(CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Tuesday said it's time for the party to rally behind one presidential nominee.
"At this point, we would be better off if we could unify around a candidate, whoever that candidate may be," Bachmann said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "I will back whoever the people choose. But I think it's important for us to unify and unify quickly."
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Bachmann, who ended her presidential bid in January after a disappointing finish in the Iowa caucuses, described the ongoing Republican nominating process as "fruitful" but argued it was creating division within the GOP.
Her comments came the same day that Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney compete as the two frontrunners in Illinois' presidential primary, a contest with 54 delegates at stake.
"We have a lot of factions now because of the candidates that are dueling it out," she said. " At a certain point, we do need to come together and I will be happy to back whoever our nominee is. And I may do that even before the convention, but I want my voice to be a unifying voice to pull all factions of the party together."
Bachmann is now running for re-election to keep her House seat representing Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, despite new redistricting lines that have placed her home town of Stillwater in a new district.
Asked Tuesday when exactly she plans on making her endorsement, the congresswoman gave no firm date for an announcement.
"I will when it looks the most opportune time to draw our party together and expand to get crucial independents and Democrats we need to be able to win in November," she said.