Bachmann withdraws from House Republican Chairman contest UPDATED! Bachmann statement

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann has withdrawn from the contest for chairman of the House Republican Conference in the 112th Congress.

Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling has issued the following statement on Bachmann's withdrawal:

“Michele Bachmann is a committed movement conservative whose effective voice played an important role in America’s decision to trust House Republicans once again. She is a dear friend, and I am humbled to earn her support. I look forward to her energetic leadership in a united House Republican Conference during the 112th Congress.

“My campaign to serve as Chairman of the House Republican Conference is not complete. I am committed to reaching-out to every Republican Member-elect and current House Republican before Wednesday’s vote to seek their counsel and support. If elected, I look forward to working with other Republican leaders to demonstrate that we heard a very clear message on Election Day. Americans want us to focus on principle-based approaches to job creation and cutting the out-of-control spending that is threatening our children’s and grandchildren’s futures with a tsunami of red ink.

“Our nation is at a tipping point. The days ahead will be full of opportunities and challenges. If House Republicans remain committed to the values of faith, family, free enterprise, and freedom, and if we remain both courageous and smart, together we can preserve the torch of liberty for the next generation.”

UPDATE: Bachmann to support Hensarling

“Jeb Hensarling has my enthusiastic support for his candidacy to become Republican House Conference Chair. Jeb has demonstrated his commitment to limited government, reduced spending and lower taxes and he will be a strong voice for the Tea Party’s call for these values,” Bachmann said in a statement posted on her official web site this evening.

“I look forward to continuing my consistent support of the Tea Party. I plan to advance the Tea Party ideals through their listening arm, the Tea Party Caucus. It is my wish to bring new faces to the caucus, including freshmen members.”

For her complete statement, go here.

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