(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke Saturday at a fundraiser for one-time GOP rival Mitt Romney in her home state of Minnesota, an event attended by Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of neighboring Wisconsin.
The attendance of Bachmann, who is a tight reelection race for her House seat, did not go unnoticed by those who recalled the congresswoman’s failed bid for the White House.
“You had your fans for president. Some of you were big supporters of Michele Bachmann; some were supporters of Tim Pawlenty,” Minnesota Rep. John Kline told supporters.
"But I think we can all agree that we couldn't do any better than Paul Ryan as the next vice president of the United States."
Ryan, the GOP vice presidential candidate, acknowledged Bachmann’s presence in the room when he took the stage.
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.
In May, Bachmann endorsed Romney as the GOP presidential candidate.
Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, also pursued the Republican presidential nomination, though he left the race after coming up short in the 2011 Iowa straw poll and did not attend the fundraiser.
When Ryan took the stage, he asked the roughly 250 people in the room for their support – with a football reference.
Ryan’s favorite team, the Green Bay Packers, are rivals of the Minnesota Vikings.
"We'll look back on this day where even Vikings fans and Packers fans come together under the same room," he said.
Tickets to the event, which benefited Romney's presidential bid, cost between $1,000 and $25,000.
– CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.