May 3rd, 2012
12:40 PM ET
3 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)
  1. CTSadler

    Well, now he's got the crazy vote.

    May 3, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. john

    Another Sarah...book tour anyone? I'm sure it would be a MUST READ for the shallow.

    May 3, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Sunnysmom

    Of course the snakes will all gather in one pit...way to go Michelle!!

    May 3, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Nuttier than squirrel poop has endorsed man with diahrea mouth

    May 3, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Clear and Present Thinker

    Michelle who? Is this some person of credence that I should pay any attention to?

    May 3, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Doc

    Bachmann endorses Romney....Kiss of death. :)

    May 3, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    So predictable ... just months ago these two were pealing at each others credibility like ripe onions, now she fully supports him. I'm sending one more vote your way, Mr. President!

    May 3, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Dante6

    WOW NOW THERE IS A REASON TO CELEBRATE!! Are you kidding me – a nutjob endorses Romney – his day must be made.

    May 3, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Calcommuter

    Romney – "Bachmann wants to endorse me? Santorum wont endorse me but crazy Michele will? I am so glad I am rich because this is going nowhere!. She hates me, doesnt agree with me, but will endorse. Newt hates me, doesnt agree with me, but endorsed. Next thing, Skippy Bush will endorse me! Is that Rick Perry on the phone? Tell him I am.... I am changing the oil in my Bentley!! Somebody call Cain, my kids and their nannies want pizza"

    May 3, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. m

    First of all who actually cares what this woman thinks. Second it is absolutely hilarious to watch the gop eat each other for months on end trying to 1 up. Then, when the public gets tired of them and they drop out suddenly it is time to play nice. She screamed that Mitt wasn't qualified, wasn't covservative enough, blah, blah, blah. Now he is the 2nd coming of Lincoln. It definitely makes for a good laugh.

    May 3, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Johnson

    I hope yesterday she read about all the bank accounts Romney has in Australia, Switzerland, Cayman Islands, Germany, Luxemburg, Ireland, Bermuda and Germany!! None of which were reported in his tax returns.

    May 3, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. J

    Take the country back? To the dark ages? From a black man? Exactly what does she want the country taken back to or from?

    May 3, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Ed

    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." I think she meant backwards.

    May 3, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. cnspot

    romney is a good choice. what we need to fix most is the economy and he's the man for the job. What we need to do is cut capital gain's tax on the companies that are staying true to american roots and raise it for those outsourcing. By doing this, companies can invest in more jobs and open the market more. business is what runs this country and with taxing it more, it falls(hence the recession. Also, Romney says he will lower taxes for middle class which is what everybody wants. he is the answer for what we want done.

    May 3, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. JC in SC

    Oh. So she will compromise her beliefs. Interesting.

    May 3, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Sorensen

    What a pile of fake and dishonest crap. She thinks he is totally inadequate. He thinks, she is stupid.
    And they are both right.

    May 3, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. jake

    If one were to believe these lying Republicans, at least remain true to your word. You can't say one week that Mitt is the worst choice to be the Republican nominee, then the next week say he's the best man for the job. But, this goes right to the heart of their trademark, flip and flop. Say one thing today, say something differently next week. It seems like part of the Republican ritual is to issue all these candidates an Etch-A-Sketch toy to enhance their flip flopping. Not one once of integrity in what they say. Folks, if they can do this to their own, what do you think they are doing to the American people...same thing. Lying, lying, and more lying. You really don't have to be a rocket scientist to connect the dots here, they actually give it up so willingly. You just have to be smart enough to see through their BS and not get played like a violin.

    May 3, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. GBfromOhio

    The wild-eyed lady wants the GOP to take the country back ... back from the brink of recovery and healing from the last time the GOP was in charge of destroying the economy.

    May 3, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans got one thing right, not endorsing this woman, she's sounding more and more like Palin. I support women because I'm a woman, but where in the World are these Republicans finding all these half baked women who want to be President, they've got better women than Bachmann working in Washington.

    May 3, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Dennis1020

    The CNN homepage headline said "Bachmann makes big endorsement." A "big endorsement" should be attributed to someone of stature and importance, but Bachmann is anything but that, and, in fact, will be ex-Representative Bachmann after the next election.

    May 3, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. mike

    If she said "Take the county back" I think she is right. Romney MIGHT win one county. GOP lost months ago with all the hubub and lack of unity.

    May 3, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Ramana7

    She was just THIS close to deciding on Obama. But a miracle happened.

    The Angel Moroni appeared to her while she was doing eye exercises in the mirror. "Yes, Open your eyes, Mitt is to receive your endorsement!" And after leaving her a copy of the book of mormon and some Osmond records, the Angel disappeared (not into thin air, it was in a car with "RULDS2?" bumper stickers.

    May 3, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Jeff in San Diego

    To all the Paulbots out there, why have none of the so called Tea Party candidates supported your guy? Don't you think it is about time to ditch the GOP? This party has done nothing for you. Go independent, it's where you belong.

    May 3, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. dalewalk

    Wow, what a thunderous endorsement in front of what looked like 30-40 farm hands! Appropriate turnout for such pathetic losers.

    May 3, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. dalewalk

    Looked like an appropriate turnout of 30-40 farmhands to root for two pathetic losers.

    May 3, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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