Rep. Michele Bachmann says she will not join the cast of ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars' for its 14th season, despite rumors that she was under consideration for the program by the shows producers.
"In full disclosure, I did win a polka-dancing competition when I was in the 10th grade at my alma mater, Anoka High School in Anoka, Minnesota," Bachmann, R-Minn., said in a statement today. "But, despite my 10th-grade polka success and my lifelong love of ballroom dancing, the recent rumors are false. I will not be joining 'Dancing with the Stars.'"
A Bachmann aide said the congresswoman, 55, has received no formal invitation to join the cast, but wanted to release a statement to squash the buzz after reports indicated she was under consideration.
The former candidate for the Republican nomination for president is not the first former contender to decide against joining the popular program, known as "DTWS." Herman Cain Tuesday said he was not interested, despite overtures from the show's producers.
"He can't dance in an eight-count. He can only dance in a nine-count," Lisa Reichert, Cain's spokeswoman, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, playing off Cain's 9-9-9 plan for tax reform.
Bachmann, who dropped out of the race for the nomination Jan. 4, said she will instead focus on the needs of her district as she seeks a fourth term in the House of Representatives.
"My time and attention remains committed to creating more private sector jobs, and higher paying jobs, in the Sixth Congressional District," she stated. "Serious issues face our nation. I'm continuing to push for cutting wasteful government spending, a successful conclusion to the decades-long St. Croix River Crossing Project in my district, and repealing the government takeover of health care."
The full cast for this season will be revealed Feb. 28 on ABC's " Good Morning America." The show's first episode premieres March 19.