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Santorum could be Bachmann’s VP pick

Michele Bachmann would consider Rick Santorum as her vice president or attorney general, she told the Des Moines Register on Wednesday.

“I have just the highest respect for Rick Santorum. He’s a very sharp guy, and I could easily see making him attorney general,” Bachmann said. “He’s very sharp on legal issues, very astute, and I would consider him for that or another cabinet position or I’d even have him on my list for vice president.”

Santorum and Bachmann share some similarities, both politically and strategically. Namely, they’re the two most vocal social conservatives in the race, and they’ve both made Iowa their top target in the Republican nomination fight — Santorum has the distinction of being the only candidate to travel to each of the state’s 99 counties.

The former Pennsylvania senator’s efforts haven’t paid off with voters, though — he’s one of only three candidates whose Iowa poll numbers are consistently lower than Bachmann’s.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 12/01/2011 - 09:18 am.

    I wonder if la Bachmannn is aware that the VP is nominated before the election, while the AG is appointed after it?
    So she could certainly put Santorum on her ticket (although I can’t see why he would want it), but the odds of her getting to appoint an AG are 3% and dropping.

  2. Submitted by Jim Bernstein on 12/02/2011 - 03:07 pm.

    Thankfully, it seems pretty clear that one Republican bad dream we don’t have to worry about is Michelle Bachmann as president and who she might want as her vice president.

  3. Submitted by rolf westgard on 12/02/2011 - 03:20 pm.

    More than 300 million in the US to choose from, and we are considering Bachmann and Santorum for President and VP.

  4. Submitted by Jim Roth on 12/02/2011 - 05:46 pm.

    While, yeah, but why is this even newsworthy? It is more likely that Santorum or I will be hit by a meteorite. Was this a slow news day?

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