Michele Bachmann announced she won't be running for the U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota, recently left vacant by Al Franken, because she "wasn’t hearing any call from God" to do so.
"I'm not going to run for that office," Bachmann told Minnesota radio host Jan Markell on Saturday. "I had a lot of people contacting me, wanting to give me money and be a part of my team to run for a campaign."
She noted that if she had announced her candidacy, it would have "immediately overnight turned into a national election — it would have been a big deal."
The deeply religious Bachmann has certainly said her fair share of outrageous things. But claiming God told her not to run for Senate shouldn't surprise many.
"But what I did is I did what I have done on every other time I thought about running: I took it to the Lord in a very quiet way, I took it before the Lord, I prayed, I tried to have my ears open and hear what God was saying to me," Bachmann explained.
The former Republican U.S. representative went on to detail that she "considered" running for Franken's old seat "quite a long time" but ultimately, it was God who persuaded her otherwise.
"From the very first day when Al Franken had announced his resignation from the U.S. Senate, I went before the Lord and it became very clear to me that I wasn't hearing any call from God to do this," she explained. "I've always prayed and tried to seek out what God’s will for me would be, and each time before, I've had this inner sense that I'm supposed to do this, I'm supposed to run."
This time, she felt no "inner sense."
Bachmann added that running for this office "would be a very big undertaking," and she "would be delighted and happy to do it, if I felt like that's what God was calling me to do."
"I just don't have a sense," she said. "And without that sense, I can't do it."
Maybe Bachmann doesn't feel that sense because one billboard in Minnesota depicting God already gave her an answer as to whether she should run: No.
Listen to Bachmann's full interview below, via Right Wing Watch: