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. dorksman

    Bachmann is as wise and more politically saavy than any of the Oboomer bunch and has learned more about politics than most I have seen come of age this past couple of years. She would make Romney a wise choice of a VP running mate!

    July 3, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  2. chefdugan

    Not a bad idea at all. Obama is going to be re-elected but she could certainly brighten up the campaign season with her great looks.She's also capable of making just as many stupid remarks as Romney is.

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

    Didn't the Republican Party learn anything from the Palin fiasco ?

    July 3, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  4. Dumb is the New Smart

    Reread the part about "highly competent" and then imagine using those words in the same sentence with Bachmann. Why would Romney want to make the same mistake McCain did and Palin himself right out of the race?

    July 3, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  5. Enrique

    Michelle would certainly provide for quite an entertaining campaign if Romney were to pick her for his VP candidate. Romney may say a lot of dumb things, but he's smart enough not to pick Michelle.

    July 3, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  6. Joyce

    She's a tad better than Sister Sarah The house would impolde with her there, her sense of balance is disturbing, and her interpretation of matters is troubling

    July 3, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  7. artraveler

    Bachmann would be Romney's Palin and with the same result. Not only is she nutty than a fruit cake, she also has questions about her family's role in taking federal agricultural money and her husband's medical (?) practice. She is a bigger target than Palin, if that is possible. Remember the question is whether the person would make a good president and in her case, she doesn't even make a good representative. She is a bomber, first class, and really needs to go back to her district and disappear.

    July 3, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  8. HCX

    I think the GOP learned their lesson last go. No airheads as veep this time.

    July 3, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  9. Walt M

    Please God make her the VP candidate!! Democrats are praying for this guano crazy woman to be nominated just like McCain answered our prayers with the nomination of the other guano crazy woman Sarah Palin.

    July 3, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  10. Joke

    I thought I was on the Comedy page not actual politics. Romney needs more than a Bachmann if he wants to make a real run. She's too off the wall and has more tendencey than anyone to make foolish or unfounded remarks, often citing non-existent "facts".

    July 3, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  11. Frank

    Just the thought of this is terrifying unless you are a Democrat. This woman makes Sarah Palin look smart.

    July 3, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  12. LovesIrony

    "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 it WON'T be this nutcase lunatic.

    July 3, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  13. joejeffrey

    Well, it is to be hoped that he picks her, because all but the most unthinking fanatics of the Right would be horrified, and therefore vote against the ticket. But she pretty much took herself out of the running by saying it would be a "highly competent person who could step in at a moment's notice." She has conclusively demonstrated that she's an unthinking loudmouth religious fanatic.

    July 3, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  14. Fielding Mellish

    By all means, put her on the ticket...she will be worse than Palin!

    July 3, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  15. Gambi

    She's always been a bevy of false information and extremely manipulative even during the interview she implied there was going to be a 3+% tax on every home owner selling their home to pay for health care, I believe the National Association of Realtors has clarified that will not be the case. Again, think one heart beat away. What are they thinking?

    July 3, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  16. Kay

    No way is Romney going tp choose this nutball. She won't get any votes in the Eastern coast states after she said that all the horrible weather they got a few years ago was a judgment of God against them. You don't tell people facing the loss of loved ones and homes that they DESERVED to suffer, and then expect them to vote for you. Unless you're crazy, of course...

    July 3, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  17. Shayna

    Please, please Mitt...bring Michelle B. on board!! As deadly as Palin!

    July 3, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  18. Joe

    Please, please, please, please, please, please pick Representative Dorkmann!!!!!!!!

    July 3, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  19. twm

    Oh please God, yes!
    Add this airhead to the millstone Mr. Romney is already toting

    July 3, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. kierthos

    Yeah, I don't think she needs to worry about being picked.

    July 3, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  21. JustWho

    Weird and wired.

    July 3, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  22. Michele

    "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." She has hoisted herself upon her own petard and condemned herself with her own words. Both "highly competent" and able to "assume WH responsibilities" are so far beyond her capabilities that it does not even bear thinking about. (Although I have to say, pleeeeaaaasssseeee Mittens, chose her! Obama landslide for sure.)

    July 3, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  23. 71556

    This is scary. On the one hand Bachman as a totally non-credible VP candidate would help Obama win. On the other hand, what if this idiot became president through some mean trick of fate?

    July 3, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  24. 1nd3p3nd3nt

    for their own sake, i hope they aren't considering bachmann.

    July 3, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  25. Jeanie

    Bachmann? HA! Thank you for that much needed laugh today CNN :)

    July 3, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
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