Former Romney rival Bachmann attends campaign fundraiser
October 14th, 2012
12:52 AM ET
10 years ago

Former Romney rival Bachmann attends campaign fundraiser

(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.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Minnesota • Paul Ryan • Wisconsin
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. enuff

    All these people who called Romney a liar, a tax cheat, are now embracing like he is a god. How pathetic.

    October 14, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  2. Thomas

    Michele Bachmann , Mitt Romney , Todd Akin , GW Bush .

    Bring us back into greatness 2012

    October 14, 2012 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  3. Indy

    Michele Bachmann is a great reminder of why one should not vote Republican this election

    October 14, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  4. plain&simple

    Times are tuff when Bachmann matters to your race for the white house. Come on Minnesota are you really going to put her back into the congress again? Haven't you suffered enough?

    October 14, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  5. Rosco1776

    So she sold out just like the rest.

    October 14, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. John

    I bet that wasn't a big event !

    October 14, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |