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Michele Bachmann will not appear on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Despite winning a polka contest in high school, the Sixth District Republican will not compete on the ABC dancing competition this season.

Michele Bachmann won a polka dancing contest in high school, but she says she’s not interested in taking whatever dancing skills she might have to ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

On Monday, USA Today reported that producers had invited Bachmann and her fellow former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain to join the dancing competition. Cain said no yesterday, and Bachmann put out a press release declining the offer Wednesday morning.

“In full disclosure, I did win a polka dancing competition when I was in the tenth grade at my alma mater, Anoka High School in Anoka, Minn.,” Bachmann said in a statement. “But, despite my tenth grade polka success and my lifelong love of ballroom dancing, the recent rumors are false. I will not be joining ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

“My time and attention remains committed to creating more private sector jobs, and higher paying jobs, in the Sixth Congressional District. Serious issues face our nation. I’m continuing to push for 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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Dancing With the Stars has featured only a few politically-inclined contestants in the past, most recently Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, in 2010.

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom Delay competed in 2009 but pulled out with an injury. Political commentator Tucker Carlson was a contestant in 2006.