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. PTNY

    I want to know what Bachmann was thinking when she stood up there to day, arms opened wide and said,
    "This is what Victory looks like"!
    She lost! and Romney hasn't won nothing!

    May 3, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Who CARES! The Republican Party rejected her as their candidate for the President....why should the rest of the US CARE! Just CNN trying to stir up a story so they can keep selling their programs! It's like the lady next door endorsing the candidate. Ridiculous!

    May 3, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. kmac

    Boy the Bachman endorsment–that solidifys 20-25 votes right there.

    May 3, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. A not-so-stupid former republican

    This is news? Ridiculous!

    May 3, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. joe in PA

    LOL it is as simple as that folks...

    May 3, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. Derby

    Can you say "freak show".....

    May 3, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. Derby

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

    Try 0050. As most people who follow this nut believe that the earth is only 5000 years old and Adam and Eve rode around on dinosaurs.

    May 3, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. phenoy

    This is great! All we need now are endorsements from Bush Jr. and Palin (has she already endorsed someone?) to complete the nails on the coffin on Mittens.

    Obama 2012, and bet the farm on it.

    May 3, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. Len Smith

    I am sure that Romney is scared to death with an endorsement from that woman. She could scare the hell out of anyone.

    May 3, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. Paladin Knight

    I wouldn't even feed Michele Bachman to my dogs, much less put any kind of substance into anything she has to say.

    May 3, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  11. timz

    "Who killed my sister?"

    Yeah, I can see the resemblance.

    May 3, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  12. Marla

    Well, that's the kiss of death for Mitten's campaign.

    May 3, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. EatMoreLSD

    So a Moron endorsed an Idiot, sounds like another day on the Hill for the GOP...

    May 3, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. chuck

    I thank the Lord she's a Republican, I couldn't be part of a party that had this twit as a spokesperson....... Thank you Jesus, Thank you Lord!

    May 3, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. BigdaddyUSA

    Gee, she carries te same weight as Palin, zero point zero!

    May 3, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. Paul Falduto

    This is news? Must be a really slow day!

    May 3, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  17. BigdaddyUSA

    Nothing like endorsing the last man standing! Do you think she knew no one else was left to endorse or did Palin tell her?

    May 3, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  18. EddyL

    Idiot Bachmann with her "take the country back," when what she and right-wingers mean is "take control of government back."

    May 3, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  19. Bessy

    One whacko endorsing another whacko. Who else would she endorse since willard has already won the nomination ?

    May 3, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. search for sanity

    What a ringing endorsment for OBAMA

    May 3, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  21. Pat

    "Bachmann's Big Endorsement"... what a complete joke. NO ONE cares on bit about who Bachmann endorses.

    May 3, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. paul cos

    Its like being endorsed by a large vegetable...you know it has no intelligence,its easily out witted,it has no central nervous system,it cant logically think and at any time it starts to go moldy and smell....way to go mitt!

    May 3, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. John The Electrician

    So much for BOMBNEY, At least he's not a witch, at least I don't think so.

    May 3, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  24. Norsemn

    Everyone has their price and apparently Mitt met Michele's. Pay off her Pres. cacmpaign debt so she can move on with her reelection bid in Minnesota. I hope those Minnesotan's that support her realize how badly she sold them out.

    May 3, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  25. Bill

    Gee, how brave of all of these right wingers to "endorse" the last man standing. If they really believed in him, they would have done so MONTHS ago.

    May 3, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
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