Michele Bachmann's presidential dream is over. At a press conference Wednesday morning in Des Moines, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced that she is suspending her campaign for the Republican nomination for president, effectively dropping out, after her disastrous sixth-place showing Tuesday in the Iowa Caucuses.
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"And so last night, the people of Iowa spoke, with a very clear voice," said Bachmann. "And so I have decided to stand aside. And I believe that if we are going to repeal Obamacare, turn our country around, and take back our country, we must do so united. And I believe that we must rally behind the person that our country, and our party, and our people, select to be that standard-bearer."
She did not directly comment on whether she will run for re-election to her safe Republican seat in the House, but did say she would continue to be "a strong voice" in public life.
Going into the race, Bachmann's advantages were twofold: First, she has always seemed to genuinely enjoy going out and campaigning among everyday people. But furthermore, she doesn't just speak Tea Party fluently, as the other Republicans have learned to do, but as her first language. After all, it was all the way back in March 2009, when the Tea Parties were just barely being formed, that she called for revolution in America against President Obama.