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. 2buttercups

    Is Mrs. Bachman's endorsement suppose to inspire me to vote for Mr. Romney? I don't think so!

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

    Whoop-de-do. Romney will take our country back. And our health care.

    May 3, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Woman In California:

    Watching this train wreck of a Romney campaign is an added bonus to having Mitt Romney be the ACTUAL nominee. He is doing everything wrong. Everything. Makes you wonder who he respects (or what he respects). Bad omen for a man who is interviewing for the job of President of the United States to be so hindered by power (if it is power, with Mitt who knows what motivates him, I doubt even he knows) that he is willing to pander to the most bigoted of individuals.

    If Michele and Ann and $arah are what best represents GOPer women, I wonder who is more at fault. The women themselves or the men holding them down. It's been a very long time since America prided itself on ignorance. Astonishingly, this seems exactly where these women want to go – held down back in time. [ Shudder ]

    May 3, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Skip Glanz

    It's hard to understand people saying they are going to take back their country, when the man in the White House was elected in a democratic election. He earned it by getting enough people to vote for him. Now if they are happy with his 4 years they will elect him again. If not he is gone. We the people still have the right to vote and the majority wins. Electoral college aside. The President before him won 2 terms by the slimmest of margins while this President won quite handily. When the majority wins the minority has to accept it or leave because that is our system and crying about it does not help anyone. If only the 2 parties would understand that and work together and compromise to solve our problems that would help, but all they want to do is win the next election by doing nothing. Doing this betrays their oath of office and is shameful. .

    May 3, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. s

    This Dumb BIMBO thought the lion said in time my pretty LOL LOL still as stupid as ever

    May 3, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. LizLucy

    Big Whoop! Like anything Bachman has to say means anything to anyone with half a brain. Oh wait ....

    May 3, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. F-Gingrich

    As if this lunatic's choice making history is anything to brag about. She can't even choose a "straight" husband, much less the next POTUS.

    May 3, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Hal of California

    Bachmann will do anything for attention. Now that Michele's endorsed weird Willard, that other empty-headed narcissist, Sarah Palin, will probably do so as well.

    May 3, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Donald "ORANGE JULIUS" Trump

    You've got to love Bachmann stealing a line from the Wicked Witch of The West. She's the wicked witch of Minnesota!

    May 3, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. macbil

    Looking forward to that Obama TV spot in September that shows video clips of a list of big-deal Republicans either out-and-out saying Romney would make a terrible President, or sort-of endorsing him. The problem is that there are so many of them they won't be able to get them into one spot.

    May 3, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. bcm

    I haven't seen two scarier looking people in the same picture in a long time.

    May 3, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Sam

    Her endorsement says it all ' take the country back' – back into the stone ages! She didn't say 'to move it forward'...proverbial slip of the tongue!

    May 3, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. DRod

    "As the line says in the 'Wizard of Oz,' 'All in good time, my pretty,'" Bachmann said.

    Wasn't it the green face wicked witch that said that? I wonder if she even knew which witch said it.

    So Bachman is now quoting the wicked witch from Oz. Priceless.

    May 3, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Gfoos

    Hey God: whassup?! I thought you told Michelle to run for prez?! Why would you DO that if you knew she wouldn't get the nomination?! Can you at least get her husband to cure Mitt Romney of his Mormonism? I heard he has a clinic for that.

    May 3, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. k bar

    Now Rmoney Is Definitely Going To President With This Endorsement. Lmfao

    May 3, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. ShawnDH

    Bachmann was right about one thing - Mittens can not beat Obama.

    May 3, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. DRod

    Another irrelevent clown endorsement.

    May 3, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Good! Now let's get the ROmney Express up to speed and heading to the Whitehouse before Obama and the Democrats bankrupt the country and kill ALL of our jobs.
    Guesses you missed the memo this morning. The jobs outlook is still improving, and interest rates are low. Nice attempt at keeping everyone as paranoid and hateful as you are, Truth, or whatever you call yourself these days. An endorsement from a failed tax lawyer for the failed governor will hardly build up a head of steam for the vaunted " Romney Express": cheesy grits, anyone?

    May 3, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |

    One has to wonder if Mittens really wants the endorsement of fruit cake Bachmann. I think that's much more of an anchor than a balloon to the swing voters. Those of us in the middle, can take positive points from both sides of the isle, however with crazy Bachmann there are no points we can take from her, except when she says God bless America, and even that is clouded coming from her what she really means is her god. She is even more scarier than Little Ricky.

    May 3, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. cashmeremafia

    Wow, as if it really matters now – or ever

    May 3, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. demrules

    All those fake, gigging Republicans and Tea Party people. It's like watching a very bad soap opera. Michelle Bachmann dis doing this for the Party and not because he is qualified. He has not demonstrated anything that remotely resembles knowledge in this country's affairs, foreign nor domestic. Rick Santorum totally hate him. Gingrich was running out of cash and Ron Paul and his crew are stirring up delegate troubles out west. A real sorry bunch of individuals.
    OBAMA 2012!!

    May 3, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Richard Broderick, Jr.

    ""Mitt Romney’s future for America would be a legalization of American energy, a legalization of millions of high paying jobs," Bachmann said. "

    What horsehockey!

    May 3, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Chuk

    This complete loser is now looking for work in a "possible" Romney administration. Not going to happen!

    May 3, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. ray

    gee, what a moment for black people, two racists together, one racists lies everyday , flip flop every second and the other cant answer a simple question when confronted. what are american thinking when they support these racists on the right? its sad that americans are so stupid when the world sees them as this great nation, only if they knew whats inside.

    May 3, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Bachmann will do anything for attention."

    Well, she did manage to get about 300 people to show up for the "big" announcement. That's more than Mitt's been drawing on his own.

    May 3, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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