Ames, Iowa (CNN) – What does Herman Cain think of potentially running with Michele Bachmann on a presidential ticket?
The businessman from Georgia was asked that question after a tea party activist said a Bachmann-Cain ticket would be a “dream team.” Other tea partiers also have high praise for both Republican presidential candidates, believing that both are fully wedded to tea party ideals.
“It’s a little early to talk about a team at this point because a lot can happen,” Cain said. But as Cain spoke to this reporter from the middle of a crowd of supporters, some were heard saying, “That would be a dream team.”
Cain swatted away any notion of that with a bit of the political bravado that’s earned him both fans and critics.
“The people are going to have a lot to say with who's going to run with me on my ticket," Cain said.
Moments earlier, tea party activist William Temple of the Brunswick, Georgia-based Golden Isles Tea Party, talked to CNN.
“Bachmann has been the leader of the House Tea Party Caucus. She has also been the one that has maintained her stand on not raising the national debt ceiling,” Temple said. “Herman Cain as well.”
“I’d love to see either one of them president,” Temple continued. “But we’ve got to go with the one that has been with us longest.”
Temple continued: “Michele has been with the tea party all this time, faithful to it. Stood up for it. And anytime it was attacked, Michele was always there to defend it.
“I’d love to see Bachmann and Cain. But the problem is, if you tell any candidates we want you run for vice president, that’s not very helpful.”