Bachmann to Endorse Romney

Tea Party favorite to appear at campaign event today
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2012 3:00 AM CDT
Bachmann to Endorse Romney
Bachmann is running for reelection in Minnesota's redrawn Sixth Congressional District.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Four months after dropping out of the Republican race, Michele Bachmann has finally decided to endorse another candidate—the inevitable one. The conservative Minnesota congresswoman will endorse Mitt Romney at a campaign event in Virginia today, the Romney campaign tells CBS, which notes that the endorsement from Bachmann, a fierce critic of Romney's during the GOP debates, could help Romney win over other staunch conservatives yet to get behind him.

Bachmann softened her anti-Romney rhetoric after dropping out of the race, but while she was a candidate, she repeatedly said that the health care plan he brought in as governor of Massachusetts made it impossible for him to beat Obama. Romney "is the only governor in the history of the United States to put into place socialized medicine," she said in December. "Mitt Romney will never get rid of the health care mandate under ObamaCare." Romney has yet to pick up official endorsements from other former rivals, including Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, who formally called it quits yesterday. (More Michele Bachmann stories.)

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