May 3rd, 2012
12:40 PM ET
3 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. Greg

    GOP is a joke. Wow!

    May 3, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. ARMYCSM

    'All in good time, my pretty" The wicked witch of the north.

    May 3, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Tex71

    So soulless, heartless, & humorless is now supported by tasteless, brainless & clueless!
    I'm speechless.

    May 3, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. vatoloke

    Is it really newsworthy who the ex-Clown Car riders "endorse?" It's not like we are expecting them to endorse President Obama is it?

    May 3, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Skeptic

    What is that smacking sound I hear? Ah, just more flip-flops.

    May 3, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Joe

    Mitt Money wants to be president for all the wrong reasons.

    May 3, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. DJ Reality

    Oh gee like we never saw that coming. What would really be news is a republican whose of his or her own mind.. Now that's when pigs fly. Just say no to Wilbur.....

    May 3, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Nathan

    Mitt says "thanks for nuttin chelle"

    May 3, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Wow Michele Bachmann who during the debates showed such serious concerns and doubts about his self proclaimed "Severely Conservative" stand on issues, now endorsing him . Does the GOP have Alzheimer. It can remember Reagan as if it was yesterday. but the most recent debates, gone from GOP collective memory. Well this seals the deal for me. A no term presidential wannabe like Bachmann, endorses Romney. Now if he can only get bubbled headed Palin on board, he can have the "Hot" loser that probably cost McCain any chance of defeating Obama in 08 yapping for him too.

    May 3, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    "ENTIRE GOP IS JOKERS"

    May 3, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Will

    Is this the one who shoots wolves from a chopper? The one who used to be a witch? Or the one who's a member of the antisemitic lutheran sect? I can't keep any of these whackos straight anymore :(

    May 3, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. vet in tx

    it's amazing how my people are using manufactured hate in order to go against their convictions and principles. Romney is obviously not a "real conservative, yet he is the Republican nominee, just goes to show you that conservatism as it is described now, is really, truly, a hoax.

    There is no other way "real conservatives" can spin this, because we all know, just as you do, that Romney really isn't, there are video tapes showing him on any side of any topic, and he obviously does not share your values, unless you believe in the divinity of Joseph Smith, which I do not.

    May 3, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. mfx3

    Well who else is left to endorse? And who is this Bachmann person again?

    May 3, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. streetdude66

    Yes wield the Jesus Crispies candidates out 1 at a time and let the voters see exactly what type of voter votes for Romney. Bring 1 out every couple months or so Newt, Cain, Perry. Get out the Haters For Jesus vote. McCain/Palin Part II. Obama/Biden 2012, its a lock baby!!!

    May 3, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. CrazeeAyes

    Wow, that's an endorsement you can take to the asylum. Good job reining in the mentally incompetent.

    May 3, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Joe The Plumber

    "take the country back" ??? I didn't know it was given away. I guess in her idealog mind Obama is not an American citizen. Just when you thougth the silly season was over – Bachmann is back!

    May 3, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. ray

    two racists together, what a combo. when will the american people get smart? i guess never. one hypocrite, liar, flip flopper and the other hypocrite immigrant hater and most of all stupid., hahaha what a combo

    May 3, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Wake up people

    I did hear something about Mittens doing SNL. That will be the least funniest show they have ever had. He can't do humor. Now an ex lax commercial he would be perfect for! He looks constipated constantly!

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 3, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Rawmoney2012

    Wait, didn't Bachmann claim that Romney gave some girl she knew mental retardation? No, wait, that was a HPV vaccine she was talking about. In any case, way to make another person join the Republican Ranks!

    May 3, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Pander Express

    Well, that's a load off.

    May 3, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. rad666

    Is she one of his wives now?

    May 3, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. WhyAmIHere

    Of all the quotes to take from the Wizard of Oz...She quotes the wicked witch of the west?? Seriously? Honestly who I think she should quote is the scarecrow..." IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN! ". Beautifully done indeed!

    May 3, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Doug

    Take the country back ? I didn't know that we lost it. Where did it go ? I looked under the bed...not there. I looked in all the cabinets...nope, not there either. The garage maybe ? No? Hmmmm. Well, guess I better put on some traveling clothes. Tell Simon and Garfunkl that I've gone to look for America. Do you suppose that It might have been taken from us by Conservative rhetoric?

    May 3, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. CitizenJP

    Which America does Mr. Romney believe in? The America of the rich people or all Americans? He is clearly running to protect the interests and the taxbreak of the rich. His track record supports that. Well Mr. Romney, let me remind you that it is a huge pyramid scheme. The rich is at the top of the pyramid supported by a vast middle class. Guess what happens when the middle class suffers?

    May 3, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. TomVIO

    I maybe would consider voting for a republican if at least one of them would mention how they will improve our country. All they do is bash Barack Obama and keep saying that Obama didn't turn the economy around. As I see it, the economy is turned around. We're not back to pre-Bush era, but at least we're not going further down.

    I do recall Mitt Romney saying that he wants to turn our country back to the Bush Era. Now that is something that I DO NOT WANT!!!

    May 3, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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