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. 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 |
  2. Jay

    Why would Romney be considering this Bachmann? This lady may have a loud very small minority of supporters but Romney knows not to pick a stupid running mate, otherwise it would be President McCain right now.

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

    Yeah... toss crazy into the ring ... that's a sure fire hit .... look how it turned out for McCain with Palin. Comedy writers would have a lot of fun with that .... LOL !!

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

    Nooooooo, she's a kook. Please fix my GOP!

    July 3, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Investment Advisor

    I will concede the fact that everyone has a "Howard Dean" in their life. This may be Mitts.

    July 3, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. NoGr8rH8r

    The GOP is doomed if they run w/ Bachmann. Go Michele Go.

    July 3, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Expat American

    While Bachmann would be a outstanding and fine choice for VP as was Sarah Palin before her – Romney has already selected his running mate. And that individual is none other than Karl Rudolph Hess Rove.

    July 3, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Patrick

    From Obama to Mittens, on trying to interfear with the Country
    "This is a time for serious people, Mittens, and your 15 minutes are up. My name is Barack Obama, and I AM the President."

    July 3, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Neutron

    Bachman on Romney's ticket? Obama could stop spending money on ads...he'd be in for sure.

    July 3, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Tortfeasor

    Oh my god no, she's retarded. Didn't we learn our lesson in 08 with Palin. We'll lose!

    July 3, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. judith

    Interestingly, the last poll I saw of Minnesota voters gave the Prez a double digit lead over Mittens. Moonbat Michelle must live in a real outlying, reactionary right-wing district. I do hope Mitt picks her–Obama would win in an incredible landslide.

    July 3, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Can you imagine....another Palin moment for another [R] candidate.....two elections in a row?!! Will the 2nd learn from the 1st? God, I hope not. What would Mitten's eventual excuse be for such a tragic decision? I'm not sure I've even heard a cogent reason for the 1st/McCain decision yet.....it'll be another stellar year for SNL spoofs on dumber-than-doughnuts [R]s.

    It is difficult for the rest of us to have a basic understanding of just how stupid you have to be to be a [R]. But this might help.

    July 3, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Name

    OMG!!!! We have another Sarah Palin to deal with her craziness. With Bachman running as VP. Pres. Obama is diffently re elected.

    July 3, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. bill in calif

    Couldn't be any worse than a narcissistic socialist community agitator and an attack lap dog with bad hair implants.

    July 3, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. t2dela1943

    Great idea!

    July 3, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Peanut

    Oh, Please pick this freak, Mitt.
    You two deserve each other.

    July 3, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Have broom will travel !

    July 3, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Criiiiiipes

    Bachmann VP.... HAHAHAHAH

    July 3, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. John Cram

    She needs to just be "vetted" to see if she is actually human.

    July 3, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. I've always voted

    I'd rather see Palin...well... wow...did I say that?

    July 3, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. Rickirs

    If Romney wants a highly INcompetent person as VP, Bachman is a shoe-in.

    July 3, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. BD70

    Why would CNN even ask her if she would be the pick for VP? We all know she is crazy as does Romney. Any ticket she is on is a loser ticket...just like Palin. Only this gal is worse.

    July 3, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. pablo

    Surely Republicans won't make the same mistake again!!!

    July 3, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Jeff

    That rules her out!

    July 3, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. Tim

    Everyone seems to be bright enough to realize that a nut like Bachmann would ensure the GOP loss in 2012, just like that idiot Palin wrecked their chances in 2008. The question is, will the GOP realize this? Obama has problems, but he's still a far shot better than the alternatives and until the GOP stops acting crazy and trying to get votes on people's irrational and uneducated fears, or because they lie to say they're somehow more Godly (to get the religious votes), then there's no reason to ever consider voting for a GOP candidate. I wish people would get a clue and find the offensive nature of a political party trying to dupe them into believing they're somehow more moral or God-based than another party and spend all of their time getting in the way and screwing things up in the meantime (not that the Democrats don't do the same thing, but they don't try and use religion as a basis to make people fear voting for non GOP candidates). Palin and Bachmann are the bottom of the barrel of crazies. If the GOP nominates and backs Bachmann, that's a sign that they're completely done for and probably won't have a viable GOP candidate for over a decade or two more, if ever again.

    July 3, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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