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OKLAHOMA ENDORSEMENTS OF MITT ROMNEY:

   ★ - means endorsed Romney in both 2008 and 2012

   * - means endorsed Romney in 2012

The Oklahoman
 
* Mitt Romney is best man to restore nation's greatness

"Voices of common sense, not anger and entitlement, spring from the Heartland...

"Today we call on those in the Heartland to stand united. Let's put a stop to the inane bashing going on in the Republican presidential race. Let's unite behind a man who can beat Obama and let's do it sooner rather than later.

"That man is Mitt Romney...

"Romney aligns with our values in Oklahoma and throughout the Heartland...

"Romney brings hands-on experience and pragmatism...

    "We must elect a new president who, unlike Obama, can govern better than he can campaign, one who will actually stop campaigning when the election is over.

    "Obama was a poor choice...

    "Mitt Romney exudes wisdom, in addition to decency, compassion, pragmatism and coalition-building skills. For a Republican to get elected in Massachusetts is remarkable, perhaps a bigger feat than Republican Ronald Reagan getting elected governor in California.

    "Romney is a self-made man. Obama is a government-made man. Romney's skill set includes three areas of expertise that are needed to run this country:

    "He has success in the private sector. Romney led Bain Capital from a staff of seven people managing $37 million to 115 people managing $4 billion. His firm on average doubled its return on realized investments every year.

    "He has success in the public/private sector. “In 1999, three years before the 2002 Winter Olympics,” Reuters reported, “the Salt Lake City games were mired in a bribery scandal and facing a $400 million budget shortfall.” Cutting expenses, Romney turned this potential world-stage disaster into an overwhelming success, a factor in his subsequent election as governor of Massachusetts.

    "He has success in the public sector. Romney took office as governor midway in a fiscal year facting a potential $650 million shortfall in the Massachusetts budget. By restructuring state government, increasing some fees and making legislative changes to the state's tax code, he was able to balance the budget without tax increases...

    "The time to unite behind Romney is now, not after Iowa or New Hampshire or the Oklahoma primary in early March. Now!

    "In 2008, all 77 of our counties lined up against Barack Obama. It's time for us to line up for Mitt Romney. From here, this movement needs to grow throughout the Heartland. Together, our voices can lead Republivcans, independents and Reagan Democrats in other states out of the wilderness. We can be the voice of reason by supporting someone who on Day One will send a jobs package to Congress with the goal of putting America back on a path of robust economic growth.

    "In the remaining days, weeks and months of his presidency, he will rely on the collective strength of this nation to restore us to greatness. Mitt Romney is the man — the only man — who can beat Barack Obama."





* Gov. Mary Fallin

"So I am here today to say that I fully endorse Governor Mitt Romney for the next President of the United States and I am going to do every single thing that I can, Governor, to bring you votes from Oklahoma and to help you on your campaign," said Fallin.


* Sen. Tom Coburn

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“Elections are about choices...

“From my experience, Washington tends to be divided between two groups — leaders and career politicians. Leaders tend to have a wealth of real-world experience outside of politics and are in office to give rather than take something from their position. Career politicians, on the other hand, mean well but are ill-equipped to solve problems. Their greatest skill is getting re-elected.

“I'm proud to support Romney because he is a leader. What Romney has done in his 25 years in the private sector is precisely what we need a president to do in Washington. Romney has done hard things. He has turned businesses around, told people hard truths about what needed to be done, inspired confidence and overcome excuses. Romney is not a career politician or a career legislator. As a former governor and business leader, he is an executive who knows how to use executive power.”


* Fmr. Senator Don Nickles

“Conservatives looking to change Washington and reverse the policies of the last three years should look no further than Mitt Romney,” said Senator Nickles. “Our country can’t afford to continue borrowing trillions of dollars from China to pay for President Obama’s big-government, job-killing policies. Mitt Romney spent his life in the private sector and knows you can’t keep spending more than you take in – your business will fail if you don’t balance your books. Unless we elect a proven budget-cutter like Mitt Romney, our country could face a situation like Greece is facing today. I urge all Oklahomans to come out and vote for Mitt Romney on March 6th – Oklahoma deserves a proven leader like Mitt Romney.”


* State Treasurer and State Auditor

State Treasurer Ken Miller:

“Like many Americans, I’m concerned about the future of our nation. I feel like we’re heading in the wrong direction and we need a strong turnaround specialist and that is exactly what Governor Romney has been his entire life. I think we need a fiscally conservative leader who understands the free market and the industrial spirit that it fosters. I think that Governor Romney is the only candidate with the combination of relevant real world experience, conservative principles, and proven leadership and vision. Basically, what I want to see is I want us to have a chief executive as chief executive.”

State Auditor Gary Jones:

I’ll tell you that four years ago I didn’t support Governor Romney, I was actually a Huckabee supporter... I’m supporting Governor Romney because I believe like Treasurer Miller that we need an executive, somebody that has experience managing things and, you know, we’re in drastic need right now of having to turn the direction of this country. And Governor Romney has spent his career turning businesses around and turning the Olympics around and that’s why I wholeheartedly support Governor Romney. I believe he’s the best man for the job at this time in our country’s history.”


Prominent Republican Endorsers - 2012

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fmr. Governor Frank Keating

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State Treasurer Ken Miller

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State Auditor Gary Jones

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State Senator Brian Crain

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State Representative Paul Wesselhoft

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State Representative Guy Liebmann

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State Representative Lee Denney

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State Representative Dan Sullivan

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fmr. Ambassador Francis Rooney

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fmr. Senate Floor Leader Jim Dunlap

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fmr. State Rep. Thad Balkman

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fmr. State Rep. Forrest Claunch

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fmr. Oklahoma Republican Party Chair Steve Edwards

fmr. RNC National Committeeman Lynn Windel

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fmr. Republican candidate for Attorney General, Ryan Leonard

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Dan Keating

Announcing his support, former Governor Frank Keating said, "Mitt Romney is the candidate who has a solid plan to get Americans working again, and a track record to go with it. He spent 25 years in the private sector turning around failing businesses and creating jobs. While Governor, he balanced the budget every year without raising taxes and left in place a $2 billion rainy day fund. I am proud to support Mitt Romney for President.”


Prominent Republican Endorsers - 2008

Douglas Cox, State Representative, M.D.

David Derby, State Representative

Todd Hiett, former Oklahoma House Speaker

Lynn Windel, Oklahoma Republican National Committeeman

Bunny Chambers, Oklahoma Republican National Committeewoman

Each state gets three Republican National Committee (RNC) members, but not all are allowed to endorse (DCW - Delegate list).