"I'm not going away."
Those were Michele Bachmann's not-so-parting words in an exclusive interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday.
Bachmann, a Republican representative from Minnesota for the last eight years, announced that she won't seek reelection come 2014. The move came as a surprise, since the Tea Party leader had already began campaigning, raising money, and running ads for a rematch in the fall.
So, what's next for Bachmann?
In the interview with Hannity, she said she's "wide open" to other possibilities and will "continue to be a very strong voice."
“In fact, I may run for another public office, that could happen,” Bachmann said. Although Bachmann didn't directly comment on a run for president in 2016, there have been rumors that she plans to do just that. However, she claims it's not her "number one item either."
Michele Bachmann's possible to-do list, besides running for president:
- Make the rounds as a conservative speaker or writing a book
- Become the leader of an advocacy group
- Run for Senate against Al Franken
- Disappear from public life?