Bachmann will run for reelection
January 25th, 2012
09:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Bachmann will run for reelection

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who dropped a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in January, will run for re-election to Congress in 2012, her campaign said Wednesday.

Bachmann's political future had been in question ever since she announced she was suspending her presidential campaign on January 4, the day after finishing sixth in the Iowa caucuses. Bachmann has represented Minnesota's sixth district since 2007, but gained an outsized profile in the last three years for her vocal support of the tea party movement and her presidential bid.

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Bachmann's campaign spokesman, Guy Short, confirmed Wednesday she would seek reelection for her seat, noting there were "more details to come" on her official announcement.

Minnesota is still redrawing its congressional districts, making the contours of Bachmann's region uncertain. However, no other candidates have announced they are running for the seat. The district includes northern and eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities and has been represented by a Republican since 2003.

Bachmann serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which was noted frequently in her speeches the campaign trail.

CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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Filed under: Michele Bachmann • Minnesota
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Jake

    good luck with that! i'm betting on the farm that MN will NOT re-elect her!

    January 25, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Who cares whether this dimwit runs again or not

    January 25, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. Chris J

    How nice... So she wasted the time of the people of her district to do her business trying to be President... Then when she can't make it, she again wants the people of her district to trust her. Ok...

    January 25, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. RationalFew

    Hopefully her constituents will send her packing.

    January 25, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. NH Grandma

    Perhaps the people of Minnesota are a bit wiser now? I know my friends who live there are!

    January 25, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. brian in denver

    My day is now complete knowing that Michelle Bachmann will be still be in the public arena. If we could just talk Herman Cain & Rick Perry into staying in the limelight the comedy would be complete.

    January 25, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. Willie Floyd

    With a 34% approval rating she should do very well!! NOT

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 25, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Tam

    Ya think Minnesotans will still want her? She hasn't embarrassed them enough?

    January 25, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. racegirl1

    More laughs from Saturday Night Live.

    January 25, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. MaryM

    Good luck with that!!! You exposed yourself as a person not qualified to run for dog catcher. ( NO offense to the dog catchers)

    January 25, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. John

    Man I hope the People of Minnesota Had enough of this nut case. She shouldn't be a Congresswoman In any city.

    January 25, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. sickofstupid

    Poor Minnesota

    January 25, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. MIke in Texas

    With the way congressional districts are drawn up you will have extremists from both parties in the house. The problem with extremists is when they try to expand out from their district they find the higher you try to go the less extreme the country is. We are a center country for the most part but unfortunately there are too many politicians and pundits out there who are extremists and think they are always 100% right.

    January 25, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. Bill

    Good luck with that. This reprobate should be bounced out on her ear.

    January 25, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. s kel

    I will pray for her. To lose!

    January 25, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. Aaron

    Big surprise there. She's likely still got enough loons left in Minnesota who'll vote for her to get her lying self back to DC again.

    January 25, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. bullock w

    I'm belived that buchman are right that presdient obama are nothing work his job for 3 year

    January 25, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. sabina barnes

    I think she is wasting her time, she is way to late, she should have stayed, In the race instead of given up. And what is she bringing to the table another rep with know solutions to amercia problems .

    January 25, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. mnguest

    PLEASE NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Shouldn't she retire soon?

    January 25, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. Martha in CF

    Oh please. Haven't we heard enough from this one. Let's get some fresh blood in this district.......

    January 25, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  21. MikeH

    If Minnesota has any intelligence, they will send this looney-toon packing.

    January 25, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Would you really want to re-elect someone who left you to do something else; run for another elected office? What does she represent and does it really work for America? I don't think she is really good for the country because she is so unwilling to listen to the other side.

    January 25, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  23. Hair bear

    Let's hope not! That would be a disaster!

    January 25, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. stars

    hey batman please move back to Iowa and stay there.

    January 25, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  25. Twit Happens

    What a waste of hot air! Geeze lady fade away, PLEASE!

    January 25, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
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