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. Joseph Smith

    Bad idea

    May 3, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Brian Dodge

    For those who are wondering, to "romney" is to swerve randomly in some other direction than you were previously moving, in the hope that it will have a positive effect on your political status.

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

    Great picture, mouth running. A real heavyweight endorsement.

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

    The gates of the asylum are wide open and the occupiers are at large in the community . HELP !!!

    May 3, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Big_D

    Congratulations Mitt, You have just been endorsed by somebody that is mentally insane. "I'm not a witch!"

    May 3, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Big_D

    All aboard the crazy train!!

    May 3, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. nswclb

    This article is based on taking back our country! My question is who took oun contry away and where did our country go? As far as I know Americans is in controll of this country and not foreign governments. Statements like "taking back our country" is the down fall of the neocon party. Sad to say this country is moving forward inspite of neocons wanting to return this country to the bush and reagon days.

    May 3, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Kansas Cowboy

    You're not taking "my" country anywhere you loon.

    May 3, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. WhereIsPalin

    Net votes for Romney? NONE. Nobody follows Bachmann, and she will probably write her own name on the ballot.

    May 3, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Angela

    Will be interesting to see how low Christians will go this election. I know she knows about the Mormon religion.

    May 3, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Slightly Left of Center

    Gee. Mitt always has such a diverse crowd. Insert sarcasm...

    May 3, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. Ben Dover

    No one in their right mind would want an endorsement from this loon.

    May 3, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. jjmsbois

    Take America back from whom? Also, I hadn't realized that American energy was illegal. When did this happen?

    May 3, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. CG

    "it was only a matter of time before she would officially Romney." – Isn't it a verb now? I believe that to Romney is basically to hold your nose and grudgingly get behind a person or idea you find to be somewhat distasteful when it seems to be the only way to make the best of an unpleasant situation.

    May 3, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Lone wolf

    Talk about an endorsement that is worth zero. This is the person who got the lie at amount of votes. This is also the person that said Romney was not a conservative and that he could not beat President Obama. The rest that came. Out of her mouth today w as pure fiction. Does she and the other 2 know how to tell the truth? I think not. Good thing they are not made of wood or their noses would be over a mile long.

    May 3, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Alex Santana

    Haha...this is rich...this is Dumb supporting Dumber!! Who cares what this huge headed quack from Minnesota thinks...she was done and gone from the first day! All I can say is thank God we don't have to listen to her whiney voice or look at her candy apple head anymore. I would never vote for Romney because all he does is bash Obama...he never says what HE will do...that is because he doesn't know what HE will do...what a dolt! His father was a clown and he went to clown school two in one of his wife's two Cadillac's I am sure!!

    May 3, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. tcaros

    That will bring the looney tune votes over to the Romney camp. Hurray!

    May 3, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. gg

    i think they should lock the drug cabinet, at there clinic when she,s around-something wrong with her

    May 3, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    I just LOVE it when these right wing zealots always cry about "wanting to take the country back!!" Take it back to WHAT?? More tax cuts for the upper 1%. paycuts and benefit cuts to average workers while corporations and CEOs rake in record profits. More tax breaks for Big Oil companies and the ability to tell women that if they become pregnant due to rape then TOO BAD you have to carry the baby full term. Or better yet they want to go back to the days when the leader in the White House looked just like them. YEAH...THAT'S IT!!

    May 3, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. Kman821

    The only thing BIG about Pea-brain Bachmann is her MOUTH. Well, I suppose there's 2 things since her EGO is as well.

    May 3, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. TNPatriot

    This is the only woman that keeps caribou Barbie from being the dumbest woman on the planet.

    May 3, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. mg

    well since crazy women endorsed mittens i guess this independent will vote for barry. thanks for helping me make up my mind michelle.

    May 3, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. tony

    Bachmann supports Israel stealing land from Christians.

    For the mainly Christian town of Beit Jala, this is the local beauty spot. Residents come here to take a stroll or for a weekend barbecue. Many own small plots of agricultural land.

    They also send their children to the convent school and visit the monastery to sell grapes or buy its wine.

    That is why an Israeli government plan to build a wall through the valley, cutting off their access to most of it, is causing great alarm.

    This is human rights and this is Christians who must be defended," he says.

    "Here, 57 Christian families will lose their land. Losing the land means losing their hope."

    Large parts of Israel's West Bank barrier have already been built.

    From the Cremisan valley, the high concrete wall separating Palestinian Bethlehem from Jerusalem is clearly visible in the distance.

    When it is extended here, the purpose will be to divide Beit Jala from two Jewish settlements – Har Gilo and Gilo – which sit on opposite hilltops.

    While both are considered illegal under international law, Israel disputes this.

    May 3, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. tony

    I hate that take our country back crap...we are all Americans!

    May 3, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. Jay

    She just proved that the tea party was a sham!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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