CBS Interviewer: “There are a lot of good candidates on the Republican side, some of them your friends. Why Mitt Romney?”
Gov Kenny Guinn: “Well, Mark, I just got to know him in a very close way over the last four years.
I served as the Republican Chairman for the National Republican Governors Association, and he was my Vice-chair, and we really worked closely together.
I had the chance to really get to know him, as a human being.
“He's very bright, very articulate, has great standards for ethics, hard worker, and has been very successful in his business life,
and also is very successful as governor of Massachusetts, whith what he did there. Has everybody now working with a situation where they all have insurance.
Everybody in his state is insured now, everybody has it. And he did that the same time as cutting the budget substantially, and balancing it.
“So I just got to know him as an individual. It's not to say I don't have the other close friends, and it's tough to make those decisions.”
“Barack Obama continues to suffer from the Nevada blues. Only 44% of voters there approve of him to 53% disapproving and he ties Mitt Romney in a state that he won by 12 points in 2008...
“As unpopular as Obama is, there's only one Republican who can catch up with him in the state and that's Mitt Romney. They tie at 46%. Romney has an unusual amount of appeal to Nevada Democrats- 27% of them have a favorable opinion of him and 13% say they would vote for him in a hypothetical match up with Obama.” Public Policy Polling - Oct 27, 2011
“Obama would easily win Nevada again...except against Romney...
“Independents in the state may like Obama but they like Romney even more, giving him a 58/28 favorability rating. That's quite a contrast to how they feel about the other leading Republican contenders in the state. Huckabee's favorability with them is 38/50, Palin's is 28/61, and Gingrich actually occupies the basement in this state at 26/65.
“Obama's lead over Romney is 47/46. That goes up to 10 points over Huckabee at 50/40, 11 over Gingrich at 51/40, and 13 over Palin at 52/39.” Public Policy Polling - Jan 7, 2011
CBS Interviewer: “I bet you it was. A lot of people were looking for your endorsement.”
Gov Kenny Guinn: “The people of Nevada will get to know Mitt Romney and they will respect him for the individual that he truly is. He would be a tremendous asset to America.”
“Kenny Guinn served as Nevada's Governor for two terms from 1999-2007. In 2005, Time Magazine named Gov. Guinn one of the nation's best governors. Former President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the former CEO of Southwest Gas.”
“Former Gov. Kenny Guinn, who served during Nevada’s most explosive growth, leading with a pragmatic streak and fierce determination to do what was right rather than what more partisan elements in his party thought, has died... He was 73. ...
“A native of Garland, Ark., Guinn served as superintendent of the Clark County School District from 1969 through 1978, when he was named an executive of Nevada Savings and Loan. In the late 1980s he was president and chairman of PriMerit Bank.”
"No state more than ours needs a president who understands how jobs are created and believes in the power of American businesses," Sandoval said. "While America needs creativity and ingenuity in its leader, President Obama has failed to bring positive change to Washington and has left Nevada struggling to overcome the most difficult economy in decades." ...
"It's time to change direction and it's time for Republicans to come together and focus on winning in November," Sandoval said in his statement. "Governor Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee and I stand ready to help him become our next president."
" “President Obama’s policies have failed Nevada and have failed to pull the country out of the economic downturn,” Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki said. “Mitt Romney’s private sector experience and record as governor prove that he knows how to create jobs and grow the economy.” "
“With unemployment soaring, Nevadans need new leadership in the White House,” said State Senate President Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki. “With his deep understanding of how the economy works, Mitt Romney is the best candidate to reverse President Obama’s failed policies.”
“This next election is one of the most important in generations, and for Nevada the ramifications are profound and clear – our wounded state cannot continue to endure the current administration's recklessly chosen path that has led to higher unemployment and falling incomes... Only someone with Governor Romney's deep understanding of the economy and job creation can reverse the failed policies of the last three years and begin to rejuvenate our country.”
"More than ever, our nation needs a president with the conviction to stop excessive government spending, to rein in record levels of debt and to force Washington to treat taxpayers' dollars responsibly," Heller said. "Republicans and Americans of all political stripes must now come together and rally around Mitt Romney as the nominee who can defeat Barack Obama and put an end to short-sighted, excessive deficit spending."
“Announcing his support, Rep. Joe Heck said, “Nevadans have seen the results of President Obama’s failed policies: high unemployment and record deficits. Mitt Romney has the experience to pull us out of this economic downturn. He has created jobs, balanced budgets, and cut taxes.” ”
“On the economy and jobs, there is no other candidate with his economic know-how, experience in the private sector, or proven leadership. Nevada has suffered more than any other state under this President and Nevadans are looking for a leader with a plan to grow the economy. Tonight, Mitt Romney presented his plan to put Nevada on a path to prosperity once again.”
“The economy is in crisis and President Obama's fixes are not working. A change of leadership is needed and Mitt Romney is the conservative best equipped to rally Republicans, Independents and Democrats behind a new, competent direction for the Silver State's and America's economic future.”
