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Savannah Morning News
  
* Georgia GOP primary: Man-up for Mitt

"GEORGIA REPUBLICANS who hope to win the White House in November should rally next Tuesday behind the one GOP challenger who has the best chance of winning: Mitt Romney...

"He’s fiscally conservative and comes with an extensive business background. He has an impressive record of achievement as a Republican governor of one of the most liberal states in the country. He understands what the nation must do to put more people back to work, while not bankrupting future generations of Americans, imposing job-killing rules and trampling the Constitution...."


Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution —
Romney rises as Republican choice

"The qualities needed now in the Oval Office are business knowledge and experience, an understanding of economies and the imperatives of those who manage them around the world, an ability to problem-solve and to assess talent and to assemble the right team to accomplish a mission. What's needed, too, is a strong grounding in principle and steadfastness in the face of pressure and panic, but with the adaptability and flexibility to adjust to changing circumstances...

"The Republican who best exemplifies all the qualities needed in a president is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a successful CEO...

"For Republicans, it's time to be realistic. And the reality is that the next president could be handed a Congress controlled by Democrats, as George W. Bush was in 2006. That demands a leader with experience in working with the opposition party...

"In addition to a pragmatism toward the opposition, another practical concern for Republicans is electability. To win the White House, Republicans need a nominee who can be competitive in states drifting Democratic — Ohio or Colorado, among others.

"Romney can. On policy matters, the great differences are between the two parties — not, frankly, the serious contenders in either field.

"It is for that reason that purists should recognize that the crucial test is which of these candidates can win in November. In all respects, Romney looks, sounds and acts presidential, projecting competence and the intelligence to deal comfortably with policy nuance and complexity. In a perilous world, whether the peril is terrorism, global competition or a tanking economy, Mitt Romney is the Republican who inspires confidence in his ability to lead.

" "I will not need briefings on how the economy works; I know how it works," Romney said last week in Florida. "I've been there. I think it's time to have a president who understands the economy, understands jobs, understands why jobs come and go."

"That should be an appealing argument to Republicans."

"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia's largest newspaper, is endorsing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the Republican race for the White House."

"The newspaper said in an editorial published in its Sunday newspaper that it believes Romney best exemplifies the qualities needed in a president, including business knowledge and experience and the ability to perform under pressure."





“Obama trails the candidates who are typically his strongest competitors, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, by only three points, 48-45 against Huckabee and 46-43 against Romney. What may be the biggest surprise, though, is that Obama actually narrowly leads Georgia natives Newt Gingrich, 46-45, and Herman Cain, 44-39. He also tops Sarah Palin, 48-43.” Public Policy Polling - Apr 5, 2011

* fmr. House Speaker Newt Gingrich

“The fact is, compared to Barack Obama, Mitt Romney is a solid conservative. I think you have to come down to what's the choice this November, and the choice is the most radical President in American history and a failed President at the economy and somebody who has a solid record on jobs and who in fact, on basic principles is a conservative. And I think, you can get into arguments about who is how conservative. But compared to Obama, Mitt Romney is a solid conservative...

“I said on Wednesday when I did the statement of suspending the campaign, I'm going to campaign for him. I favor him over Obama, and I went through, like, seven different issues where I favor him. I'll do everything I can to help elect Romney and I'll do everything I can to help the Senate and to help the House Republicans. I'm not sure what endorsement means beyond that. I will be campaigning with Mitt in the near future...

“I have endorsed him and-- and I-- we're working with his campaign team and I want him to carry the maximum number of states and I want the election in September and October to help win the Senate for Republicans and to help increase Republican margin in the House.”


Fox News - Newt Gingrich suspends his campaign - May 2, 2012

17:44 minutes into speech: "As for the presidency, I'm asked sometimes is Mitt Romney conservative enough. And my answer is simple. Campared to Barack Obama? You know, this is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history.

"If you simply take judges and ask yourself 'Who are the kind of people Governor Romney would be inclined to appoint? And who are the kind of people we know Barack Obama appoints?' The gap is as wide as at any point in American history. I would argue that it is wider than between Reagan and Carter.

"If you look at Romney's pledge to cut spending, something which we are going to cheerfully help him with. To balance the budget, something I've had some involvement with. To work with Paul Ryan and others on the entitlement crisis. To focus on economic growth by creating private sector jobs, something I would suggest Governor knows about 60,000 times more than does President Obama.

