PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- Former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann endorsed her one-time opponent Mitt Romney, Thursday, in his bid for the White House.
The Minnesota congresswoman appeared with Romney at a campaign event in Virginia.
Bachmann's strong ties to the Tea Party and evangelical voters could help Romney win over and energize a key part of conservative voters.
"If there's one thing we can trust about Mitt Romney, this is a smart guy with an optimistic message that we can trust because he gets the economy. He gets jobs," Bachmann said.
"It's not personal with Barack Obama," she continued. "He's just flat out failed in his ability to be able to turn the economy around. It's time for the country to unite."
President Obama is expected to make a weekend campaign stop in Virginia as well.
"He's going to be kicking off his campaign here, and you know there are two things you can expect from him at least ... a lot of blame," Romney told the crowd. "He'll be pointing around because he doesn't want to talk about his own record and his own failures. He'll instead be trying to find other people to blame."
"He'll be talking about his predecessor; he'll be talking about Congress," Romney said.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell also attended Romney's event. McDonnell is on the short list for a possible vice presidential pick.
"You remember three-and-a-half years ago, we heard that tune about hope and change, and now what do we have? We have recession and division and malaise," the governor said.
It's been four months since Bachmann dropped out of the race.
The Tea Party favorite said now is the time for the Republican Party to come together and beat President Obama.