May 4, 2012 at 8:20 am
ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - It took nearly four months -- but now, it's official -- St. Cloud Rep. Michele Bachmann has endorsed one-time Republican rival Mitt Romney for president.
Bachmann joined Romney at a campaign stop in Virginia yesterday to make the announcement. Afterward, during an appearance on KNSI's Ox in the Afternoon, Bachmann said, despite some sharp exchanges during the presidential campaign, it was an easy decision to back the presumptive party nominee.
"It is a day and night stark contrast between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. And so I am happy to say that I am going to stand with Mitt Romney and not Barack Obama."
Bachmann had challenged the former Massachusetts governor for the GOP nomination. She dropped out of the race in January after finishing poorly in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses. Now Bachmann is lauding her former bitter rival.
"He's[Romney] proven and he's tested. He's a very smart guy with an optimistic message. He can be trusted because he has delivered a life of consistency. Getting the economy, getting job creation, he's a man of character, but also he's delivered. In every endeavor that he's been involved in, he delivers. And that's what America needs right now."
Bachmann not only praised Romney, but said President Obama's broken promises made her choice a simple one.
"Barack Obama said if he didn't turn the economy around and deliver within three and a half years, he could be looking at a one term proposition. I agree with Barack Obama, he should have a one term proposition and that's why I firmly believe Mitt Romney needs to be the next President of the United States."
Bachmann, who had always indicated she would support the eventual Republican nominee, said the thinning of the Republican party field for President made the time of the endorsement appropriate.