On Tuesday night, Bachmann announced via a YouTube video (watch above) that she won't seek re-election in 2014. In the video, the Tea Party leader rejected the idea that she was being hounded out of office, saying her decision "was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former presidential campaign or my former presidential staff" and expressing confidence that she would have beaten Graves.
So why isn't she seeking re-election? Bachmann doesn't really explain. She says that if eight years is enough for presidents, it's enough for her. And she promises not to fade away, continuing "to work vehemently and robustly to fight back against what most in the other party want to do to transform our country into becoming, which would be a nation that our founders would hardly even recognize today." Her future is "full, it is limitless," says Bachmann, it just won't involve sitting in the House. She doesn't rule out running for other public office.