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. callmecrazy

    So are we supposed to take someone that quotes the wicked witch of the west seriously?

    May 3, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. arale norimaki

    I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence." -Rep. Michele Bachmann, on the 1976 Swine Flu outbreak that happened when Gerald Ford, a Republican, was president, April 28, 2009

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

    Yeah, she doesn't know diddly about much but she's kinda downright cute. I'd take her home anyday!

    May 3, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. CrimsonDuece

    Rep. Bachman is a true example of what is wrong with our politics/government today. It's all about the sound bite and nothing about solutions – say whatever gets you in the 24 hour news cycle and forget about doing your elected job. Now for the scary part – there are enough like minded drones who will ignore all the faults she pointed out about Mr. Romney and start raising the right hand and chant "Mitt, Mitt, Mitt". Consider this ... There are people in Minnesota who voted for her ... Stop The Madness!

    May 3, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. ProperVillain

    This is suppose to be a good thing?

    May 3, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. J6S

    All aboard the crazy train!

    May 3, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. BK

    Take "our" country back, to what Ms Bachmann, the 1950's ?

    May 3, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. mark

    So many faces on this cow

    May 3, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. John

    Than why did Michele Bachmann said that Mitt Romney couldn't beat President Obama ,no way no how. You can read It your self on Yahoo and she said It right after she Endorsed Mitt Romney.

    May 3, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. mdn

    The GOP must be so angry that people are back to work, the wars are ending, the stock market is up, gas prices are down, Bin Laden is dead, and the GOP had nothing to do with it.

    I guess the platform of "NO" hasn't worked out so well.

    May 3, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. John B.

    Bachman...lol...ENDORESMENT... HAHAHAHAHAHA

    May 3, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Brons

    Whack job.....who cares??

    May 3, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. nairb247

    I kind of find these endorsements funny. Of course she is going to endorse Romney, there isn't anyone else.

    Endorsements once someone has secured the nomination are kind of weak.

    May 3, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. retsidrah

    'The congresswoman, however, has repeatedly said in recent weeks it was only a matter of time before she would officially Romney.'

    Before she would officially what? The suspense is killing me!

    May 3, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Joseph Smith

    Run Mitt run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Cindy

    Endorsed by Bachman, who chastized Obama for not closing the Iranian Embassy. She is on the Armed Services Committee and did not know the Iranian Embassy had been closed 30 years ago. It is people like Bachman that gets this country into a lot of trouble.

    May 3, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. jb1963

    So she has issues with him but endorses him anyway. I am glad she just handed more votes to Obama.

    May 3, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. Martin

    Too little, too late. She waited until he was the presumed nominee.

    if she had of thrown support behind him the instant she quit the race, it might have meant something.

    May 3, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Glenn

    Luckily for the rest of the country there is a VERY small group of people who actually care what this woman has to say. So much for being a strong woman with strong values and beliefs, she's willing to throw them all out the window just to beat Obama. At this point she's just trying to remain somewhat relevant but anyone with half a brain is on to her. I have some advice for you Michelle........why don't you do us all a favor, take your pal Sarah and fade into the obscurity from which you came. We'll all be MUCH better off.

    May 3, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. AC

    What? I thought she'd endorse Pepperoni Vermin Cain.

    May 3, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. 4pease

    She has once again compromised her priciples. Oh wait,does she have any?

    May 3, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. bigdakine

    If you believe abstinence is the best method for contraception and have at least one knocked up daughter......
    you just mioght be a republican

    May 3, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. bigdakine

    So why did God tell her to run in the first place?

    May 3, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. trumod

    Oh, please! Her performance (or lack thereof) in the primaries shows exactly how irrelevant Michele Bachmann is. She's just a Chihuahua who think she's a Rottweiler: she barks and snarls and threatens, but doesn't have any real integrity, guts or power. Take away her damn microphone.

    May 3, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. Joe

    Even Romney looks like he wants to throw up just listening to her.

    May 3, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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