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2012 contender Bachmann seeks to broaden appeal

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Republican Michele Bachmann is pushing to expand her base of support, and she's doing it in subtle and not so subtle ways.

One big question for the Minnesota congresswoman's presidential campaign is whether she can reach beyond the pool of tea party and evangelical voters who already favor her.

So she's offering herself as a presidential candidate who can unite the GOP's disparate base and appeal to Republicans of all ideological stripes.

Bachmann's team knows well the danger of getting narrowly defined. Several top advisers worked for 2008 Iowa caucus winner Mike Huckabee, who fell short of the nomination after struggling to escape early impressions.