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Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Michele Bachmann: I will not be doing ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Rep. Michele Bachmann has said she too has decided not to participate in the upcoming season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

“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 today to ABC News – ABC being home of “Dancing with the Stars.” 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’,” she concluded.

Her announcement comes one day after a rep for former GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain said he would not participate in the dance competition series because “He can’t dance in an eight-count. He can only dance in a nine-count” – as in 9-9-9.

In Bachmann’s case, she’s turning down the show before they actually asked her to participate; an aide explained she wanted to release a statement “to quash” all the buzz that she was under consideration.

Buzz?

The casting folks on “Dancing” are really under fire this season to come up with something big because, for the first time this season, the show will air against NBC’s singing competition series “The Voice” which has gotten off to a strong start.

“Dancing,” which debuts its new edition on March 19, rises and falls in the ratings, based in large measure on the celebrity casting. And polarizing political figures seem to do well for the show.

Anyway, with the pressure of waiting for a possible “Dancing” offer off her back, Bachmann says she can now focus on more serious issues like “cutting wasteful government spending, a successful conclusion to the decades-long St. Croix River Crossing Project in my district, and repealing the government takeover of health care.”

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