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. tribecagal

    Yet another reason not to vote for the MIttster. Anything that crazy woman endorses is something I'll never buy!

    May 3, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Jim Hahn

    A nut case endorsement. Too bad Romney didn't have the sense to send her back to Minnesota.

    May 3, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Kris Jackson

    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?

    May 3, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Don

    Just one more "principled" republican. Their hyprocisy is in your face this year.

    May 3, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Curt

    Does anyone really care who that moran Bachman endorses? With endorsements like that Mitt is sure to win. ( just kidding )

    May 3, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. ghk51

    Hilarious.......she won't win the next election anyway.....maybe Romney will choose her his running mate.....naw....he wants to win

    May 3, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. ib1sage

    Who cares other than her fixated followers? She has about as much substance as a corn flake e.g.. flake!

    May 3, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    "Take the country back" to what Michelle? Another GOP era of lost tomorrows? Great endorsement for an empty suit.

    May 3, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Mike

    Just another justification for not voting for Mitt.

    May 3, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. UtahProf

    Ahhhhh, I love the smell of "status quo" in the morning ... NOT!

    May 3, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    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
    -------------------------------------------------
    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!!

    May 3, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. DRod

    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.

    May 3, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. jsokol1626

    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.

    May 3, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. ahnation

    What, did anyone expect Bachmann to endorse Obama? I wish she'd go away.

    May 3, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    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?"

    May 3, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Bob

    Duh!?!?! – theres only one candidate left... (I gonna wait till all the other horses break their legs before calling a winner of the race.)

    May 3, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Punisher2000

    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?

    May 3, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. jsokol1626

    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?

    May 3, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. christy elmasri

    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.

    May 3, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Bardfast

    Michelle LOVES history… especially the part where Admiral Washington parted the Mississippi and led the slaves out of Nevada!

    May 3, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Bardfast

    This woman is so vacuous I'm amazed small animals aren't sucked into their ears.

    May 3, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. meaz23

    Where's the bathroom? I have to take a mitt.

    May 3, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Lake Erie

    Not very important NEWS!

    May 3, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    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!

    May 3, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. JD

    The irrelevant endorsing the incompetent.

    May 3, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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