"Just think about appointing common sense regulators, as compared to the Obama EPA regulator who said 'it's nice to occasionally crucify an industry because it teaches them a lesson.' It would be nice to have somebody who said 'it is nice to work with an industry so they can create jobs.' Now you can't get a much bigger gap than those kind of things."


“I’m not quite sure what the magic words as you all in the media want out of me so let me say this, I believe that Mitt Romney will be a dramatically better president for the United States than Barack Obama,” Gingrich clarified. “I believe that he has earned the right to represent the Republican Party and he’s earned it the hard way. He has fought his way to the nomination, nobody gave him an inch.”

Gingrich to civic group in North Carolina - April 25, 2012

"Governor Romney had a very good day yesterday. He got 67% in one state. He got 63% in another, 62% in another...

"It's very, very important that we be unified. Nothing should stop-- no conservative, anywhere in America, should have any doubt, about the importance of defeating Barack Obama...

"In addition to the presidency, we are going to try to help take control of the senate and we're going to try to help increase our margin in the house...

"We're going to stay very, very active. We're working out the details of our transition, and we'll have information for the press in the next couple of days. But I am committed to this party. I am committed to defeating Obama.

"We'll find ways to be helpful. I do think it is pretty clear that Governor Romney is ultimately going to be the nominee. And we're going to do everything that we can to make sure that he is in fact effective, and that we as a team are effective both in winning this Fall and then, frankly, in governing."


Phil Gingrey
      

★ Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)

“Our borders and ports of entry are hemorrhaging with illegal immigrants, and the American people are ready for a president that will have the courage to stand up and lead. America needs a president that will come to the White House with new ideas and demand results. For years, our country has maintained a system that both encourages and ignores lawlessness and we can no longer afford to keep the status quo. Mitt Romney has the values, vision and track record to provide the much-required leadership our nation needs to address this current crisis.

“We are a nation of immigrants, but we also have an obligation to protect our national security, economic wealth and citizens. With an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants now residing in the United States – and hundreds of thousands of more arriving every year – Americans are sick of political rhetoric and thirty second sound bites. We are looking for someone with a record and reputation to solve this situation, and I emphatically believe Mitt Romney is our man.

“Governor Romney first and foremost believes the most important step in addressing illegal immigration is to effectively and immediately secure our borders. He will work to carry out the promise Congress made to the American people to build a physical and technological fence along the southern border – a fight in which I am proud to have been a leader in Washington.

“However, Governor Romney is the only presidential candidate that realizes in order to secure the borders, our country will need to build more than just a fence. We need to build an infrastructure and implement policies in our states and our cities that will not attract, but instead discourage illegal immigration. Mitt Romney understands this vision and worked as Governor to create this environment in Massachusetts. He opposed giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants and fought to have English taught in classrooms. In 2004, he vetoed a plan that would have granted illegal immigrants the benefit of in-state tuition. He is the candidate Americans can trust to stop the incentives that encourage individuals to illegally cross our borders every day...

“Our country needs a president that respects every dime of our hard earned money and works tirelessly to give back as much as they can. Washington doesn’t need any more politicians who refuse to make the tough choices needed to secure our borders and protect our tax dollars – believe me, I already work with plenty of them. Instead, we need a leader who will stand up for what is best for this country and not what makes for nice political rhetoric. Governor Romney has the experience that will bring about the change needed in Washington to provide the American people the kind of results they deserve.”

“Americans are ready for a change. Governor Romney has a vision for building a stronger America with a stronger economy, stronger families and a stronger military...

“Governor Romney is the only candidate in this race with real leadership experience. Throughout his career, he has faced extraordinary challenges and always met them. Whether it was turning around companies, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Governor Romney has always shown the strong leadership and force of will for change. I am proud to be on Mitt Romney's team and look forward to helping him towards winning the Republican nomination.”

“After a hard fought primary season, Governor Romney has emerged as our nominee for president. We enthusiastically commit our support for Governor Romney. America cannot afford four more years of President Obama’s divisive and failed leadership that continues to punish entrepreneurship, pick winners and losers in our economy, and ignore our fiscal crisis.” — Joint statement with other Georgia congressmen


Jack Kingston
      

★ Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA)

“After months of consideration, I have decided to support Mitt Romney for President. In a field of worthy candidates, Governor Romney has displayed a deep grasp of the issues, a commitment for change, and the character that we need in the next President of the United States.

