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Michele Bachmann refutes Mitt Romney endorsement report

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Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Wednesday morning dismissed as untrue a Boston Globe story claiming unnamed aides to Bachmann and Mitt Romney "have been in conversation in recent days about securing the [former] candidate's endorsement."

The Minnesota congresswoman-- a staunch conservative and tea party favorite-- rejected the report in a statement, saying:

Let me be absolutely clear -- there are absolutely no negotiations between me and the Romney campaign regarding any pending endorsement of Governor Romney. I continue to speak with all the candidates and plan on uniting behind the presumptive nominee. The Boston Globe article today is completely false and I call on the Globe to retract their article.

The Globe reported that the former Massachusetts governor's trip Wednesday to Minnesota (instead of to upcoming caucus states such as Nevada, Maine or Colorado) is linked to endorsement discussions with Bachmann's team. The paper also suggested that the endorsement could be the first step in getting Romney to help pay off Bachmann's presidential campaign debt.

Bachmann ended her campaign Jan. 4 following a poor showing in Iowa. Campaign finance reports released Tuesday show Bachmann has more than $1 million in presidential campaign debt as she begins her campaign for House re-election.

Romney's Minnesota event and corresponding press call Wednesday are being held in concert with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who endorsed Romney following his own exit from the presidential race.

Romney's campaign as of midday Wednesday had not publicly commented on the report.

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