(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.
Yet another reason not to vote for the MIttster. Anything that crazy woman endorses is something I'll never buy!
A nut case endorsement. Too bad Romney didn't have the sense to send her back to Minnesota.
Wh - Michelle Bachmann has endorsed Mitt Romney?! Now I'm going to vote for him for sure!
Hey - maybe he'll have her in the Cabinet! Won't that be nice?
Just one more "principled" republican. Their hyprocisy is in your face this year.
Does anyone really care who that moran Bachman endorses? With endorsements like that Mitt is sure to win. ( just kidding )
Hilarious.......she won't win the next election anyway.....maybe Romney will choose her his running mate.....naw....he wants to win
Who cares other than her fixated followers? She has about as much substance as a corn flake e.g.. flake!
"Take the country back" to what Michelle? Another GOP era of lost tomorrows? Great endorsement for an empty suit.
Just another justification for not voting for Mitt.
Ahhhhh, I love the smell of "status quo" in the morning ... NOT!
"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
Lynda you know good and darn well that Romney's rally audiences are photoshopped! The only guys that show up are the paid computer graphics people! lol!!
Wow, she was actually coaxed into a photo shoot with Romney on the same stage. The other "endorsements" have been without a photo op. I wonder why? I want to see Santorum and Gingrich actually do a photo shoot with Romney when they eventually "endorse" Mitts. I don't think we'll ever see that. Just like we will never see Bush endorsing Mitts on stage. Why is that? Because Bush is poison to Mitts and the Republican Party. Tea Pottiers don't want Bush close to them either.
Just what Mitt needed an endorsement from Ms Nut Job. Great strategy here, now that the nomination is sealed lets pretend we're all good buddies. Explain this one to the teabaggers you love so much, Micha.
What, did anyone expect Bachmann to endorse Obama? I wish she'd go away.
It's pretty mind-boggling to think there could be an undecided voter anywhere wondering "Hmmmm, who does Michele Bachmann want me to vote for?"
Duh!?!?! – theres only one candidate left... (I gonna wait till all the other horses break their legs before calling a winner of the race.)
Really? 1- Who cares? 2- What took her so long? 3- Who else was she going to support? 4- Is she still hoping to be VP?
Just what Mitt needed, an endorsement from his good buddy Ms Nut Job. Now that the nomination is sealed 'why can't we all just get along'. Explain this move to your Teabagger supporters, Micha. Or is this just your way of cutting your own deal?
One must also take notice that her "endorsement" only came after Mitt Romney's adviser quit.....being gay would have most likely been the key disagreement for Bachman.
Michelle LOVES history… especially the part where Admiral Washington parted the Mississippi and led the slaves out of Nevada!
This woman is so vacuous I'm amazed small animals aren't sucked into their ears.
Where's the bathroom? I have to take a mitt.
Not very important NEWS!
God continues to smile upon our duly elected President Barack Hussein Obama.
Speaking of the Wizard of Oz, Romney is the perfect combination of the Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man: a coward, no backbone, and no heart, that's Romney for you!
The irrelevant endorsing the incompetent.