“Nevada's 2nd Congressional District has been hit harder than much of the country and we need a president that is committed to helping Nevada small business owners grow, prosper and create new jobs,” said Amodei. “I'm proud to endorse Mitt Romney for president and look forward to working with him to get our country and our community back to work.”
“I think we need to make sure that people here know that Governor Romney is very conservative, a wonderful representative and he has such a wonderful business background that is a little different from people who have been in Washington for years and years... And certainly Nevada has suffered a great deal with housing problems and so many of the other problems. We are behind the eight ball and I don’t like us being there and I feel that Governor Romney can pull us out of all of this. And so I hope that everybody who is listening is going to support and I do support him and I’m very proud to do that and I supported him when he ran four years ago. So I know the man, I feel very comfortable with him as a leader and I would be very comfortable to see him be our nominee and I hope he will be and I hope we all vote for him this weekend with our caucuses.”
“Barbara Vucanovich, the grand dame of Nevada Republicans, used to be allied with Newt Gingrich, serving on his leadership team when they were both were in the U.S. House...
“Vucanovich, 90, represented Northern and rural Nevada in the House from 1983 to 1997. In Congress, she was a member of the Gingrich-founded Conservative Opportunity Society and served as secretary of the Republican conference when Gingrich was speaker...
“ "We do want somebody who is stable, who is reliable, and who can bring this country up and help us get out of the mess we are in," Vucanovich said. Someone like Romney, she said.”
“We want to be sure that everybody knows how much we support Mitt Romney for President... We're very blessed to have Mitt Romney come the day before our caucuses, because we want to make sure that he realizes how strong Nevada is for him, and how much we want to support him. I'm glad that we have all this turnout. Nevada wants Mitt.”
"Barbara Vucanovich served seven terms in Congress from 1983-97; the first female Nevadan elected to federal office. She was a member of the Conservative Opportunity Society, founded to help Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives, a goal they achieved in 1994. She also helped draft two of the ten bills that made up the Contract with America."
* Assemblywoman Melissa Woodbury
• Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert
★ Assemblyman Ed Goedhart * Assemblyman Scott Hammond * Assemblyman Cresent Hardy * Assemblyman Pat Hickey * Assemblyman Kelly Kite * Assemblyman Pete Livermore * Assemblyman Mark Sherwood
• Assemblyman Chad Christensen
★ Assemblyman Lynn Stewart * Senate Republican Leader Mike McGinness
★ Senator Joe Hardy * Senator Greg Brower * Senator Barbara Cegavske * Senator Elizabeth Halseth * Senator Ben Kieckhefer * Senator Dean Rhoads * Senator Michael Roberson
• Senator Warren B. Hardy, II
“Mitt Romney continues to show that he is the most prepared candidate to not only defeat President Obama, but also rescue our economy. In order to leave our children and grandchildren with a balanced budget and an economy that creates jobs, we must elect a conservative leader with experience in the private sector. Mitt Romney is that leader.”
“President Obama’s economic policies have failed the citizens of Nevada. Nevadans cannot afford four more years of these policies, which have resulted in high unemployment and foreclosure rates,” said State Senator Michael Roberson. “Mitt Romney has the private sector background, along with his experience as Governor of Massachusetts, to balance the budget, create jobs, and provide the stability in Washington that will guarantee American exceptionalism.”
“In announcing his support State Senator Heck said, "This election is critical to the future of our country. Too many politicians have made promises – but they haven't delivered. Governor Romney has a strong record of accomplishment in business, the Olympics, and in Massachusetts. We need someone with his ability and integrity to fix Washington." ”
“It is time for a change in the White House. Americans want a leader with proven experience creating jobs and working in the economy – that man is Mitt Romney.” — Cresent Hardy
Assemblyman Pat Hickey:
“Mitt Romney has the needed experience to get our economy back on track and fix the fiscal mess in Washington,” said Assemblyman Pat Hickey. “As governor, he created jobs and balanced the budget, all without raising taxes. His experience in the private sector and as governor stands in contrast to the failed leadership we have seen from the White House over the past three years.”
“In announcing her endorsement, Assemblywoman Gansert said, "Governor Romney has a proven record of accomplishment in business, the non-profit world, and in government. Reno voters know that Washington is broken and we can’t fix it by sending the same people back. Washington needs change — and change can start in Nevada by sending Governor Mitt Romney to the White House." ”
Interviewer: “And may I ask whom I'm speaking to?”
Heidi Gansert: “Heidi Gansert. I'm an Assemblywoman, district 25 in Reno.”
Interviewer: “Why are you supporting Governor Romney?”
Heidi Gansert: “I appreciate Governor Romney's business acumen. I Also appreciate that he's an outsider to Washington.
I think we need some changes there. And Washington, D.C. has become very polarized, so I'm looking for a candidate who's ready to get the job done and will cross those boundaries.”
