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. Babyboomer

    While I'm not a Mitt Romney fan by any means, I think the single biggest mistake he could make would be to choose Michelle Bachmann for a running mate. Why not just choose Sarah Palen again. Obama/Biden 2012...

    July 3, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. Rab lerowser

    It worked for john mccain

    July 3, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. The Dude

    A religious Zealot will not lead this country.

    July 3, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  4. saganhill

    I hope so. Obama would win for sure if she is up for VP.

    July 3, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. reddcatt

    That would be the final death knell for the Romney campaign. I say bring it on!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 3, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. Big Al

    Romney-Bachman 2012!

    Only they can deliver us from evil and save us from liberals.

    July 3, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. Daniel

    Guaranteed win for Obama if Romney picks Bachman.

    July 3, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. ReaganDem

    OMG. The fact that she has left the door open that they are possibly considering her is scary. The last thing the party needs is another game changer. Really? They dropped the ball with Rubio and now she says this. Murdoch is right about his critic of Romney he has too many friends and not enough professionals in his inner circle. They need to squash this right away.

    July 3, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. Indy

    Team Romney only cares about one thing and that is to make his seven year run for President work at any cost so his leaders will pick the person that can bring the most votes even if they are from the rabid right so anything is possible. It would be a dream ticket for Democrats if Bachmann was on the ticket even though she could go down as the worst VP pick in history,if the Republicans think they can profit from picking her they will pick her.Make sure you stock up on batteries for your remote,the mute button will get worn out if Bachmann is Norquist's and Limbaughs VP pick.

    July 3, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. Joshua Ludd

    Please, oh please, Mitt Romney.. pick Michelle Bachmann as your running mate.

    July 3, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  11. pntherpaw86

    I will leave this country if that woman somehow becomes Vice President of this country. I swear to God!

    July 3, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. Ray

    Michelle Bachman would be a great choice for Romney. She could do for Romney what Palin did for McCain in 2008.

    July 3, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  13. Hu Phart Ngau

    Too risky for Mitt. The Dems would continuously run Bachmann's 'corn dog photo op'. It's way too funny to take her seriously.

    July 3, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  14. rick

    Yeah... right... because choosing HER will guarantee a Democratic white house. See 2008@McCain. The only once considering this is Bachmann inside her twisted skull.

    July 3, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  15. Puddin

    OMG....the thought of it!

    July 3, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  16. v_mag

    So many catty things to say about Bach-mouth, but so little time. How many can I cover in one sentence? Well, that self-promoting, irritating, ignorant, right wing, lying, hypocritical Sarah Palin clone is about as far from the vice presidency as she is from sanity and decency. How's that for a start?

    July 3, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  17. IsrJablonski

    Oh please, please, PLEASE select this loon as your running mate Mr. Romney. The entertainment value alone of watching these two would be so worth it!

    July 3, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  18. Thinkergal

    "...highly competent person who could step in....". She certainly is describing herself.

    July 3, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  19. JimM

    Why does this moron keep getting booked for these national interviews?

    July 3, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  20. M.Fernandez

    If he chooses her, he's definitely lost my vote.

    July 3, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    She is just crazy enough and smarter than Mittens. Putting the 'swiss miss' on the ticket ought to bring out the "sky is falling" base of the party.

    July 3, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  22. Logic N LA

    What in this article is funnier- Bachmann for VP or the fact that Her Tea Party roots once again show that the group is just an extreme conservative branch of the GOP? A claim they deny.

    July 3, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  23. GFYB

    Sarah Palin II – The Continuing Saga. Dare you to name her, Mitt!

    July 3, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  24. Eddie The Barber

    Bachman: "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...

    Well good – I'm glad she agrees with me – that sure leaves her out. (happy face)

    July 3, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  25. asdf

    We made the decision that we didn't want Bachman as VP four years ago. Any adviser of Romney who suggests she should be the VP would likely be immediately fired, tarred, and feathered.

    July 3, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
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