May 3rd, 2012
12:40 PM ET
2 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. Dick Cheney is the smegma of mankind!

    WOW, what a relief, I was afraid she may have endorsed President Obama.

    May 3, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Loopman

    I think that I would prefer an endorsement from Phyllis Diller than this screeching banshee. Maybe even Sarah "Caribou Barbie/Mama Grizzly" Palin would be better.

    May 3, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Comparing your turnout to then candidate Obama's turnout from his 2008 rally in Newport News -aka- Bad Newz, you are going to get demolished Willard. There weren't more than 100 people there to see you. Now compare that to the nearly 20,000 people that came to see Obama in 2008. Willard, let me let you in on a litlle secret: YOU ARER GOING TO LOSE VIRGINIA BADLY!!! How do I know this? Because I work for one of the most powerful businessmen in Virginia, and he doesn't like McDonnell & he doesn't like you. His exact words when I asked him about you was, "he's out of touch." That's coming from a multi-millionaire like yourself who thinks your an a**hole.

    May 3, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Ken

    Boy!! That endorsement from Lady Loon should bring at least 2-3 votes in Romney's direction!

    May 3, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. And?

    Romney is going to be the GOP candidate for President. What else is Bachman going to do? Not support him and get blamed if President Obama wins? Not support her party's candidate? Wow, big news!

    May 3, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Chris

    Does anyone really care what this harpy yammers on about?

    May 3, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. JohnK

    Just what Dim-Mitt was waiting for – the endorsement from the intellectual wing of the Republican party.

    May 3, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. blessedgeek

    She wants to be energy secretary.

    May 3, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Charles from Up North

    As someone who lives in Bachmann's 6th District, all I can say is....I'm sorry. I didn't vote for her. But maybe I could have done more to help defeat her. I could have done more!!! I could have done more...

    May 3, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Jerry

    Ms. Bachmann, ignore all the moronic statements, if at all possible. These moronic idiots are just "deadly" jealous of the fact that you a staunch Republican and a woman.

    Though I haven't always agreed with you; this time you definitely DID the RIGHT thing.

    This coming from a life-long Democrat. Go figure...

    May 3, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. joe

    She wants to take the United States "back" from the President of the United States? What does that even mean?

    May 3, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. obandon

    Who cares who this crackpot endorses? She is completely off her rocker and so her endorsment means nothing. I am so sick of these hyprocrits! They all bad mouth each other and then become best buddies! Barf!

    May 3, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. B4Cons

    I hear Bachman is going to wait Saturday until the Kenducky Derby is over to back the winner.

    May 3, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. lobo joe

    Tweedle Dumb endorsed by Tweedle Dumber

    May 3, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. carly

    Bachmann's endorsement is another kiss of death for Romney

    May 3, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Trex

    .Hurrah........Minnestota's FABULOUS 6TH put Bachmann in Congress. Next term, instead of Bachmann they want someone who has more mass appeal. So they are digging up................CAPTAIN KANGAROO...............at least he was a MARINE... and actully HELPED WIN WW2, rather than the emptyhead from Minnesota.

    May 3, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. John

    "She wants to take the United States "back" from the President of the United States? What does that even mean?"

    They want to make the white house white again!

    May 3, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Sheepleherder

    I wish he'd quit sucking up to these bizarro's. It's bad enough we have to deal with the taliban in other countries, we shouldn't have to accommodate them at home.

    May 3, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Pete

    @Jerry,ya need help and don't be caught associating with those republican nitwits,its rubbing off on ya...You're starting to sound like that jackel Bachmann, that brainless twit....

    May 3, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. Larry L

    @cnspot

    "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"
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    You are describing the Bush cut & spend economic program. How'd that work out? Romney has experience trashing companies to make the rich richer. What on earth would make you believe he would do anything for the middle-class? He supports the Paul Ryan Plan – nothing more than a gift for the rich on the backs or everybody else! How gullible can you be? You've seen the Republicans obstruct every initiative in the House and the Senate. They won't even consider removing the subsidies on big oil companies making 20% profit. Do conservatives ever think?

    May 3, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. SF

    Dumb and Dumber

    May 3, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. GSW Minnesota

    Really? Newsworthy? This ranks up there with Snooki endorsing someone!

    May 3, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. dreamer96

    Wow a endorsement from Bachmann...like getting an endorsement from that crazy New Jersey Tanning mother...

    May 3, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Sheepleherder

    I wish he'd quit kissing up to these bizarro's. It's bad enough we have to deal with the taliban in other countries, we shouldn't have to accommodate them at home.

    May 3, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. CAL USA

    Oh, thank God! Trump, Perry, Cain, Santorum, Palin, Gingrich and now Bachmann have all given us their divine guidance. The planetary alignment is almost complete. We only have to wait for that Reverend from Kansas to schedule time for an endorsement. I know he's busy, what with all those military funerals he needs to picket in the name of Christ, but he needs to come on board soon or we'll be lost.

    May 3, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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