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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.

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.

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