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Bachmann gives Romney her endorsement

Former Republican presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) formally and enthusiastically endorsed the GOP presumptive nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday. 

"I am honored … to lend my voice and my endorsement to Mitt Romney as our president to take the country back," Bachmann said at an event in Portsmouth, Va., alongside Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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The Romney campaign hopes Bachmann's Tea Party appeal will help the presumptive Republican nominee attract conservative voters in the state, especially in the conservative Tidewater region where Romney was speaking.

"Mr. President, you're fired, and instead we will soundly stand for somebody who believes in America, who believes in our children, who believes in hope and opportunities for our next generation," Bachmann continued.

Read more on Bachmann's endorsement, as well as Romney's remarks at the event and McDonnell's role in the campaign on The Hill's Blog Briefing Room.