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. LOL

    "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."

    Soooooooo...why are they vetting her? By her own comment....she is not competent and I would not want her to assume any responsibility over my life....

    July 3, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. rossmick

    PLEASE, please do this and give the election to the Democrats, it would be another Palin move. This woman is certifiable and just about everyone knows it but her, so please pick her as your VP.

    July 3, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. DaveC

    If Romney picks Bachmann as his VP choice it will make the Palin pick look like the smartest choice in the world. As an independent voter the door is somewhat open for voting for Romney but this will seal the deal against him. If he even thinks of picking anyone but a moderate republican he is toast.

    July 3, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bachmann and her husband dancing on stage was the funniest thing I've seen in a long time, play it again.

    July 3, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. susan

    Michel Bachman and highly competent do not belong in the same sentence.

    July 3, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. BS

    Since she is the High Priestess of the KKK better known as the Tea Party, a bunch of scared white people, without the sheets, she is a logical joice for a morman, a sect of primarily white peope.....really!!!!!!

    July 3, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. tardsarestupid

    Ha ha ha. this has to be a joke. This another sure fire way for the gopers to lose in 2012. I hope they do select this hypocritical lying idiot. It matches their party well.

    July 3, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. The Jackdaw

    If this turkey becomes VP i'll move to Turkey.

    July 3, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. tor5

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Bachmann was crazy enough to hallucinate that she was being vetted. Or that Mitt was spineless enough to vet Bachmann just to throw a bone to the crazy base. But Bachmann on the ticket? Not in a million years.

    July 3, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Debbie

    If Romney isn't aware that Americans know that Bachmann is strange and uninformed (and somewhat dangerous in her lack of facts), he has no ability to run the country.
    If he picks her as a running mate, we can look forward to many entertaining SNL skits, Daily Shows and Colbert Reports.

    July 3, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Jason

    Romney, don't make the same mistake as McCain and pick the psycho.

    July 3, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Mary

    Oh, please say no. She is worse than Palin. She took government subsidy and she and her broods are on tax payer paid insurance but she wants to repeal ACA.

    July 3, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Margaret

    Too bad she wasn't born in Canada, then she would not be eligible to be president.

    July 3, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. steve

    Can't we please just get Michele? She's so smart. She's got experience. She's got a great smile. She is, after all, a woman. And a TEA PARTYER! What more could we ask? I'm certain that she can see Russia from her MN living room window. God has chosen her. Come on now! Go you Michele!

    July 3, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Dee1030

    The sad thing is, she probably really believes she is being vetted. As we say in Texas when someone is so dumb, "Bless her heart!"

    July 3, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Brational

    the calculation is simple....do they need to energize the right wingers with the choice or get someone who has a real chance of helping deliver a swing state. They will pick the swing state...it'll be Ohio and Portman.

    July 3, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Sal

    I believe she was born in Iowa and then moved to minnie ha ha.

    July 3, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. dj

    Please....please pick Michelle. You can't buy entertainment like this. Really. If nothing else I could then applaude THAT sense of humor. wow....thanks for the laugh!

    July 3, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Ambrose Smith

    Don't flatter yourself honey. Romney would be a fool to pick you! You're too crazy!

    July 3, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. TheGreenDevil

    The GOP would be hard-pressed to find a bigger whack job for the GOP VP slot than Palin. In Bachmann, they would succeed.

    July 3, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. GreenieInPA

    Game Change Part II

    July 3, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Pander Bear

    Please please please please please please *fingers crossed*

    July 3, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. GreenieInPA

    If Romney picks her, he'll lose my vote. It'll be 2008 all over again.

    July 3, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. TheMagusNYC

    "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,"

    Does that mean "no"?

    July 3, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Person of Interest

    Please God, Yes. I miss seeing this wacko and her husband on television. The news is more entertainment these days anyways and those two are like an old school SNL skit...this won't help Romney much, but should provide a good side show.

    July 3, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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