Bachmann fine print – What about the House re-election campaign?
June 14th, 2011
12:03 AM ET
9 years ago

Bachmann fine print – What about the House re-election campaign?

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Now that Rep. Michele Bachmann is officially running for president, she is not running for re-election to her seat in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District.

But if her presidential hopes don't pan out, could she keep the re-election plan - as a back-up plan?


After Bachmann appeared in the first 2012 presidential debate in New Hampshire – sponsored by CNN, WMUR and The New Hampshire Union Leader – her campaign representatives talked to reporters and explained Bachmann's intentions while not closing her options.

"With the filing of the papers today she is declaring that she will not be seeking re-election for Congress in Minnesota," Bachmann adviser Alice Stewart said. Earlier a statement posted on Bachmann's Facebook page said the same.

"Legally she can't have both committees open," explained pollster Ed Goeas.

But could Bachmann suspend her presidential campaign, if it doesn't work out, and re-open her House re-election campaign?

"Can she? Yes," Goeas said. "Will she? That's not on the plate right now."

Bob Heckman, also a Bachmann adviser, also explained that Bachmann is committed to running for president.

But when pressed by reporters if there's a small chance that Bachmann could re-ignite her House re-election campaign, Heckman said, "Sure. Absolutely. But that's not part of the plan."

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    None of these so called candidates have produced their long form birth certificates for review. Why not? What are they hiding?Why are they spending so much time and money keeping them supressed??

    June 14, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  2. Kay

    It is very unfortunate that USA is becoming a very radical country, if you review the history books empires in the past and countries in present who become less tolerant against their sole citizens will loose their ideology of existence. Differentiation between people due to religion will create more animosity and separation between individuals. Religion is a selection of faith of individual what they do prefer to practice but, it is becoming a political issue in USA which is quite ironic because some individuals can be born in any religion of faith but, do they truly practice that religion so, if you are sole decision based upon the individuals national heritage in terms deciding on their religion can be unfair and judgmental. The bottom line is USA is not in the right direction in terms of its own values once it was declared in the constitution.

    June 14, 2011 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  3. Ken, AZ

    Bachmann had better keep her re-election plans dry and close by if she wants to hold any elected office at all. She is not going to be POTUS; not even in her wildest dreams.

    June 14, 2011 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  4. peace

    I hope she win the primary. Then president Obama put he/she in it"s place.

    June 14, 2011 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  5. SKS

    Bachman is going NOWHERE.

    June 14, 2011 02:12 am at 2:12 am |