“There’s just a time when you’ve served, and then it’s time to move on,” Bachmann told Fox News in her first interview since the retirement announcement.
“I’m not retiring, I’m not going silent, I’m not quitting my public involvement. In fact, I may run for another public office, that may happen, but for right now, I think I’m going to find another perch to weigh in on these matters.”
"I'm not taking anything off of the table," Bachmann said. "But that's certainly not my No. 1 item that I'm looking at right now, either. I'm in the game for the long haul."
Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll in August 2011, but was unable to convert that momentum into a victory in the Iowa caucus five months later. After finishing sixth, she dropped out of the presidential race.
Bachmann's presidential campaign may have also contributed to the lawmaker's decision to retire, with her campaign's finance practices under investigation by the Federal Election Commission.