(NEW YORK) — Rep. Michele Bachmann says she will not join the cast of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars for its 14th season, despite rumors that she was under consideration for the program by the show’s producers.
“In full disclosure, I did win a polka-dancing competition when I was in the 10th grade at my alma mater, Anoka High School in Anoka, Minnesota,” Bachmann, R-Minn., said in a statement Wednesday. “But, despite my 10th-grade polka success and my lifelong love of ballroom dancing, the recent rumors are false. I will not be joining Dancing with the Stars.”
A Bachmann aide said the congresswoman, 55, has received no formal invitation to join the cast, but wanted to release a statement to squash the buzz after reports indicated she was under consideration.
The former candidate for the Republican nomination for president is not the first former contender to decide against joining the popular program. Herman Cain on Tuesday said he was not interested, despite overtures from the show’s producers.
Bachmann, who dropped out of the race for the nomination Jan. 4, said she will instead focus on the needs of her district as she seeks a fourth term in the House of Representatives.
The full cast for this season will be revealed Feb. 28 on ABC’s Good Morning America. The show’s first episode premieres March 19.
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