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. rjo3491

    ...well, it will make SNL viable again for a few months!

    July 3, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. rick1948

    I hope Romney picks her. It'll seal his demise in November.

    July 3, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Expat American

    Bachmann = VP
    2012 GOP = RIP

    July 3, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Kevin wrote:

    Even you liberals, as dumb as you appear to be, have to admit she would be better than Biden.
    Plus she has a U.S. Birth Certificate. Something Obama has yet to show, along with his college transcripts.
    We're still waiting on financial records that Donald "King Birther" Trump promised us. Speaking of financial records, when is Mitt Romney going to release his tax returns from this year? He filed for an extension in April, and promised us that he would release is returns in six months....in October....just before Election Day....that's a stroke of genius.

    The man has college degrees hanging on his wall. You don't need to see his transcripts. Executive Privilege.

    July 3, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. indyreader

    Well, that'd sure shake up the ol' Etch-A-Sketch, wouldn't it?

    July 3, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. LaPorte2

    Please pick her. I liked Palin until she opened her mouth. I felt the same way about Bachmann until she opened her mouth. She is like a monkey the higher up the tree it goes, more of their behind you can see.

    July 3, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Adam Diran

    Nobody in the GOP is that dumb. Bachmann makes Sarah Palin look like Winston Churchill.

    July 3, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. ljjm

    Having Bachman on the ticket would be like "deja vu all over again."

    July 3, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha thats funny!! first it's Sarah Palin now Bachman oh man, this is a comedians wet dream...

    July 3, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. another1

    Are you kidding me? Does the GOP want to hand over this election on a silver platter to Obama? This is about the dumbest move they could possibly make. Bachmann is Palin on steroids in the crazy/stupid department.

    July 3, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. joe dokes

    I think she would a very, VERY appropriate representative of today's Republican Party and its current mindset... Jeez, how far to the right is this political party going to veer?

    July 3, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. J. Davis, Knoxville, TN

    The only other possible more disgusting choice would be Sarah Palin. This Michelle woman is a joke. I've never seen anyone so sure they know everything and they are right. Poor Piers couldn't even get a word in edgewise last night. Is this the type of Tea Party nut you want as VP? The only reasonable choice for election 2012 is to return Obama/Biden to the White House. I'm a Yellow Dog Democrat who would rather pass on than vote for any Republican! I view Romney just slightly above George Bush in the awful politicians category. If Romney wins election, anyone below a millionare status might as well realize they will be in the poor house even more for the years he is in office. VOTE OBAMA and think about your personal financial situation!

    July 3, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. cedar rapids

    oh heck yes, this would be a perfect choice. You go for it Romney, you pick her, please, please, please.
    Obama wouldn't need to campaign at all, he would just hold up a picture of Bachmann and go 'really?' He'd walk it.

    July 3, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Tree

    This is a JOKE, i don't know what is wrong with MN but way is she in congress anyways ? She is a fool. But i will bring the popcorn and drink if its her...........

    July 3, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. some guy in New Hampshire

    Presidents and vice presidents aren't spokesmodels. They're expected to actually, you know, DO stuff in a relatively competent way. Bachmann hasn't shown the intelligence it takes to organize a jumble sale. She's Palin without the intelligence. And saying that is truly frightening.

    July 3, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. spike

    Bring in an obnoxious, annoying, religious zealot, crazy woman to torpedo the GOP's chance of winning? Based on 2008, I'd say that's the time honored tradition.

    July 3, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Cea Wolff

    Highly competent. That lets her out.

    July 3, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Bernie Margolis

    If he wants to sabotage his own campaign in the same manner that John McCain did she would be a great choice.

    July 3, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. alleygator

    Please, oh please pick Michelle. She's not certifiably loony, really!

    July 3, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. EffortPA

    That would be almost as good as McCain choosing Sarah Palin. I really don't think Romney is that stupid.

    July 3, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. PhilG



    July 3, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    If the GOP learned anything from the Sarah Palin fiasco in 2008 this would not even be a consideration.

    July 3, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Wake up people

    Please pick Bachman!!! This woman makes wailin Palin look like a rocket scientist and that voice...... The way she screeches and shrieks. All she needs is green skin and she can be the nu Wicked Witch of the West.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 3, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Danny

    Are you freaking kidding me? After McCain picked Palin last time, Romney CAN'T be considering this woman. If he is, there's another reason NOT to vote for him. It would be political suicide.

    July 3, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. unwhynot?

    Bachman as VP would be amazing!! For the Democrats, I mean.

    July 3, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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