Rep. Michele Bachmann, a former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, says she is "very seriously looking at an endorsement for Mitt Romney."
Bachmann, who left the race in January a day after she lost the Iowa causes, has said previously that she would get behind the eventual nominee.
In an interview on Sunday's Meet the Press, Bachmann had much praise for her former opponent, Romney.
She defended his wife, Ann, against comments made earlier in the week by Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen. Rosen said that Ann, a stay-at-home mom who raised five children, had "never worked a day in her life." She's among Democrats who argue that Romney has trouble connecting with female voters.
For her part, Bachmann said Rosen's comments were "shocking and insulting."
Bachmann also praised Romney's professional record.
"Mitt Romney is an extremely smart guy," Bachmann said. "He's been extremely successful in creating jobs in the private economy."
Romney's campaign "has a very optimistic message" compared to President Barack Obama's, Bachmann said.
WASHINGTON - Members of Congress and those who want to replace them face a midnight deadline tonight to report their fundraising for the first three months of the year to the Federal Election Commission.
Among the weekend filers are DFL U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison and Tim Walz.
Ellison's re-election campaign brought in more than $232,000 while Walz's raised more than $217,000. Ellison, who represents Minneapolis, reported having $133,000 in the bank while Walz, who regularly faces tough challenges by Republicans in southern Minnesota, had about $708,000 cash on hand and has raised more than $1.2 million in this election cycle.
Fifth District Republican Chris Fields won his party's endorsement to challenge Ellison in November over the weekend. Fields reported raising a little more than $10,000 last quarter and has less than $5,000 on hand.
In the 1st District, Allen Quist and state Sen. Mike Parry are vying for the GOP's endorsement next weekend to take on Walz. Quist's campaign reported raising $37,000 and has more than $59,000 in cash. His campaign is also $25,000 in debt. Parry brought in more than $17,000 and has $36,000 to spend with no debt.