Trump dialing into Bachmann tele-town hall

Michele Bachmann
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is greeted as she arrives for a campaign events, Oct. 9, 2011, in Moultonboro, N.H.
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PERRY, Iowa -- Donald Trump's headquarters in New York City has been a regular campaign stop for leading Republican presidential hopefuls, with Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, businessman Herman Cain and Rep. Michele Bachmann all paying a visit.

But Bachmann was able to get Trump to return the favor, with the business mogul agreeing to be a featured guest during her campaign's national tele-town hall on October 17. It's the first town hall - by telephone or in person - that Trump has participated for any presidential candidate.

During the call, Bachmann and Trump will discuss economic issues while taking questions from the listening audience. Bringing in Trump adds some starpower to the struggling Bachmann campaign, which posted underwhelming third-quarter fundraising numbers and has sagged in national polls.

Before meeting with Trump last Thursday morning, Bachmann praised Trump effusively on national television.

"He's very bold, and I like him on a personal level," she said on "Fox and Friends" Thursday morning. "He has a great personality."

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