May 29th, 2013
07:45 AM ET
10 years 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. Matt W.

    Should read: "My passion for being a blowhard under the guise of patriotism will never cease, nor will my undying passion for grubbing up as much cash as possible in my next set of ambitious ventures"

    May 29, 2013 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Im from minnesota. Im sorry you guys had to put up with her maybe she will go back to her pray the gay away camps

    May 29, 2013 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  3. Jim

    Chicken she will fade to obscurity like that clown in Alaska.

    May 29, 2013 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  4. Brad

    Maybe she can team up with Glen Beck and go on a full blown nut job tour.

    May 29, 2013 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  5. Guest

    I betterr pop some popcorn. This comment section promises to be the smash hit of the summer!

    May 29, 2013 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  6. bobby weston

    good riddance !

    May 29, 2013 05:59 am at 5:59 am |

    Please find your future outside of politics.

    Maybe you can start another clinic that cures gay people through the power of Christ?

    May 29, 2013 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  8. jacksays

    Thank God.

    (Pun FULLY intended.)

    May 29, 2013 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  9. Ed Redmon

    Thank you God.

    May 29, 2013 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  10. t. white

    How long before we see her on Fox news as a paid consultant?

    May 29, 2013 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  11. richard LAMBERT

    Fox has a new commentator and Dancing with the Stars has a new contestant. Oh what a bright and shining future we have.

    May 29, 2013 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  12. Name

    Ha ha – "academic excellence" – too funny!

    May 29, 2013 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  13. cnow77

    Her excuses sound like the rambling warnings on the medications being sold on the nightly news. We're going to miss your brand of crazy, lady.

    May 29, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  14. jack

    Thank God...

    May 29, 2013 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  15. Lilton

    So basically she is going to go the Sarah Palin route! Great!!!! (sarcasm)

    May 29, 2013 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  16. Quayle

    Bu-bi Loser! Don't let the door hit you in the behind.

    May 29, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  17. tea bags are political sand bags

    She is at least finishing her term before she goes on the fascist speaker circuit or to the Fox bunker.

    She still is a wingnut like Palin.

    May 29, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  18. Jim

    Bachmann returning to Minnesota will cause the state's average IQ to drop by several points. Poor Minnesota. But, all things considered, it's better than having her in Congress.

    May 29, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  19. Mike

    Please go away.

    May 29, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Talk about loser. She knows she can't win a fifth term from those idiots in her sixth district.
    Now she can travel around the country with the tea trolls and when she asks for revolution against the government she won't be a rep calling for revolution against herself.
    Good riddance. Don't let the door hit your skinny behind on the way out.

    May 29, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  21. JBulllets

    How she ever got elected is a mystery. If you ever voted for her you should hang yourself.

    May 29, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  22. Reckless

    First sane thing she's ever done

    May 29, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  23. JRJ

    The people ofmhermstatemhave declared today a state holiday!!!!

    May 29, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  24. Thisisit

    New ticket! Bachmann and Palin!

    May 29, 2013 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  25. The Objective Observer


    IQ of House to increase 2% post 2014 election.

    May 29, 2013 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
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