“Governor Romney, unlike any candidate in either party, has successfully run a business. He understands markets and the invisible hand of capitalism. As we face growing international competition, especially from China, Governor Romney knows how to keep jobs in America.

“His business background and track record in Massachusetts shows that he knows how to reduce government spending and get Washington on a sound fiscal path...

“In a country divided by blue and red politics, Governor Romney has proven that he can work with both parties. Being a Republican leader of Democratic Massachusetts shows bipartisanship, which no other candidate can claim. Can you imagine how some candidates will further divide America?

“I enthusiastically support Mitt Romney for President, and I look forward to working with Senator Jim DeMint, Congressman Gingrey, Congressman Price and Speaker Pro Tempore Mark Burkhalter and the entire Georgia Legislative Team on his candidacy in Georgia and South Carolina.”

“I enthusiastically support Governor Romney for the next President of the United States. He's a fiscal and social conservative. He's got a track record to prove it. He's a business man. He's from a very tough blue state but he was elected and has some real bi-partisan credentials and accomplishments.”

— Rep. Jack Kingston, Dec 19, 2008

“After a hard fought primary season, Governor Romney has emerged as our nominee for president. We enthusiastically commit our support for Governor Romney. America cannot afford four more years of President Obama’s divisive and failed leadership that continues to punish entrepreneurship, pick winners and losers in our economy, and ignore our fiscal crisis.” — Joint statement with other Georgia congressmen


Tom Price
      

★ Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)

Rep. Price endorsed Governor Romney and joined his Romney for President Georgia Leadership team.

As noted in the above reference, Rep. John Linder (R-GA) also endorsed Governor Romney, which he did February 6, 2007 (FoxNews), later telling a local paper he likes Governor Romney (Walton Tribune). However, that December, after Huckabee had supported the Fair Tax and also started to surge in polls, Rep. Linder, who co-authored a FairTax book with Neal Boortz, endorsed Huckabee.

"On former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, another possible 2012 contender: “Exceedingly capable, remarkably accomplished in all aspects of his life, personal and political. Should have been president.” "

“... I came to learn and know and respect the way in which he dealt with problems, and gained an appreciation for his desire to bring all people into a solution, and it led me to a belief that he is the right man for the right job right now... I think the most important thing that we need to do right now is to bring our nation together and to work on the challenges that we face together-- Republican, Democrats, Independents. Governor Romney has demonstrated that kind of inclusiveness and that kind of respect for all people in our nation which is why I believe he will make the finest president we've ever seen.” (Video added March 16, 2007)

“Congressman Tom Price [an M.D.] and Tim Murphy [President of Beacon Health Strategies] issued a joint statement saying, "More than any other presidential candidate, Governor Romney actually has a record of putting conservative principles to work in health care. With that experience and leadership, we know that he will take the steps necessary to help reform our health care system to the benefit of every American." ”

“After a hard fought primary season, Governor Romney has emerged as our nominee for president. We enthusiastically commit our support for Governor Romney. America cannot afford four more years of President Obama’s divisive and failed leadership that continues to punish entrepreneurship, pick winners and losers in our economy, and ignore our fiscal crisis.” — Joint statement with other Georgia congressmen


Lynn Westmoreland
      

★ Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)

“I believe, and I hope Georgia voters agree, that our best hope going forward rests with Gov. Mitt Romney...

“Governor Romney has succeeded in everything that he has done. He rescued the Winter Olympics from disaster, he built an incredibly successful business and he governed a state with notable accomplishments despite working with a Legislature that was more than 80 percent Democratic. One of his opponents has scornfully called him a manager for profit. If excelling in business hurts a candidate in a Republican primary, I'm terrified about the future of the party. We are the party of entrepreneurship, wealth creation and strong, open markets. A successful, visionary executive fits the profile of exactly what we need in the Oval Office during a time of economic turmoil.”

“After a year of soul-searching following the 2006 election losses, we need to unite behind a candidate who will fight for low taxes, defend our borders, protect our nation's security, appoint strict-constructionist judges, manage the economy with the experience of a businessman and promote family values. That candidate is Mitt Romney. I endorse him for president of the United States, and I encourage Georgia conservatives to rally to this cause and cast their votes for him on Tuesday.”

