(CNN) – Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann threw her support behind Mitt Romney on Thursday.
Standing on stage with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee at an event in Portsmouth, Virginia, the Minnesota congresswoman said she was there to "lend my voice and my endorsement to Mitt Romney as our president to take the county back."
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Bachmann invoked rhetoric she used frequently on the campaign trail and urged voters to limit President Barack Obama to one term in the White House.
"There is no question in my mind Americans will go to the polls and they’ll be saying `Mr. President you’re fired!’ and instead we will soundly stand for someone who believes in America," Bachmann said to loud cheers.
She pointed to what she called one of the biggest factors in the election –energy– and argued Romney would be the best leader to further tap into domestic resources.
"Mitt Romney’s future for America would be a legalization of American energy, a legalization of millions of high paying jobs," Bachmann said.
As she stepped aside for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to take the stage, Romney offered a gesture of approval.
"Beautifully done," he told her.
But the congresswoman hasn't always had kind words for her former opponent. Prior to ending her presidential bid in early January– shortly after a disappointing finish in the Iowa caucuses– Bachmann took several shots at Romney over the healthcare law he passed as Massachusetts governor.
"This is the seminal issue of Barack Obama's presidency. And this is the chief liability that Mitt Romney has going into the presidential race," Bachmann said in an interview with CNN on January 1.
She added: "He is the only governor in the history of the United States that has put into place socialized medicine in his state. And that's going to be our nominee to stand up against president Obama?"
The congresswoman, however, has repeatedly said in recent weeks it was only a matter of time before she would officially Romney.
As a candidate, Bachmann initially ran with large tea party appeal, frequently bucking what she described as the more establishment faction of the party that Romney represented.
Her endorsement comes weeks after former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum dropped out of the race, a move that essentially locked up the nomination for Romney.
Asked repeatedly why she was holding out in her support for Romney, Bachmann would not go into specifics but said she was working "behind the scenes, bringing together all factions of our party."
"As the line says in the 'Wizard of Oz,' 'All in good time, my pretty,'" Bachmann said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" last week. "It will happen."
National Review first reported the news of Bachmann's upcoming endorsement.
- CNN's Jim Acosta, Peter Hamby and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.
Endorsing Romney? Gave up on Satan?
Not sure what is more insane – that people in Minnesota and the primary actually voted for this box of rocks – or that they will again?
But does he have Todd Palin's endorsement? Until he does, he's got nothing.
Endorsement = curse. Get that woman off TV. She has the most irritating voice ever.
Gee, another self-important egomaniac, dumb down republican has endorsed the empty suit. What a relief!
Okay, so they have 15 kids between them. That's 15 more liars. And so she wants us to b like a middle eastern country? And so why didn't any of the other presidents "legalize" natural resources?!? These make pretend Christians are nothing more than hypocrites and pathetic liars.
Well I'm happy, with this Romney has no chance of making it to the white house.
I fully endorse Barack Obama's run for the Presidency in 2008!!
Gee, now that it is out there can I get a high paying position, either for or against him! Cabinet post? Head of a big Agency.... come on I am fully endorsing his run, now!
Perhaps I'll become a Tea bagger, they'll pay me something.
Mitt , tell her you don't want her support! Stand up to her man. Maybe phone Edwards for guidance.
Who cares!!!!!! It isn't like she has a choice. She is a whackjob and is quite famous for her fabrications or stretching of the truth
"...take this country back." Back from who? Back to where?
Does this woman actually think that we were all holding our breath for this world shattering announcement that she was holding back for so many weeks?
Romney lies and is a racist. So is the gopt. Backman endorses back in time. Forward .obama / biden 2012
This is just another reason not to vote for Romney. ha,ha!
no surprise there. she, along with mittens and obama, is a part of the establishment. the same corrupt system.
ron paul 2012