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MINNESOTA ENDORSEMENTS OF MITT ROMNEY:

   ★ - means endorsed Romney in both 2008 and 2012

   * - means endorsed Romney in 2012


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* Fmr. Governor Tim Pawlenty

“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?”

“Mitt Romney is fighting for the same things I fought for as governor and during my campaign for president," said Governor Pawlenty. "As a former blue state governor, I appreciate what Mitt was able to do in Massachusetts. He created jobs and balanced his budgets without raising taxes – even with an over eighty percent Democrat legislature.

“That ability to get things done is what we need in our nominee," said Governor Pawlenty. "In addition, he has a background which is unmatched – his understanding of the private sector proves he knows how jobs are created which will be critical in turning our economy around. I am proud to endorse his candidacy for president of the United States.”

FOX NEWS: “Governor Pawlenty is not sitting on the sidelines, and he joins us now from South Carolina with an exclusive announcement just for Fox and Friends. Good morning to you Governor, ... we are so pleased that you would choose our forum to make your big announcement... Now let's move on to the news of the day. And you want to say?”

TIM PAWLENTY: “I know all the candidates in the race for president in 2012. I know them, I respect them, but the next president...”





“Obama carried Minnesota by a 54%-44% margin against John McCain in 2008. The state has not voted Republican at the presidential level since the Nixon landslide of 1972...


“In this poll, Obama leads Newt Gingrich by 51%-38%, leads Mike Huckabee by 50%-40%, and trounces Sarah Palin by 54%-36%. As it turns out, he leads Pawlenty by 51%-43%, but only leads Romney by 47%-42%.” TalkingPointsMemo.com - Dec 8, 2010


“Poll: Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty Could Win Minn. in 2012...


“The poll found that if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin or U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann were at the head of the 2012 Republican ticket, President Obama would handily win by at least 20 percentage points.


“But if the GOP nominee were Gov. Tim Pawlenty or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the race in Minnesota would be much closer...


“The possibility that a Republican -- whether it's Romney or Pawlenty (or anyone else) -- could win the blue state of Minnesota would be a potential electoral "game changer." But one has to think that Pawlenty, perhaps, stands to gain most from this news -- both because this is his state and because Romney is already considered the front-runner.” Politics Daily - Sep 30, 2010

“Mitt Romney ... His experience working in the real economy was evident tonight. No other candidate has the same knowledge of how jobs are created and what it will take for our economy to grow and for businesses to start hiring again. I am supporting him because I know that his experience and values are what the country needs to get on the right track.”

“A conservative businessman, he won the support of independent voters — and even some Democrats — to win election as governor of the blue state of Massachusetts. That is no small accomplishment. It reveals Romney’s tremendous strength in bringing Americans together.

“He also governed successfully. His state’s economy was mired in recession when he took office. Expenditures exceeded revenue. Without raising taxes — he cut taxes on 19 occasions — he balanced the budget and led the effort to turn the state’s economy around.

“By the time he left office, Massachusetts had a $2 billion budget surplus — and was again gaining jobs.

“While all the Republican candidates have their respective strengths, Romney is uniquely positioned to help the Republican Party return to the White House.”


* Rep. Michele Bachmann

“This November, Americans will be at the polls with a serious choice- they can vote for more of Barack Obama’s transformation of America, with more joblessness, higher energy prices, fewer opportunities for our children, more government controls, bailouts, and failed economic policies, or they can vote for a new vision of prosperity and liberty. I’m honored to announce that today, I am endorsing Governor Mitt Romney for President of the United States, a man who will preserve the American dream of prosperity and liberty...

“This is the last chance we have to keep America from going “forward”, over the cliff, as Governor Romney said, and restore the values of prosperity and freedom. This is the opportunity for conservatives, independents, and disaffected Democrats to join me and Governor Romney in denying Obama a second term. On November 6th, the only option is Mitt Romney for President.”

Portsmouth, Va - May 3, 2012 at 2pm


* Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN)

“These are tough times for our country. We need a president who will lead on key issues like tax reform, energy, spending, and, most of all, getting Americans back to work. Mitt Romney has the proven leadership and experience to put our country back on the path toward economic certainty and stability. I look forward to working with Mitt Romney over the next year to ensure his victory in November.”


* Fmr. Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN)

“The United States is facing an important moment in our nation’s history,” said Senator Coleman. “Whether it is turning around our struggling economy or maintaining our relationships with international allies, the next President must have the experience and leadership to keep America strong at home and abroad. Electing someone who has not been tested by the fire of experience results in failure. The last three years have proven that. Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has displayed the leadership that will be needed to get our economy back on track and to preserve, and in some cases mend, our relationships with allies around the world. As a strong supporter of Israel, I am also confident that he is the best candidate to restore America’s relationship with Israel.”