“After a hard fought primary season, Governor Romney has emerged as our nominee for president. We enthusiastically commit our support for Governor Romney. America cannot afford four more years of President Obama’s divisive and failed leadership that continues to punish entrepreneurship, pick winners and losers in our economy, and ignore our fiscal crisis.” — Joint statement with other Georgia congressmen


* Rep. Austin Scott

“After a hard fought primary season, Governor Romney has emerged as our nominee for president. We enthusiastically commit our support for Governor Romney. America cannot afford four more years of President Obama’s divisive and failed leadership that continues to punish entrepreneurship, pick winners and losers in our economy, and ignore our fiscal crisis.” — Joint statement with other Georgia congressmen


Rep. Bob Barr
    

* Fmr. Rep. Bob Barr

“Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr was the 2008 Libertarian Presidential candidate.

“Tweeted yesterday:

“Bob Barr‏@bobbarr

“I am pleased to support and endorse Governor Mitt Romney for President #gapol #RNC #mittromney #gop #tcot #romney2012

“IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: This website remains committed to supporting BOTH Mitt Romney as a Republican and Gary Johnson as a Libertarian for President.”


* Gov. Nathan Deal

“Gov. Nathan Deal says he's supporting Mitt Romney for president and he's confident Georgia voters will too... Deal told The Associated Press in an interview Sunday that he's spoken with Romney and "certainly I will support his candidacy." ”


Sam Olens
      

★ State Attorney General Sam Olens

“Mitt Romney has a proven record of creating jobs, balancing budgets, and cutting taxes,” Olens said in a statement. “He has the needed experience to lead the country out of this economic downturn.”


* Fmr. State Attorney General Mike Bowers

“Mitt Romney is the one conservative candidate who will be able to defeat President Obama in November and bring real change to Washington – that is why he is supported by so many conservative Georgians,” said former Attorney General Mike Bowers. “On the most pressing issue to our state and country, jobs and the economy, Mitt Romney possesses greater knowledge and experience than the other candidates combined. Georgians can be confident that if Mitt Romney is elected, they will have a president who will get Washington out of the way of job creation and personal freedom.”


Eric Johnson
      

State Senate President Pro Tempore Eric Johnson

“I think he’s the most qualified business person ever to run for president,” the senator said. “If he can manage the Olympics and Massachusetts, he can control Congress.”


Georgia State Senators

2012:

★ Senate Majority Whip Cecil Stanton

★ State Sen. Fran Millar

* State Sen. Johnny Grant

* State Sen. Greg Goggins

* State Sen. Jeff Mullis

* State Sen. Bill Hamrick, Chairman- Senate Judiciary Committee

Announcing his support, State Senator Fran Millar, who also endorsed Mitt Romney in 2008, said, “I am proud to support Mitt Romney for president. He is the only candidate with both the conservative record and plan to get our economy on the right track again. After three years, it is clear that we cannot afford to elect a president without experience working in the economy. Mitt Romney will bring the skills of a successful businessman and governor to help fix our economy. With his leadership in Washington, I have no doubt that we will be able to reverse the failures of the last three years and get Americans working again.”

2008:

1. State Senate President Pro Tempore Eric Johnson (R-GA)
2. State Senate Republican Caucus Chairman, Dan Moody (R-GA)
3. State Senator John Douglas (R-GA)
4. State Senator Lee Hawkins (R-GA)
5. State Senator Cecil Staton (R-GA) ★

Dan MoodyState Senator Moody said, "Governor Romney's campaign is growing statewide as voters hear about his commitment to make America stronger through a stronger military, a stronger economy and stronger families. Governor Romney is the only candidate who can strengthen our country by bringing conservative change to Washington. I will proudly stand with his campaign."


Members of Georgia's House of Representatives

2012:

★ Fmr. House Speaker Mark Burkhalter

★ House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey

★ State Representative David Casas

* State Rep. Calvin Hill, Vice Chairman- House Appropriations Committee

* State Rep. Wendell Willard, Chairman- House Judiciary Committee

* State Rep. Bruce Williamson

* State Rep. Lynne Riley

* State Rep. Val Clark

* State Rep. Tom Weldon

* State Rep. Jan Tankersely

* State Rep. Mike Jacobs

* State Rep. Ben Harbin

* State Rep. Allen Peake

* State Rep. Jay Neal

* State Rep. Tom Taylor

* State Rep. Alex Atwood

* State Rep. B.J. Pak

State Representative B.J. Pak said, “It is clear that President Obama’s liberal policies are not helping Georgians or the rest of the country. Mitt Romney has a record of leadership as a conservative businessman and as a governor who was able to cut taxes and spending. He knows that we need those conservative principles in the White House if we are to turn around the economy – that is why Georgians will support his effort to defeat President Obama.”

