Bachmann names V.P. picks
December 1st, 2011
07:47 AM ET
8 years ago

Bachmann names V.P. picks

(CNN) - She may not be topping polls as a Republican presidential candidate, but Rep. Michele Bachmann has already put some thought into who she might select as her running mate or appoint to her cabinet.

Bachmann threw out a few names Wednesday when asked who her potential vice-president would be, including fellow candidate Rick Santorum, businessman and reality television host Donald Trump, and influential GOP senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida.

The congresswoman from Minnesota also floated Santorum as a potential attorney general, saying his legal acumen was top notch.

"I think that Rick Santorum is a wonderful man personally, but also, I think that he's very gifted when it comes to the area of legal issues," Bachmann said on the Fox News program "On the Record w/ Greta van Susteren."

"I think I could see him as an attorney general. I think he'd do a great job. I haven't talked to Rick about that, but I think he'd be wonderful, or another cabinet position."

Bachmann also said Santorum would be on her list of potential running mates, should she win the Republican presidential nomination. Other names on her list?

"We've got a lot of wonderful candidates who would fit that bill," Bachmann said. "Easily comes to mind I think would be Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. Marco Rubio of Florida certainly would be in that category. There's a lot of great people out there. And Donald Trump is someone that I think a lot of people would be intrigued with, too."

Bachmann has met with Trump four times during her campaign, last meeting with the mogul in mid-November at the Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Donald Trump • Michele Bachmann • Rick Santorum
soundoff (461 Responses)
  1. pkrbkr

    Does anyone REALLY think she can even come CLOSE to winning the nomination????

    December 1, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Punisher2000

    OK, so she made a list of those she thinks are appropriate for the Veep spot. Now she should do the Country a favor and go away.

    December 1, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Gop lemmings

    trump for secretary of treasury
    palin for secretary for war
    newt for education and propaganda
    demint for state and isolatiomism
    ron pual for fed
    perry for health and propagation
    cain for national fence.
    disband everything else

    December 1, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Kevin O.

    She's like the woman on her way to market with a basket of eggs on her head. She envisions all the things she will do with the money garnered from the sale of her eggs. Then she gets a wee bit too haughty and throws her head back and ends up dropping all her eggs.

    Michele was that piece of dog dropping that woman stepped in.

    December 1, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. hebug

    I can't believe the woman doesn't realize she doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of capturing the nomination. That is a testament of how dumb she is – no sense of reality. It's scary that she is even in the race....

    December 1, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Lee

    As if any of the forementioned would take a back seat to her....

    December 1, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Russell

    Thankfully the rest ofthe world sees the joke here but of it did not, its heart would sink. It however credits Americans with having way more intelligence than to vote this pair of clowns into any kind of position of power.

    December 1, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. jennifer in Houston

    I guess she's hoping one of these names will help pluck her from under the heap..

    December 1, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Michael Q

    Don't you just love the "fantasy President" game? Seriously, drafting candidates on Fox News as your potential running mate would sure trump (pun intended) the democrats! It's almost like the second version of McCain-Palin, and in reality we all know how that turned out.

    December 1, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Observer

    Bachmann-Palin 2012 – 2014 1/2

    December 1, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. MAngeline

    Sorry Michelle, don't think you'll get the chance to exercise your choice of VP. Amazing the ego people like Cain, Bachmann, even Gingrich possess. No way, no how any of these will be POTUS...thank God!

    December 1, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Timothy

    Really premature. She needs to at least be at the top of the polls. Why don't they ask me who I want as my running mate?

    December 1, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Carolyn in SD

    Thank you. It is always good to start the day off with a little humor.

    December 1, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. ThinkAgain

    This will be very revealing, as in, will these "potential VP picks" be gentlemen enough to not fall down and roll around on the floor in hysterics at the idea that Bachmann's will get the GOP nomination.

    December 1, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. CaliforniaKat

    This is a joke, right?

    December 1, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Straight Shooter

    Gettin' a little ahead of ourselves, aren't we?

    December 1, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Rich

    Please let them run..............Obama 2012

    December 1, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. Rich

    Great pair please let them

    December 1, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Rich

    Trump should start paying his share of taxes first...

    December 1, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. Oldie in TampaBay

    poor thing is a tad delusional methinks ..

    December 1, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. Skitownrefugee

    Bachman/Trump – now there’s a loosing combination if I ever heard of one. What makes her think she’s at the point of selecting a VP with her poll numbers? And Rick Sanitarium? Imagine publically mentioning someone as your possible VP or AG and you haven’t even talked to them about it? Can you imagine her – trying to run the country? There isn’t a republican in the presidential field who has a grasp on reality – is there?

    December 1, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Rich

    Better yet her and Rick

    December 1, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. JimAR

    Why not the U.S. ambassador to Iran?

    December 1, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. JIMpnw

    ha, ha, That was a good one, Michele .Doesnt hurt to dream.

    December 1, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. cecilia

    you must be kidding – this group looks just like the gang that couldn't shoot straight. this is better than reality TV
    can you imagine Bachman as president and trump as VP – the republican party is doomed unless they get themselves some adults with some smarts

    December 1, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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