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. 12ga

    Well there goes Mitt...

    May 3, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Hap

    These are the most unenthusiastic endorsements ever. Well if I gotta endorse someone I guess it's Mitsy. Santorum still hasn't endorsed him, Newt's was limp. Good luck in your next term Mr. President.

    May 3, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. babs

    Big surprise. All the hypocrites who derided der Mittster for his flip-floppin' lack of core conservative values (or any values save self-promotion & self-aggrandizement) are now endorsing him. I'd still like to munch her carpet, though.

    May 3, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Rawmoney2012

    "The congresswoman, however, has repeatedly said in recent weeks it was only a matter of time before she would officially Romney."

    It's Official "Romney" is now the new name for "Flip Flop". It's used here as a verb, as in "To Romney".

    "The congresswoman, however, has repeatedly said in recent weeks it was only a matter of time before she would officially Romney (an adverb followed by a verb, as in 'officially flip flop'). "

    May 3, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Romney is not My Hero

    @arg7822 I'm confused, Bachmann said months ago that Romney had no chance beating President Obama.

    She was rght – The only true thing she's ever said.

    May 3, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Elisabeth

    Does Romney actually think this endorsement is an asset?
    I'll retire to Bedlam.

    May 3, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Just think, folks...the legislator who has never introduced any legislation in her Congressional career just endorsed the man who was 46th in the nation in job creation....what a joke.

    May 3, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Limbaugh is a liberal

    It is time to bravely make a stand for one's principles and endorse Mitt Romney... and our principle is 'endorse the guy who already won'

    May 3, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. arg7822

    Grover Norquist only wants a Republican President that's able to use a pen and a conservative congress and senate that signed his tax pledge.

    May 3, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. caeser

    How does Bachmann's endorsement help.

    May 3, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Mark in Seattle

    And right after endorsing Mitt, Michele claimed the moon is made of green cheese. Really!

    May 3, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. FlotsamJetsam

    wow that was up there with the endorsement from Gingrich. Not much enthusiasm from anyone on the Republican side.

    I think everyone is sitting on the sidelines waiting to run next time

    May 3, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. JJC

    And with the endorsement of this brain-dead idiot, Romney officially has no chance in Nov.

    May 3, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. RWB1956

    Here we go with the "Take the country back" tea party BS again.

    back from whom and to where?

    May 3, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Rawmoney2012

    "Limbaugh is a liberal"

    Wait, isn't Mitt Romney Limbaugh's boss? Well, maybe not. It's Bain Capital, the company Romney founded, that's Limbaugh's boss. My mistake.

    May 3, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. CathyinMN

    If I were Mitt Romney I would tell her to stay off my side. ALSO, again with the "take our country back" from who, from what, from where. She continues to be a "loon" and it is my fervant hope the voters of MN vote her out of office. She is an embarrasment

    May 3, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. timothy

    Remember how Mitt's numbers dropped after Trump's endorsement? Look for the same thing here...

    May 3, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Joshua Ludd

    When did losers and also-rans become big, important endorsements for candidates?

    May 3, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. What???

    If there were someone that a categorically did not believe in, there is nothing that could move me to support that person, in just about anything, but certainly not for POTUS. These people do not believe in Willard Mitt Romney, period. Primarily because of his religion, but almost as equally, because of his politics. And I do not blame them. Though I frown on the idea that someone with a pure business background to have such a position of power, I know that Mitt Romney is not the bitter, angry, either pure racist or semi-racist that a lot of the opposing party is. And they know that also. You will not see a move against the crap that makes no difference in the average individuals life that republicans seems to live off of, in a Romney administration. But these people will say anything and do anything to hold on to what they think should be there's, which is power. It is sadthat the very soul of a person means less than their political stance. The only thing they believe in is the party line. That is good for us in November. But they are swollowing hard on this one, but I guess having this non-white male as president is so bitter to them, they will sell their soul to change it.

    May 3, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Mike

    Wow...... Another flip flopper to change her mind and endorse the master flip flopper! Who cares? How did this woman ever get elected to any office?

    May 3, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. sanster89

    Ummmm.....wake up people. Verrryyy simple, she wants V.P. endorsement ( didn't say she would get it...but wants it). Next in line a cabinet post or when Teapublicans tire of Sarah P on Faux than they have another talking head.

    May 3, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Wake up people

    I'm not surprised she has endorsed him, that's the rethug/ tea bagger way. They vote party first and country LAST.

    Did anyone really think she wouldn't? They will all hold their noses and expect the people to forget the things they said about him just a few weeks ago, and endorse him. After all, their main objective is to make the POTUS a one term President. I guarantee Hilary wouldn't have been treated with so much disrespect if she had won. The GOP/tea baggers want to take our country back to what? Jim Crow or slavery?

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 3, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Please Grow Up

    Michelle Bachman's endorsement convinced me. Sheesh!

    A liberal, a conservative and a libertarian walk into a bar, and the bartender says, "Hi, Mitt."

    May 3, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Paul in NH

    'Take America back' alright – take it from the working people and give it to the rich corporate interests – heaven help us if he gets elected (no pun intended)

    May 3, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Oh Brother

    Wow, that's one gutsy politician. Endorsing the only candidate who has a shot at nomination.

    Way to pick 'em Mrs. Bachmann!

    May 3, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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