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
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  1. Corporations R. People II

    Bachmann and her merry band of men (looking at you too Marcus) can rest assured that they will be free to pursue other endeavors not involving Presidential duties in 2012 and beyond. That list was as laughable as the looney lady's aspirations.

    December 1, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. kenny

    Bachmann has just given her supporters 4 additional reasons not to make her the nominee. I'm surprised she didn't throw Sarah Palins name in the ring also. I'm still supportive of the idea of sending alll TeaPublicans to Pluto to colonize that planet. I know it has no atmosphere but when they arrive, there will be plenty of hot air for them to breath and plenty of BS for them to fertalize the soil with so as to allow them to grow their own crap.

    December 1, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. Greg in Arkansas

    "businessman and reality television host Donald Trump"??...................PLEASE DO...........looking forward to Comedy Central and SNL........LMFAO

    December 1, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. Curt

    Donald Trump as a possible v.p. choice, is she serious? Thats as ridiculous as McCain choosing Palin !!

    December 1, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    She won't have to make those choices.

    December 1, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. jim

    Why is anyone listening to her any more?

    December 1, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. I can see Russia from my house

    You know what will be a great ticket? Perry and his running mate Michelle Bachman.

    Please God, make this happen.

    December 1, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAhadists

    OMG. This has got to be a joke right. Her and Demint are too loco to be on any ticket together. They will literally try and take the country back to the 18th century.

    December 1, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. Daydreamer

    Great! Rick Santorum for V.P. Nice going, Michelle. I like how you sabotage your own campaign. You don't need extra-marital affairs to take you down. You just have to open your mouth.

    December 1, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. quinLee

    Gotta love it. You can't make this stuff up.

    December 1, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. Cedar Rapids

    Oh thats so sweet, shes playing dress up, pretending she has a chance at being president.

    December 1, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. Steveo

    I hope none of these folks don't quit their days jobs. Michelle ain't gonna win the nomination!

    December 1, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. Jilli

    Thank God this clown has no realistic chance of ever being president.

    December 1, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  14. Bessy

    These choices just go to prove how really stupid this woman is. " Donald Trump. Rick Santorum " WOW !!
    Not a real brain among the group.

    December 1, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. gypsyalso

    oh, that is rich – i also daydream – about what i would do if i won the mega millions. honestly – with all the stuff going on in the world – who cares about this woman's dreams?

    December 1, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  16. Butter

    This woman is truly frightening! DONALD TRUMP!? JIM DeMINT!? Can you imagine a country "led" by these people? Except for a tiny bit of Ron Paul, ALL of the Repiglican candidates are a joke.

    December 1, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    How can the person at the bottom of the barrell in this nominating debacle be the first one to pick a V.P.?
    This woman is delusional and completely off her meds.

    December 1, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  18. Huh with a captial H

    Shouldn't she be working on her resignation letter?

    December 1, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  19. Mike Sk

    Ummmm Michelle you won't even get to Florida in the Primary season...stop dreaming about something you have no chance getting.

    December 1, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  20. ED FL

    The biggest gainer in this scenario would be Minnesota and that would be getting rid of this nutcase Bachmann. Can you visualize Mr Bachmann giving dance lessons to gays to break their their choices on saturday nights. The White houses cold be renamed to the funny farm.

    December 1, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    Bachmann?Trump 2012!!

    God, hear my prayer!

    December 1, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  22. bosfaninva

    This is like the Houston Astros naming their World Series pitching rotation.

    December 1, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  23. Donkey Party

    Bachmann is not only delusional (and extremely stupid), but she's also dangerous if she would pick any of those right-wing clowns as a running mate, totally putting the country in peril. Shame on anybody that supports any of these horrible people.

    December 1, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. CathyinMN

    She is NEVER going to get the nomination and those of us who reside in MN HOPE she does not return to Congress. She is PART OF THE PROBLEM with not one solution.

    December 1, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. Eric in Manhattan

    She is as delusional as they come. She truly needs a major does of reality.

    December 1, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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