Bachmann: 2016 is not off the table
June 7th, 2013
08:09 AM ET
8 years ago

Bachmann: 2016 is not off the table

(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann, who announced last week she won't seek re-election next year, says she may run for elected office again one day and is not ruling out another presidential bid.

But the Minnesota Republican said her future career in politics is not her top priority at the moment.

"I'm not retiring, I'm not going silent, I'm not quitting my public involvement," she said late Thursday night on Fox News' "Hannity." "In fact I may run for another public office. That could happen. But for right now I'm going to find a different perch in order to be able to weigh in on these matters."

While she said she didn't have a specific plan as of now, she is "wide open and looking."

Discussing her reason for leaving Congress, the fourth term representative said she will have served about the same amount of time as a president would serve–eight years. "And I do think that this is a body that needs to have continual turnover."

Bachmann ticked off a list of what she considers her accomplishments on Capitol Hill and in the tea party movement. Asked about a potential 2016 bid for the White House, Bachmann said "I'm not taking anything off of the table."

"But certainly that's not my number one item that I'm looking at right now," the 2012 GOP presidential candidate said. "I'm in the game for the long haul."

She was not asked about a recent congressional ethics inquiry into the improper transfer of campaign funds. However, Bachmann said last week that was not part of her decision to leave.

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2016 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (501 Responses)
  1. fedupwithpolitics

    Republicans haven't learned a thing about losing. Religious wacko nut jobs are not going to win a thing in the general election. Looks like an Additional 4 years Obama ala Michael Bloomberg style.

    June 7, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Kinpo

    She may have the idea it's on the table, but the people that vote will clear that table real quick. What a squirrel.

    June 7, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. whohoowho

    Thankfully, Michele's 15 minutes of fame are almost over.

    June 7, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Salty Bob

    Wow no way this country will ever move forward with the likes of Michele Bachmann and Sara in the mix, they are jokes and don't know it. Sad thing Is people will still vote for these vagabonds and believe the insanity that spew's from their insane lip's. Time for the Tea Party to fade away and be as dead and forgotten as their beliefs in the flat earth theory.

    June 7, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. MagicPanties

    Please run for something, Michele.
    The comedians miss you so much!

    June 7, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. dzerres

    "then she ticked off her list of accomplishments"? Wow, that must have been 10 seconds of the interview I missed.

    June 7, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. rs

    Her future in politics is not her first priority- no, staying out of jail is.

    June 7, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. LouAZ

    When will this woman shut up ? Out, out, damned spot !

    June 7, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Florida Joe

    Comedians of the world REJOICE............Great Michelle you are just what the Democrats need to insure we retain the White House in 2016.......All the RWW give her your support.............She's your type of nut

    June 7, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. John

    Please, please, please run!


    the DNC

    June 7, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Donnie the Lion

    Please run, Michelle, and drain even more money from people stuck in the 1950's. The rest of us will gladly look towards a brighter future for a better America.

    June 7, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. I have to wonder

    What is it like to work for her? I mean, are they true believers or is it just people who say "oh yea, Michele, that's another awesome idea." and then pick up their pay check on Fridays. Either way.... that's whack.

    June 7, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. jrm03063

    Better stock up on tin foil everyone!

    June 7, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. tony

    The mind boggles

    June 7, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Jocho Johnson

    Bachmann is wasting everyone's time and money, but she should be entertaining with her stupidity.

    June 7, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. greg

    Bachman: Insane Asylum 2014- On the table

    June 7, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. M.A.P.

    Funny that they didn't ask any questions relating to the corruption allegations. Hmmm this smells like a coverup. But when it's a republican it doesn't count, aparantly. I hope she wins the Republican nominations for president, there's no way America is dumb enough to elect her. Hilary 2016.

    June 7, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. krazyeyes

    Even if she doesn't realize it yet ... 2016 is VERY off the table for her. Her political career is finished after she leaves office and i expect her to settle into an eventual high-paid consulting position or Fox News punditry.

    June 7, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Steven CaboWabo

    Oh, pleeeeaaaaasseeeee let her run in 2016. A walking, talking (not so much thinking) advertisement for what most people don't like about the extreme members of a party.

    June 7, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. Mark

    "I'm not going silent." Perhaps she'd better. You know what they say, it's better to keep silent and let people think you're a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    June 7, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. Mike from CO

    Dear God,

    Please make this happen.

    The Democratic Party

    June 7, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Olaf Bjornstrand

    Why can`t she just go away? She has no credibility, she lies, exaggerates, invents facts and is downright nasty, under a disguise of a family Christian values, fiscally conservative person. Hogwash!

    June 7, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Erasrhedd

    She's hoping to follow the Palin model to financial security, nothing more. And, there are enough true believers out there, she'll undoubtedly be worth more in four years than she is now (monetarily speaking). A year ago her net worth was estimated at $3 million. Anyone want to bet she won't be worth (monetarily speaking) two to three times that by November 2016?

    June 7, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. National tour director

    I'm trying to put the national Michelle for president campaign tour now. Mitt will drive the car and Michelle will be riding in the dog cage strapped to the "roof" shouting "Woof! Woof". Which of course is "dog speak" for "Vote Michelle in 2016!" Not that many people speak "dog" however so this could be problematic but lots of fun anyway.

    June 7, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Keith ..... in Oregon

    Not a fan of her .... but she or just about anyone, including the high school dropout across the street could do as well or better than what we have now.

    How could she be worse than the arrogant, corrupt and incompetent Mr Obama?

    June 7, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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