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.

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soundoff (501 Responses)

    She is better then any Democrat, Democrats are ruining this Country. Look what the worst President in History is doing, taking away our freedoms. Vote 100% Republican and save this Country.

    June 7, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Daniel the rest of you it will be great to see her f up all over again...but really? I truly believe people like her live in their own little ego-maniacal mind. Very funny...

    June 7, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. lottie

    hope she runs. That's why the GOP is in the mess it is in. Where do they find these stupid trolls. I see Palin is going to be on wife swap next week. This was the person running for VP. The repo party is full of nut jobs and clowns. Until they get rid of these people no one will take them serious except the fringe nuts in society. What a circus. Keep it up you guys

    June 7, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Joe Rockbottom

    Great! We can always use a good laugh!! Repubs always deliver on that!!

    June 7, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Really? Given how far she went and FAILED at getting much, I'd be surprised if she ran and won. The problem is that history is also against her. Very few members of the House (active or retired as it were) have won the presidency. Can anyone name the last one? In the past few decades, it has been Senators, Governors and Vice Presidents that have won (Obama – senator; Bushes [govenor & VP]; Clinton – governor as were Reagan & Carter).

    June 7, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. InsaneintheMembrane

    If Bachman were to run again, she would still end up losing the nomination. She will never have a chance at becoming president or vice president. There are much fewer of her kind than a normal person like a Hillary Clinton or John McCain. We don't like extreme bible thumpers here anymore.

    June 7, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Fred Evil

    IOW – Hey Faux News, how 'bout some coin?

    June 7, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. CraigRB

    This woman is never going away....her ego is too big.

    June 7, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. DJ Reality

    Michelle a 2016 run foe the presidency should be off the table and swept up and put in the trash bin. Boy her presidency would really derive up gun sales. Opps. I don't want to give the NRA any ideas. Sorry.

    June 7, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Repooblican'ts

    Every time she opens her mouth she is damaging the Republican "brand" (which is pretty much only designed for old white redneck males and racist church people like Bachmann). The GOP is losing so much relevance so quickly, I can't wait to see their pathetic attemps at "Re-Branding". They still think they won the election! Read what Romney's saying!

    June 7, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Gary

    2016. The Democrats are falling off the table laughing. Perhaps she's referring to that as the date she re-news her Swiss passport.

    June 7, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. DJ Reality

    Wes Craven should be her campaign manager and Steven King her speech writer or should I say screech writer.

    June 7, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Doctor Bob

    How can she possibly be considering the probability that people might actually vote her in as President?! This is the lady that has a reputation of making up her own 'facts' and getting even very simple things wrong. We are extremely fortunate that she is not running. And, by leaving Washington she is simultaneously raising the IQ in both Washington and her Congressional District.

    June 7, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. S.harris

    Yes! Please : Do it Michele. This comedic value is priceless.

    June 7, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Good Christian?

    People like her represent exactly what is so wrong with the right wing of american politics. They exclude so many different types of people that they honestly cannot get enough votes! They don't want the votes from the "lesser" people anyway (hispanics, blacks, gays, young people, people who believe in regulating guns etc etc etc). So who's left? An old man in a trailer park who can only get Fox on his black n white TV? That's not enough to become President. I think she's a fake christian because she has no morals.

    June 7, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. god

    don't you threaten me

    June 7, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Eddie

    These Tea Party goofballs don't know when or how to keep their mouths shut! Next we will see Michelle Bachman trying to run for something like Governor or U.S. Senator from California. The Tea Party faction just doesn't get it! The majority of the country did a major "tick to the left" in 2008 especially Hispnanics and the younger vote. They will continue to lose just like Carly Fiorina lost to Senator Barbara by almost 10 points and that was in an "off year" for the Democrats. Meg Whitman didn't do any better against Governor Jerry Brown. My point is that .....yes the Tea Party has a voice but it isn't nearly as big as they would like to think! It may be quite a long time before another Republican is elected President of the United States.

    June 7, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Epacific

    Yesssss! Can't wait for the right-wing tea party loons to drag the GOP down again! Please Michelle, run again. . . and team up with Palin!

    June 7, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Kent Sorensen

    What ethics allegations?

    June 7, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. TomGI

    Oh please run in 2016. It's a moral imperative for her to be the GOP's best chance to win. Ted Cruz for VP. Yipee I can't wait to vote 😉

    June 7, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Get over it.

    From Minnesota here. We are THRILLED that she is leaving her job here.

    June 7, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. ru kidden me

    Seriously...can't she just go away quietly? Well it would appear that the Republican Party will have it's "side-show" of clowns again

    June 7, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Victor

    Please, oh please run!! Bachmann/Palin 2016!! Guaranteed Democrat victory

    June 7, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. mark

    She'll make Bush look like a genius

    June 7, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Anonymous

    I would enjoy seeing Marcus as the First Lady.

    June 7, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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