May 3rd, 2012
12:40 PM ET
6 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. Jeremy

    So who is the teacher on the playground that made these two say sorry and make up?

    May 3, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. in Austin

    That kook needs to be in a strate jacket!

    May 3, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  3. carlos

    I do not trust the smirk in the mittsy face..........very very phony

    May 3, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  4. Working Maan

    Bachmann = A sad, needy woman, desperately seeking attention at any cost.

    GOP = Rabid, moronic, brain-washed imbeciles who are a danger to themselves and society at large.


    May 3, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. optimistica

    who really cares and what difference can it possibly make? You news peple all need to stop covering such trivia

    May 3, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  6. madmaninthemiddle

    Legalize energy? Create MILLIONS of jobs? Domestic energy production is atvsn all time high, and the tots number of jobs that can be created now by opening up everything from AMWar to off sore to the pipeline is less than half of ONE million jobs. Ms. Bachmans main problem is she has very little knowledge of, or commitment to, the facts.

    May 3, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  7. Former Republican, now an Independent

    An endorsement from this, another extremist should be the final nail in Romnet's coffin.

    May 3, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  8. Bill Arnold

    Being from Minnesota, let me assure you she IS the wicked witch of the west.

    May 3, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  9. TM

    "Bachmann" and "big endorsement" are mutually exclusive terms. Exactly where does this dimwit want to take the country "back" to? To the economic disaster that HER party inflicted upon us? To the ignorance and intolerance embodied by HER husband's policy of "pray away the gay"? Or to the public and blatant racism voiced by a large majority of HER Tea Party supporters? This country is not, and has NEVER been, about returning to the past.

    May 3, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. Larry L


    Yeah, she doesn't know diddly about much but she's kinda downright cute. I'd take her home anyday!
    I once saw an interview Barbara Walters held with Senator Barry Goldwater. She showed him photos of people of the time and one was of Jane Fonda. Barry looked at the photo for a moment and simply said "she's a damned fine looking woman...". Barbara asked "is that all you have to say about her?". Barry said "that's all there is to her'...

    May 3, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  11. GordyB

    Who elected this person anyway. All she does is complain but never offers solutions,like the GOP in general. I go with the President.

    May 3, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  12. MJ

    These people stand for nothing. She says one thing and does another months later. She is a liar.... not a true Republican.

    May 4, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  13. T in Dallas

    Is this supposed to be a good thing for Mittens? I'll be impressed when he Professor from Lost in Space aka Ron Paul's endorsement.

    May 4, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  14. Don't be duped by the MSM

    Check out "Ben Swan Reality check" on you tube or face book for an accurate assessment of the GOP race. The Associated Press MSM "projections" are highly miss leading, flat out wrong actually. I urge everyone to look past the false propaganda ruining our election coverage.

    May 4, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  15. ?

    Tea Party = controlled opposition

    May 4, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  16. sks

    Sad day 4 America!

    May 4, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  17. ThinkAgain

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

    Eech! That crazy look in her eyes and those legs! You need to get out more, Buddy! 🙂

    May 4, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  18. loathstheright

    So an endosement from a crazy lady is a good thing? Oh, forgot, Republican insane world, never mind.

    May 4, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  19. Shannon

    LOL, Romney is proud a hate filled lunatic endorsed him, says a lot about the kind of guy he is.

    May 4, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  20. The Left Wing

    Everyone knows Romney is two-faced. Now we get to see the other face of the Tea Party.

    May 4, 2012 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  21. david mann

    She endorses the Flop-Flipper AFTER he locks up the nomination. Big Woo! This weird woman is trying soooo hard to generate relevance. As the voting in the Republican primaries showed (she got like 4%) , she is the least relevant politician in this poor, sad bunch.

    May 4, 2012 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  22. Ralph G.

    great.....that should convince a lot of people to vote for Romney. A lot of Democrats where were set on Obama just changed their votes when they heard she was supporting Mitt. Powerful endorsement.

    May 4, 2012 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  23. Milenia

    “In an attempt to prevent the great Recession from turning into another Great Depression, President Barack Obama called for massive stimulus legislation in 2009 among many other things. The health care reform bills will help citizens purchase health-care insurance if they are not covered by an employer’s plan. Individuals and families with incomes up to four times the federal poverty level will be eligible for at least some subsides. About 32 million Americans who do not have health-care insurance will gain coverage.” by Edward Sidlow/ Beth Henschen. Obama has prevented the great Recession from turning into the Great Depression. He was left a big mess and he has done his best at cleaning the mess. Obama 2012!!

    May 4, 2012 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  24. mike

    Using austerity measures only to fix the budget is proving to be a failed approach.Had Obama caved in totally to the republicans,Americans would be experiencing the same economic trend as Europe.Americans would again be watching their portfolios take massive hits.Yet inspite of mounting evidence of the effect of this policy,the republicans still believe that if Mr,Romney impliments the same policy,it will be different here.Their economic paranoia is so acute that they are seeking relief in a delusion which is bringing them closer to the reality which they are running from.

    May 4, 2012 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  25. BretLA

    This woman is certifiably crazy and yet people clap and applaud for her, and it is news when she endorses the last remaining viable nominee from her party. Her endorsement adds zilch except a ton of crazy to an already overloaded train...I still can't believe she represents an entire state. MN should be embarrassed. and the "take our country back" rhetoric is either racist or stupid –back from what? Americans who happened to vote out the Republicans from the Executive Branch four years ago? Is the majority of American voters from whom she wants to take America back? and back to what? two knee-jerk wars we couldn't afford? a collapsing mortgage industry and economy? restrictions on personal liberties and rights among different subsets of Americans? People really need to start asking the right questions - if the vetting process has resulted in this group, then the GOP needs to go back to the drawing board. I really believe that our system only works if both parties are strong and right now the GOP is losing touch, and the entire governmental process is being implicated.

    May 4, 2012 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
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