May 3rd, 2012
12:40 PM ET
6 years ago

Bachmann endorses Romney

(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.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney
soundoff (415 Responses)

    Another wingnut in your column Willard. Just another reason why you're not the guy for the job. Anyone Bachmann supports, I'm against. The woman who is the most vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act is endorsing the author of it. Talk about a hypocrite.

    May 3, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Good! Now let's get the ROmney Express up to speed and heading to the Whitehouse before Obama and the Democrats bankrupt the country and kill ALL of our jobs.

    May 3, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Lolo

    Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The crazy lady is endorsing him. Who cares. Mrs. Pray the Gay away needs to get her house in order first. As they say birds of a feather flock together and misery loves company.

    May 3, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Chalk up another wingnut endorsement Mittens. The more that push for you, the less votes you get

    May 3, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    ibid. See remarks in previous article today about Gov. Jindal endorsing Mitt Romney. All the Republicans are trying to do is hog the media spotlight and point it at Mitt Romney.

    May 3, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Lolo

    Another thing look at those phony grins on their faces. Just up to no good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Tyrone

    Bachman fully endorses ROMNEY RUBES RYAN ROVE voter supression act of 2012. Bishop Romneys rule of getting all the Publican Governors to take cash in exchange for ruling on making it difficult for the poor, hispanics, African American & Vets to cast their votes is SEVERLY UN American. IT is truely the only shot at Team Romney winning in Nov. Yo Bishop Romney, you are such a Quality guy.

    May 3, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. sassysticks53

    Good! Now let's get the ROmney Express up to speed and heading to the Whitehouse before Obama and the Democrats bankrupt the country and kill ALL of our jobs.

    You mean the jobs Robme didn't get around to outsourcing? LOL! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012! Only the bigots and the greedy are voting for the income tax evading Willard Mittens Robme ... I mean Romney.

    May 3, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    Good luck with THAT endorsement, Gov. Romney! Seriously.

    May 3, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Peace

    What was holding her back to endorsement Romney? This woman is so pompous that sometimes I ask myself whether she always know what she is doing.

    May 3, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Eddie The Barber

    Guess she never means what she says either. Why did the republicans put us through more than a year (in Romney's case 6 or 7 years) of saying things that they didn't mean? Politics looks like a fun occupation – never having to be accountable to anyone for anything you say because it is expected that you'll change it all as soon as it is convenient. But the repbulicans are the best at it. Go figure.

    May 3, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Laverne

    I guess this means he agreed to pay off her campaign debt and he will probably do the same for Santorum because he wants their supporters. However, I don't think he will be willing to pay off Newt's debt, wonder why?? hee, hee!

    May 3, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. If the truth be known

    Michelle may endorse Mitt but Marcus won't, not after the shoody treatment the Romney campaign gave to Richard Grenell over his sexuality. Stand your ground, Marcus!

    May 3, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Tyrone

    part of the American Dream is the right to cast your vote. the ROMNEY RUBES RYAN ROVE voter surpression act of 2012 might throw a monkey wrench in that program!!

    May 3, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. LTNN7890

    Would anyone really care what Michelle said , would someone change their vote towards Mitt on what she said , She just reafirms my vote for Obama , and reminded me as to why we really need to vote her out of office if you are from Iowa that is , to bad we cant have a national vote on Congressmen and Senators .

    May 3, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. Josh

    Both of them are more or less disgusting. The establishment GOP has been gunning for Romney from the beginning and have resorted to a multitude of dirty tricks to ensure him votes and delegates. Look at illegal actions in Maine, Missouri, Washington, Georgia, etc. Bachmann endorsing Mr. Cardboard should be another reason to not vote for him.

    May 3, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Jim

    Getting an endorsement from someone like Bachmann is a waste of time. This is a woman who can't put together a double digit IQ. If I were one of her constituents, I'd be praying for a chance to vote for someone to replace her.

    May 3, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Jake

    how unfortunate for Romney and Republicans.

    May 3, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. MTATL67

    What a change from “He cannot beat Obama” “It’s not going to happen” to believing the “Chameleon’ ‘NewtRomney’ (my personal favorite) can beat President Obama.

    May 3, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Did she really just quote the Wicked Witch of the West? Goodness this woman is shamelessly thick.

    May 3, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. ted

    This is in the category of who gives a rat's butt. The witch and the flip flopper.


    May 3, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Gloria

    Unfortunately, it's us, the voters in MN who have to be concerned with voting her out of office here, not in IA. She was born in Iowa, but is a Congresswoman from MN. (If you can call her that...) I hope she isn't elected the next time she runs...what a crazy person she is. I hope Romney is happy with her endorsement!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 3, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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." "It will happen."

    Weird endorsement. Never thought I'd hear Bachmann equate herself to the wicked witch of the west with such ... well, gusto. Mitt's got himself a real fine spokesperson in Michele Bachmann.

    Not such a good week for Mr. Pander-Prop, all things considered.

    May 3, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Independent Voters

    I thought Bachman said Romney will lose against president Obama.
    2 coo coo birds on the stage together.

    May 3, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Romney / Bachman
    Have Broom , will Travel 2012

    I could never trust neither of them.

    May 3, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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