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. KAJD

    Please pick Michelle. That will guarantee an Obama victory in 2012!

    July 3, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    Bachmann for VP!! Yes – do it Mitt – if you don't , it means you hate America. Put her on the ticket immediately. She'll certainly help with the ladies' vote.

    Signed,
    A Democrat

    July 3, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Vince

    I WISH! That would sink the nomination on arrival.

    July 3, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. beevee

    They make a fine pair to go against Obama in November with their views on unemployment, the economy, the jobs, religion and keeping the middle calss and the poor where they are now. Good luck.

    July 3, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Larry L

    The Republicans are loading the Clown Car again! Don't the morons realize they've already got the crazy vote and the Evangelicals aren't about to vote for a Mormon.

    July 3, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. GOP Brain Death

    That's all the GOP need is the Sarah Palin equivalent from Iowa. GOP's memory is short which is why they forgot who caused the financial crisis. If they nominate her for VP they they deserve to have their butts handed to them in November.

    July 3, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. snowdogg

    YES! Please choose her as VP candidate. It will help insure Mitty's demise.

    July 3, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Keeping it Real

    Bachmann? Not my first choice, but still a much better one than the current VP. Ok, I know that's a safe statement.

    July 3, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Nickyboy2000

    Perfect! This will be an exact re-run of the 2008 election. Do Republicans ever learn? No. They just love to keep fighting battles theyve lost, instead of taking a new direction towards the future. Much like running into a brick wall over and over again and not feeling any pain because you are incapable of feeling anything human.

    July 3, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. mdesan

    "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 lets you off the hook Ms. B...lol

    July 3, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Expat American

    Romney choosing Bachmann for his running mate would be as stupid as if John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate….wait a minute. He did.

    Why does the 'Benny Hill' soundtrack start playing in the background any and everytime Bachmann opens her mouth?

    July 3, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. bluedogboy

    What a stupid story. This would NEVER happen.

    July 3, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. J S

    See, Bachman isn't stupid...that's not her problem. Her problem is that she's an absolute nutcase.

    July 3, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. ryan

    There is no way Mitt's that stupid.

    July 3, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. pzanga

    "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"

    So it won't be her is what she is saying.

    July 3, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. SCOTO

    Sara Palin debacle – take 2

    July 3, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Kevin

    Once again, Bachmann shows off her cluelessness and illusion of grandeur that she has. Her irrelevancy, is exceeded only by her pomposity. What a tool, and a complete disgrace to American politics. Just go away!

    July 3, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. drod

    Latest Faux-Noise BS –
    "After fleeting Supreme Court victory, Obama remains the amateur"

    Obama will win reelection because Americans have not forgotten the Bush policies. The failed Bush-Republican experiment caused the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Amercians are still struggling with the Great Recession and they trust Obama with the Great Recovery that will once again put the country back on it's feet.

    July 3, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Ed

    can't wait to hear her answer what newspapers she reads, then claim she was blind-sided. Go ahead Mittens – I dare you

    July 3, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Don in Lawrence, Kansas

    That would lock down the John Wayne Gacy vote!

    July 3, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Pam from Iowa

    She would be an excellent choice!

    Obama 2012 !!!!

    July 3, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Mike in SA

    I'm a conservative and even I couldn't think of a worse pair to be running. On the one hand you have the very least conservative "conservative" and on the other a shrill, self-aggrandizing, shrieking wind-bag who has no actual thought at her disposal, only regurgitated rhetoric. The GOP would be gift-wrapping the presidency and handing it right back to BO. All the while I will be gladly be following my conscience and voting for Gary Johnson.

    July 3, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. drod

    Bachman for VP??????? Sure why not....like it matters who the VP is going to be. Robmy is going to loose in a landslide.
    Bring on the clowns...

    July 3, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. bp

    "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" – Michele Bachmann

    If that were true, then Bachmann just ruled herself out. As if Romney would be stupid enough to go with Palin 2.0 only 4 years later.

    July 3, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. The Elephant In The Room

    A headline like this could have only been intended as a distraction . . . look at the "shiny thing".

    Right now, Romney`s ability as a leader to select good people is being questioned by Jack Welch & Rupert Murdoch. By floating Bachmann`s name and then letting Romney shoot it down, the Republican Machine gives Mitt an opportunity to suggest he is more level headed than McCain.

    Nothing to see here folks, move along.

    July 3, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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