Michele Bachmann's Big Surprise Announcement

Former presidential contender and Tea Party champion announced she would not seek a fifth term.
2:23 | 05/29/13

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A surprise move from a political celebrity. Michele bachmann, who made a spirited run for president, surprised support erds overnight by announcing she will retire from congress. So is she backing away from a tough race, or looking ahead to a bigger one? Jeff zeleny has more on why now and what's next. Reporter: In a message to her supporters today, the republican star said she's calling it quits. I am confident that this is the right decision. Reporter: A stunning nouncement. Only two weeks ago she started running ads promoting her re-election bid. But bachmann down played the fact that she's at the center of three investigations, including an fbi probe over allegations of aides misusing campaign money. This decision was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former presidential campaign. Reporter: It was two years ago when she burst onto the naal scene, shaking up the republican presidential race. I seek the presidency not for vanity, but becausica is at a crucial moment. Reporter: She rode the tea party wave. But along the way, her words often created trouble. I don't know how much god has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had a hurricane. We've had an earthquake. We are also the ones who are paying for someone to walk the president's dog. Reporter: She danced. She ran. And became the first woman to win the iowa straw poll. Her mantra was repealing the health care law. But when I sat down with her this month, she was coy about her future. Will you run again? For? Reporter: President? Well, you never know. Pretty coy there. But she said her future is limitless. She has that big campaign -- i know you've been working your sources on capitol hill. What do they think she's going to do? She is being coy and keeping her options open. First of all, they say she's going to continue to carry out her congressional duties. She's in russia this week, and after that several friends said her biggest fear was being left behind by this tea party movement filled with new faces. One friend told me her best case scenario is a sarah palin model, trying to influence the political arena from outside. We'll see if it works. Okay, jeff, thanks very much. We have an update on what cause the explosion on the train

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