John King and David Gergen discuss why Rep. Michele Bachmann won't run again in 2014 and how her legislative career will be remembered by her colleagues and constituents.
In a video statement, Bachmann said her decision has nothing to do with an ethics investigation into her presidential campaign or her concerns about not winning another election.
But King points out she won by fewer than 5,000 votes last time she ran. "The Republicans win today by having Michele Bachmann step aside," he says. "The leadership would prefer a different candidate."
Rep. Michele Bachmann has decided not to seek re-election in 2014. An ethics investigation into how her campaign funds were used will end when she exits Congress at the end of her term.
The Republican Congresswoman announced the news in a video on her website on Wednesday. Bachmann said she didn't base the decision on the congressional ethics inquiry, and it's not because she's worried about her chances of getting re-elected. CNN's Dana Bash reports.
Rep. Michele Bachmann says Obamacare can "literally kill" people. Keeping Them Honest, CNN's Dana Bash asks her for evidence to back up the statement.
Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign is touting the fact they raised more then $1 million in just 25 days. CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports that coverage of Bachmann’s controversial accusation of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in the U.S. government no doubt fueled the fervor donors displayed last month.
Despite criticism from congressional members on both sides of the aisle, Bachmann relentlessly defended these claims all while collecting campaign donations. “Even if she loses on the policy,” says Salon.com reporter Alex Seitz-Wald, “she can still win on the politics.” The Minnesota Republican stands to benefit in terms of fundraising for the upcoming election, as well as within the ranks of her party.
Seitz-Wald reports that Bachmann doled out over $60,000 to Republican candidates in the 2010 election cycle. Her campaign contributions no doubt curried favor within her party. Coupled with her leadership of the Tea Party caucus, Bachman landed herself a seat on the House Intelligence Committee—despite her lack of experience in that department.
Rep. Keith Ellison responds to accusations by his colleague, Rep. Michele Bachmann, that he is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Sen. John McCain took the extraordinary step of speaking out on the Senate floor against fellow Republican lawmaker Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other legislators.
"When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it," McCain said.
He was referring to Bachmann's allegations that members of a radical Jihadist group are infiltrating the U.S. government, specifically naming an aide to Secretary Clinton, Huma Abedin.
McCain also stated in his address, "These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack."
Anderson Cooper traces the roots of the report and debunks the evidence. Keeping Them Honest, he also explains the implications of the claims on U.S. foreign policy.
Rep. Michele Bachmann alleges that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, may have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Her claims are unfounded.
CNN’s Dana Bash tells Anderson Cooper that she tracked down Rep. Bachmann to try and get some answers. “The good news is I can walk pretty fast in heals,” Bash tells Anderson. “The bad news is Michele Bachmann can walk just as fast.”
Watch the video above to see Bachmann avoid Bash’s questions. While Bachmann says on camera that she can do an interview with Bash later, Bachmann’s office replied saying she didn’t have enough time in her schedule.
Senator John McCain took an unusual step in going to the Senate floor to condemn Bachmann’s remarks. “He knows Huma personally,” Bash said. “He likes her and respects her and feels that she’s being unfairly maligned.”
McCain isn’t the only Republican speaking out against Bachmann’s allegations. Ed Rollins, who ran Bachmann’s campaign for president for a short time, wrote a “scathing” piece where he called her “dishonest” and noted Bachmann had “difficulty with her facts” and that what she’s doing is “akin to McCarthyism.”
Salon writer Alex Seitz-Wald tells Anderson, “I think this was a message that was aimed at her base, trying to gin up some anti-Muslim fever before the election and then it kind of blew up a little too big.”
Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison refutes the claims made by Rep. Michele Bachmann and four of her Republican colleagues in letters sent to government agencies calling for an investigation into potential Muslim extremists. Rep. Ellison tells Anderson Cooper that Bachmann's claims of 'deep penetration' of Muslim extremist infiltration into the highest levels of the U.S. government are "not true, it doesn't exist, its a phantom" and that "it just is the worst of guilt by association, it is a stark front to American values" and "we've got to stand up for this idea that we all count in this America"
AC360 reporting shows no direct evidence for Bachmann's claim Huma Abedin "working on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood."