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. charles bowen

    Four More Years for the Big "O" .... Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    May 3, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. bobby frank-Dallas Texas

    Take our country back? Back to what Bush put us thru i guess is what she is talking about, which was pretty bad. I don't think I want to go back with any Republican in the Oval Office to those depressing times.....been there.....done that!

    May 3, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. blakrepublic

    All the bashing of Bachmann for what? at least she isn't some rich from birth congresswomen like the majority of congress is.

    May 3, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. RN

    Who are they trying to take the country back from?
    Obama was elected by a majority of the people voting. This cannot be said of Bush in 2000.
    After Obama was elected there were some southern politicians who said we might need to use our second amendment rights to get our country back. Are we a democracy only as long as we like the people who are elected? I never liked Bush, but I never suggested anyone should shoot him. The GOP is not only crazy, but they are also dangerous. They have been reminding me of Germany in the 1930's.

    May 3, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Andi

    You can't have it back, Michelle, it's MINE

    May 3, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Willard, how convenient of you to hold a rally right off of the Monitor Merrimac. That's the only nice part of Portsmouth. You should've gone a exit or two further down I-664 and took a stroll thru the hood. You would have been embraced with open arms. By the way Willard, did you make a stop by Naval Medical Center Portsmouth to visit or wounded veterans????

    May 3, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. J Jones

    lol a Bachmann endorsement

    May 3, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Kevin

    2 losers, no waiting

    May 3, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. MCO

    So 'Crazy Eyes' endorses 'Meh' Romney. Somehow that's so very, very appropriate.

    May 3, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Jack in Florida

    Whoopee!!!! I am sure Mitt is breathing a sigh of relief!!!

    May 3, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. David

    How is it a big endorsement? With only 2 candidates left, did anyone really think she was going to endorse Ron Paul?

    May 3, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    I guess she wants her debt paid too – All of the candidates are a bunch of HYPOCRITES!! They would be more believable if they ran on their own merits than "dogging" the other opponent.

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    May 3, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Some Chick

    Oh my, he shouldnt be advertising that NUT's endorsement!
    Does he think she is a help to his campaign ?
    He needs to hide from her like a bad skin rash. She is poison.
    Go Dems

    May 3, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Ron

    Nothing like being "ahead of the curve." Next thing you know she will be pro- seat belts, or anti- lead in baby formula...

    May 3, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Jim

    Michelle who?

    May 3, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Herman

    She has become the GOP's female talking head for CNN, since Palin only likes Fox. I suspect Bachman will be on Piers Morgan (again?) within the next week. Sad.

    May 3, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. DENNA

    The crazy supporting the lame. And the Rethug beat goes on.

    May 3, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. bkgrandma

    I'm surprised Mitt didn't give her a million dollars and beg her not endorse him. I really think this woman is dumber than Palin and that's saying something. She is just trying to keep her name in the news so she can get rich making appearences and writing books like Sarah does. These two women could make a movie called Dumb and Dumber...oh wait somebody already did that.

    May 3, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Jim

    he looks like he's about to vomit.

    May 3, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. poiuytre

    The supreme vitriolic noodle head endorses C. Montgomery Burns. Impressive, indeed.

    May 3, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Minnesotan

    I don't know if Mr. Mittens really wants the crazy lady to endorse him.... or even stand within 300 miles of him.

    May 3, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. NauticalMan

    Well, at least Mr Romney will now get her vote and the rest of her followers in the cuckoos nest....

    May 3, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Dave

    And who cares what this right-wing idiot thinks?

    May 3, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. JoePlumbalot

    Romney will lose despite Michelle's endorsement.

    May 3, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Spike

    Hypocrite! Pathetic

    May 3, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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