State Representative David Casas:

“I am proud to endorse Mitt Romney,” said State Representative David Casas. “Over the last few weeks, I have had a serious change of heart. While I initially supported Speaker Gingrich, his continued attacks upon the free enterprise system that has made our country great are particularly something I will not stand for. I look forward to joining the team and urge my fellow Georgians to support the clear conservative that will fight for the America we love, Mitt Romney.”

House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey:

“Georgians are suffering under the leadership of President Obama. Mitt Romney is the candidate with the vision and experience to turn around the failing economy,” said House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey. “As governor, he balanced the budget without raising taxes and created jobs. He has the experience in both the private and public sectors to get Americans back to work.”

2008:

01. House Speaker Pro Tempore Mark Burkhalter (R-GA) ★
02. State Rep. David Casas (R-GA) ★
03. State Rep. Brooks Coleman (R-GA)
04. State Rep. Jan Jones (R-GA)
05. State Rep. Chuck Martin (R-GA)
06. State Rep. Fran Millar (R-GA) ★
07. State Rep. Bob Smith (R-GA)
08. State Rep. Jeff Lewis (R-GA)
09. State Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-GA)
10. State Rep. Tim Bearden (R-GA)
11. State Rep. Steve Davis (R-GA)
12. State Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-GA)
13. State Rep. Johnny Floyd (R-GA)
14. State Rep. Doug Holt (R-GA)
15. State Rep. Billy Horne (R-GA)
16. State Rep. John Lunsford (R-GA)
17. State Rep. Tom Rice (R-GA)
18. State Rep. Matt Dollar (R-GA)

"Each one of them has told me they recognize that Governor Romney has the skills to turn this economy around. We need a CEO with real-life business experience as President. As state legislators, they see every day that Washington is broken and that only Governor Romney can turn this ship around... He is a red-blooded conservative, one who will keep 'Red States' red in the General Election and who will win other states on the way to the White House."   (House Speaker Pro Tempore Mark Burkhalter— Jan 24, 2008)


Mark Burkhalter
      

★ Georgia House Speaker Pro Tem Mark Burkhalter

"He's established himself as the conservative candidate who stands for a strong economy," Burkhalter said. "He's a turnaround artist. Everything he's ever taken on, from Massachusetts to the Salt Lake Olympics, he's turned around. We need that in Washington."

"He is the right candidate to lead our country at this time in our nation's history."

"Republicans should embrace Romney for many reasons, but especially one important one heard during the 1992 Bush-Clinton campaign: "It's the economy, stupid." ...

"Romney is a fiscal conservative, and he promotes cutting taxes and restraining government spending. His first pledge (already aired on television commercials) is to generously use the presidential veto on wasteful government spending.

"But perhaps the most important policy he is advocating for hardworking taxpayers is one that the media has conveniently ignored - he wants to make the 2001 tax cuts permanent...

"A new report by the Heritage Foundation found that with the planned spending already enacted by this Congress combined with the potential expiration of the tax cuts, the average Georgian would pay $2,743 more in taxes. That would result in the loss of more than 31,000 jobs in our state.

"On the campaign trail, Romney speaks of free-market capitalism and how an economic policy of low taxes and limited government stimulates our economy. He also has a record that illustrates his support of free-market economics. As governor of a liberal state, he turned a $250 million retroactive capital gains tax hike into a $250 million tax refund, made investment tax credits permanent, passed sales tax holidays, gave property tax breaks to seniors and cut state spending.

"Every economy cycles up and down, but there is no reason for a big-spending Congress and federal tax hikes to prematurely push us into a recession. Romney will stand tough against the forces within Washington that want to set back our economy and instead fight to keep more money in our pockets and our economy strong. That's the kind of president we need."

In 2012, Mike is now the Speaker Emeritus.


