summit in DC.
A spokesman for the Value Voter Summit tells Fox News until today, it has never had a politician request to have his or her name taken off the Presidential straw poll ballot on the actual day of the Summit.
The current 2012 Presidential straw poll ballot includes the following names: Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels, Jim DeMint, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Bob McDonnell, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Mike Pence, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, John Thune and Haley Barbour. Results from the straw poll will be released at the Value Voter Summit on Saturday, September 18 at 3pmEST.