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. Loop

    Please don't let that nutbag anywhere near the Whithouse. Never mind if she was on the ticket, it would garauntee a loss for Romney.

    July 3, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. MrApplesauce

    Romney couldn't be dumb enough to choose her... but the 'powers that be' in the GOP that are actually making all the decisions could be.

    July 3, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Michael Hobart

    It sounds like Piers Morgan was simply trying to stir up some publicity for his show. Michelle Bachman one heartbeat away from the Presidency???? That's enough to cause heart attacks in and of itself.

    July 3, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Steve

    Holy crap, this would be the best thing ever.....Bachmann for Veep!

    July 3, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. malcolm Spence

    stop teasing us with these kind of stories.
    The fact they are even considering her makes me realize how dysfunctional Romney's campaign is.

    July 3, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. sqeptiq

    Please, please, oh please, pick her, pick her, pick her! All my prayers would be answered.

    July 3, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. TheTraveler

    This is too funny! And too tragic too ... To think even "Mitt "Well, he's all we have" Romney would even consider a whack job like Michell Bachmann shows how low a state our political system has reached.

    July 3, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Mike from KC

    WOW! Apparently the GOP learned nothing from McCain inflicting Sarah Palin on the world?
    Picking Bachmann as a running mate would completely secure a win for Obama in Nov.

    Go ahead and selected her as Romney's running mate. I would love to see her debate Biden.

    July 3, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. How would he know

    Come on CNN, she answered the question.. she is not being vetted. Just look at her statement: "Whoever it is that he chooses to bring in as his V.P., it will be a highly competent person...." Question answered.

    July 3, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. cigarman

    Oh, Please Romney, choose Bachman. Choosing Bachman would be great for Obama`s campaign. un fortunately, even Romney is not stupid enough to choose Bachman, but we can all hope,

    July 3, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. slippery

    Just think, she could be the one to push the button in the football and send us all into oblivion.

    July 3, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Lisa of Cocoa, FL

    Oh please, please let her be the one! No doubt it would ensure an instant victory for Obama! She is about as nutty as they come!

    July 3, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. AEK

    "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."

    Okay, truer words were never spoken! So, why is it agin then that Michele Bachmann is being considered? Doomed by her own words!

    July 3, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. M Barr

    Her quote, well that rules her out.
    "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,"

    July 3, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. PJ

    BAHAHAHA!!!! Seems the GOP has a weakness for brain damaged chicks. Palin, Bachmann, Antoinette...the list goes on and on and on...

    July 3, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. ldean50

    Sorry Ms. Bachmann, a Mormon would never choose a woman for the VP job – women are inferior, born for one purpose – to have children to populate the man's planetary home in the afterlife. It is fair for the Romney men to build up her hopes when they are sniggering behind her back.

    July 3, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. FormerMarineSgt

    Bachmann as VP would permanently doom The Romney campaign.

    Yeah! Bachman for VP!!!

    July 3, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. ge

    pick perry

    July 3, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Jim Hahn

    I don't think the Republican powers that be would let Sarah Palin II happen. However, if they did allow this nutcase to be considered for VP, I'd be all for that as it would virtually ensure an Obama sweep and win for the White House.

    July 3, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. witchiepoo

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!! Obama would not have to campaign anymore!!

    July 3, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Checkmate

    She'd be a liability silimar to Paliin. Too risky. Rubio on the other hand would be genius.

    July 3, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Millie

    Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

    July 3, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. judith

    I would love to see Bachmann chosen. She sink Romney quicker than a wounded duck–she's have the "Palin" affect. Could Romney be stupid enough to choose her? I doubt even the Etch-a-Sketch man is that clueless.

    July 3, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Ronald Broker

    Oh please please please pick her Mittens!!! LOL

    July 3, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. RAWoD

    Not even the GOP is stupid enough to pick her.

    July 3, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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