Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called herself a "bold choice" in the 2012 race as she officially launched her bid in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa on Monday.
"Americans agree that our country is in peril today and we must act with urgency to save it," she told a crowd of hundreds gathered at the historic Snowden House.
"And Americans aren't interested in affiliation," the Minnesota representative said. "They are interested in solutions, and leadership that will tell the truth. And the truth is that Americans are the solution and not the government!"
Meanwhile, in a separate interview with CBN News, Bachmann said she finds it "troubling" that GOP front runner Mitt Romney has not joined other candidates in signing a pro-life pledge.
She told CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody that Romney's refusal to sign -- along with him switching to a pro-life stance about five years ago -- raises potential questions.
"I think particularly now, Governor Romney has stated that he is pro-life. I take him at his word," she said. "But he's had some issues with that in his past. He has taken various positions."
"This was a wonderful opportunity to sign the pledge and demonstrate that he's pro-life. He chose not to," she noted. "I think that's troubling, and I think that he should have signed the pledge."
"I think that the voters will have to take a look at this. I know for me, it's very troubling," Bachmann added.
Romney said the pledge is too broad and would force him to choose only pro-life appointees to his cabinet. He said it calls for legislation to strip taxpayer funding from hospitals around the country.
Polls show both Bachmann and Romney are in a dead heat in Iowa, the first state where Republicans will cast their votes in a state primary.
Brody's entire interview with Michele Bachmann is scheduled to air Tuesday on 'The 700 Club.' Check local listings.
You can also watch more of his interview on 'The Brody File' blog at CBNNews.com.