More 2012 Elected & Republican Leaders

* Max Bacon - Mayor, Smyrna

★ Michael Bodker - Mayor, Johns Creek

* Eva Galambos - Mayor, Sandy Springs

* Johnny Weaver - Mayor, Jasper

* Robert J. Walker - fmr. Mayor, Dublin

* Gabriel (Gabe) Sterling - City Councilman, Sandy Springs

* Betty Price - Councilmember, Roswell City

* Liz Hausmann - Commissioner, Fulton County

* Helen Stone - Commissioner, Chatham County

* Mike Beaudreau - Commissioner, Gwinnett

* Joe Chapman - Sheriff, Walton County

* Keith Glass - Chief of Police, Monroe City

* Dan Israel - State Board of Education

★ Jose Perez - fmr. State Board of Education

* Marion Hay - Chairman, Moultrie/Colquitt County Industrial Development Authority

* Molly Dye - Chief of Staff, late Senator Paul Coverdell

* Heath Garrett - fmr. Chief of Staff, Senator Isakson

★ Fred Cooper - State Chairman, Pres. George H.W. Bush's campaign

* Oscar Persons - State Chairman, Sen. Bob Dole's pres. campaign

* Eric Tanenblatt - State Chairman, Pres. George W. Bush's campaign,
   Chief of Staff to Governor Sonny Perdue

* Lori Pesta - Board of Director, National Federation of Republican Women

* Ric Mayfield - fmr. Assistant Treasurer, Georgia Republican Party

* Chandler Epp - fmr. Vice Chair, Georgia College Republicans

* Keith Stone - 1st District GOP Chair

* David Burge - 5th District GOP Chair

* Ryan Boland - fmr. Habersham County GOP Chair

* Jerry Loupee - fmr. Chatham County GOP Chair

* Michael Barrett - Vice Chairman, Towns County GOP

* Ryan Cleveland - Decatur County GOP Chair

* Tom Morrill - Peach County GOP Chair

* Kelley O'Bryan Gary - Jackson County GOP Chairman

* Jon Jones - Tift County GOP Chairman

* James P. Golden - fmr. Tift County GOP Chairman,
   Young Republicans 2nd District Director

* Myron Faircloth - South Georgia Young Republicans Chairman

* Ruth Malhotra - fmr. Georgia Association of College Republicans Executive Director

* Orit Sklar - fmr. Fulton County GOP Executive Director

* Jaime F. Aguilera - fmr. Cobb County GOP Director of Hispanic Outreach

* Ron Johnson - fmr. Jackson GOP Chairman

* Janet Kelley - Douglas County School Board


Col. Oscar Poole

“One unusual supporter for Mitt Romney grabbed everybody's attention. Col. Oscar Poole was dressed in a bright yellow outfit wearing a tall hat and tie with the red, white and blue of the American flag. Poole has been traveling through Iowa, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina supporting Romney...

“Poole is a Georgia political icon, as his barbecue joint is typically a must-stop for Republican candidates.”


OTHER GEORGIA SUPPORTERS

John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves pitcher
Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons
Don Keough, former president of The Coca-Cola Co.
Jeff Fuqua, president of The Sembler Co.
Gordon Teel, CEO of Georgian Bank, the No. 2 locally based bank
Leo Wells, founder of Wells Real Estate Funds Inc.
Paul Garcia, CEO of Global Payments Inc.
Stephen Rogers, former head of Arthur Andersen LLP's local office
Joe Bankoff, Woodruff Arts Center President
Bob Quattrocchi, CEO of Northside Hospital
Other Chairmen/CEO's:
★ Joe Rogers of Waffle House Inc.
Gary Rollins of Orkin Inc.
Jeff Seaman of Rooms to Go Inc.

"With only a few months to go before the first presidential primaries, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is leading the pack as the candidate of choice for Georgia businesses and GOP leaders."

* Public Service Commissioner Doug Everett

* Labor Commissioner Mark Butler

Announcing his support, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said, “Mitt Romney has the temperament, experience, and leadership we need to move our country forward. I am confident he will put policies in place that will foster job growth and encourage businesses to hire because he spent his life in the private sector and understands how the real economy works. I am proud to support his campaign for president.”

★ Nancy Coverdell - Wife of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell
★ Mike Bodker - Johns Creek Mayor
★ Jose Perez - Member of the State Board of Education
★ Sam Olens - Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners
★ Fred Cooper (Pres. Cooper Capital) - Chairman of the G8 Summit Host Committee in 2004
★ James Edenfield - Chief Executive Officer of American Software
Anna Cablik - President of Anatek, Inc.
Mark DeMoss - President of the DeMoss Group
Joe McCutchen - President of Joe McCutchen Inc.
...

* John Brock - Chairman & CEO, Coca Cola
* A.D. "Pete" Correll - Chairman Emeritus, Georgia Pacific
* Michael Gearon - fmr. Chairman & President, the Atlanta Hawks
* Michael Gearon, Jr. - Co-managing partner, the Atlanta Spirit
* Karole Lloyd - Vice Chair and SE Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
* Rick Smith - Chairman and CEO, Equifax
* Kelly Loeffler - Owner, Atlanta Dream
* ...


