Rematch: Graves announces run against Bachmann in 2014

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After being defeated in 2012, DFLer Jim Graves announced another run for Congress in Minnesota's 6th District against fourth-term U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Graves campaign manager, Aaron Wells, made the announcement Thursday morning to the St. Cloud Times.

In last year's narrow victory, Bachmann was re-elected with only about 4,300 votes over Graves. It was the closest any Democrat has come to toppling Bachmann, according to Politics in Minnesota.

The hotel magnate and political newcomer painted himself as a skilled businessman, a fiscally conservative Democrat and a moderate alternative to Bachmann.

Thursday, Graves said he's running to bring “results-oriented leadership” to Congress, according to the newspaper.

“These days Congress is all about and scoring political points rather than actually solving problems and Minnesota’s 6th District — my home —is losing out because of that more than anywhere,” Graves said in a news release. “I’m not interested in celebrity, only in solutions.”

Special interest group House Majority PAC lists Bachmann as its number one target in the next round of elections. PAC spokesman Andy Stone tells MPR that Graves is the right candidate to defeat Bachmann next year.

Bachmann spokesman Dan Kotman tells the Pioneer Press that "the voters rejected Jim Graves and his rubber stamp support of the Obama-Pelosi liberal agenda because the Obama-Pelosi agenda has left the country with chronically high unemployment, record levels of Americans on food stamps, a $16.5 trillion national debt, and fewer jobs.”

The Star Tribune reports Bachmann's campaign released a video (below) immediately upon Graves' announcement, making it clear she is going to try to morph Graves into Obama.

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