April 17th, 2012
05:32 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann sees GOP 'coalescing'

(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said Tuesday that she has recently spoken with likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney, though she did not offer an endorsement of her one-time rival.

In the appearance on CNN's "John King, USA," Bachmann said she sees the GOP coming together, and wants to be "a voice of uniting our party."

The interview will air Tuesday on CNN's "John King, USA" at 6 p.m. ET.

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"I'm very excited with what I'm seeing, not a lot of bumps in the road, but I'm very excited about bringing factions together," she said. "This doesn't happen overnight. We're in the process of coalescing and uniting and it's all in due time."

In mid-March, she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the party needed to "unify and unify quickly." She said she would "back whoever the people choose."

On Tuesday, Bachmann said she recently spoke with Rick Santorum, who ended his GOP presidential run earlier this month, and Romney, though she did not divulge the nature of the conversations.

She told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that Romney's vice presidential pick should have pro-life positions, and asked if she should be on the list, she deferred to Romney.

"Well, he'll make his decision, that's up to the governor," she said. "We trust him to make the wisest decision for our team and for our party. And we know that he'll do that."

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. MWM

    She should be careful of using words like that. Most prospective base voters could misunderestimate her intent.

    April 17, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. steven harnack

    So the guy that she couldn't abide 3 months ago she now trusts to "make the wisest decision"? I can picture the reality show now, "Desperately Trying To Be Relevant".

    April 17, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. Lulu

    Michelle please retire back home to Minnesota where people may think you're still relevant....didn't you learn anything from your poor performance as a presidential candidate? No one cares what you think, and your mouth needs to take a long vacation.

    April 17, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Bobby Ray

    "Coagulating" might be a better word after an ugly primary season.

    April 17, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. Blue Collar Worker

    I see the republican party falling apart, that's why I left it. Too many crazies for me.

    April 17, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Michele, your party is coalescing in idiocy!

    April 17, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Your Politics are a Mess

    Well yes, the democrats historically have in fact been disorganized.

    One only wishes they could be again so the best candidate, Hillary Clinton, could step fwd and fix all Obama has come up short on.

    April 17, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Why does she think anything she has to say has any relevance?

    April 17, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. Bill in Florida

    Did she really say "coalescing"? Wow, I didn't know Michele knew four-syllable words.

    April 17, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Coalescing ?????...........Crazy glue wouldn't even work........ It's every man for himself!!!!!!
    ! .

    April 17, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  11. Common Sense 2012

    She will say anything to keep a door open for herself...for a VP pick (not because she'll be the Palin of 12), speak at republican convention or anything to stay in the camera! Please go retire, loser!

    April 17, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. Lola

    Oh puh-lease. Bachmann says she wants to be a voice to unite the GOP? Get real. She's angling to be VP or get a cabinet position. Don't do it, Mitt. Although she has more upstairs than Sarah Palin, she's still out there.

    April 18, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  13. sadlyperturbed

    I like a party that is "coalescing" to twitch like the republicans are now. Having fine spokespeople like Bachman, Nugent and Rush, how could they be taken seriously?

    April 18, 2012 03:46 am at 3:46 am |

    She also saw herself as the nominee this year. They are not doing flips for Mitt McCain as the low voter turnout indicates.

    April 18, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  15. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Bachmann sees GOP 'coalescing'◄
    It's more like they are convulsing –
    h ha ha ha ha ha They used to laugh and call democrats unorganized.
    ha ha ha ha ha ha [sounds more like we're more tuned in "with our prize!!!"]

    Compliments of GI Joe!! 🙂

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    April 18, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  16. Rick 7809

    She just wants to extend her 15 minutes of fame. Good bye lady.

    April 18, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  17. s

    Go away your Hater and FREAK

    April 18, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  18. Cfrench

    I hope Romney picks Bachman for VP. We all know how well a bimbo in a skirt worked for McCain.

    April 18, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  19. Dan

    So why then hasn't she, Palin, Santoum and Newt coalesced around Mitt and faux enraged Ann?

    April 18, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
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