May 29th, 2013
07:45 AM ET
1 year ago

Rep. Bachmann looks forward to 'limitless' future, but not in the House

Updated Wednesday 5/29 at 10:30 a.m. ET

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative firebrand whose bid for president last year ended after the Iowa caucuses, will not seek re-election to her Minnesota congressional seat in 2014.

Making her announcement in a video posted to her campaign website early Wednesday, Bachmann stressed she had no plans to fade from public view.

"Looking forward, after the completion of my term, my future is full, it is limitless, and my passions for America will remain," she announced.

Bachmann, who's in her fourth term representing Minnesota's 6th District, promised that there "is no future option or opportunity" that she "won't be giving serious consideration if it can help save and protect our great nation for future generations."

Bachmann staved off a tougher-than-expected challenge for her seat last November against Democrat Jim Graves, winning re-election by just under 5,000 votes. Graves has announced he will seek the seat again in 2014.

In her video announcement, Bachmann said her decision was not influenced by any concerns about winning reelection.

"I've always, in the past, defeated candidates who were capable, qualified, and well-funded. And I have every confidence that if I ran, I would again defeat the individual who I defeated last year, who recently announced that he is once again running," Bachmann said.

Nor was her decision based on any concerns over an ongoing congressional ethics inquiry into the improper transfer of campaign funds, Bachmann said in her video. She is also facing a Federal Election Commission complaint about her former presidential campaign.

"This decision was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former presidential campaign or my former presidential staff," she said. "It was clearly understood that compliance with all rules and regulations was an absolute necessity for my presidential campaign. And I have no reason to believe that that was not the case."

Bachmann's run for president in 2012 reached its peak in August 2011, when she beat out a slate of other candidates to win the Ames Straw Poll in the early voting state of Iowa, where she was born. Her campaign lost steam in the fall to other conservative candidates like Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, and she eventually placed sixth in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. She ended her presidential bid the next day.

In the eight-minute long video, Bachmann, an early supporter of the Tea Party movement, touted her work on a variety of conservative issues, promising to "to work vehemently and robustly to fight back against what most in the other party want to do to transform our country into becoming, which would be a nation that our founders would hardly even recognize today."

Bachmann was one of the leading supporters of the emerging tea party movement in 2010, founding the "tea party caucus" in the House of Representatives and delivering her own "tea party response" to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Most recently she organized a tea party rally on Capitol Hill protesting the Internal Revenue Service's admitted targeting of conservative groups applying for tax exempt status.

In her video, she said she wouldn't let up on the causes she championed as a U.S. representative.

"I promise you I have and I will continue to fight to protect innocent human life, traditional marriage, family values, religious liberty, and academic excellence," Bachmann said.

In a polite statement, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden wrote Bachmann "has been a tireless advocate and dedicated Representative for the people of Minnesota’s Sixth District."

"Michele was the first Republican woman elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives, and she has worked hard each day to ensure that her constituents’ voices are heard in the halls of Congress," he continued.

Democrats were less laudatory - the House Majority PAC, which works to elect Democrats to Congress, wrote Bachmann's decision was "good news for the people of Minnesota and our nation."

"Bachmann voluntarily removing herself from Congress is a victory we can all celebrate today," the group's executive director Alixandria Lapp wrote.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Martina Stewart contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (885 Responses)
  1. Jeanette Dalgado

    The last sentence of the article tells me that the Republicans are still delusional. I guess the 2012 BO November election didn't teach them anything!!!!!

    May 29, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. lolo

    @this is it, Please run them on the ticket together. You think the lines were long this time? If Sarah and Michelle are on the ticket people will be camping overnight at the polls to make sure that their vote is counted to keep tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum out of office. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 29, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Really?

    see ya won't miss ya, say hello the daffy duck and the rest of the loony tunes.

    May 29, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Bryan

    God has answered our prayers and shown that hate and discrimination are fundamentally wrong.

    May 29, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. One L

    My guess is she wants to move to a state where gay marriage is still banned, she can't handle the change.

    May 29, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. trekguyd

    She did her 2 terms and now gets medical and pension..what more do you need. She wasn't stupid, the votes were.

    May 29, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. michael

    Good riddance! Your political life was nothing more than an pathetic extension of your insipid religious views in the hopes of making everyone a devout Christian. Get it together Michelle: Gays Don't Need Your Conversion Theraphy!

    Now, go off and bake cookies, have children and wash dishes as a good Christian wife should.

    May 29, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Independent Thinker

    real simple: she will get a talk show and explot all the bigots and make millions off of them in the name of "Love of country" jst as Palin and Huckabee did

    May 29, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Ruth

    Thank you!!!!!

    May 29, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. JHL

    Surely there are other places for her to spread her messages of hate, intolerance, war-mongering, and xenophobia.

    Maybe she can get a tour together like the American Idol losers for the summer.

    May 29, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. LogicRules

    Hooray! Now maybe she can go back to school and learn that the Revolution started in Concord, MA, not NH!

    May 29, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. baycap

    I still can't figure out why the people of the sixth district voted for her. Oh wait, didn't this state elect a wrestler? Good place for a cult.

    When you talk about the close election not being a factor in her decision, you know it was.

    May 29, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. chilly g

    this lady did nothing for the country but spread hate and the only reason she is not running for reelection is
    because she broke the law and no what is to come.

    May 29, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. GOP = Greed Over People

    Looks like "god's work" is abruptly completed, once the FBI, starts investigating your "work ethic"!

    May 29, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. mightyduk

    And she was perfect about removing all doubt about the republican party.

    May 29, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. jsmoulder

    I just wish all members of congress would step down before the die of old age while in office.

    May 29, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. On Streetwise

    Completely UN-HONORABLE DISCHARGE from office...

    May 29, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. peterz

    Started as a democrat, ended as an unfinished tea party politician. It looked like her life had run for a bait but not getting a bite yet. A hint about the destiny of the tea party ?

    May 29, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. LAL

    Woo Hoo is all I can say.

    May 29, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Marco

    Don't let the door hit ya where the non-existent "Lord" split ya, Michelle.

    May 29, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Steve Hamilton

    Well, this is the best news in days. I'll give her this: she's a good looking broad, but it pretty much ends there. She and Sarah Palin could contend for the dumbest female in the GOP title. She'll probably go out on a speaking tour, at $50K or more per speech, filling her Tea Party dopey compatriots with more misinformation.

    May 29, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. ritmocojo

    Shhh! Don't wake me up to discover it was only a dream and she really is not retiring.

    May 29, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Oi

    One less crackpot selling poison tea. She has the eyes of a cultist who sold her soul.

    May 29, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. EuphoriCrest

    Oh no! The intelligence committee will lose 80 IQ points.

    May 29, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Marcus

    Michele is a pathological liar. You cannot believe a word she says. I should know.

    May 29, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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