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. Eric in Manhattan

    That should be "dose"

    December 1, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. Steven Colo

    I realize this will be the only chance she ever gets to name her VP picks, but... seriously.

    December 1, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Jack from Illinois

    Her vaudeville act just keeps getting better and better.

    December 1, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. volksmaniac

    Whether or not she gets the nomination does not matter to me . I just like watching all of the liberals squirm when they see this intelligent , gorgeous , conservative , white woman make any kind of statement. Beautiful woman !!
    Now let the bashing begin .

    December 1, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. lgny

    Talking VP candidates before the first binding caucuses and primaries is pure headline trolling. Why does the press even bother to report it.

    December 1, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. mohillic

    her vp picks are as delusional as her campaign for a republican primary. hang it up bachmann

    December 1, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. RINO Bil

    Bachmann's poll numbers are in the low single digits. Who cares what losers she picks? The Tea Party candidates are non-starters.

    The real interest is with Newt and Mitt. Now if one of them picked a running mate ... THAT would be news.

    December 1, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. Puddin

    I've been thinking the GOP is saving the best for last......Rick Santorum or Jon Huntsman. Certainly not Bachman. As far as a VP pick;, how about Gingrich and Trump teaming up; they're equally arrogant. What a pair that would be!!!

    December 1, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. Joe in PA

    She forgot to mention Joe the Plumber and Christine O'Donnell among others that are her intellectual peers.

    December 1, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. Tired of the nonsense

    Her delusions would be hysterically funny if they weren't so sad.

    December 1, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Walther Shayedt

    Yes!!! Please!! Bachmann/Santorum? How would that be defined on a new website?

    December 1, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. hohumm

    Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Where IS this woman from? Trump for VP? I think she just likes to hear herself talk. I'm beginning to think she is loopier than Sarah.

    December 1, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. Jake

    Thank God this is one administration we will never have to worry about!

    December 1, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. Scot

    Oh Please Please make this the republican ticket this would be sooooo good for the party of family values ! You think they could get 51 % of the vote ? :>)

    December 1, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Donald Trump? Marc Rubio? Jim DeMint? Well, there you have it my fellow 6th District neighbors. Michele Bachmann never really had YOUR best interests at heart, did she? You've all been nothing but a much needed stepping stone for Shelly to reach her "star in the sky" 15 minutes of fame moment. She's proving NATONALLY what we in you surrounding Minnesota Districts have known all along ... that Michele hasn't a leg to stand on, a brain to think with, or a focus on reality other than that which gets her the media attention she so craves. ALL of you ought to be down right embarrassed to watch her fumble and stumble ... after all, those of you who continue to vote for her have given her the platform necessary to keep her self centered ambitions alive. The woman is polling in single digits ... and measuring the White House drapes without a care for reality.

    December 1, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Donald Trump? Donald Trump? The scary part is that she's actually serious.

    Well, there goes the last of the air out of her sails. Anyone who thinks that Donald Trump has the right stuff to be VP just ain't got the right stuff themselves.

    December 1, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. parkcitybrian

    ah, yessss...she is an early xmas gift, one that just keeps on giving. puleeze, pretty puleeze with sugar on top stay in the presidential race, dont drop out. it just makes the republicans look sillier and sillier (if, indeed, that is possible).

    December 1, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Lee

    This woman is more delusional than I thought. She is a has been in this race and now she is talking about running mates and the cabinet. She should be sucking up to Newt and Mitt to be on the ticket.

    December 1, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. AhhPures

    Sounds like Mrs Bachmann has a crush on Rick Santorum, hmmmmm. We will have to watch those two closely.

    December 1, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  20. LegendRx

    As I shake my head and smile . . . What a show, what a show!

    December 1, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. Janer52

    stupid is as stupid does

    December 1, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. bill

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha ..............Is today April 1st ?

    December 1, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. Ellis Island

    Given this lady does not have a snow ball's chance in hell of winning the nomination, this pipe dream of hers is rather amusing.

    December 1, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. Mr Mel

    Bachmann- Trump 2012.
    It wouldn't matter if it were Michelle and Donald or Marcus and Ivanka.

    December 1, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. kevin

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, This is just to darn funny, you can make this stuff up. Michelle, come on now, your picking a Vice President. I can barely stop laughing enough to type this without looking like Michelle Bachmann a complete and total FOOL.

    December 1, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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