“Mitt Romney is running for president, and I am proud to endorse him.
“Alone among the contenders, he possesses the unique qualifications to confront and master our severe economic predicament. His abiding faith in our country's exceptional historical position as a beacon of freedom will make him the most important leader in a world that depends upon a strong America to stay at peace...
“He's formulated an economic plan—a set of alternatives to the government-oriented programs that Barack Obama has put in place—that is unparalleled in the history of American electoral campaigns. By pressing for fundamental change in the way that Washington taxes and spends, issues regulations, uses energy, interacts with our major trading partners, and deals with our labor force, he fully envisions a way to place America back on the path toward rapid economic growth and full employment.
“And at his core, Mitt Romney is a man of great character... He is a formidable person, and he will certainly be a formidable president...
“I am proud to stand with Mitt. Will you join me?”
“From the fresh Fox News Poll on the Republican presidential contest:
“Mitt Romney (22%) and Newt Gingrich (23%) are effectively tied on top...
“Republicans find Mitt Romney the most likeable candidate (26%), the one with the best experience to be an effective president (59%), the one with the most integrity (55%) and the one candidate of the eight with the best chance of defeating President Obama (37%). (Gingrich was a distant second at 18% and Cain right behind at 17%.)
Howard Dean was "An early front-runner in the 2004 Democratic Presidential nomination," the second longest serving governor of Vermont, and is the Democrat Party's national Chairman, a post he held from 2005 to 2009. Wikipedia - Howard Dean
Governor Christie said, “This is the most important election in generations. Whether we are able to fix our economy and get our country on the right track will have ramifications for decades. We cannot afford to continue on our current path. Mitt Romney has a life history of coming into struggling organizations and turning them around. Right now, we need someone like him in the White House to fundamentally change our economy and reverse three years of failed policies. Unlike our current president, Mitt Romney understands the economy from the inside out. Fixing the economy will not be easy, but Mitt has shown throughout his life that he has the leadership ability and expertise to lead our country toward a recovery. Republicans should recognize the importance of this election and realize that if they are serious about regaining the White House, Mitt Romney is the only candidate to back.”
Announcing her support, Christine O’Donnell said, “For me, this endorsement comes down to trust. I am endorsing Governor Romney because I trust him to do the right thing. He has the strength of conviction to do the right thing regardless of opposition. America needs a president who is not a Washington Insider. America needs a president who hasn't been playing the game for the last three decades. America needs a president who can turn our economy around, put Americans back to work, and will lead with stability, integrity and the values that we hold dear. I am confident Mitt Romney will be that president.”
Christine O’Donnell, the former Republican Senate candidate and a Tea Party favorite during the 2010 election, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News that she has not only given money to presidential candidate Mitt Romney but also says she doesn’t think he is getting a “getting a fair shake” from those within her own movement...
“I hope the fact that I stood up to the liberal establishment within my own party gives me the bona fides among conservatives to say this,” said O’Donnell. “I find the tone and nastiness of some of the things circulating around the internet about Romney extremely offensive.” ...
“Yes, I contributed to Romney,” she said. “While I am still undecided, I am leaning more and more towards Romney. Voters are craving strong leadership, Romney has it.”
“Right now, I’m 70 percent behind Romney,” she said. “I will absolutely max out if he’s the nominee.”
“It’s almost like we conservatives have to apologize for it, but we like him,” said O’Donnell of those in the Tea Party movement who favor Romney...
“In the midst of such turmoil and uncertainty, it’s comforting that he’s strong, solid and stands as an unmovable Oak tree in the middle of a raging storm.”
Saul Anuzis, Michigan Republican National Committeeman
(also former Michigan Republican Party Chair)
“I have decided to publicly endorse and actively work in support of Mitt Romney’s effort to seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States. There are four primary reasons for my support:
“ONE: He is uniquely qualified to serve as President – no one is better prepared.
“TWO: He can beat Barack Obama in November, early polls showing his strength.
“THREE: He is a strong leader & has a vision to make America strong & prosperous.
“FOUR: Mitt Romney will make Michigan competitive for Republicans in 2012 on the day he wins the nomination.”
