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. tony

    The mind boggles. Unless you are US Taliban of course.

    July 3, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    That would put the last few nails in the Romney campaign coffin. Unfortunately I don't think even Romney is that stupid. If he is intent on, as McCain said, a game changer, Romney would have aq better chance with Sarah Palin. She has had four years to study maps, follow international politics and ac tually try to bone up on the real economic issues. Maybe she would be able to sound coherent in front of a camera crew that is not hand picked by Fox News.

    ------Nah, just stick with the woman that thinks he can faith heal the gay out of America.

    July 3, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Peggy

    Yes, I think she is very well qualified for the spot. She is opinionated, leans to the extreme right and hates President Obama. She has it all.

    July 3, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If she is chosen as VP, that could doom Romney even more. I don't think that Romney is close enough to the average person to know what they could possibly want. The wealthy, Romney is one of them, really don't seem to care about the middle class or the poor. If their examples of charitable giving to social welfare groups is any example, then they have no heart.

    July 3, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. rs

    Bachmann is SO CRAZY, and so unable to TELL THE TRUTH, that she is a perfect GOP candidate for V.P. Pick her, sir, and you lose by an even bigger margin than Mr. McCain did in '08. It could destroy the GOP once and for all!

    July 3, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Bristol

    Bachmann would be the worst VP choice since Sarah Palin. Let's hope Mitt falls for it. Maybe some of Mitt's sons have been patients at the Bachmann clinic.

    July 3, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. joe

    Ah hahahahahahahahahhahhahhahhahahahhha. Please stop, I'm laughing so hard I can hardly breathe!

    July 3, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Save Us Jeebus

    "'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."

    Well that leaves Bachmann out!! LMAO!!

    July 3, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. kevin illinois

    imagine waking up one morning to hear the words, "vice president bachman has taken the oath of office"

    July 3, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Chainbark

    Please, please, please, Mittens B. Howell III, name the crazy lady with the faaaaabulous "husband" as your VP. It's your ticket to a win in November. Really. I wouldn't stear you wrong.

    July 3, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. woodofpine

    If she's being vetted, then she's affirmatively disproven her own statement that whomever is chosen they'll be highly competent and able to step in at a moment's notice.

    July 3, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. thinkergal

    "...highly competent person who could step in ...." Surely Michelle is describing herself.

    July 3, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. tj

    Laughable.........is she running on the "We can faith heal gay and cure America," platform.

    July 3, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Bill Callahan

    Someone PLEASE stop teasing the Obama campaign!
    First it was Newt Gingrich might be the Republican nominee...
    Then it was Rick Santorum...
    Now Bachmann as the VP????
    As a Democrat, all I can say is, "PLEASE, PLEASE choose her, Governor Romney!!!"

    July 3, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Pander Express

    I just spit coffee through my nose.

    July 3, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. bill

    I guess the last GOP VP nominee wasn't enough of a freak show, they have to go out and get another circus act

    July 3, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Peggy

    Maybe Romney is looking for someone to blame. If I were practicing to run for something for seven years, at least, I would have a strategy.
    By the way, all that marvelous business experience that is supposed to better position Romney to fix the economy is run of the mill for Harvard graduates. Do some research.

    July 3, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Patriot

    I didn't think it was possible for the Republican party to look more ridiculous but Bachman as V.P.... that would be epic.

    July 3, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. ClarasBeau

    Well, normally I would stick my neck out and say that choosing Ms Bachmann for the VP spot will NEVER happen... But then, I guess after last week's Supreme Court shocker, anything's possible! LOL

    July 3, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Mike from Orlando, Florida

    Please Please PLEASE make this happen!

    July 3, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. realitypolice

    Bachmann would literally hand the election to Obama. I don't think even the Republicans are that stupid. The only person who thinks Michelle Bachmann is qualified to be VP is Michelle Bachmann. I wouldn't be surprised if her people asked Morgan to ask her that specifically so articles like this would be written.

    Trust me, this is not going to happen.

    July 3, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. pkbkr

    Michelle, you're 5 minutes are up! That choice would be even worse than Palin! On the other hand, maybe Mittens SHOULD choose you......our president would win in an even greater landslide! Obama/Biden 2012

    July 3, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. DanW

    I sure hope Bachmann is the pick. For every TP voter she pulls in she will drive away several sane Republicans.

    July 3, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Greg Walker

    Sweet cream on an ice cream sandwich, don't do this!!! I want Obama gone too but trying Palin 2.0 in the VP slot is SOOO not the right move. On the right we need less Palins, Bachmanns, Hannitys and Limbaughs and on the left we need less Obamas, Bidens, Pelosis and Reids. Once you strip away the garbage on the right/left fringes, there are really intelligent arguments to be made (on both sides) regarding healthcare, taxes, jobs, etc.

    July 3, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. AJ

    Palin on steroids.

    July 3, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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