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. carlos

    ourjungle.......enough of your stupidity........and please learn how to spell...........go ahead and vote for your mormon cultist bishop.....

    July 3, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Ken

    Bachmann has about 3 brain cells more than Palin, and alexithymic Mitt knows it, too. Anybody read, THE MADNESS OF MICHELE BACHMANN? A great "beach read".

    July 3, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Bob Stine

    Bachmann is bat-poop crazy. Maybe this is a ploy to make Romney look like he's making a sound decision when he picks someone else.

    July 3, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. My brain hurts

    I wonder if bachmann has been immunized for mental retardation. She is running for CREEP not VEEP.

    July 3, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. phyllis

    Please save us from this nut job, Michele Bachmann, she is just as nutty as Sarah, maybe a little more.

    Please save us from Mitt Romney, he is just as bad as Michele or Sarah..........

    Vote for the only sane person, our President Obama.......and VP Biden...........yea!!!!! 2012 YES............PEACE OUT.

    July 3, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Debo G

    Oh please, please, please have her be the choice.

    July 3, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. craig

    She answered her own question: "it will be a highly competent person..." In short, it won't be her.

    July 3, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. pensimmon

    This is hilarious!

    July 3, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Dixie Normous

    @Dan, I don't care where obama was born. But facts are facts, it is all right there in the law, have you read it? I have. Oh so many comments from the left, based on so little actual research, thus, no credibility.

    July 3, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. steve

    I doubt that Romney will make the same mistake McCain made. But then you never know. The Republican clown car could be a van.

    July 3, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Hillary

    After that loon jumped on the stage and started frantically dancing with her idiot husband, Mitt would have a better chance picking Palin.

    July 3, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. N Vinny Veritas

    Romney/Bachmann... PLEASE !

    July 3, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Karrie

    What a horrific thought. I think Romney would pick his dog before he would put her on the ticket.

    July 3, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Harry Baxter

    This may possibly be the most asinine rumor I've heard since VP Candidate speculation started. I'm not a fan of Mitt Romney; I don't feel that he's qualified in any way to be President. However, if he decided to pick Bachmann as his VP running mate, he'd be crazier and dumber than she is, and that would be setting the bar so low that you'd have to dig a 20 foot hole!

    July 3, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. weezer

    Then her husband can "cure" Anderson Cooper with prayer.

    July 3, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Dean

    Can't imagine Obama will want her as a running mate, republican and all.... LOL That's what Romney needs, a Palin clone.

    July 3, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. mike

    If she becomes President, Marcus can be first lady.

    July 3, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. bettyboop33

    ROFL!.....Is Mittens having a Palin moment?...Repubs all deserve one another... Super good news for President Obama

    July 3, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. longtooth

    This is an obvious attempt to make Romney look like a fool. It works.

    July 3, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. trex

    .....PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE...........I WANT BACHMANN AS romney's VP. Cant you just see it. At the inaugural ball, the announcement comes................and the speaker says........"AND THE FIRST LADY"............and Marcus Bachmann STEPS FORWARD..............................

    July 3, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. trex

    With Crazy Eyes Bachmann as VP............ALL THE KIDS ON THE SHORT BUS CAN SAY THEY TOO CAN BECOME VEEP....................

    July 3, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Scott

    Even though having M.B. on the ticket would guarantee Obama's re-election, which I am in favor of, for the good of the country I sincerely hope that she is not Romney's VP choice. I don't think the country can survive another dumb and dumber GOP ticket. Romney/Bachmann would be just like McCain/Palin only without the straight-talking war hero.

    July 3, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Batsh|t Crazy

    Oh please oh please oh please! She's worth it just for the entertainment value alone!

    July 3, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. trex

    ,,.................SHAMUS.................here boy.................SHAMUS..........where are ya boy.............................Shamus.....................shamus....................Anybody seen Shamus?

    July 3, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. bosfaninva

    What a great spoof. Comedy gold! Thanks CNN!

    July 3, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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