Michele Bachmann to speak in San Francisco

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann will speak at the Commonwealth Club of California later this month on “The Revival of American Competitiveness.”

Competitiveness is definitely on the candidate’s mind. Reuters reports today that her “top pollster is leaving her presidential campaign, the latest staff departure in recent weeks as the congresswoman struggles to regain her footing after a drop in support in national polls.” A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday showed her trailing Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Ron Paul, and tied with Newt Gingrich.

Bachmann, R-Minn., was here in the Bay Area just a few weeks ago for fundraisers in San Rafael and Hillsborough.

At the Commonwealth Club, she will “present her views on pro-business economic policies that will allow private sector businesses to compete in the global market while addressing the need for job-skill retraining, innovation, comprehensive tax reform and reduction of regulations that threaten jobs. She will also share her thoughts on how to revive America’s competitive edge and restore the United States to the top of global competitiveness.”

The program is at noon on Thursday, Oct. 20 (check-in starts at 11 a.m.) in the club’s office on the second floor of 595 Market St. in San Francisco. Tickets available online cost $15 for club members, $25 for nonmembers or $10 for students with valid ID; premium seating in the first few rows costs $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers.

UPDATE @ 4:53 P.M.: Doug Sovern of KCBS tweets that a new CBS poll shows Bachmann with only 4 percent support (trailing Gingrich, too now), and also that “(i)t’s a reflection of Bachmann’s dwindling support that her Commonwealth event will be at club office, not in a larger venue (hotel ballroom).”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.