Michele Bachmann’s Exit Strategy

EIGHT IS ENOUGH: In an e-mail message to supporters and a video posted online early this morning Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., announced she would not seek a fifth term in Congress in 2014. “Be assured, my decision was not in any way influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected to Congress,” Bachmann says in the nearly nine-minute video. “I’ve always, in the past, defeated candidates who are capable, qualified and well-funded.” But at a time when an ethics cloud hangs over her, she also noted, “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.” The former presidential candidate insisted that she never considered holding public office to be an “occupation.” Looking ahead, “my future is full, limitless and my passions for America will remain. And I want you to be assured that 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.”

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