“Mitt is clearly head and shoulders above the rest of the field when it comes to understanding the free market and what it will take to get our economy on track again. Whether it is his twenty-five years of experience working in business or his record turning around Massachusetts’ economy, Mitt Romney has a lifetime spent creating jobs and working in the real economy. That experience was on display tonight.”


★ Fmr. Rep. Vin Weber (R-MN)

“First of all, Governor Romney has the longest track record of any of the candidates of actually having been an executive, in business for most of his life, and then of course the chief executive of Massachusetts. He knows how to run an enterprise, and we think that is pretty important going forward in this country.

“Second of all, he's made a couple of specific promises that we think are pretty important. One is to veto any appropriations bill that exceeds inflation minus one percent. Now what that means when you boil down the statistics is we're going to actually in real terms shrink the appropriations side of the government. This is where the earmark projects are, the pork barrel projects are, its the part of the government over which you have the most direct control. And he's pledged to use the veto whether its against republicans' spending or democrats' spending. I think that's pretty important.”



"Announcing his support, Vin Weber said, “It is an honor to again work with Mitt Romney. At such a critical time in our nation’s history, it is important that we have someone with his background to lead the country. After three years of failed policies, Mitt Romney’s record of leadership is what we need to strengthen the country both at home and abroad.” "


Additional Minnesota Supporters - 2012

* Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers

★ House Majority Leader Matt Dean

* Senator Roger Chamberlain

* Representative Kurt Daudt

* Representative Dan Fabian

* Representative Joe Hoppe

* Representative Jennifer Loon

★ Representative Linda Runbeck

* Representative Tim Sanders

* Fmr. Representative Laura Brod

★ Fmr. Representative Paul Kohls

* Mayor of Brooklyn Jeff Lunde

★ Fmr. Mayor of New Brighton and 4th District GOP Chair Bev Aplikowski

★ Fmr. Executive Director, Minnesota College Republicans Tara Anderson

★ Fmr. National Committeewoman Evie Axdahl

* Fmr. Chairman, Republican Party of Minnesota Ron Eibensteiner

* Cool Conservative Co-founder Betsy Gall

★ Fmr. Chairman, Minnesota College Republicans Jake Grassel

* 4th Congressional District Republican Officer Mary Igo

* 4th Congressional District Fmr. Republican Chair Pat Igo

* Fmr. Minnesota Republican Party Vice-Chairwoman Chris Jacobson

* Minnesota Republican Party 8th Congressional District Chair Ted Lovdahl

* Fmr. National Committeeman Jack Meeks

* Fmr. Minnesota Republican Party Executive Director Corey Multimore

* 7th Congressional District Vice-Chair Chris Tiedeman
   (Also fmr. Treasurer, College Republican National Commmittee

* Fmr. Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Bob Weinholzer

* Chairman of the BPOU (Basic Political Party Unit) Chairs Joe Salmon

* Minnesota Republican Party BPOU Chair Pat Kaluza

* Fmr. BPOU Chair Janet Weir

* Fmr. BPOU Chair Gerald Woodley

* ...

Speaker Kurt Zellers:

“Minnesotans simply cannot take four more years of President Obama’s disastrous policies. Mitt Romney is the conservative candidate who has a clear plan to empower small businesses, rebuild the middle class, and create long-lasting economic growth. I am endorsing Mitt because he will work to improve the economy, reduce burdensome regulations and reverse economic policies that expand government rather than private sector job growth.”


Additional Minnesota Supporters - 2008

• David Haan - State Senator

★ Linda Runbeck - Former State Senator

★ Matt Dean - State Legislator

★ Paul Kohls - State Legislator

★ Bev Aplikowski - Former Mayor, Arden Hills

• John Kysylyczyn - Former Mayor, Roseville

• Brian Sullivan – The RNC National Committeeman for Minnesota

★ Evie Axdahl – The RNC National Committeewoman for Minnesota

• Tony Sutton – Secretary/Treasurer of the Republican Party of Minnesota

• Tony Trimble - Former Republican Party State Party Chairman

• Warren Anderson - Republican Party State Central Committee Member

• Ray Morris - Republican Party State Central Committee Member

• Bill Poulos - Republican Party State Central Committee Member

• Andy Tulenchik - Republican Party State Central Committee Member

• Jim Anderson - Former Republican State Central Committee Member

• Amy Anderson - Carver County Republican Party Chair

• David Hallman - Clay County Republican Party Chair

★ Jake Grassel - Former Chairman, Minnesota College Republicans

★ Tara Anderson - Former Executive Director, Minnesota College Republicans

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