Dr. Richard Voss

“We have a rare opportunity. We have a good field of Republicans, all honorable men with stable principles. For most, their track records have spots, some more than others. But how many of them got their spots managing complex economies, while engaged in a tug-of-war with opposing legislatures? With two governors and the mayor of the largest US city, we have good executives from which to choose. But this time, we have a lot more than just a respectable roster...

“First, let’s get this point straight: If we can manage the economy, we can solve other problems, like pursuing school improvement to boost Georgia’s competitiveness, ...

“Here are our three executives: (1) Mike Huckabee (bachelor’s degree in religion; chief executive of Arkansas); (2) Rudy Giuliani (JD from NYU; chief executive of New York City); and (3) Mitt Romney (MBA + JD from Harvard; chief executive of Bain Capital, Bain & Company, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and Massachusetts). The $338 billion Massachusetts economy is bigger than Switzerland... Romney’s education is unprecedented, stronger in breadth than any candidate we’ve ever seen (business + law), and so is his experience (business genius + successful governor of a large economy).

“But there’s much more than that. Working for the Boston Consulting Group (famous in business strategy textbooks for its strategic decision-making model), then for Bain & Company, another business consultancy, Mitt Romney acquired the best executive training you can get. The job of a business consultancy is to help companies solve tough problems. Members of these large consultancies are so well known for their expertise that client companies often court them to become their own CEOs.

“Romney left consulting to found Bain Capital, a hugely successful investment firm that made money by fixing broken businesses (or at least salvaging as much as possible of those that were beyond repair), the toughest job there is in business. A badly managed business that goes too long without facing its problems threatens the jobs of everyone it employs. But for someone who knows how to fix even the worst problems, it’s an opportunity. Thanks to Romney’s company, a lot of jobs that would have been lost were saved instead, and Bain Capital justifiably prospered from its great success.

“Meanwhile, remember Bain & Company? Without Romney, the experts at Bain & Company ran aground on the 1991 recession and started to go under. They begged Romney to come back and save the company from collapse. Romney took over, restructured the company, and returned it to strong profitability, all without any layoffs.

“Now, wait a minute. Wasn’t Bain & Company already well known for its ability to solve complex business problems? Wasn’t it in the same league of premier business consultancies as Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company (where IBM CEO Lou Gerstner came from)? Yes, it was. And now you know. When the world’s foremost business experts ran into a business problem they could not solve, they called on the only man who could: Mitt Romney. Now, that’s a story of human genius that needs to be told more often...

“In the past, we’ve usually found a candidate for the White House who has had great ideas, great principles, great experience, or great education. But when have we seen “all of the above”? Remember this on February 5.”

Richard S. Voss, Ph.D.
Business Professor, Columbus, Georgia


Herman Cain

★ Herman Cain

On February 4, 2008, Atlanta talk show host, Foxnews Business Commentator, North Star Writers Syndicated columnist, author of four books, past chairman and CEO of several organizations, Herman Cain wrote an article titled "Why I Support Mitt Romney: Leadership Substance", stating:

“The success of this country in the future will be shaped by the leadership abilities of the next president. Our success will not be based on opinion polls, pandering to the uninformed voters, promising emotional quick fixes over common sense, nitpicking of opponents' past records or mastering the art of the media sound bite. Success will come from focusing on the right problems and solving those problems...

“Mitt Romney has done that as a chief executive officer in business, as a governor and as head of the U.S. Olympics. He has done so while balancing political consequences, but not compromising fundamental principles of the founding of this country or free-market economics... Anyone who wishes to find a reason not to vote for Romney can easily find one. But the reasons to vote for him are far more compelling.”

Earlier, in October 2007, he came out with an article titled "Mitt Romney is a Mormon and I am a Baptist: Get Over It!". In it he stated:

“The Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Mormons and a few other faiths have three things in common – they believe in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God and that He died and was resurrected for our sins.

“So what’s the problem?

“The political pundits continue to try and make Mitt Romney’s religious beliefs a big issue as he runs for the Republican presidential nomination. Different denominations of Christianity are just that – different denominations – which means different worship practices of the same fundamental Christian beliefs...

“I am a practicing Bible-reading-and-believing Baptist Christian, and I respect any Christian denomination that shares the same basic beliefs...

