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. Winning

    "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, then it won't be you, Bachmann.

    July 3, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  2. Cort

    You've got to be kidding! Even a dimwit like Romney would not repeat the mistake that McCain made. But who says I can't hope☺!

    July 3, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  3. Bob

    "Whoever it is that he chooses to bring in as his V.P., it will be a highly competent person..."

    Well, that rules you out, Michele.

    July 3, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  4. bjp

    Please! Please! Please! Please pick her!!

    July 3, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Dear Mitt: Please please please please PLEASE pick Bachmann to be your running mate.

    Sincerely,
    A committed Democrat

    July 3, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. Evelyn

    "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,"

    If that's true, you won't be within 500,000 miles of the nomination, Shelley.

    July 3, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  7. Thinker

    Please pick her. I cannot think of a more entertaining idea then the Mitt and Michelle show. Won't be as good as McCain and Palin, but .........

    July 3, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  8. UncleM

    "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 that's not you, Michelle.

    July 3, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  9. Scales of Justice

    I certainly hope Romney chooses Michelle Bachmann. She would be proof positive of poor judgment, his and hers.

    July 3, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  10. arkieron

    That would sure be a dealbreaker for me. She is bright enough, but too far to the right for moderates. She constantly spews venom before she engages any part of her brain

    July 3, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  11. John

    The GOP problem is that Romney is the BEST they could come up with, which means everyone else they've got is nothing less than beyond even the ludicrous standard Romney himself represents.

    July 3, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  12. Ozzie

    I hope he chooses Bachman, a guarantee win for Obama.

    July 3, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  13. PikeRover

    All I have to say about Bachmann is ...... The Rebubs would be going after the bottom of the barrel vote.

    July 3, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  14. Dave

    Yes, please Mitt, make Michele your VP. That would be too funny, and would ensure an Obama victory. Unfortunately, as dumb as Romney and his fellow repubs are, even they aren't that stupid. Just think how funny the debates would be though.

    July 3, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  15. hilreal

    PLEASE, let it be so.......I would love to see her debate Biden.

    July 3, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  16. Willie K.

    Please, please, please pick this whacko, Willard. She is the only person in America more unqualified to be president than Sarah The Jerry Springer Show Palin. The media would have a field day with Michelle and her weirdo husband.

    July 3, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  17. BEn275

    She just wants to stay relevant. Romney isn't dumb enough to pick her.

    July 3, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  18. Bob Fotoples

    Can you say "Sarah Palin"?

    July 3, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  19. edgar

    no no no god no

    July 3, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  20. jamarsu

    Please please pick Bachmann. We want to watch another circus.

    July 3, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  21. Realitycheck

    Bad, bad, bad, bad move. She's a bit of a nutbag and she will scare off independents. Sarah Palin vol. 2. Bad move.

    July 3, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  22. b

    If you have to be competent, that rules out most of the republican party.

    July 3, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  23. Danny

    Oh please let this happen. Romney can have his Sarah Palin moment and the election will be over by August. Oh please oh please oh please.

    July 3, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  24. tet1953

    LOL!!!! You cannot be serious. Romney has done ok so far, polling not bad. Choosing Bachmann would be just like McCain picking Palin. Hilarious.
    Bachmann is a whacko.

    July 3, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  25. Nkwame Simba Makote

    This would get Mitt Tea party support. Effective move. Scary, but effective. The looney crowd would surely vote for Mitt.

    July 3, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
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