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. Seattle Sue

    I would think Mr. Romney would be smarter than that, to ask the crazy woman from Minn. to be his VP.

    July 3, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  2. chuck weidemann

    She wants to be VP so bad ,she can taste it!!! If Romney even seriously considers her it would be his biggest blunder ever. Really Bachmann????

    July 3, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. Ferret out the BS

    That might lock up Minnesota for President Obama!

    July 3, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Bob

    If Willard chose Bachman as his running mate, it would be a truly wonderful gift to President Obama's campaign. Go for it - please!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

    July 3, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. Slow News Day

    If she's the VP nominee expect Murdoch to have a Twitter Tirade that lasts for months. Bachmann hinted she isn't in the running for the slot when she said "whoever he chooses will be a highly competent person."

    July 3, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. ART

    Oh please please put her on the ticket .Anybody out there who thought Palin was nuts ain;t seen nothing yet.

    July 3, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. slg

    Come on, Ro-money, please pick Bachmann. It would be Palin all over again and the Dems would love it!!!

    July 3, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. Ferret out the BS

    I guess this might just seem like the Republican party is going for the Wacko Whitehouse team and maybe even the retro circa middle ages mind set. These clowns are beyond belief.

    July 3, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. sad4willis

    Seriously?

    July 3, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. David

    It's up to Jesus.

    July 3, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. Richard

    Oh, I hope that Romney is really THAT stupid!!!!!!!!!! She makes Palin look like Einstein!!!!!!!

    July 3, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. Mr 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" will outsource all the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly, to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    Oh please, let me believe that the GOP did not learn their lesson by adding an ignorant "skirt" to the ticket in '08 to attract more than the GOP Stepford wives.

    Lord, hear my prayer.

    July 3, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    "Whoever it is that he chooses to bring in as his VP., it will be a highly COMPETENT person who could step in at a moment's notice and ass/u/me the responsibilities of the White House." Well, neither of you are a bit competent so better keep your day job!

    July 3, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  14. MiddleClassTax?!?!

    Please, please Mittens.. I might not want you as my president, but I certainly don't want her taking over if something happens to you.. "Batty" Bachmann is not fit for duty. She's fit to grow her family's bank account.

    July 3, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  15. kaslook

    Oh, please, pretty please! Romney so boooring. I need someone to laugh at!

    July 3, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. EPAB

    YES. Please yes. All Democrats should pray to Jesus that she is picked!!!

    July 3, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  17. Mike

    Oh please please please please

    July 3, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. Dan

    What a good choice this woman would be.Go Girl Go.No I mean just Go.

    July 3, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. amf140

    Nope. We need her as the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Sarah Palin as Secretary of Energy. Those two agencies would be cleaned up in 2 years. Oh and Ron Paul as Treasury. We not only need to get rid of "appointed" radicals in those agencies but also the bureacracy that has been growing their unchecked for years.

    July 3, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  20. Bob

    "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,"

    Well, in that case, certainly not Bachman

    July 3, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  21. Marvin

    Please yes thank you! Best. Election. Ever! Maybe this will finally convince the rest of the fringe she is insane and be the prod to finally get Marcus out of the closet.

    July 3, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  22. Ludwig

    "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." Well, I guess that automatically disqualifies you, Michele!

    July 3, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  23. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Who died and asked her for her opinion? She is irrelevant. Why is this woman a member of Congress?

    July 3, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. Cooper

    She would make a great one, hope she is chosen! Romney couldn't pick a better candidate to be his running mate!

    Can I start laughing now??

    July 3, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  25. MaryM

    lol, pick bachman repubs.

    July 3, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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