“This country needs a president who has a sensible, common sense solution or idea for the tier one issues that we face. National security in our fight against Islamic fascism, sustaining the positive growth of our economy, market-based incentives to make our health care system more affordable and accessible, restructuring a dysfunctional social security system, replacing an outdated and unfair federal tax code, and harnessing the unbridled growth of government and entitlement spending.”

“It looks like Mitt Romney is going to be that nominee, and we do need to get behind him.

“I remind people all the time... Keep your eye on the mission. And the mission is to get control of the senate, maintain control of the house, and defeat Barack Obama. That means get behind the nominee. So, yes, I'm ready to get behind the nominee.”

Herman Cain on WMAL Radio, Apr 16, 2012:

WMAL: “Are you able to support Mitt Romney completely?”

Cain: “Yes, I am... I will support Mitt Romney. And one of the tasks that I have that I'm committed to, as part of this revolution on the hill, and meeting with some key leaders, is we've got to get over the past differences, because Mitt Romney will be 200% times better than Barack Obama...

“To Newt Gingrich I would say, Speaker Gingrich, with all due respect, let's get on with this, Okay? You made a great run...

“Let's go ahead and clean this up so we can start focusing on defeating Barack Obama in November.”

Official Endorsement:

“ “One way to achieve this goal of a more perfect union is by getting Barack Obama out of the White House,” Cain said. “Throwing our support and energy behind Mitt Romney is a big step in accomplishing this mission.”

“Cain added that he already supported Romney prior to making the endorsement official. “I’ve met with him privately and now I’m telling everyone publicly, if Mitt Romney wasn’t your favorite candidate for the Republican nomination, Get Over It! We need unity to take back the White House and the Senate, and keep control of the House of Representatives...

“Cain said then that not everyone in the Republican camp will agree on everything, but Gov. Romney gets the big things right - especially recognizing that federal policies are the biggest impediment to American prosperity.

“ “This is why I officially endorse Gov. Romney. I now call on the millions of Americans who want to end disastrous government policies that compromise our freedom and prosperity to do the same and help Gov. Romney win in November.” ”


Richard Lee— Founding pastor of First Redeemer Church, near Atlanta

“Before meeting him, I didn’t know the fortitude of his moral beliefs, and I found a kindred spirit on the sanctity of human life and traditional marriage.”

"The First Redeemer pastor has served as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastor's Conference and currently serves as a member on the board of the National Religious Broadcasters. Although he is in frequent demand as a speaker at conferences and conventions and the author of twelve books, his focus remains on his church where he maintains a ministry that is people centered."

"First Redeemer Church in Cumming, where Richard Lee is pastor, has won "The Triple Crown" among Georgia Baptist's largest churches. In the last three years First Redeemer has led the state convention in three combined notable categories: an increase of Bible study enrollment, an increase in Bible study average attendance and in baptisms.

"The church, only nine years old, started in September of 1996 with 87 people... now averaging 2,012 in Sunday School,... The church has two morning worship services with approximately 3,200 gathered. Services are televised to 42 cities in the United States and 210 foreign countries. Arbitron, a television marketing research group, estimates that the First Redeemer There's Hope televised service is seen by 76,000 regular viewers in the Atlanta area alone."

"As a recognized spokesman for the Christian community at large, Dr. Lee has represented the Christian cause on numerous national television programs, as well as in articles for national newspapers and magazines. A few of those are: CBS News, NBC News, The BBC, CNN News, Sonya Live in L.A., Moody Broadcasting Network, CBN Television Network, The Trinity Broadcasting Network, The Religious Broadcasting Magazine, USA Today Newspaper, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The London Times and The Los Angeles Times. He has also authored thirteen books for various publishers such as Word, Multnomah, Broadman/Holman, Howard and Harvest House Publishers.

"Dr. Lee is a frequent speaker in conferences and conventions, nationally and internationally. There's Hope, the radio and television broadcast ministry, for which Dr. Lee serves as speaker, is now in its twenty-second year on the air. This broadcast has received the prestigious Ministry of the Year award from the National Religious Broadcasters."


Sadie Fields— Chairman of the Georgia Christian Alliance

" “I believe that Governor Romney is the best man to run the country for the next eight years. He’s the only candidate running who has created jobs,” said Fields, whose Christian Alliance — formerly the Georgia Christian Coalition — is the most active religious conservative political group in the state."