Michele Bachmann announces she will not seek reelection next year [VIDEO]
|We've laughed (mostly at her), cried, and repeatedly slammed our heads into our desks. We'll miss you, Michele Bachmann.|
It's a bittersweet morning. Today, Michele Bachmann announced next year will be her last in Congress, and we're not sure whether we should laugh and pop some champagne, or cry, or both.
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In a soft rock-accompanied video reminiscent of a public service announcement you might see at a movie theater before the feature film begins, Bachmann announced she won't seek a fifth term as the 6th District representative.
Regarding her decision, Bachmann said it has nothing to do with fears she might be defeated by Jim Graves next year, though she refused to mention him by name in her video.
"Be assured, my decision was not in any way influenced by any concerns about my being reelected to Congress," she said. "I've always in the past defeated candidates who are 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 also denied her decision has anything to do with federal investigations into her ill-fated presidential campaign, including an FBI probe.
"Rest assured, 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 says in the video, which was bizarrely posted to YouTube around 2 a.m.
Regarding her future plans, Bachmann left all doors open.
"I want you to be assured, there is no future option or opportunity, be it directly in the political arena or otherwise, that I won't be giving serious consideration, if it can help save and protect our great nation for future generations."
She also took a shot at the "mainstream liberal media," saying she expects libs to "put a detrimental spin on my decision not to seek a fifth term."
"And since I was first elected to Congress many years ago they always seem to attempt to find a dishonest way to disparage me," she said. "But I take being the focus of their attention and disparagment as a true compliment of my public service effectiveness."
Without further ado, here's the video:
In an appearance on KARE 11 this morning, Graves said Bachmann's decision doesn't change anything for him or his congressional campaign.
"We were running for the people, not against Michele Bachmann anyway," he said, adding that he simply thinks Bachmann "read the tea leaves."
Bachmann is currently with a congressional delegation in Russia investigating the origins of the Boston bombings, so no further comment is expected from her today. But we'll have more coverage of her big announcement throughout the day.
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