He doesn't claim to know her post-presidential campaign plans, but fellow Minnesotan Norm Coleman, a Romney backer, believes Rep. Michele Bachmann has what it takes to be vice president.
"She could serve well," he says of the Minnesota lawmaker who once led the polls for the Iowa caucus. "I think she's helped herself in this process."
Bachmann isn't reconsidering her future other than believing she is positioned for a comeback against Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney in the GOP primaries.
But even her critics are giving Bachmann good grades for her campaign, debate performances and fund raising despite some early missteps. [See photos of Michele Bachmann.]
Coleman, who spoke to reporters at a roundtable sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor says, "Ultimately, she has benefited from national exposure. I think she's handled herself extraordinarily well in the debates, she has exceeded a lot of expectations."
What's more, he adds, Bachmann has excelled at fund raising and kept her strong group of energized voters, two things a presidential nominee would want in a vice presidential pick.
If she was picked, Bachmann would be the second female GOP vice presidential nominee in a row, following her friend Sarah Palin who was selected in 2008 by Sen. John McCain.