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. Kevin

    She is more competent than Biden not to mention God. I mean Obama.

    July 3, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. dp

    "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 count Bachmann OUT. She just disqualified herself.

    July 3, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Thomas

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

    She finally said something that it true and honest .

    July 3, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Sniffit

    I like her Bad Lip Reading the best from Funny or Die. Look it up...it's completely hilarious.

    July 3, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. wm Scot

    Oh Pleeeeease make her the VP Mitt Pleeease ! I would do a dance and drink to the good ole GOP with that one !

    July 3, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. luke,az

    Gov. Robme , PLEASE, PLEASE pick her for your running mate. It will all but ensure President Obamas re-election. By the way, when will the Republican party split into 3 parties; moderates,evangelicals and tea partiers, maybe even 4 parties, let's not forget Ron Paul's supporters.

    July 3, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Captain Obvious

    This is John Stewart and Stephen Colbert's wet dream.

    July 3, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. JASON

    Bachman for VP: Because Sarah Palin wasn't dumb enough.

    Psst..Mitt I would recommend GED Jan as your VP she would make Sarah palin look like a rocket scientist

    July 3, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Core republican Values

    Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

    "Basic black and pearls" in the White House, baby!!

    July 3, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Smeagel4T

    Oh yes, please. Pretty please. In one simple act, Wall Street Mitt could turn the election into a landslide for Obama.

    July 3, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. RAWoD

    I am certain that, should mittens be elected, the secret service would REALLY protect him if SHE was the next in line.

    July 3, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Smeagel4T

    Why isn't Bachmann wearing a flag pin? Why does Bachmann hate America so much that she refuses to wear a flag pin?

    July 3, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Mike

    The good news for the GOP is that if they select her, it will energize the Neo-con base of the party. The bad news is that it will also energize the Dems. She is too polarizing, and stupid, to be VP.

    July 3, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. frag

    Go for it Mitt! I couldn't think of a better choice, except maybe giving Palin another shot! The Dems are all for this one!

    July 3, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. seriously, CNN . . .

    maybe you should push donald trump for VP . . .

    July 3, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. ellid

    Michele Bachmann is about as competent to step in as Vice President as my cat. She's a theocrat and a bully who is antithetical to everything America stands for. If Romney is stupid enough to choose her, he all but guarantees an Obama win in November.

    July 3, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. What War on Women?

    Because the GOP thinks women will vote for anyone with 2 X chromosomes.

    July 3, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Dana

    Bachmann for VP. Is it April Fools yet?

    July 3, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. TPF

    If he chooses her, he will lose by a landslide. She is way out there as much as Palin was. And she would follow in her footprints and become a has been. She was the least liked candidate and she probably won't even be re-elected.

    July 3, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. davec.0121

    Michele Bachmann for VP? It boggles the mind. Kind of like Sarah Palin, only dumber, preachier, and even more disingenuous. She proved during the campaign that she has no understanding of the issues and is totally unqualified to hold any public office, let alone VP. About the only thing to recommend her to the GOP is that, like Romney, she will say almost anything to get a vote.

    July 3, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Bachmann?! VP?! A graduate of Oral Roberts University, a low ranking Tier 4, Christian law school, as VP of The United States of America?! A graduate from a university founded by a televangelist as VP?! You have GOT to be kidding!

    What is is with these megalomaniac egomaniacle Republicans who actually think they are qualified to be president. The sheer hubris is astounding.

    July 3, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Weasley

    Bachmann?! VP?! A graduate of Oral Roberts University, a low ranking Tier 4, Christian law school, as VP of The United States of America?! A graduate from a university founded by a televangelist as VP?! You have GOT to be kidding!

    What is is with these megalomaniac egomaniacle Republicans who actually think they are qualified to be president. The sheer hubris is astounding.

    July 3, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Dave T

    As a democrat i think she would be an awesome choice, and would prove the GOP didn't learn anything from having Sarah Palin as a candidate,

    July 3, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. Charlie

    I hope she is chosen to run for VP. That would make the election a shoe-in for the Democrats

    July 3, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. KAJD

    yes, please please please pick Michelle. That will guarantee an Obama victory! Great idea! Obama 2012

    July 3, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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