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      Bachmann planning to sign DeMint-backed pledge

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is planning to sign a spending limit pledge that a South Carolina senator has turned into a threshold test for 2012 presidential hopefuls seeking his support.

      A schedule sent out Saturday by Bachmann's campaign says the Republican is signing the pledge Monday during a stop in Columbia.

      Bachmann would be the ninth GOP presidential candidate to sign the pledge urging Congress to oppose any increase in the U.S. debt limit unless certain conditions are met.

      The pledge is backed by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has not signed it, telling reporters in South Carolina earlier this month that he's opposed to such pledges.

      Thirteen U.S. senators, 37 House member and five governors, including South Carolina's Nikki Haley, have also signed on.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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