“I’m supporting Governor Romney because he is a solid conservative who is committed to reducing taxes, cutting spending and preserving America’s military strength. Mitt has served as a governor, had a successful career in the private sector, and acquired the executive experience needed to turn around our economy and fix our broken government,” said Governor Sununu. “He has demonstrated that he is the strongest candidate to take on President Obama in 2012 and restore fiscal sanity to Washington.”
“I endorsed him because he is the best one running to be president as a conservative Republican President... He's the best man running, he's the best man to win and we need this today...
“It's clear he understands that national security is the principle responsibility of the presidency. A very strong Ronald Reagan peace through strength position. He's committed to cutting spending... He's committed to repealing Obamacare. He's right on the issues I care about like making sure we don't get cap and trade. He kept Massachusetts out of the regional greenhouse gas initiative. He's right on the family issues. I'm very comfortable with Mitt Romney as a conservative Republican presidential candidate and as a conservative Republican President...
“Mitt Romney served as a governor. I am absolutely convinced that governors make the best presidents, ala Ronald Reagan or if you're on the liberal side, FDR... Mitt Romney has been on the business side. He's had to make decisions in reducing business bureaucracies as well as government bureaucracies...
“I feel very strongly that he is the best man to be president... Mitt Romney will come out I'm absolutely convinced, as the winner, and frankly, go on to be a great conservative president to fix the mess we have.”
“Supporters of Ronald Reagan are supporting Mitt Romney because he is the best chance conservatives have to return to the prosperous Reagan years. His economic plan will unleash job-creation in the private sector, his trade policies will open markets around the world, and he will stand up to countries that have pledged to destroy our allies. Mitt Romney will restore faith in our country in much the same way Ronald Reagan did thirty years ago.” — Ambassador Gerald P. Carmen
Ambassador Carmen served on Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign and then as an Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador, and other positions under President Reagan.
Nearly 3 dozen Reagan coalition members have joined Ambassador Carmen in this statement of support for Mitt Romney.
These people served in Reagan's campaign and/or served under him as cabinet members, Ambassadors, Attorney Generals, a judge and so forth:
Many of the people in Ronald Reagan's inner circle have come out in favor of Mitt Romney, including the people who managed and worked on Reagan's campaigns, members of his cabinet, and friends and political appointees.
These people include John Bolton, Bay Buchanan, James Baker, and many others.
“I guess I’d just open by saying all four of us feel that it was an honor and a privilege to serve with President Reagan, to know him, and to support his transformational presidency. And we see in Mitt Romney many of the same characteristics of a steady hand, reliability, consistency. And I think that Speaker Gingrich, by exaggerating his role in the Reagan Revolution, evinces an effort to be grandiose and for political reasons, try to overstate the role he played in supporting Ronald Reagan. He was a backbencher. He took opportunities to criticize President Reagan’s efforts to the four of us, who all were involved in foreign policy matters and defense matters.”
Secretary John Lehman:
“Well, first, the reason that I have been actively supporting Governor Romney is I’ve spent a lot of time with him. And he is, without question, the Republican who really gets it in defense. He has a strategic mindset. He understands the way of the world works. And he understands the importance of strong deterrence. He has been able to grasp, I think very quickly, what is so severely wrong with the way we’re procuring weapons, which is just out of control and is unilaterally disarming us.”
“What attracted me to Governor Romney frankly is that he’s grounded. I mean this is a person who really has both feet planted on the ground. Who’s very practical, who understands national security, who understands international relations, who knows the importance of our allies, who knows why a defense posture that is viable and strong is critical, not only to deterring enemies but frankly to reassuring allies. And they’re both very, very important. And that’s why he supports a strong national defense posture.”
Ambassador Gerald P. Carmen:
“Who has the judgment to be president? Certainly Governor Romney has shown over and over again as others have said that he’s knowledgeable, calm, strong, he has it all.”
• Ambassador Rich Williamson – Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs 1988-1989; Special Assistant to the President and Deputy to the White House Chief of Staff 1981; Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, the White House 1981-83; US Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UN Offices in Vienna, Austria 1983-85
• John Lehman was Secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan, from 1981-1987. (John Lehman)
• Dov S. Zakheim spent 6 years in the Reagan administration, including a Deputy Undersecretary of Defense from 1985-1987. He was the Undersecretary of Defense from 2001-2004. (Dov Zakheim)
• Ambassador Gerald P. Carmen – Ronald Reagan 1980 Campaign; Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration from 1981-1984; U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva 1984-1986