Rep. Bachmann to South Carolina

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is set to make her second trip to an early presidential primary state later this month when she heads to South Carolina.

Bachmann will speak at a lunch hosted by the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women on Feb. 19, according to CNN. She will also headline a fundraiser for the Spartanburg County GOP that same night.

The South Carolina trip will come just two days after Bachmann hosts the year's first meeting of the House Tea Party Caucus, which is likely to gain a slew of new recruits thanks to big Republican gains in the House this past election cycle. 

Last month, Bachmann spoke at an Iowans for Tax Relief event and met with Republican officials and activists in the state. She has a second Iowa trip planned for March to speak at an event sponsored by a leading evangelical group. 

Bachmann told reporters last month in Iowa that she was encouraged by the response she received during her time in the state. 

"I'm here to be part of that conversation for 2012," Bachmann said. "There's been no decision about my candidacy, but I want to be a part of the conversation, most definitely."