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She must decide whether to seek a fourth term in the U.S. House or direct her newfound political celebrity elsewhere.

Should Mrs. Bachmann decide to run again in the Republican-leaning 6th District she’d be a heavy favorite, provided it isn’t significantly reshaped by redistricting. But some experts say she might aim for a different role, such as a position in a new Republican administration or a potentially lucrative spot on the speaking circuit.

David FitzSimmons, chairman of the 6th District Republican Party, says Mrs. Bachmann was successful changing the tone of the debate during the presidential campaign. She was particularly outspoken in her opposition to the health care overhaul approved by Congress.

CAMPAIGN

McCain: Republicans should settle quickly on Romney

Just two days after the first votes in the race to pick a Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain says it’s time to wrap things up.

Mr. McCain, who endorsed Mitt Romney to be the GOP nominee a day earlier, says Republicans need to “get this thing done with as quickly as possible and get into the main event.”

The Arizona senator, speaking Thursday on CBS’ “The Early Show,” says Republicans need to focus on beating President Obama.

Mr. McCain and Mr. Romney were rivals for the GOP nomination in 2008. That time, it was Mr. McCain who came away with the nomination, only to lose the presidency to Mr. Obama.

IOWA

Soldier at Paul rally could face legal woes

DES MOINES — An Army reservist who took the stage at a political event for Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and expressed his support for the Republican presidential candidate could face legal troubles, the military said Thursday.

Cpl. Jesse Thorsen, 28, stood at a podium at the Paul rally in Iowa on Tuesday night wearing his military fatigues and said meeting the Texas congressman was like “meeting a rock star.”

“His foreign policy is by far, hands down better than any other candidate’s out there,” Cpl. Thorsen told the cheering crowd.

Army Reserve spokeswoman Maj. Angel Wallace said participating in a partisan political event in uniform is a violation of Defense Department rules, and the military is reviewing whether Cpl. Thorsen could face legal ramifications. Soldiers are permitted to vote, participate in some political activities and express opinions about candidates as long as they are not in uniform and speaking in an official capacity, she said.

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