She's Baaaaack! Is Michele Bachmann a VP Contender?

The congresswoman refused to say in an interview whether she was being vetted for the ticket

Remember that time a Republican presidential candidate picked a controversial, questionably qualified, prone-to-blunders female running mate? Despite how that turned out, get ready for the possibility of a repeat.

During a Monday interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann refused to say definitively whether she was being considered as a running mate for Mitt Romney. “One thing I know about Mitt Romney, he's made excellent decisions in the past when it comes to running organizations and I have no doubt, 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,” she said.

Hoping to get clarification (and a nice boost for the struggling CNN, perhaps?) Morgan pressed, asking Bachmann straightforwardly if she were being vetted right now. Bachman replied, "Well, that's something for the campaign to answer on. That's not for me to make that decision, and that announcement."

 

 

Bachmann’s been out of the presidential race for about six months now, and the 56-year-old former candidate’s name has mostly faded from conversation. So is it time for a comeback?

Let’s see. When she dropped out, she headed back to Minnesota significantly damaged from the bid, with a statewide approval rating at only 34 percent, with 57 percent of voters viewing her negatively. Repeat: That was in her home state.

Unlike Sarah Palin when John McCain chose her as his running mate, Bachmann is not an unknown. In fact, she’s a well-known entity, and a widely doubted, highly criticized one to boot. For the sliver of Americans excited over the possibility of Bachmann’s name on the ticket, we’d wager millions of eyes are rolling in disgust or disinterest.

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Alesandra Dubin is iVote's chief election news blogger and a Los Angeles-based writer. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.

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