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. Tim

    Everyone seems to be bright enough to realize that a nut like Bachmann would ensure the GOP loss in 2012, just like that m0ron 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 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Ronen

    I have to disagree. Bachmann is nothing like Palin. Palin was a simpleton, stupid, moron. Bachmann is not, she's crazy.

    July 3, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. rob public again

    Oh Please Oh Please Oh Please Oh Please Oh Please Oh Pretty Pretty Pretty Please

    July 3, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Dennis1020

    With Bachmann's statement that Romney's choice for VEEP will be "...a highly competent person who could step in at a moment's notice and assume the responsibilities of the White House" eliminates her from further consideration.

    July 3, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Oglethorpe

    Please pick this halfwit as your running mate. You two make a terrific couple. A Bat sheet crazy religious wingnut with a gay husband and a dellusional Corporate Ho and member of the second biggest cult religion next to scientology. Even the morons that voted for Bush twice couldn't gag this combination down.

    July 3, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Cheryl

    On the one hand, this would be even more entertaining than Palin. On the other, Palin got old quickly and won't go away now. I'm sure after their loss, Bachmann would also think anything she had to say was relevant.

    July 3, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Anyone but O'Bama

    I am a registered Republican and vote in every election. I also cannot stand the current President but I will NOT vote for Romney if he has the loon Bachmann in the VP spot. NO to BACHMANN

    July 3, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. tara

    @Dixie Normous

    "If you know any conservative from Canada, ask them about their socialized medicine. It's great, as long as you don't get sick. And what do the elderly of Canada hear most often at their doctor's office, "go home and get your affairs in order". "

    You're mistaking our government for your insurance companies.

    If you're happy to have tens of millions of your own countrymen die of treatable ailments as though they were living in a third world war-torn hell hole, that's your mental illness. But the fact that you have to use straight out lies – And why stop there? When people get headaches, we drill holes in their heads to let the demons out – just demonstrates how pathetic and weak your argument is. Grow up and take care of your people

    July 3, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. insi10

    Son of Sarah.

    July 3, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. jam108

    Oglethorpe, I agree that choosing Bachmann would mean certain victory for the Dems; however I disagree that her having a gay husband – if, in fact, she actually does – in any way disqualifies her.,

    July 3, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. chucky

    The queen bee of the loony right

    July 3, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. WDinDallas

    Naw, let's get Anderson Cooper. That way we will appeal to the gays....NOT

    July 3, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. scoobypoo

    Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann = Dumb and Dumber

    July 3, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Steve DeRosa

    Please, Please chose Michelle. The race will be much funnier.

    July 3, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Duffey

    I think CNN is playing with the Progessives. This would be a dream come true for them.

    July 3, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. Mb

    @Tara you are misinformed about Canada and health care. You are correct to note that Canada has it's problems. However, the standard or care is in fact pretty decent by most any measure you like. And Canada does not leave 1/7 of the population without care and the leading cause of bankruptcy in Canada is not health care cost.

    I have lived for years on both sides of the border. I prefer the north. Despite it's issues,

    July 3, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. rick

    Tim,
    I think they chose that ding-bat Palin last time on purpose...The economy had just been flushed down the toilet by them....they knew a mess as huge as it was could not possibly be fixed in 4 years....so they purposely chose a ding-bat to lose.....give the mess to the democrats....then be the party of NO.....no to anything that might work....even if it was one of their own ideas. Good god, I wouldn't let Bachman be a designated driver for a church bus, let alone Vice President!

    July 3, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. John

    I say No to Mitt Romney If he does or doesn't pick Michele Bachmann, I not giving my vote to any man that has torn down American Business and than send the Jobs to China and India like Mitt Romney has. If he care for American People and was worry about American JOBS than he wouldn't have done It. All he done Is Prove that all he care about Is Mitt Romney and his RICH Friend.

    July 3, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. PaulMoATX

    There's no way Romney would choose her, but we can sure hope that Mitt's makes a McCain VP-like pick and chooses this hard right conservative.

    July 3, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. bakslider

    It would be a great idea on Mitt's part to bring her aboard. It will solidify Tea Party backing and perhaps soothe the Christian Right a bit who must be concerned with his blatantly non-Christian magic underwear. He will almost HAVE to have some religious nutcase as a running mate or lose the enthusiasm of the base. Shelly is poifect!

    July 3, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Psychologist

    On an additional note, how come Bachmann is against gay people? Looking at her husband Markus, she appears to be married to a women herself...

    July 3, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Rob from NY

    oh please, please select her – I really miss her nuttiness.

    July 3, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. newtonslaw

    Michele has escaped again! No matter what kind of medication they give her or how many knots in her restaints, she always get loose. Once again she jabbers on about things she doesn't understand and the delusons of power keep coming out of her frothy lips. The facts that she never sleeps and makes yelping sounds throughout the night only further establishes her need for raw meat and to be idolized. I've seen alot of twisted and crazy things in politics these days but Michele is a true link to the netherworld of gargoyles and creepers that much be watched closely less we let our guard down around the children and she takes them like the dingos.

    July 3, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. Shannon

    Have the Republicans really sunk so low that they would even consider this lunatic as a choice

    July 3, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Brian Dodge

    Please Bre'r Romney, don't throw us Democrat bunnies in that brier patch.

    Canada infant mortality – 5.3 US infant mortality 7.1 – average last 15 years. US wins!
    Canada per capita health care expenditures $3173 US expenditures $6096 (2007) We win again!
    More money, worse outcomes – it's the invisible hand, or other appendage of the free market at work; the Teapublicans expect us to bend over and keep smiling.

    July 3, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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