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 (577 Responses)
  1. Bob Ramos

    Note to Romney........Please pretty please select Brachman to be your VP. He He He He.....

    July 3, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Madtown

    "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"
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    I completely agree with her statement. Of course, her statement also serves to completely invalidate herself for consideration, but we all knew that already anyway.

    July 3, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. CW

    YES PLEASE. Game, Set, Match to Obama.

    July 3, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Billy davis

    Please, Please Mitt Romney select Michelle Bachmann for VP. Your loss would be worse than McCain/Palin...

    July 3, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. cathstar

    She would be a perfect choice!!! She will doom Romney just as Palin did McCain. Go Obama 2012!!!

    July 3, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Guitar

    Please, Please, Please put her on the ticket! It would not only assure Obama being re-elected, but it would add some levity to these droll campaigns. She has quite the gift of bending the facts, – making up facts, and simply showing how loony we have let our political representatives become.

    July 3, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. GP

    Better not – the woman can't shut up – would be a total embarrassment to the US. I would love to debate her...she is a sore loser.

    July 3, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Trent

    Romney won't make the same mistake as McCain by picked a crazy tea party radical as his running mate.

    July 3, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. zapper

    I think she's a great choice! ;-)

    July 3, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Mitt, PLEASE select this nut as your running mate! We all need a good laugh!

    July 3, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. tom

    Oh yeah....that is EXACTLY what you should do Mitten Man. It will ensure Pres. Obama wins in a landslide. Ole Crazy Eyes Bachmann and her big ole Mo of a husband is exactly what you need. She is at least a fraction of a bit smarter than Palin but even more annoying and hateful. Go for it Mitt.

    July 3, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Ralph G.

    John McCain already made the mistake of bringing in an incompetent extremist. Hopefully Romney will have the intelligence to put forward someone who would be competent for the job, and not someone whose main job is to win the votes of religious extremists.

    July 3, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. KKDenver

    Please Oh Please Oh Please Oh Please Oh Please Oh Please Oh Please Oh Please

    July 3, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Bettie

    I really wish he will pick her; it will be more fun to watch. She will make things so much worse for him. It will be a fun election year!!!

    July 3, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. scoobypoo

    Bachmann is one of the few current politicians with an intelligence deficit that rivals even Sarah Palin.
    Oh, please, please pick her, Mitt.

    July 3, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Let's see, Bat-S Crazy Bachmann now has Swiss citizenship and Mittens has money in Swiss bank accounts, so perhaps this is a match made in heaven ...

    July 3, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. scoobypoo

    Talk about unqualified for any public office, much less the presidency.
    Who does she think she is? Palin?

    July 3, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Steven Colo

    Well, the GOP wasn't made to apologize for picking Palin, so maybe they learned nothing.

    July 3, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. hypatia

    Pretty please? Nothing could lose Romney the whole shebang faster. Shhhhhh.....don't tell him that.

    July 3, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    How will Bachmann reconcile her belief that Mittens belongs to an un-christian cult if she is chosen?

    July 3, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Bobby

    I'm just a stranger in a strange land. Whatever is going on in Republicanland is always strange.

    July 3, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Publius Novus

    What really boggles the mind is that–after full exposure to her mindless twitter during the GOP primaries–the "voters" of MN-6 are very likely going to re-elect her.

    July 3, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. hwy9

    Yes! Pick the crazy woman – that worked out soooo well for McCain!

    July 3, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. bob klepak

    The DNC would payfor the printing & distribution of the Romeny / Bachmann 1612 ) bumper stickers.

    July 3, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. John

    Soon after she lost the GOP Presidential Primary, she took Swiss Citzenship.............. She is a Traitor.
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    July 3, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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