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. Dave

    Took long enough. Apparently even Bachman had trouble swallowing this one. Romney is so not a Tea Partier.

    May 3, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Mikey

    I am amazed that a wacko like Bachmann can get elected as a member of the House. I would even be more amazed if that total fake next to her were to become POTUS.

    May 3, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    Lynda/Minnesota wrote:

    "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." "It will happen."

    Weird endorsement. Never thought I'd hear Bachmann equate herself to the wicked witch of the west with such ... well, gusto. Mitt's got himself a real fine spokesperson in Michele Bachmann.

    Not such a good week for Mr. Pander-Prop, all things considered.

    Here's your answer Lynda:
    Neither Ann Romney or Bachman speak proper English. Have you noticed that? Willard LOVES ignorant women because they can't see through him and they are most likely to vote for him. That's part of his base: ignorant women.

    May 3, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. rick

    Before they dropped out they all said Romney was the worst possible pick.NOW they flock to him to give their support???
    Just remember RON PAUL is still in there.Or as Mitt sings himself to sleep with: "Last night I saw upon the stairs,the little man who wasn't there.I saw him there again today.Gee,I'd wish he'd go away!" BUT HE WON'T!!! Thank God!

    May 3, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. pappad

    Yes, Thomas. "Have broom, will travel." A broom to sweep all of the socialists out of Washington D.C.–starting with the White House.

    May 3, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. The Other Dale

    Wow, tough luch there, Romney.

    May 3, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. sad4willis

    Bachman quoting "All in good time, my pretty"? Seriously, does she remember the context in which that line is given in the movie? And which character said that line? {Humming "If I only had a brain!"}

    May 3, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Jake

    Who else was she considering?

    May 3, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. BobH

    "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."

    Ah, but will Michelle "Wicked Witch of the North" Bachmann be calling forth her flying monkeys?

    May 3, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. curious

    Would you buy a used car from these guys?

    May 3, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. gravis

    Oh goodie. Now all Mitt needs is an endorsement from W to completely kill his chances in November.

    May 3, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. slashrancid

    MT "I'm honored to announce that today, I am endorsing Governor Mitt Romney for resident of the United States, a man who will preserve the American dream of prosperity and liberty," the Farm Subsidy Barbie said in a statement.

    May 3, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. marjee123

    The KISS OF DEATH, this woman is one of those who can out BS Romney. She couldn't even survive the first round of the presidency campaign.. AND she is endorsing someone.

    May 3, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    Next Rmoney will be begging for Joe the Fake Plumber's endorsement.

    May 3, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. Observer

    If she is "honored" TODAY to endorse Romney, where has she been all the months he was camaigning?

    ZERO credibility for the woman God told to run for president.

    May 3, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Rob1961

    I'm shocked–she supported a Republican–now that's worthy news!

    May 3, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. He got it right

    They were working out a deal. Mitt wanted to make sure that Michelles husband stays in the closet until after the election. I think this endormsment is probably just confirmation that a lot of loons are follwoing Mitt.

    May 3, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Kevin O.

    Um let's not forget her "Tar Baby" comment. Let's not forget she raised 20plus foster kids but they were actually teens who she only cared for on average a few months each. Let's not forget she is a COWARDLY BIGOT.

    May 3, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Steve

    Am I the only one struck by the irony that she quoted the Wicked Witch of the West?

    May 3, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    As the line says in the 'Wizard of Oz,' 'All in good time, my pretty,'
    Oh Jeeze!
    Speaking of the Wizard of Oz, follow the yellow big streak down Romney's back. He is a coward of gargantuan proportions. It is hard for me tio believe that there are two people in America willing to endorse, much less vote for this man-wannabe. He hides behind Norquist, the Koch brothers, the Tea Party, Gov. Christie, Nikki Haley, ANYBODY. He lurks behind those that are intent on buying him the White House until all tough question, inconvenient truths, and "storms" pass him by, while others, primarily his wife Ann face them down and address them FOR HIM.
    I never thought this great country of ours would actually seriously consider putting a clueless, entitled, disconnected, flip-flopping punk of this magnitude in the highest office of our land.

    P.S. Batty Bachmann's endorsement is something that I would've paid all kinds of money to keep from becoming public.
    Newt Gingrich's reticence in endorsing this pandering pansy makes me, albeit grudgingly, have some respect for the Grinch.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    May 3, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Corporations Are People

    And that endorsement is supposed to be good news for the well-lubed weathervane? Umm ok. Congrats Willard.

    May 3, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Wiley

    Great to see the GOP compromising in order to defeat the most radical-leftist President in our history. They can work out the internal housekeeping after taking the House, Senate and White House.

    May 3, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. db

    Before then, in 2007, Mitt Romney had said he would not move heaven and Earth to find Osama bin Laden. He did clarify his statements a couple days later and also in a debate, saying that getting bin Laden was important, but so was focusing on other top tier al Qaeda leaders. But the more damning statement came afterward, when he strongly criticized then-Sen. Obama for saying he would go into Pakistan to get bin Laden without the help of the Pakistanis if he had actionable intelligence to do so. Romney called those statements "ill-timed" and "ill-considered."
    Mitt Romney needs to learn that words matter. When he says in no uncertain terms that he would not in fact order a mission in Pakistan without the knowledge of the Pakistanis, and then criticizes his opponent for saying he would, why should we not judge him on exactly those words?
    So Mr. Romney, if you would like to now take back those words and concede you were wrong, you should do so. But don't expect the American people to buy into your faux anger when your opponent is questioning how you would have acted when you yourself have provided the words that lead to that legitimate doubt.

    May 3, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. James

    Is this really big news? Who else is left? She waited until everyone else dropped out before making an announcement. Isn't it past time that this woman goes away and shuts up?

    May 3, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Evangelical Democrat

    Two misogynistic, gay-bashing, nativist antediluvians who deserve each another.

    May 3, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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