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Old 05-29-2013, 07:52 AM   #1
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Bachmann out

Michelle "Corndog" Bachmann has decided to step out of politics next year.

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Representative Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican who made an ill-fated run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, announced Wednesday that she would not seek a fifth term in Congress next year.
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Representative Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota, in Washington on May 16. Ms. Bachmann announced in a video early Wednesday that she would not seek a fifth term in Congress next year.
VIDEO: Representative Michele Bachmann’s Announcement (YouTube)
She made the announcement just six months after being re-elected in what was her most challenging Congressional campaign since she was first elected to the House in 2006. Her announcement also comes as her former presidential campaign faces inquiries into its fund-raising activities.

“I have decided next year I will not seek a fifth Congressional term,” she said in a video on her campaign Web site. “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 added.

Mrs. Bachmann is known for her strong anti-abortion stance and adherence to Tea Party values but her presidential campaign was marked by frequent stumbles and her candidacy failed to catch fire in a crowded field of candidates that included Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Herman Cain, who all eventually lost to Mitt Romney.

In her congressional race last year, Mrs. Bachmann won re-election by just 4,200 votes out of 356,000 votes cast, beating the hotelier Jim Graves, who was greatly outspent. Mr. Graves recently announced that he would seek the seat again.

“My decision was not in any way influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected to Congress,” she said. “If I ran I would again defeat the individual who I defeated last year.”

Her announcement comes as the Office of Congressional Ethics looks into claims by Ms. Bachmann’s former campaign aides that she may have improperly used money raised by one of her House-affiliated political action committees to help her presidential bid in the run-up to the Iowa presidential caucuses in January 2012. She came in sixth in that race, even though she campaigned heavily in the state. The defeat led her to pull out of the race the next day.

While her presidential bid initially excited Tea Party supporters, Mrs. Bachmann would later find herself upstaged by conservative opponents like Mr. Cain and Mr. Santorum, and she was prone to misstatements, including saying the vaccine against the human papillomavirus was linked to “mental retardation.”

But her campaign was not without impact. Her victory in the Ames, Iowa, straw poll in the summer of 2011 forced Tim Pawlenty, the former Republican governor of Minnesota, to drop out of the contest early, after he did poorly in his neighboring state.

In her video announcement, Mrs. Bachmann did not rule out returning to politics in the future.

“There is no future option or opportunity, be it directly in the political area or otherwise, that I won’t be giving serious consideration if it can help save and protect our great nation for future generations,” she said.

She also said she expected “the mainstream liberal media to put a detrimental spin” on her decision not to seek re-election, calling its attention to her political fortunes “a true compliment of my public service effectiveness.”

Ms. Bachmann had been a largely obscure member of Congress from Minnesota before the emergence of the Tea Party in 2010. She seized on the movement to brand herself a national voice of conservatives and become the leader of the “Tea Party Caucus” in the House.

In January of 2011, Ms. Bachmann delivered her own, unofficial “Tea Party” response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. She mocked the president’s fiscal policies and urged a repeal of the president’s health care plan known as Obamacare. But the brief, televised response prompted comedy sketches because of its low production values and because Ms. Bachmann appeared to be looking off to the side throughout her remarks.
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I always thought that woman had received one to many vaccines herself. Glad to see her leave.


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Got caught? Half of your administration has fallen to scandal in the last month. The true face of the Obama administration is really showing lately.
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Got caught? Half of your administration has fallen to scandal in the last month. The true face of the Obama administration is really showing lately.
Your administration? I believe it's our administration. That's unless your not an American. You are an American... right?
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Your administration? I believe it's our administration. That's unless your not an American. You are an American... right?

You're*

What do you do for a living again?

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You're*

What do you do for a living again?
I'm not an English teacher. But apparently your.
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Ok.
Get it... apparently your... because I incorrectly used it instead of you're last time so...



Ahhh **** it. Nevermind.
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Your administration? I believe it's our administration. That's unless your not an American. You are an American... right?
Nope, not my administration. I voted for McCain and Romney.

I'm just waiting for Christie/Jindal '16. Followed closely by Christie for Supreme world ruler in 2024.
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Christie will be the GOP nominee... But Hillary Clinton will take it... If she runs. Not huge fan of anyone... But that's what will happen. Mark it in your book.
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Nope, not my administration. I voted for McCain and Romney.

I'm just waiting for Christie/Jindal '16. Followed closely by Christie for Supreme world ruler in 2024.
I didn't vote for Bush but he sure as hell was my President. But I guess that's what separates us real Americans from people such as yourself.
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I didn't vote for Bush but he sure as hell was my President. But I guess that's what separates us real Americans from people such as yourself.
obama may be the president of our country, but i sure as hell dont respect the man. and ill never refer to him as "my president." if i had "my president" in office, this country would be a hell of a lot better off.
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obama may be the president of our country, but i sure as hell dont respect the man. and ill never refer to him as "my president." if i had "my president" in office, this country would be a hell of a lot better off.
So if Obama is not your President. Then who is your President? You do live in America, the greatest, best country God has ever given man on the face of the earth.... don't you?
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So if Obama is not your President. Then who is your President? You do live in America, the greatest, best country God has ever given man on the face of the earth.... don't you?
re read what i said.

he is OUR PRESIDENT meaning the president of our NATION, which is AMERICA last time i checked.

i just will never refer to him as "my president" because he isn't who I want as "my president"
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re read what i said.

he is OUR PRESIDENT meaning the president of our NATION, which is AMERICA last time i checked.

i just will never refer to him as "my president" because he isn't who I want as "my president"
But he's still your President...
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