July 3rd, 2012
07:42 AM ET
2 years ago

Bachmann on VP spot: 'Not for me to make that decision'

(CNN) – Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann did not deny Monday whether she was being vetted for the job of Mitt Romney's running mate.

"Whoever it is that he chooses to bring in as his V.P., it will be a highly competent person who could step in at a moment's notice and assume the responsibilities of the White House," the Minnesota congresswoman said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

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Pressed further if she was being considered for the gig, Bachmann, whose name has not been frequently mentioned as a potential contender, left it up to the presumptive GOP nominee and his team to make a comment.

"Well, that's something for the campaign to answer on," she said. "That's not for me to make that decision, and that announcement."

While veep-talk has certainly been a swirling force on the campaign trail in recent weeks, Romney has only confirmed his campaign was vetting Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, though many more are expected to be on his list.

The former Massachusetts governor announced he was considering Rubio in mid-June after some Republicans grew upset over a report claiming the senator was not in the running.

Other potential candidates have kept mum on the veepstakes, refusing to say whether or not they may have a hat in the ring.

For her part, Bachmann was critical of Romney when the two competed for the Republican presidential nomination. As a candidate, Bachmann initially ran with large tea party appeal, frequently bucking what she described as the more establishment faction of the party that Romney represented.

The congresswoman did not endorse Romney until early May, several weeks after former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum dropped out of the race, a move that essentially locked up the nomination for Romney.

Asked repeatedly why she had held out in her support for Romney, Bachmann declined to go into specifics but maintained she was working "behind the scenes, bringing together all factions of our party."

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soundoff (576 Responses)
  1. Jules

    Go ahead, Romney, make my day.

    July 3, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  2. Curt

    " A highly competent person that can step in at a moments notice" I'am glad I just had my morning chuckle. I guess that means she won't be V.P. Remember this is the woman who said vacines can cause mental retardation and thought the U.S. had an embassy in Iran.

    July 3, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  3. Clyde

    "Whoever it is that he chooses to bring in as his V.P., it will be a highly competent person who could step in at a moment's notice and assume the responsibilities of the White House."

    Its doubtful that this looney toons will make the short list if competent is a requirement.

    July 3, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  4. Pieced Off

    I'll say one thing. Tabbing Michelle Bachmann as a running mate would vindicate John McCain. This wild-eyed lunatic makes Sarah Palin look like William F Buckley.

    Michelle Bachmann...Guano Loco.

    July 3, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  5. Larry

    Can you imagine the lovely but oh so stupid Michele Bachmann stepping in as president for even a few minutes?

    July 3, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  6. s

    LOL LOL stop it your killing me, who in their right mind would pick this wacko for anything. Please Romeny pick this wacko machine, easy for win for Obama. I just peed my pants laughing.

    July 3, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  7. Mike Botwin

    Please Mitt! Please please please choose Michele Bachmann for Veep! She makes Sarah Palin sound like Einstein.

    July 3, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  8. clarke

    This would not be a good idea

    July 3, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  9. 1twinsfan

    No, no, no. Yesterday was National Joke Day.

    July 3, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  10. Danno

    Whoever it is that he chooses to bring in as his V.P., it will be a highly competent person who could step in at a moment's notice and assume the responsibilities of the White House,"....that would eliminate her as a possibility.

    July 3, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  11. BaileyB

    Michele Bachmann a heartbeat away from the Presidency !! Now there is a reassuring thought.

    July 3, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  12. Ol' Lefty

    Sarah Palin redux! Please Willard, do it. Alas, tho I think the GOP is crazy, it's not crazy enough to nominate this ding bat for VP.

    July 3, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  13. GJGVT

    Yes, please pick Michelle... please please please... i need some comic relief

    July 3, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  14. pn

    Maybe Romney wants Obama to win really badly?

    July 3, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  15. TomNPitt

    I can't imagine her doing better than Sara. She's not as irritating with what she says, but her voice is only an octave lower. Her big drawback is in her lifestyle. whatever that may be. And i think there is something amiss with the number of foster children she has said she's raised. There's some kind of financial windfall that hasn't been exposed yet. A national election will bring out the best and more likely, the worst in people's lives. She's not been totally vetted.

    July 3, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  16. uzalex

    Please NOOOOOOOOOOOO! 2008 all over again? Even Romney deserves better

    July 3, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  17. Codepwned

    Please... oh PLEASE let her be the VP candidate. that will guarantee the GOP loses horribly.

    July 3, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  18. mommytwice

    Please, Mitt, PLEASE choose her as your running mate. That will assure Obama wins and that our country will not slide back to the 1930's. Romney/Bachmann-god idea for Democrats!!

    July 3, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Ha! A Michelle Bachmann VP nomination would guarantee an Obama re-election. I know the extreme right hates to hear those words, but they know it would be true.

    July 3, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  20. Dave

    LOL! First Palin as VP, then Bachmann. It's like Dumb and Dumber for real!

    July 3, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  21. Henry

    No way this will happen. McCain may have been dumb enough to tap Palin, but Romney is way brighter than McCain. The choice will be Ohio Senator Rob Portman.

    July 3, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  22. Mike

    Dear Mitt Romney,
    You heard it here first: best. pick. ever.

    July 3, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  23. patw2100

    Democrats are upset that they don't have an intelligent attractive woman like Bachmann to support. Hope they enjoy Pelosi and Boxer.

    July 3, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  24. Brain Damaged for Bachmann

    "Whoever it is that he chooses to bring in as his V.P., it will be a highly competent person who could step in at a moment's notice and assume the responsibilities of the White House," Well that rules out Michelle. She has just eliminated herself.

    July 3, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  25. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    RMoney and Fehrnstrom are a 10 on the unintentional comedy scale of running a campaign; they couldn't be that bad to put the crazy one on the ticket, could they?
    Regardless, Willard better be careful that he's not re-primaried in Tampa the way things are going...

    July 3, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
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