Bachmann picks up endorsement on ‘date’ with Wayne Newton

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) received a kiss and the endorsement of Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton on Tuesday during an interview in which host Greta Van Susteren joked that the two looked like they were “on a date.”

“I am an entertainer but first of all, I’m an American, and second of all, I’m a Nevadan, and third of all, I will support this beautiful lady as long as she wants to go,” said Newton, who kept his arm around the GOP presidential candidate for the entire Fox News Channel "On the Record" interview.


“That’s pretty hot, that’s pretty good,” Van Susteren responded. “I don’t know what else to say.”

“I watched the entire debate, and I don’t have to tell you how proud I was of this lady because not only did she hold her own, but she kind of stood alone, and I’m not talking about being female,” said Newton of Bachmann. “I’m talking about the wonderful things and views that she has for America.”

Bachmann said she was happy to accept the endorsement of the Vegas showman.

“Hey, why not?” she said. “We’ll take support everywhere we can, and it doesn’t get better. This is a picture of America right here. This is like John Wayne, Wayne Newton, so I’m just thrilled.”

“It’s going to take electing this beautiful lady as president for things to really change because what it means is we have to get everybody back to work and we have to get people back in their homes,” Newton said. “This is a lady that knows a little bit about what it’s like to have children and at times to have to go home and tell them that the world isn’t quite as nice as they’d like.”

The camera lingered on the two as the interview ended — long enough for viewers to see Newton kiss Bachmann on the forehead.

Last year, Newton, who says he follows politics closely, endorsed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), despite saying he identifies as a Republican.