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. Joee Deere

    How about Bachman-Palin 2012? that's a dream ticket, isn't it!

    December 1, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. sleuth51

    Yah, Bachmann and Santorum, Bible-carrying pro-lifers who embrace torture, assassinations, wars, vengeance, revenge and religious hatred. Life starts at conception, but ends at our borders.

    December 1, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. mdubbs

    I will move out of the country... Not even kidding.

    December 1, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Chris Lee

    Oh, please. Does she even know what an Attorney General does? She is probably struggling to get her head around how all those people are going to fit in her china cabinet. There must be a really big one in the White House.

    December 1, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Republican who supports President Obama

    Why are we paying attention to her? She is a joke.

    December 1, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. indyreader

    Bachmann/Trump? Bachmann/Santorum? BAAWWWWWHAWHAWHAWhawhawhawhaw!

    Oh – she's serious? Wait a second, let me laugh even harder!

    Pragmatically, Obama is going to have a hard time in some of the borderline states – but if Santorum wound up smeared onto the ballot, even in the VP slot, Pennsylvania would not be one of those problem states. Obama would carry it again easily.

    December 1, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. SFC Mike

    We gettin' a little ahead of ourselves, there, Michelle?

    Isn't the power of self-delusion amazing?

    December 1, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. PK California

    I always thought the GOP was a group of diddle-dops, now I know they ARE!!!!!!

    December 1, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. jane

    Thank the Goddess that wont happen!

    December 1, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Russ

    HaHaHaHa!!! Trump as vice president? That's almost as funny as Bachmann as President!!!

    December 1, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. RoadKing

    Talk about putting the cart ahead of the horse..

    December 1, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Don

    Please God let it happen. A ticket the 1% can truly support.

    December 1, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. DIANA

    Please, please nominate this woman. This would be Obama's dream team and he wouldn't need to campaign.

    December 1, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Recovering Republican

    Trump is too smart to tie his reputation to this hopeless campaign. Plus, the Superdome would be the only location large enough to hold both Trump's and Bachmann's egos.

    December 1, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Besides being NOWHERE close to receiving the nomination, Ms. Bachmann has just demonstrated her complete lack of any "smarts". You don't ask anyone with a bigger personality or louder mouth to be your second-in-command. They will overshadow you every time. That's why Donald Trump and Chris Christie will never be VPs ... if they can't be the "big guy on the playground", they'll never be happy ... and God knows, Americans already know what these two airbags are like when they're not happy!

    December 1, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hi, Michele. Knowing how you represent Minnesota and all ... well, when you're not living it up in Iowa, that is, I wanted to share a nice article ABOUT Minnesota with you:

    Minnesota ranks 4th in Best Run States (from NBC article)
    > State debt per capita: $1,790 (8th lowest)
    > Pct. without health insurance: 9.1% (4th lowest)
    > Pct. below poverty line: 11.0% (10th lowest)
    > Unemployment: 6.9% (14th lowest)

    Minnesota moved up in the ranking from fifth to fourth due to its improvement in several categories, including violent crime rate and health insurance coverage. In 2010, just 9.1% of state residents were without health insurance coverage — the fourth best rate in the country. The state also continues to excel in the areas it did last year. Some 91.5% of the state’s adult population has graduated high school — the second highest percentage in the country. The state also has the eighth lowest debt per capita.

    Kudo's to our Democratic Governor Mark Dayton for turning around the 8 year disaster that was Tim Pawlenty. Michele, of course, not having spent any recent time IN Minnesota ought to be thrilled to know her home state is thriving without her assistance ... if she even recognizes us anymore, which is doubtful.

    December 1, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. RJ in Iowa!

    If nothing else Michelle has moxie! FYI: A snowball in Hell would fare better than her getting the GOP nomination!

    December 1, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Martha in CF

    Oh please. We don't need ANY Looney Tunes in the White House.

    Obama 2012

    December 1, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. AKSean

    Welcome to the Dimwit and Dullard Show–you get to choose from the ridiculous list who gets to be what.

    December 1, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think she really needs that since is going to fail. The question for me now is she going to make it back to the House or not.

    December 1, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. zip

    We, the people of Minnesota, promise our fellow Americans that not only will this woman not smell the White House, but we will not return her to Congress in 2012. For all the hijinks this woman has caused, we apologize not just to America, but the world. We are ashamed.

    December 1, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. MilfyMilf

    Not a chance.

    December 1, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. lagtat

    donald trump?? could she be any more of a nitwit? I can't wait till this election is over and Obama gets on with running the country and this skank can crawl back under the rock she came out of.

    December 1, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. crooked bridge

    Frankly, Bachman could name her entire cabinet and it would have the same relevance. Nothing.

    December 1, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. ClarasBeau

    Well, bless her heart! You know, it's kind of sad, really, that the media allows such a delusional individual to continue to embarrass herself in front of so many, over and over again... They should show her some sympathy, and just turn the cameras the other way. Poor thing.

    December 1, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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