Interviewer: “And what was the strongest point that led you to swing to Mitt's direction?”
Heidi Gansert: “You know, it's not just one point. It's really, over time, just looking at his record. In turning around the Salt Lake Olympics, his leadership as the Governor of Massachusetts, his success in the private sector are all important.
But again, also that he's from outside of Washington, D.C. And also illegal immigration. I think-- We have not been able to get a fence up and really make some changes in policy, some clear policy changes on immigration. And I think he'll be able to do that.”
Interviewer: “Okay, and I guess my last question... Do you think Mitt can win Nevada?”
Heidi Gansert: “Absolutely, I think Mitt will take Nevada hands down tomorrow and tomorrow morning.”
Interviewer: “On that same logic, if Mitt gets the nomination, do you think Mitt can take America?”
Heidi Gansert: “Yes I do. I think he's the right choice. I think its the right time for him now, and for our country. Thank you.”
"His greatest strength is his command of economic issues and his understanding of what the private sector needs to create jobs. He has criticized the uncertainty President Obama and Congress have created by not passing budgets and refusing to provide businesses and investors with a predictable, permanent tax code. And he understands the economic ruin that lies ahead if Washington can't conquer its spending addiction. "We can't have a government that keeps spending more than it takes in, otherwise enterprise will not invest in America," he said.
"Mr. Romney is pro-growth all the way. He wants the country to develop all its energy resources, not punish the oil, coal and gas sectors. He wants states and citizens to have more freedom to innovate. And perhaps most importantly, Mr. Romney is a Washington outsider, not a capital insider."
"Mr. Romney's economic agenda includes several pro-growth policies, including a plan to eliminate taxes on capital gains, interest and dividends for any household earning less than $200,000 a year. He backs a line-item veto, favors making the Bush tax cuts permanent and understands that imposing higher taxes as a means of fixing Social Security will only make the problem worse.
"He's supportive of free trade, rejects protectionism, backs tort reform, supports school choice and accountability, and while governor was even able to successfully push a handful of spending reforms through Massachusetts' overwhelmingly Democratic legislature. Mr. Romney vows to exercise his veto power if Congress doesn't embrace spending restraint and understands the drag that excessive federal regulation imposes on the innovation and the economy." (The newspaper's endorsement and editorial on Mitt Romney shortly before the Nevada Caucuses.)
"On the Republican side, we support Romney because of his strong executive background and his ability to achieve results in a state that is dominated by members of the opposite party.
"His “strategy for a stronger America” promises to lower taxes while improving education and making our nation more competitive in the global marketplace. He also understands the threat America faces from jihadists in the Middle East, and proposes a “Marshall Plan” to unify moderate Muslims against terrorism at its source."
"Mitt Romney is the best — the only — choice for Nevada Republicans when they consider the four presidential contenders in their caucuses on Saturday.
"Of those remaining, the former Massachusetts governor is the candidate who best represents the long-held values of Republican Party. Equally important, he is the one candidate who can be elected and the one best able to deal with the political realities in Washington, D.C., to accomplish what he and his party hope to accomplish if he’s elected president of the United States...
"Although Romney made his mark when he took over the scandal-plagued Winter Olympic Games in nearby Salt Lake City, his first political victory was the governor’s race in “liberal” Massachusetts...
"Romney’s term as Massachusetts governor was widely considered a success, however, and he demonstrated an ability to work with legislators on both sides of the aisle, a skill that would serve him well should he win the presidency in November and find himself dealing in the highly partisan atmosphere of the nation’s capital next year.
"He has the extensive, successful business experience that Republicans say the country needs in a president. He is the Washington outsider they say they want. And he has solid conservative, if not always firm, credentials."
"The best candidate — and the one who would give the party its strongest chance in the fall — is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
"Romney is a successful businessman who showed his ability to get voters to cross party lines when he won the governor's office in Massachusetts, home of the Kennedys, Michael Dukakis and John Kerry. He left that office with his reputation and his relationships intact.
"Romney's most remarkable feat, however, was his stewardship of the Salt Lake City Olympics. He showed that he could bring disparate groups together, clean up a mess left by his predecessor and put on possibly the most successful games ever...
"Republicans need a candidate who represents conservative values, builds bipartisan support and signals change for a restless electorate.
“Jeremy McNeil, Executive Director of Nevada Right to Life PAC, announced that the PAC has endorsed Mitt Romney for president. In a statement, he said:
“Nevada Right to Life PAC’s endorsement of Mitt Romney reflects his sincere determination to promote the culture of life in the United States. “Our Country is at a critical juncture; the very concept of the dignity of human life is under unprecedented attack. Nevada Right to Life PAC is convinced Mitt Romney will work diligently to reverse pro-abortion legislative and administrative actions and to protect innocent life – unborn children, medically disabled or dependent persons, and the elderly, whose lives are threatened by abortion or euthanasia.”
“McNeil added, “Nevada Right to Life PAC is proud to endorse Mitt Romney for President of the United States.” ”