Bachmann highlights Rubio in campaign speech
August 29th, 2011
09:33 PM ET
10 years ago

Bachmann highlights Rubio in campaign speech

(CNN) - White House hopeful Michele Bachmann said she wants to campaign for 2012 Senate candidates who embody the politics of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

"I want to elect 13 more like-minded Republican senators, and I'm thinking on the order of a Marco Rubio," the Minnesota congresswoman said Monday at a campaign stop in Miami.

She also brought up Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina as a model Republican senator.

But Bachmann's mention of Rubio, a freshman senator who's widely considered a rising star in the GOP, drew heavy applause from the Florida crowd.

Conservative writers and reporters have repeatedly floated Rubio's name as a possible running mate for the Republican presidential nominee, suggestions Rubio has consistently shot down.

When a reporter at the event asked Bachmann if she spoke to Rubio about possibly running as her No. 2, Bachmann declined to talk about her conversations with the senator.

"I've spoken with Marco Rubio. He is a wonderful man, and he has a wonderful reputation in Washington, D.C.," Bachmann said. "I don't disclose the private content of a conversation, but we've had wonderful conversations together before and I look forward to more with him."

- CNN's Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Florida • Jim DeMint • Marco Rubio • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Ken

    Bachmann, do you know that "God" was taken out of the 'Pledge of Allegiance"? I think its time that you take God out of your campaign and keep him out! “Godly jokes” are NOT what American people need from you or anyone else.

    August 29, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  2. aryan

    fake smile ..i bet she got 400 teeth hiding in that big mouth

    August 29, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rubio is not very bright, but he has nice hair. I can see why Michele would think at his level. During his life, Marco has been the recipient of government programs, and now wants to eliminate them.

    August 29, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. valwayne

    I like Rep Bachman, and I certainly agree that Sen Rubio is impressive. However, after nearly 3 years of Obama tremendous damage has been done to our economy and nation. The next President is likely to have 4 miserable years trying to repair the massive damage Obama has done. So we need a smart, articulate, tough, savvy, problem solver who has no problem standing up to the special interests. That person is Gov Chris Christie of NJ. It would be a tremendous sacrifice for him and his family, but what will the sacrifices be for all American families if we end up with 4 more years of Obama. We need Gov Christie to get into the race. Please run Gov Christie! Christie/Rubio 2012!!!!

    August 29, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. AW

    Bachmann's lame attempt at the name-dropping of Marco Rubio in order to impress and pander to Rubio's supporters is pathetic.

    August 29, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. nintex

    Reading that just makes me feel wonderful.

    August 29, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. Whats good for TEA is good for COFFEE

    Rubio...? I want to see HIS birth certificate! And then I still won't believe he's a real American!

    August 29, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. Oldie in TampaBay

    they deserve each other!

    August 29, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  9. Aaron

    Obviously, no one told her that Rubio kicked the Tea Party to the curb after he got elected with its support. The woman should return to whatever mental institution she escaped from.

    August 29, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  10. Obama 2012

    Rubio is a anchor baby!

    August 29, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  11. bigwilliestyles

    Sheesh. As Bugs Bunny (another cartoon character) used to say: "whatta maroon".

    August 29, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  12. Name king

    I thought bauchman was married, she sure like she's flitting. I wonder what mr Bachman is going to say about that. First of all all the repugs have this cut austerity movement going on. This was the reason while the financial disaster was taking place in 2008 every one of them sit around looking at each other wondering if they should cut taxes and program some more to stimulate the economy, because their ideology of less government wouldnt bring them to save our country.Yah sent Obama at the right time to push money into the economy to change a economy that was retreading 9 percent to a economy that was growing
    at a 4 percent rate at the end of the year in 2009 when he took over the staring
    wheel from the despair struck repugs. Lesson I know these folks got this trickle down mentality which vagrant worked for the past 10 years and will lessoned the chances of working as the years goes past because of the more and more global economic inclusion. These repugs cannot see what is here staring them into their faces much less to see what is coming around the corner. All they do is lesson to their repug hounds that spew their lies over and over again until they start believing it's true, even though they just experience the same event and know it's not true what they're spewing. We have a chance to build this country into a super power again but these repugs are blocking progress, and if your not going forward it's just a matter of time before you start sliding backward.

    August 30, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  13. Frank Cardenas

    Rubio is as clever as a fox. And he probably doesn't appreciate Bachmann's comments at all. He is the worst candidate Florida has elected in a long time.

    August 30, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  14. A Kickin` Donkey

    Isn`t it amazing how much her platitudes – – "I`ve had WONDERFUL conversations" blah, blah – – sound like they are coming out of Donald Trump`s mouth?

    August 30, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  15. zip

    If you shaved Michelle Bachmann's head, you would see the number 666. She bears the mark of the beast.

    August 30, 2011 12:25 am at 12:25 am |

    The strait jacket ticket will fade quickly as Snookie Palin goes after Bachmann's money and media attention. Bachmann's Irene comments vindicated Newsweek's cover picture as right on the money. She's crazy.

    August 30, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  17. DA

    If Rubio wants to have a successful political future, he might want to distance himself from her.

    August 30, 2011 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  18. peace

    He just got the kiss of death. Run Rubio Run as far away from that crazy nut MB.

    August 30, 2011 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is another sign that Bachmann isn't fully understanding what is going on and doesn't have the best interests of the country. Those that refuse to compromise don't understand that is what the founding fathers did.

    August 30, 2011 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  20. proudmemberofglobalzero

    Marco Rubio, whose father came into Floirda on the tax payers dollars. Who got a start in Florida on tax payer dollars. Whose sister met a drug lord that ran with a gang here in Florida that killed a Federal informant. Sis married this man after his was convicted and served time in jail. Marco Rubio, who walked away from is home and it's payments when his ARM went up.

    August 30, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |