Obama camp reveals picks for Romney VP
August 8th, 2012
03:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama camp reveals picks for Romney VP

(CNN) – They're not on most people's short lists, but Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Speaker Newt Gingrich would make excellent choices for Mitt Romney's running mate, a spokeswoman for President Barack Obama joked Wednesday.

"We all think Newt Gingrich or Michele Bachmann would be an excellent choice for Mitt Romney to choose," Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said aboard Air Force One as the president traveled to a campaign stop in Colorado.

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Psaki continued, "No, obviously, the campaign is - we are closely watching. We don't know any more than you do about the day and who it will be."

No matter which name Romney chooses, Psaki said, the Democrats would be prepared "to tell you why that person may be a bad choice for middle-class families."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, also speaking Wednesday on the president's plane, said Obama hadn't revealed a preference on who should join his challenger on the GOP ticket.

"I can just say, in conversations I've been a part of, I've never heard him express an opinion about who that might be," Carney said.

In July, Bachmann did not deny whether she was being vetted for the job of Mitt Romney's running mate, saying "Whoever it is that he chooses to bring in as his V.P., it will be a highly competent person."

Pressed further by CNN's Piers Morgan 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."

Gingrich, however, has been more forthcoming.

"You have known me a long time," Gingrich told CBS's Bob Schieffer in May. "Would you pick me to be a vice presidential nominee? It would be inconceivable."

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    The Democrat-Obama War on Women continues.... why do liberals hate women so much?

    August 8, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Expat American

    Bachmann the bigot would make a fine choice….I hope Romney sees the light and picks her.

    August 8, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. ebraiter

    Yeeesh. Two bad choices. They almost make Dan Quayle look like Einstein.

    August 8, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Mark

    And this is a story because what?

    August 8, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. gt

    wow about as dumb as biden was....

    August 8, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. cj1

    Like these people are experts. If there is anything that needs an explanation its a good reason why Obama is the worst president in our vountry's history. He has done nothing to show me that he deserves a second term.

    August 8, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    The choice should be Ann as they are both unpleasant, liars, tax cheaters, arrogant whiners and one could not testify against the other.

    Now where are those tax returns?

    August 8, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens gets a 'pants on fire' rating on his welfare lies, and he doubles down. Is there such a thing as a 'double pants on fire' rating? Rasmussen daily tracking has Mittens down 4 points in three days, are the lies catching up? It looks like the Kochs and Rove are going to have to another billion dollars to help Mittens overcome his lying.

    August 8, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. FSU1970JRS

    Two names shouild be added the the President's spokespersons list they are Herman Caine and Sarah Palin.
    They would add some pazzaz to a Romney campaign short on pazzaz.

    August 8, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Bachmann would be a great addition to add some craziness to anotherwise bland character.

    August 8, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You cannot joke about bat crap crazy republicans, or Fox foreign owned media will whine like swamp boat.

    August 8, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens should resign to try to save what is left of the birther, bagger bigot republican party.

    August 8, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. kayla

    i second the motion to make ann the vice president, even though she seems to have more balls than robme. she should be the nominee

    August 8, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Mittens could dress up one of his own turds in an Armani suit and put some lipstick on it. Nothing will save him, but at least the scent would likley fit in with the misinformation horsesh-t his campaign shovels at us on a daily basis.

    August 8, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. OBAMA campaign is a far cry from hope and change...more like finger point and shift blame

    pathetic president...a real whiner.

    August 8, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. NVa Native

    Clown car getting filled up with clowns and gas – and all free thanks to the Koch Klowns.

    August 8, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Morning1Su

    Sad to see a nice person go down with Romney. Everyone should decline when asked.

    August 8, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Darryl

    LOL...LOL...Thoese are his choices mabe ? The GOP ? LOL...I just don't know what else to say.

    August 8, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Thomas

    That's my Girl ,
    I will never forgive Romney for throwing Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Speaker Newt Gingrich under the bus durring the primary .

    They were the only two true belevers who stood by there contract out on America !

    August 8, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Lando

    Bachmann??....mass suicide will take place
    Gingrich??? show me the money first....

    August 8, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Steve- Illinois

    Isn't that cute? Maybe Obama's campaign should start concentrating on Obama's campaign! So far a guy who "can't win" is running neck and neck with a sitting President, and out fundraising him!

    August 8, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bush will always be the worst president in history. Unfunded wars, unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, unfunded drug programs, $4.6 trillion added to our national debt, homeland security, asleep at the switch prior to 9-11, 8 million jobs lost, a U-6 rating of 14.2%, and a near depression where the stock market dropped from almost 14,000 to under 7000.

    August 8, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Four and The Door

    It doesn't matter who Mitt Romney picks because Obama will still be stuck with Joe Biden. Advantage: Romney.

    August 8, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Wilson

    @Wire Palladin, S. F.
    Mittens should resign to try to save what is left of the birther, bagger bigot republican party.
    ----------------------------------------
    Such commentary is why you are ignored as irrelevant and lacking credibility.

    August 8, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Jesus Christ Superstar

    Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE
    The Democrat-Obama War on Women continues.... why do liberals hate women so much?

    Care to share any evidence of this insane claim? Is it because we want to make abortion more difficult? Or tell them that they can't have access to affordable birth control? Or call them "$luts" when they do take birth control? oh wait, those are all CONSERVATIVE actions. Man, us liberals sure so have a war on women. I guess the conservatives are just gassing them.

    August 8, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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