July 3rd, 2012
07:42 AM ET
9 years ago

Bachmann on VP spot: 'Not for me to make that decision'

(CNN) – Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann did not deny Monday whether she was being vetted for the job of Mitt Romney's running mate.

"Whoever it is that he chooses to bring in as his V.P., it will be a highly competent person who could step in at a moment's notice and assume the responsibilities of the White House," the Minnesota congresswoman said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

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Pressed further 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."

While veep-talk has certainly been a swirling force on the campaign trail in recent weeks, Romney has only confirmed his campaign was vetting Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, though many more are expected to be on his list.

The former Massachusetts governor announced he was considering Rubio in mid-June after some Republicans grew upset over a report claiming the senator was not in the running.

Other potential candidates have kept mum on the veepstakes, refusing to say whether or not they may have a hat in the ring.

For her part, Bachmann was critical of Romney when the two competed for the Republican presidential nomination. As a candidate, Bachmann initially ran with large tea party appeal, frequently bucking what she described as the more establishment faction of the party that Romney represented.

The congresswoman did not endorse Romney until early May, several weeks after former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum dropped out of the race, a move that essentially locked up the nomination for Romney.

Asked repeatedly why she had held out in her support for Romney, Bachmann declined to go into specifics but maintained she was working "behind the scenes, bringing together all factions of our party."

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soundoff (576 Responses)
  1. Sirned

    Oh Goodie.... Then have the two of them reveal how they feel about each others religion. What they feel is the role of religion is in politics. How important religion will play in their decisions. And what decisions will be based on their religion? That should be very informative to the voters since Republcans rely on the Christian voters.. Then ask for Romney to release his tax returns and see if he invested in a company that made money from abortion. And ask Bachman how much Government money her Family has taken from agricultural subsidies.....

    July 3, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Jeff

    McCain 2008 all over again. A Centrist Republican trying to play conservative get's saddled with a wing nut that couldn't be trusted to organize a picnic. At least Bachmann can form a sentence properly and has actual job experience compared to Palin.

    July 3, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Please, please, please, please, please God! Please have Romney pick Bachman. She would be as funny and as stupid and as out of touch as Palin (or any other Tea Party whacko for that matter).
    Oh please God, if for any reason, do it for the late night TV host. She' gold for them.

    July 3, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Joe

    She better do it this election, soon she will start looking like an old lady.

    July 3, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. jb1963

    I can see it now. This psycho get the VP position. Has Mitt killed and then she become president and America get taken over by the radical terrorist known better as the tea party. Then America will look like the movie mad max where everyone fights just to stay alive.

    July 3, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Jackson

    Please yes choose her! Show the world how truly bats-t crazy she really is!

    Pick her! Pick her! Secure the re-election of Obama now! Pick her!

    July 3, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. JohnW

    Two words: Guaranteed loss.

    July 3, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. JohnRJohnson

    OH, I think Michele Bachmann would be the perfect nominee for VP. She would definitely reflect the intelligence, tolerance and judgment of the base of the Republican Party today. Not only that, in picking her Mitt Romney would be upholding the fine tradition set by John McCain when he picked Sarah Palin as his running-mate. In fact, I see a future filled with such choices by Republican candidates. All of the people without brain damage will have abandoned the party in next few years.

    July 3, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. scott

    wow!!!! can we get gov romney to put the canadian born minnesota right wing nutjob michele bachman on the republican ticket??? not only would that ensure president obama another 4yrs, but that would be the gift that keeps on giving.....

    July 3, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Double b

    Oh please, please, please, please, PLEASE!!!!!! Let this happen. The election would be so entertaining, right up until the time people actually voted and then it would be Dem landslide of epic proportions..beautiful.

    July 3, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. California Gary

    Romney/Bachmann? Talk about a "dream team"........the Obama/Biden team would have so much fun with that. Biden already has experience going head to head with an airhead.......

    July 3, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Keith in NJ

    I don't know anyone who would take a story like this seriously. She has as much chance of being the VP choice of Romney as I do (I am for Obama). It would be like throwing in the towel before the campaign starts. Do the words McCain/Palin mean anything? The republicans can't be that stupid (or can they?)

    July 3, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. cardog

    Placing this Bachmann woman on the TeapubliCANT ticket as VP, will finally convince even the right wing base that Mitt Romney is out of his mind. Stop, take a deep breath and then ask yourself this: Like the scary possibilty arah Palin could have been one heart beat away from becoming president, the same holds true regarding this crazy woman name Michelle Bachmann.

    July 3, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Mark in Seattle

    Michele Bachmann as VP choice could even make Sarah Palin seem like a well thought out decision.

    July 3, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. DaveinPA

    She is way too EXTREME !

    July 3, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. DaveinPA

    This would be just a replay of McCain / Palin.

    July 3, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. cali girl

    Ha Ha Ha, someone pick me up off the floor. Can't stop laughing.

    July 3, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Reggie from LA

    "Whoever it is that he chooses to bring in as his V.P., it will be a highly competent person who could step in at a moment's notice and assume the responsibilities of the White House,"
    Whew!! Scared me there at the headline. Fortunately for all concerned, that 1st comment disqualifies Bachmann. Heck, there's a bunch of them that will be disqualified if that comment represents any criteria.

    July 3, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Wes Scott

    First, if Michelle Bachmann is Canadian-born, then she is automatically ineligible for the position of Veep or POTUS, so that would be a non-starter.

    Second, quoting Michelle, "Whoever it is that he chooses to bring in as his V.P., it will be a highly competent person who could step in at a moment's notice and assume the responsibilities of the White House." By her own words she automatically excludes any consideration of herself. "Highly competent" and "Michelle Bachmann" are mutually exclusive terms – neither bears even the slightest resemblance of the other.

    July 3, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Wes

    There is a very small step from the sublime to the ridiculous, and selection of Michele Bachmann as a VP candidate would certainly provide evidence of the latter.

    July 3, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. JJG

    Bachman for VP is a death knell like Palin was for McCain

    July 3, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. marty

    Is this the same shrill anti-government person who accepted a quarter of a million dollar government subsidy for her family farm? A subsidy is a hand-out, a hand-out can be considered welfare. And, did Ms Bachmann also accept government funds for each of the foster children she helped 'raise'?

    July 3, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Scott

    I remember a very similar move being performed by the GOP in the 2008 election. It didn't work too well then, and I doubt it'll work so well now. Trying to garner the support of the far-right by alienating sensible moderates is a poor strategy. But then again, perhaps it's just the logical conclusion to their slow implosion and self-collapse.

    July 3, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Ozzie

    And Cher will play 3rd base for the Yankees. As Americans, we're dumb and ill-informed, but not to that level.

    July 3, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. emma

    There is surely no chance for Bachmann to be named VP on Romney's ticket. Romney wants to get elected, no matter what, and it is hard to see Bachmann as a vote-getter.

    July 3, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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