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. Darlene

    I am so sick of hearing that they are going to take back the country.....FROM WHO???? Did some foreign country take us over while I was asleep? They would vote for a rock if they thought it could beat the President in this election.

    May 3, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. tstorm92

    Who'se Bachmann??

    May 3, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. PoBoy

    If he wants to have any shot at winning this Fall he better start running as fast as he can away from Ms Batwoman, Newton and StTorum. Those nutjobs will drag him down with them!

    May 3, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. tstorm92

    Who'se Bachmann? Another right wing nut ?

    May 3, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    The GOP has been wanting to take the country back to the 50's. The only question is whether they mean the 1950's–when Jim Crow was all the rage–or the 1850's–when slavery still existed.

    May 3, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. govspy

    I don't blame conservatives for jumping on the Romney wagon after they've already said how much they don't like him. I did the same exact thing for John Kerry 8 years ago. I didn't care for Kerry either way; I just was voting for whichever candidate wasn't Bush. That's why Kerrydidn't win; even those voting for him didn't care about him.

    Romney is running on the same campaign Kerry did: "I'm not the other guy," and it's why Romney can't win. If the people voting for you are just voting to get the other guy out, there's no fire or spirit. There's just disgruntledness. There's not enough to oust Obama, one of the most charismatic men of recent political history, and one of the first presidents I could be proud of in my entire awareness of politics.

    If you could actually get Romney in the Oval Office, could you be proud of him? I doubt it.

    May 3, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Ooops! No BRAIN! The Scarecrow had NO BRAINS......just like No Ideas Romney!
    Carry on!

    May 3, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. djdjdjs

    She's too late and misguided. Honey, we DID take the country back. FROM YOU. Your side screwed up EVERYTHING.

    And fortunately, we are smart enough not to give you the key's back. You crash everything.

    May 3, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. arg7822

    I'm confused, Bachmann said months ago that Romney had no chance beating President Obama.

    May 3, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. BubbaHoTep

    see this is how I know the GOP are full of doo doo.. first they claim Mitt is liberal and mormon, not conservative...out of touch.. make a terrible president etc all the vile and hate.... and yet SUDDENLY a couple of months later they are all standing and supporting him. So basically it comes down to 2 fundamental question. They're either lying during the primaries OR they genuinely hate America because then why would they support someone whom only a few months ago they absoutely despise and think will make a bad president?

    May 3, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. penny

    Who cares.

    May 3, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Ken in MD

    Who cares. A know-nothing waits until there's a presumptive nominee, then throws her support behind him. Gutsy.

    Sort of like when Sarah Palin backed a guy polling at 79%, then claimed it was her support that helped him win.

    May 3, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. waikikijohn

    Wow, what an endorsement that is. Who else she going to endorse, no one else left except Ron Paul.

    May 3, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)
    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!

    Best "truth" of the day! Thanks for the laugh.

    May 3, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. V in Chicago

    Who Cares? She was not qualified, so what is so special about her endorsing someone else who is not qualified. And, if Michelle Bachmann thinks Mitt should win – that's a sure sign he should not!!! Straight from the looney bin.

    Will be interesting though, to see if the good folks of Minnesota have had enough of this bimbo to boot her in her next election. She's sure embarrased the State enough!

    May 3, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Arch

    GOP = ignorance & fear over substance & competence

    May 3, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. ray

    what happen dont like posting the truth? romney and bachman are racists. one lies everyday and the other cannot answer a simple question when ask. who are these americans that supports these people on the right? i can only wonder. wake up america

    May 3, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    I think Gregory of meet the press has a crush on her just like thenwolfman has on the AK bimbo. He keeps having her on the show to ramble like the crazy flake she is. She still doesn't answer his questions and she has absolutely NOTHING to contribute.
    I rather have dead air time than listen to this low IQ I just remembered i was born in Iowa just like the serial killer witch!

    May 3, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Mike

    Same old talk from a bunch of air heads. Hmmm... I am pretty sure the economy has turned around from the recession that hit 4 years ago. Why should the country go back into the hands of people that started this mess.

    May 3, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Ramses

    It makes no difference who endorses whom. People have common sense & will make their choice.
    I have great respect & admiration for Rick Santorum. All other republican Presidential candidates are just nuts.Romney is a big phony & a big Flip-flopper. I ain't going to vote for him..

    May 3, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. hilreal

    She's HOT! If she looked like Janet Reno we would have never heard her voice.....

    May 3, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Could it be?

    Millions of high paying new jobs? Is that the definition of $0.03 above minimum?

    May 3, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Lenny Pincus

    The dumbest politician in the country endorses the invisible man.

    May 3, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. hilreal

    I am sure that swayed a lot of voters......

    May 3, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. rta

    how much money is she being paid by the romney superpacs? her hatred of our president shows she will say anything but the truth. just like when she was running for the republican nomination , she said anything but the truth. she is a troublemaker who did not do her job for three years except obstruct. she needs to be fired. the american people will not forget who was with them and m. bachman was not.

    May 3, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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