Bachmann names V.P. picks
December 1st, 2011
07:47 AM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann names V.P. picks

(CNN) - She may not be topping polls as a Republican presidential candidate, but Rep. Michele Bachmann has already put some thought into who she might select as her running mate or appoint to her cabinet.

Bachmann threw out a few names Wednesday when asked who her potential vice-president would be, including fellow candidate Rick Santorum, businessman and reality television host Donald Trump, and influential GOP senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida.

The congresswoman from Minnesota also floated Santorum as a potential attorney general, saying his legal acumen was top notch.

"I think that Rick Santorum is a wonderful man personally, but also, I think that he's very gifted when it comes to the area of legal issues," Bachmann said on the Fox News program "On the Record w/ Greta van Susteren."

"I think I could see him as an attorney general. I think he'd do a great job. I haven't talked to Rick about that, but I think he'd be wonderful, or another cabinet position."

Bachmann also said Santorum would be on her list of potential running mates, should she win the Republican presidential nomination. Other names on her list?

"We've got a lot of wonderful candidates who would fit that bill," Bachmann said. "Easily comes to mind I think would be Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. Marco Rubio of Florida certainly would be in that category. There's a lot of great people out there. And Donald Trump is someone that I think a lot of people would be intrigued with, too."

Bachmann has met with Trump four times during her campaign, last meeting with the mogul in mid-November at the Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Donald Trump • Michele Bachmann • Rick Santorum
soundoff (461 Responses)
  1. Robert - Atlanta

    Who cares what the crazy lady thinks? She will never be nominated or any of the other nutcases – Ron Paul, Santorum (do the Goggle) or the washed-up shirt chaser Herman Cain. It will come down to Newt, Romney or worst of all – Slick Rick. Perry is just dumb enough to qualify with the imbeciles in the GOP the same way bush did. Plus the women think he’s cute...

    December 1, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. NW

    I find this entire article quite disturbing.

    December 1, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. GRofPA

    As a Democrat, I sure hope this ends up being the GOP ticket in the general election!

    December 1, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Kevin O.

    So I saw she was telling people in Iowa that government should not prevent prayer in school yet she is perfectly okay with her interpretation of God's will and dictating marriage is between a man and a woman and then states "It's a law."

    Yes Michele, you arrogant tart, it is a law you helped author.

    Also Michele, faith does not give a person a right to interpret God's will. You are a pharisee.

    December 1, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. alice sophia

    Even the writers at SNL couldn't dream of making this stuff up. BTW why Trump? Or does the Queen of Gaff hope he'll secure the New York vote?

    December 1, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Thanks for the laughs flake. If you thought your campaign was going down the toilet before forget about it now!! :-) :-)
    The newter cheating man is now claiming he singlehandedly stopped communism. These people are really demented!!!
    Just when you thought the clowns couldn't get funnier they open mouth and stick foot in it.

    December 1, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. russ139

    Bachmann-Trump. You're kidding, right?

    December 1, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Great White

    She is also thinking of choosing Santa Claus as a running mate.

    December 1, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Max

    Backmann & Trump????????????

    The two dumbest ever of all candidates! What a disaster this would be for the Grand Old Party and for the United States of America? This country would have gone to the dogs and the biggest question would be 'WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?'

    December 1, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. mike

    Over the past few months I've had an awfully hard time taking this country seriously. Now it's getting really dumb. I'm starting to realize this is all just kind of an illusion and we're just stupid people who buy into what's essentially reality tv.

    December 1, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. mike

    Over the past few months I've had an awfully hard time taking this country seriously. I'm starting to realize this is all just kind of an illusion and we're just stupid people who buy into what's essentially reality tv.

    December 1, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. mike

    Over the past few months I've had an awfully hard time taking this country seriously. I'm starting to realize this is all just kind of an illusion and we're just dullards who buy into what's essentially reality tv. (if there are a bunch of slightly tweaked comments I'm sorry but anytime a comment is awaiting moderation it means you said something to offend Americaland...i mean world...i mean planet, and it's just not gonna show up)

    December 1, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. billy davis

    Bachmann and Trump. Crazy and Crazier. Baaaaaahahahahahaha.....

    December 1, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. BD70

    A joke right? Oh wait...this is Bachmann....the queen of head space.

    December 1, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. us1776

    Bachmann – ANYONE = Aha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !!

    .

    December 1, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. Terry Gloege

    Too bad her chances of ever needing to make that choice are equal to or less than that proverbial chance in hell. I'd pay money to see a Bachman/Trump campaign.

    December 1, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. v_mag

    Thanks, Michele. Now, I'd like to announce that my running mate will be Ghenghis Khan, just as soon as we dig him up and dust him off. (No need to prove his American citizenship, surely.) And we have as much chance of winning as you do, honey.

    December 1, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Expat American

    Bachmann/Newt 2012...

    ...BHO2012

    December 1, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Jack Tors

    You have to wonder if Trump will be making that face like he has to move his bowels on the campaign trail.

    December 1, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. silver

    The people of Florida might vote for her if she picks Rubio. That way we can get him out of here.

    December 1, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Bonechips

    What happened to decent citizens running for office? Most of these bozos vote "present" when polled so not to offend any potential voters. Maybe we as a nation should vote present in 2012.

    December 1, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. JustMe

    Why is she talking about VP candidates when she will NEVER get the nomination?

    December 1, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Ernie

    If Michelle Bachman were to select Donald Trump as her Vice President it would be a grave mistake. Donald Trump would not make a good Vice President because he has to much invested in his own dealings. Would he be a good outside adviser yes. But not a a Vice President or holding a Cabinet post. Michelle Bachman's other picks are much better and more qualified. I believe that Rick Santorum would make an excellent AG. He would be a no non-sense AG and clean up the AG's office. Donald Trump has his big chance but he wanted to be King Midas and stay home and count his money.

    December 1, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. gggg

    You know, every comedian in the world is hoping for Bachmann/Trump. Dumb and Dumber in the White House. All of the "leadership" would be absolutely absurd and horrible, but it would be funny as hell; assuming they didn't anger us all enough to have heart attacks.

    December 1, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. saftgek

    Is there no end to the pitiful comedy that is the GOP field. Granted, Rep. Bachmann has less chance for POTUS than a snowball's chance in hell. With that said, she clearly is now gone beyond whacked. What a list – Trump, a life-lon (at best) bizarro; DeMint, an ultra-RIght Wing fringe element who demonstrates virtually NO willingness to rule of-by-for the people; Rubio (???).

    There are two things that, I believe, need to happen – for the good of all: 1) Rep. Bachmann needs to gracefully terminate her "run," and 2) the voters of MN need to force her retirement from Congress – through their votes.

    Rep. Bachmann tried to be the MN version of Sarah Palin. While coming close, she's still 2nd "best." Imagine Palin and Bachmann in positions of leadership and power?!? Very Scarey! ! !

    December 1, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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