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

    She's missing an opportunity. Her perfect V.P.'s name is right on this page. Ted Turner. Who couldn't get behind a Bachmann-Turner ticket?

    December 1, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. jim


    (wipes tear)

    well ... at least she's got a sense of humor

    December 1, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. normajean @ verizon ,com

    DONALD TRUMP????? MARCO RUBIO///////// I always knew she was nuts!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Bill

    Well, I suppose she could run with Trump if Bozo the Clown were unavailable . . .

    December 1, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. jcorp

    Yeah, I think we've all thought about how we'd spend lottery winnings too. But unlike Mrs Bachmann who has completely ignored her obligation to MN residents, we go back to work knowing that winning the lotto isn't going to happen.

    December 1, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Mike

    Bachmann / Trump...because we can't elect Moe / Curly.

    December 1, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Aaron

    Having Bachmann name you as her VP pick is along the same lines as having Fidel Castro endorse you for president.

    December 1, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. michelle Bachmanns husband looks like the dictator of N.Korea

    @ AlaskaPalin your really smart!!!! Why didnt she just go that extra mile & name Sarah Palin has her choice for VP? Bachmann/Palin 2012 it's a no brainer!

    December 1, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. gino

    Michelle may be stupid, but beautiful? I guess if you like that spaced-out vapid look and the mouth that roars. Look at that picture again, OK?

    December 1, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. America

    The real tragedy is she could have easily made a rebound in her campaign. With Newt the adulterer sinking fast, Mitt the white Obama that no Republican wants in the first place, Perry the brief bumbling buffoon stumbling, and Herman Cain character assasinated. Michelle Bachmann could have seriously made a comeback. Instead she goes and hangs her own campaign by simply dropping Donald Trump's name as a possible VP/Cabinet choice.

    Looks like the only two candidates left with any shred of credibility are Ron Paul and John Huntsman. Time to end the media suppression CNN.

    December 1, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. spike

    I don't care who she picks. As long as she gives me the $2 gas she promised, she can pick Kim Jong Il for vice president.

    December 1, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Stu

    Imagine a Bachmann-Trump press conference. Trump pushes Bachmann aside and takes over the microphone. Bachmann appears offended and tries to regain control of the podium only to have Trump turn to her and say "will you please let me finish"! Finally Bachmann forcefully tries to grab the microphone to have Trump say "Your'e FIRED!....I am now in charge here and will not put up with such incompetence".

    December 1, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Bachmann Turner Over The Hill

    Michelle Bachmann is starting to look like she's been ridden hard and put away wet.

    December 1, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. rearden215

    On the way out, just say or do anything.

    December 1, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. Grady

    the two of them should run as independents...that would be a reality TV show...
    can't you see them coming on after "Survivor".

    December 1, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. steven

    ROFLMAO oh please stop !!! it hurts laughing so hard. Mercy !! She has such a sense of humor.

    December 1, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |

    What? Whom still thinks she's relevant?

    December 1, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. scmom

    Darla(Edmonton, Canada), loved your comment about old blowhard Christie and equally loud mouth Trump.

    December 1, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Buster Bloodvessel

    She's running for president Village Idiot.

    December 1, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Jon

    And thank you, Ms. Bachmann, for once again contributing towards my nightmares.

    December 1, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Scott

    Bachmann/Trump? Be afraid, be very afraid...

    December 1, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. Shannon

    are you guys on the righ embarrassed yet.....good grief is this really the best you've got.

    December 1, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. WhereIsPalin

    She can put all the names she wants on a list. Trump is the only one that would say yes. They're from the same planet.

    December 1, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. DannyCali

    Oh.......Yeah....., Dream on it.......!!!!!

    December 1, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. M Hobart

    Michelle Bachmann as President is sickening enough to contemplate, but Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, Jim DeMint or Marco Rubio with her makes things even worse.

    December 1, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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