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. bosfaninva

    What a great spoof. Comedy gold! Thanks CNN!

    July 3, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. njfinest2009

    Is this a joke? I agree I think Michelle is trying too hard to keep herself in the spotlight! I never planned on voting for Mitt Robme anyway, but he can't be this stupid! He is stupid to do that

    July 3, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Billy, NYC

    Bachmann as VP running mate will give some much materials for SNL this fall season.
    Romney/Bachmann 2012

    July 3, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Pastapharian

    Oh please oh please oh please! she's worth it just for the entertainment value alone! Plus it would allow people outside MN to appreciate her the way they are forced to!

    July 3, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. annette05

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    Oooh, my side aches!

    July 3, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Bonnie

    What a wonderful idea....please do :) Have a safe holiday everyone!!

    July 3, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Pastapharian

    Then we could come together as a country to help Anderson Cooper pray away his gay!

    July 3, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. george S

    The ONE thing that both Obama and Romney agree on is that the upcoming election will provide voters with a clear choice. Adding Bachmann as VEEP would TRULY make that choice even more distinctive than it is already.

    July 3, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    Would she have to give up her house seat to run? If so I say please go for it. If Romney gets in it willl not be any worse of a disaster to have her as veep. Whereas Palinbrought down McCain's case fo governing. Bauchman could nt reduce Romney's case any futher.

    July 3, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Simon Cohen

    Bachman as a VP candidate? Democrats wishfull thinking!

    July 3, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. itsme

    Won't happen, nor should it...

    July 3, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Wake up people

    I can't wait to see David Letterman's Top 10!!!!

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 3, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. KM

    REALLY?? Are they seriously considering HER of all people?? Wow....the GOP is really in trouble if they choose that nitwit. Their Presidential candidate is a leftover from previous years that they HAD to pick this year because the rest of the field was a bunch of clowns. And now they are adding this moron to the ticket or at least are considering it?? Wow....Obama will get a second term with a doubt. I'm sad because I was really hoping to have a serious candidate to choose as an option. I guess I'll just stick with Obama.

    July 3, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Mike

    Oh God, please make it so . . .

    July 3, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Simon Cohen

    Tea Party support: pure gold; entertainment: priceless!

    July 3, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Joe-Wilmington, DE

    For the re-elect Obama campaign this is the stuff dreams are made of.

    July 3, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Babs

    This would freakin' make my day! Please say a Mittens and Yuckmen ticket is in our future. I have not laughed so hard all day.
    Thanks!

    July 3, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Michelle would be perfect next to Mittens.

    July 3, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. WHAT WOULD MARCUS DO??

    Jerry Sandusky just went off to jail and the thought of Marcus Bachmann hanging out in the shower rooms of Washington trying to "pray away the gay" of young men is even more sickening to think about than his shrill, useless wife as VP of the United States.

    July 3, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. JoJo

    Perfect....lightning strikes twice.. Palin and now Bachman.

    July 3, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. RBTL

    MB sure has a high opinion of herself: apparently way higher than anyone else has of her.

    July 3, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Jake17

    RUN MB RUN!!!!! Hop in that bus and drive it right over the cliff.

    July 3, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Bill

    "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,"

    Obviously, if this were true it would eliminate Bachmann as well as Romney and most other Republican candidates. Then again, that hasn't stopped them in the past/bw

    July 3, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Squigman

    This is a joke. Right?

    July 3, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Rodger, Chicago, IL

    Every time I see her on TV, she shows just how stupid she really is. For her to be an attorney, she sure is dumb. She's very well programmed by the tea party because her answers are unbelievably canned. We need to get her out of office period!

    July 3, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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