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. vicnormal

    "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, this eliminates Bachmann – and, for that matter, Romney as well as most other Republican candidates too. Welllllllll, I guess this has stopped them in the past/bw

    July 3, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. John

    I hope it happens. First Gay husband in the White House!!!

    July 3, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Jo Hargis

    The creepiest part of this is....she really thinks she's qualified to be VP or, even creepier, president. If that doesn't scare the bejeebers out of you, nothing will.

    July 3, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. D

    We need a return to "real American" comedy material! Bachmann for VP! For the LULZ!

    July 3, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. david

    The only one floating that idea is Bachmann herself.

    July 3, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Frank Cardenas

    The fact that the question of her becoming the VP would even come up on Piers Morgan's show is PROOF that the MEDIA is dumbing-down America!

    July 3, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. xirume

    If the GOP had one good politician for every idiotic idea they entertain... our troubles would be over.

    July 3, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. be afraid!!

    This woman is genuinely frightening!! I gasp at the thought of her being VP....and I am Canadian!

    July 3, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Guester

    What a terrifying prospect

    July 3, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. OldieTampaBay

    ROFLMAO!

    July 3, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Bookenz

    That's the Democrat's wet dream.

    July 3, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Josh

    It will never happen....Palin slipped thru cause nobody knew exactly how unqualified and incompetent she was...but Bachmann has a long history of crazy bizarre beliefs and statements.....Romney would never be that foolish...though it wold be great both for comedy and that Obama would win

    July 3, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. David

    The republican party is obviously falling flat on their faces to even consider Bachmannn...the one who cries the government is spending to much....BUT....she takes her pay and free benefits, including retirement, etc....lead by example .... I love it... Let's get our pay and forget about the rest....

    July 3, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. xirume

    Clearly the GOP is incapable of learning the lessons of their own history.

    July 3, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Laurie in Spokane

    Yes! Yes! Have her on the ticket for VP; guarantees a win for Obama. Bachmann, Palin, Perry, any of those moronic people would do the trick.

    July 3, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. jack

    I am waivering now as to whether to consider him,but with Bachman on the ticket, theres not a chance I vote for him.
    I don't understand how she ever got elected for anything.

    July 3, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Dana

    The one positive I'm getting out of this Presidential campaign is when all is said and done we will never have to see or listen to Romney or Bachmann EVER again.

    July 3, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. DanW

    Earth to Romney campaign: It's not the extremes of the GOP base you need to appeal to. They'll vote for you regardless. It's the moderates, the independents and the undecided you need to bring in with your VP choice. Kiss their vote good-bye and the election along with it, if Bachmann is on the ticket.

    July 3, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Patrick

    Bachman-Romney Overdrive....You ain't seen nothing yet

    Can Jesse Ventura moterate the debate between her and Biden?

    July 3, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Mark

    Romney choosing Bachmann is the same as McCain shooting himself in
    the foot choosing Palin. First and foremost, would you want the chosen
    VP to run the country should something happen to the President?

    July 3, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Observer91

    Oh wow, why is Bachmann, or the tea party for that matter, even relevant to anything remotely related to the office of the President of the United States? If Mitt Romney is dumb enough to nominate Bachmann, or even consider her, for Vice President then he doesn't deserve to be commander in chief.

    July 3, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. chucky

    She's a lunatic's lunatic. When do we hold the people of rural Minnesota accountable?? After she drops the bomb because God told her too?? There is no left wing extremist equal to her, no one in this country hates as much as her and there is no place as against the words of Jesus Christ as the place that elected her.

    July 3, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Brons

    I can't stop laughing.....is the GOP and Romney braindead???

    July 3, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. mrkeno

    oh yes please put bachmann on the ticket--PLEASE

    July 3, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. cali girl

    That's it girlfriend, bring back the "death panels"
    I just can't imagine her with the authority to press the little red button. Makes me shudder just like I did with "I can see Russia from here" Painlin.

    July 3, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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