April 17th, 2012
05:32 PM ET
10 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. GI Joe

    h ha ha ha ha ha They used to laugh and call democrats unorganized. ha ha ha ha ha ha

    It's more like they are convulsing -

    April 17, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    Yes, the GOBP cult is now coalescing around a small greasy puddle of greed and racism. Good stuff!

    April 17, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. V in Chicago

    Crazy Michelle vying for the VP spot. . . Might as well pick her Mitt. You're not going to win anyhow.

    April 17, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Thomas

    'coalescing' is one word that could be used.

    The Crazy Lady " Michele Bachmann of Minnesota " knows much about coalescing !

    Romney / Bachmann with not only smash the glass ceiling , they with stain the carpet !
    Restore our medication 2012

    April 17, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Bachmann sees GOP 'coalescing"

    Woah...big words for small brain...did someone teach her that one? I think I'd have to go with "congealing" instead though...more like pudding skin.

    April 17, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. the Situation

    Who Cares what the certifiable nut job has to say!

    April 17, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. BB

    The Republican establishment and the Republican base are coming together like a shotgun wedding.

    April 17, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Iamnotfooled

    Romney --oh please pick Bachmann. Actually it does not matter who you pick. They will be defeated along with you.

    April 17, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. dina

    Why do you keep talking. No one wanted you as a candidate. Did yo not get the message so shut up.

    April 17, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    Coalescing all right... into LARD !

    April 17, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. Mikey

    "We're in the process of coalescing"
    You mean the 20% of the population that's left in the purified GOP. This party would reject the liberal Lincoln, the progressive Roosevelt, the moderate Eisenhower, and now it seems, the very conservative in his day Ronald Reagan. Only Hoover, who's pre- and early-depression era policies they would like to imitate, and George W, who appears to be the model for Romney's economic plan, still seem to fit into today's GOP.

    April 17, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Natalie

    Yes, coalescing indeed, like a stingy glass of sour milk ready to be fed to the hogs. Old "Etch-a-Sketch" will likely continue to pander to and fool the gullible. Since he has to bring us Hispanics on board, we can look for him to pander relentlessly. As a small business owner, I find him disingenous at best and certainly out of touch with most Americans. He twists everything, including the Rosen comment, in to something it was not. He offers no solutions that haven't already been tried and failed (esp. tax breaks for the wealthy). He would cut vital programs for the poor and continue to line the pockets of large corporations who hoarding their profits and hiring overseas. No gracias!

    April 17, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. lisa

    "This nutty lady has done so much "Damage to the Republicans"!!!! Just like Trump, Walsh,Cantor, "The nutball down in Florida on the "Commie" remark??? You Repubs will look more and more "Clownish" everyday,and still no policys? Lets not forget Boehner, "The worst,most do-nothing Speaker in U.S history, Cantor and McConnell, the worst Congressmen in U.S history!!!! Reallllly Laughable Folks!!! OMG????

    April 17, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. kayla

    tales from the crypt

    April 17, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Bachmann may not feel the same way when Romney tries to flip flop towards the center of the political spectrum to attract moderates and independents.

    April 17, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. Larry L

    The clown car simply has no more clowns left! The Republicans are a ridiculous group of fearful, narrow-minded bigots controlled by the uber-rich and dependent on the votes of the under-educated racists of the American right-wing. Pitiful!

    April 17, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Max Powers

    Bachmann sees the 4 horseman, and other imaginary things. She even once saw herself as POTUS. That's funny...why would you ask someone who hallucinates what they see?

    April 17, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. Rita

    Michelle is delusional ....no one cares what she thinks and her pitiful run for President was proof that she is as phony as Romney when it comes to twisting facts and throwing mud. I squirm with embarrassment whenever I hear her talk, and feel the same disgust as I did when Sarah was all over the place.

    April 17, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. Bootstomper

    Bachman,Romney,Palin ,Ted nugent,Mitch McConnell,Eric Cantor. All Hacks. Obama Biden 2012!

    April 17, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. mk1

    She's seen lots of things this past year and none have come true so why worry about this time.

    April 17, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. arale norimaki

    why is Michele Bachmann talking? this women is a joke

    Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas." -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009

    April 17, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. Emmy Skaddittle

    Romney should pick the queen of crazy for the VP slot

    April 17, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. jeff saunders

    I'm upset that John King would let Congresswomen Bachman go on a lie filled rant , after she refused to answer a single question, during the just aired interview. That was lame

    April 17, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Russ

    Please Mitt, please ask Bachmann to be your VP pick, please!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Patrick from Minnesota

    I cannot wait for November when I can write her a personal pink slip.

    April 17, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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