Bachmann names V.P. picks
December 1st, 2011
07:47 AM ET
2 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. GregHouse

    You gotta like her spunk. Or not.

    December 1, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Paul1st

    Gee, Michelle, why not Pawlenty? or Gingrich? or Jeb Bush? or Beck? or Cantor? My personal favorite for your potential running mate is O'Donnell from Delaware.

    December 1, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Barbara - Philadelphia

    @Cecilia You wrote: the republican party is doomed unless they get themselves some adults with some smarts.

    I think it's pretty evident by now that this is absolutely the last type of candidate the Reps want.

    December 1, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Me in MN

    Donald Trump? Large, blowhard and frankly, not too bright Trump? Why is the GOP treating the highest offices in the land as a joke?

    December 1, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Greg McColm

    To the proposal of a Bachmann-Trump ticket, Obama can only respond, "Yes, please..."

    December 1, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. RPh

    That would be hilarious

    December 1, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Moelips

    it will never happen. It's like someone wishing to win the powerball jackpot, but with a never as the possibility. She may never win the jackpot, but she is a crackpot.

    December 1, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Ron

    Bachmann – Trump... Sounds like it would be a good disaster film...

    December 1, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. lloyd roberts

    Bachmann and Trump. Will they do anything else but look at themselves in the mirror and fix their hair. Because inside the capsule that the hair grows on is nothing but dead space

    December 1, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Norm

    She names Trump?
    This is exactly the kind of bug eyed crazy talk that lost her the nomination.
    Who would keep throwing away millions to support this loon?

    December 1, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. ART

    Bauchmann is intellectually incapacitated

    December 1, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. cp125

    Oh yes please!!!!! The perfect duo of idiots to beat Obama!

    December 1, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Ohioan

    She's is a nutjob,,,

    Only Mitch Daniels of Indiana is worthy of the republican nomination..

    December 1, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. S From Canada - and Britain

    BASSMAM
    You forgot to mention that in the dame breath he referred to the Embassy as that of the United Kingdom – ie BRITAIN – or did you not stick around that long>

    December 1, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. JB21

    Is this the best my beloved GOP can do? All of them are bloody jokes, I'm embarrassed to no end.

    December 1, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. kel

    Bachman and Trump? Never happen.

    December 1, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. steve

    stupid is as stupid does. right wing religious fundamentalist, uh, are we in the middle east????

    December 1, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Bob (Illinois)

    This is the best laugh I've had all week!

    December 1, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. For Whom The Bell Tolls

    Can you imagine any of these combinations? It would be the end of the poor and middle classes and probably the death of the United States. shudder.....

    December 1, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Laurie in Spokane

    this is a joke right? Bachmann/Trump?

    December 1, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. demogal

    This is all intended to be a big joke, right?

    December 1, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Dan

    She's just delusional. Ssoon she is going to...reassess her campaign

    December 1, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. GTA

    This from the woman who claims to have the ability to restore $2 per gallon gasoline single-handedly, as though the global economy did not exist or does not matter. So, speculating on running mates and cabinet members seems just a little bit presumptuous, no?

    December 1, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. The Veteran

    British Embassy, English Embassy, or UK Embassy. What difference does it make? We're talking about the smae people. Conservatives will try to make a mountain out of a molehill unless it is one of their own totally giving out false or incorrect information.

    How many conservatives know where the UK is located on a map? How many have even been there?

    December 1, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Gary

    When I saw this headline, for a moment I though it was April 1st (April fools day) and not December 1st :)

    December 1, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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