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Michele Bachmann Won't Seek Fifth Term in House

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican and Tea Party supporter, will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives in 2014, the congresswoman announced in a video posted to YouTube.

In the video, Bachmann, a four-term member of the House of Representatives, said that the decision not to run for re-election had nothing to do with the recent investigation of her campaign finances during the 2013 Presidential campaign.

"Looking forward after the completion of my term -- my future is full, limitless and my passions for American remains," Bachmann said, before adding that she would consider a number of future opportunities that might allow her to help "save and protect our great nation for future generations."

Specifically, Bachmann explained that she believes "eight years is long enough for an individual to serve as representative for a specific congressional district."

What is clear is that Bachmann's decision not to run is not related to an inability to raise campaign funds. Her campaign fund had nearly $2 million as of this March, according to Federal Election Commission filings. By comparison, her would-be challenger, Democrat Jim Graves, has just $36,000 cash on hand at this point.

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Bachmann: Scandals Facing White House 'Far Worse Than Watergate'

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Congressman Michele Bachmann Thursday called the various scandals facing the White House “far worse than Watergate,” blaming the Obama administration for “direct actions taken against Americans who sought to exercise their free speech rights under the First Amendment.”

Bachmann, who ran for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination and currently chairs the Tea Party caucus, held a press conference on Thursday attended by various other conservative luminaries to criticize the administration not just for the IRS targeting Tea Party groups but the Justice Department seizing phone records of Associated Press reporters and the ongoing controversy surrounding last year’s deadly attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

The Minnesota Republican and her GOP allies suggested that if the White House wasn’t complicit in various cover-ups, at the very least, the administration is guilty of allowing the federal government to abuse its already massive powers.

As for the IRS singling out groups affiliated with the Tea Party and various other conservative causes, Bachmann expressed concerns that the White House might go to any lengths to impede the activities of anyone that doesn't march in lockstep with the president’s policies.

Asked whether she thought the various scandals are impeachable offenses, Bachmann measured her words, saying, “We also don’t want to jump to conclusions, we want to go where the facts lead us. We aren’t interested in creating our own facts.”

However, she promised multiple investigations to get to the bottom of the IRS scandal while chief executive Jordan Sekulow of the conservative American Center for Law and Justice said his group will bring a lawsuit against the IRS on Tea Party groups’ behalf next week.

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Bachmann Calls Bush's Bailout Decision an Act of 'Socialism'

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a soon-to-be published memoir, GOP candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann accuses former President George W. Bush of “socialism” for his 2007 decision to bail out financial institutions teetering on collapse, according to reports.

“The Bush administration, which had always professed faith in the free-market system, was now reversing its course,” Bachmann writes in Core of Conviction, a memoir to be released Nov. 15, according to Fox News, which obtained a copy.

In the book, she criticizes Bush and then Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, who pushed for the $700 billion TARP program for “embracing a kind of ‘bailout socialism.’”

She said it was “painful” when GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain supported the bailout and called it “disappointing” when then House Minority leader Rep. John Boehner also backed the legislation, according to Fox.

The Minnesota congresswoman is otherwise full of praise for both Bush and Boehner.

Bachmann describes Bush as “an eminently decent man … a good listener … kind, affable, the opposite of egocentric.”

She remembers watching Boehner, now the House speaker and famous for his cigarette habit, lighting up in 2006, when he came to Minnesota to campaign for her.

“As he lit up a cigarette on the porch,” she wrote, “I suddenly realized who he reminded me of — the TV singer and movie star Dean Martin!”

Bachmann, however, saves her most critical language for President Obama, accusing him of bolstering “moochers” and “hustlers” directing federal money to “political allies” and liberal activist groups.

“Those in the Obama administration didn’t care where the stimulus money was going,” she writes. “What really mattered was spreading money to their friends and political allies — the big-city liberal mayors, the [community organizer] Saul Alinksy nostalgists, the ACORN activists, the taxpayer-subsidy-dependent green-jobs propagandists, and all the other moochers, hustlers and rent seekers demanding ‘a place at the table’ when liberals control the White House.”

Core of Conviction, published by Penguin’s Sentinel imprint, is be released Nov. 21.

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Reps. Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann Give Respective SOTU Responses 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News Radio (WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., the Republican designated to deliver the party's official rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address used his response to call for slashing spending, reducing the national debt and promoting job creation.

“Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified -- especially when it comes to spending," Ryan said. "So hold all of us accountable. In this very room, the House will produce, debate, and advance a budget.  Last year -- in an unprecedented failure -- Congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget. The spending spree continued unchecked."

Ryan's remarks sounded themes that were at the core of the GOP's midterm election strategy last year -- a strategy that led to sweeping victories in the November elections.

Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, told Americans, "we owe you a better choice and a different vision."

"Our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you -- to show you how we intend to do things differently," he said, "how we will cut spending to get the debt down … help create jobs and prosperity … and reform government programs.”

Though Ryan's remarks constituted the official GOP response to the president's speech, it was not the only one that got attention. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., will delivered a Tea Party response in conjunction with the group, Tea Party Express.

Her comments touched on similar themes.

“After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the massive budget bill with over 9,000 earmarks that the President signed, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don’t have," Bachmann said. “But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt at President Obama’s direction -- unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country.”

The congresswoman emphasized earlier this week that her words were "not meant to be in competition" with Rep. Ryan's comments.

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