After placing sixth in the Iowa caucuses, Michele Bachmann is dropping out of the presidential race. Bachmann, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, who “loved to boast” about her roots there, took only 7 percent of the vote in Blackhawk County (where Waterloo is located). She made the announcement about suspending her campaign at a press conference on Wednesday morning after canceling a campaign event in South Carolina. Saying that President Barack Obama’s health care reforms “threaten the survival of the Republic,” she said that she has “decided to stand aside.”
The National Journal had reported early on Wednesday morning that Bachmann was suspending her presidential campaign, according to a senior Republican official “with direct knowledge of the lawmaker’s plans” who spoke anonymously.
The three-term congresswoman from Minnesota, who founded the Tea Party Caucus in Congress, had won the top spot in the Ames Straw Poll in August.
Bachmann won supporters with her socially conservative, family-oriented platform, but has repeatedly come under fire. In June, a gay patient told ABC News that the Christian counseling center owned by Bachmann and her husband had tried to “pray the gay away” using “reparative therapy.” After she linked the HPV vaccine (which Texas governor Rick Perry had mandated) to mental retardation in young girls, the American Academy of Pediatrics said that her statement had “absolutely no scientific validity.”
As ABC’s The Note blog observes, “no one fell from the frontrunner perch farther or faster than the Minnesota Congresswoman.”
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