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Politics: Bachmann Retirement / A Discussion #1044890

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Washington: Dana Bash) The announcement by Representative Michele Bachmann she will not seek re-election in 2014 discussed; details given about her several problems on the legal front, including a Congressional ethics investigation, the possibility she could lose her next election, the reaction among her Republican colleagues, who do admire her political savvy with the Tea Party. [BACHMANN - explains her decision.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The controversies generated by Bachmann reviewed and the facts checked. [November 2010, BACHMANN - says the president's trip to India would cost 200 million a day.] [September 14, 2011, BACHMANN - speaks about the vaccine and mental retardation.] [March 16, 19, BACHMANN - talks about the president's dog walker.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen and John King about Bachmann retiring from Congress. [KING - assesses her political chances for re-election; comments on comparing Bachmann to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin; comments on the state of the Tea Party movement.] [GERGEN - says she had a thin legislative record, but made an impact politically; notes losing would have damaged her career, but now she can be on a punditry circuit and have a political influence.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Bash, Dana

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