Earlier today, Michele Bachmann endorsed Mitt Romney with this statement:
This November, Americans will be at the polls with a serious choice-they can vote for more of Barack Obama’s transformation of America, with more joblessness, higher energy prices, fewer opportunities for our children, more government controls, bailouts, and failed economic policies, or they can vote for a new vision of prosperity and liberty. I’m honored to announce that today, I am endorsing Governor Mitt Romney for President of the United States, a man who will preserve the American dream of prosperity and liberty.
We’ve had a hard fought battle already to choose a candidate. Being personally involved in the endorsement process was an honor for me. And I want to thank everyone involved in the campaigns, from the candidates, the delegates, the volunteers, all of us can be proud of our efforts.
This is the last chance we have to keep America from going “forward”, over the cliff, as Governor Romney said, and restore the values of prosperity and freedom. This is the opportunity for conservatives, independents, and disaffected Democrats to join me and Governor Romney in denying Obama a second term. On November 6th, the only option is Mitt Romney for President.
Michele’s endorsement was notably more heartfelt, I would say, than Newt Gingrich’s. More important than the endorsement, perhaps, is the fact that Michele is campaigning with Romney today in Virginia:
Endorsements don’t generally count for much, but this one may have some real value for Romney. Michele enjoys not just respect but a great deal of affection from precisely that segment of Republican voters, and not a few independents, who were slow to warm to Romney during the primary process. Not only that, Michele is one of the most energetic people in politics. I suspect we will see her on the campaign trail, promoting Romney where her conservative credibility can most help him. I’ve never given much credence to the idea that any significant number of conservatives will sit out this presidential election, but enthusiastic support from figures like Michele Bachmann can help make sure that doesn’t happen.