WASHINGTON--Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who ran for president in 2012, fueled by Tea Party conservatives, announced early Wednesday that she will not seek a fifth term.
Bachmann, traveling in Russia with a congressional delegation, said in her 8:40 video, posted on YouTube, said her decision not to run again had nothing to inquiries made into the finances of her 2012 presidential campaign or the fact that her Democratic challenger is looking for a 2014 rematch. She won by about 5,000 votes last year. "I have every confidence" of winning if running again, she said.
"The law limits anyone from serving as president of the United States for more than eight years, and in my opinion, well, eight years is also long enough for an individual to serve as a representative for a specific Congressional district," Bachmann said.
She also said, "It was clearly understood that compliance with all rules and regulations was an absolute necessity for my presidential campaign," Bachmann said. "And I have no reason to believe that that was not the case."