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. TexasCentrist

    Wow, Bachmann for VP should seal the deal for Obama. What a kook. She's made some pretty off-the-wall claims in the past which later proved to be false because she talks before checking facts. Totally unfit for VP.

    July 3, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Church of Suicidal

    Maybe they figure it will disprove the "War on Women" claims.
    You should give that a shot, GOP. I double dog dare you.

    July 3, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Dieter Zerressen

    Please pick her – I want to see more of Marcus. He's Paul Lynde without the wit, charm, and honesty in who he is.

    July 3, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. gregory21

    Please pick her. Another palain. Obama can't loose.

    July 3, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Chumlee

    Great idea – two losers together = one big loss

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 3, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. gary

    Bachmann in our gov't is like putting stevie wonder in jet pilot's seat. She is such a mindless vapid dolt with NO excuse to be in gov't .. beyond a small town elementary school PTA ... maybe. She is an embarrassment to the USA

    July 3, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. allens

    this is what i have been saying about the gop. they are out of touch with reality and americans. i thought they lost the last election on purpose by running mccain/palin. that way they avoid cleaning up their own mess. it gave them a great target, obama. this i do not understand. maybe i gave them oo uch credit for why they ran mccain/palin. they are just fools

    July 3, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. WHAT?!?!?!

    As a conservative active-duty member of the military this would make me very sad. Palin was the sole reason I voted BO and if this comes to be, then I will do so again. Just because she is a female doesn't make it bold or exciting, it actually makes it seem to be pandering to a small but vocal faction of the party. Choose someone who doesn't use faith and religion to belittle others.

    July 3, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Peter

    OMG, is it April 1st? What fool in their right mind would even suggest putting her forward for vetting? This is close to being one of the insanest things I have heard.

    July 3, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Heather

    Oh please, please...pick her. I need a good laugh.

    July 3, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. flopflipper

    SNL, here we come!

    July 3, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Kevin

    Even you liberals, as dumb as you appear to be, have to admit she would be better than Biden.
    Plus she has a U.S. Birth Certificate. Something Obama has yet to show, along with his college transcripts.

    July 3, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. say what?

    please please please please pick Bachman. Every democrat would want her on the ticket including myself. Plus it would make for some great SNL skits again.

    July 3, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Common Sense

    This lady and Mrs. Palin are just alike. Their popularity is plunging like a rock in the ocean but for some reason the media wants to keep considering them to be news worthy. Just let them get 0n with their lives!

    July 3, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. NoMitt2012

    McCain must love this.
    I'm sure Barack does too!

    July 3, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. behonest

    uh oh... S.P. all over again. They are both hot and..... oh well, that's about it, Hot!

    July 3, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Moby49

    Please Romney give us another Palin moment. I miss the herty laughter.

    July 3, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Linda

    Absurd person singular. If she is being vetted for VP, it's to keep her quiet during the process right up to the convention.

    July 3, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. michael in houston

    Get real. Not even close to being qualified and has the likeability of the Ebola virus

    July 3, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Expat American

    Kevin
    Even you liberals, as dumb as you appear to be, have to admit she would be better than Biden.
    --------
    You almost got me. Well played, Sir!

    July 3, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. VW MAN

    Please let her run as VP and guarantee another Republican defeat for President in November.

    July 3, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. felix

    As much as I hate this woman and the GOP, I have to admit that she would be a good veep but not for reasons you may expect. Her role will be to say things that Romney can't. She can safely play the role of bully, and when she goes an orchestrated step too far, Romney can safely step in and pretend that her over-the-line remark was unintentional. Romney's campaign needs some flare, and this hose hound will bring it.

    July 3, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Rick

    "....a highly competent person who could step in at a moment's notice and assume the responsibilities of the White House," Let's see, that pretty much eliminates you and every other current Republican politician. Come to think of it, since Mitt Romney was a failure as Governor, it kind of eliminates him also, doesn't it?

    July 3, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Horus

    Well it wouldn't be the first time the GOP picked some dim wit for veep. It would certainly make a lot of political comedians happy.

    July 3, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Horus

    Please yes....this country needs a good few months of laughter.

    July 3, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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