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VIRGINIA ENDORSEMENTS & FAVORABLE STATEMENTS OF MITT ROMNEY:

   ★ - means endorsed Romney in both 2008 and 2012
   * - means endorsed Romney in 2012

* Governor Bob McDonnell

“As I have said throughout this primary process, we need a governor to serve as our next president,” said Governor McDonnell.

“America needs leadership and that's what governors do: they lead. Governors actually have to find solutions and bring all parties together in order to get results for their citizens – they can't just sit back and cast votes. Mitt Romney has been an effective leader his entire life, in business, the Olympics and as governor. President Obama’s lack of leadership experience is now clear – he has failed to turn around the economy and end the gridlock in Washington. Mitt Romney used his leadership ability in a politically difficult environment to balance the budget every year, cut spending and taxes, and create jobs. He is a results-oriented conservative. This is the type of record that conservatives like me are honored to support – we need a leader like Mitt Romney in the White House to enact effective change that will put our country back on the right path and Americans back to work.”



“Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds the biggest lead among GOP candidates over President Obama in hypothetical 2012 match-ups in Virginia... the former Massachusetts governor leading the president by eight percentage points, 45 percent to 37 percent... Fifty-four percent of those questioned in Virginia disapproved and 39 percent approved of Obama's performance as president in the swing state that he won with over 52 percent of the vote in the 2008 presidential election.” CNN - Sep 26, 2011

“My message will be if you want to win the race in November, vote for Mitt Romney. He’s the best candidate that we've got to beat President Obama. He will do the best job going toe to toe with President Obama in debates on the issues that matter to Americans particularly independent voters, jobs, fiscal responsibility and somebody who has been a strong leader and has a proven record in a blue state.” – Gov. Bob McDonnell on CNBC

“I’ve said for months and months that I think a governor or former governor would be the best person to be the President of the United States... When I look at the lack of leadership out of this administration and I look at the key issues in the race, which is creating jobs, doing something about this horrific national debt and having a strong leader who will turn America around and regain our confidence around the world, Mitt Romney is clearly that guy. Marvelous record in a blue state, great private sector experience in creating jobs, and has been an optimistic, results-oriented conservative.” - CNBC, Jan 20, 2012

★ Lt. Governor Bill Bolling

“I am absolutely convinced that he is the right person to carry our party's banner into the 2012 campaigns and the right person to lead our country toward a more prosperous future. Governor Romney's experience in the private sector and his success as a political leader, uniquely equip him to find solutions to the significant challenges facing our country today. As a successful business leader, Mitt Romney will do what is necessary to balance the federal budget, reduce our national debt and put Americans back to work. He is exactly the type of principled, conservative leader we need to get America back on the right track, and I look forward to campaigning with him to victory in 2012.”

“Mitt Romney has demonstrated throughout this campaign that he understands how the real economy works, and he has put forth a detailed plan to create jobs. That's the kind of leadership our nation desperately needs.”

“Lieutenant Governor Bolling said, "I have carefully considered all of the Republican candidates for President in 2008. While they are all good men, I believe that Mitt Romney is the best candidate to carry the Republican banner in the 2008 presidential campaign."

“ "Mitt Romney also has the right vision for the future of our country. We can trust him to keep America safe at home by defeating the Jihadists abroad; and keep America strong by reigning in government spending, keeping taxes low, protecting the values we believe in, and confronting head on the new generation of challenges currently facing our nation," Bolling continued.”

“ "Gov. Mitt Romney is a leader Virginians can be proud to support,'' said Bolling, who serves as Romney's statewide campaign chairman in Virginia. "He is the only candidate in the race who has the experience, vision and values to lead this country forward." ”

“I chose to endorse Governor Romney for President last July because I believed he was the best person to carry our party's banner into the fall campaign and the right person to lead our country into the future at a critical time in our nation's history. After working with Governor Romney for the past eight months, I am more convinced than ever that I made the right decision in supporting his candidacy...

“On a personal level, I have enjoyed developing a deep friendship with Governor Romney and his family over the past eight months. I wish Governor Romney, his wife Ann, and their wonderful family all the best in their future endeavors.”


* fmr Gov. Jim Gilmore

“Conservatives not only need a candidate who can beat President Obama, but one who can also put our values into action,” said former Governor Jim Gilmore. “That candidate is Mitt Romney. No other candidate in the race has a more detailed plan to get Americans back to work or has a laid out a vision for America’s role in the world. Our country cannot take four more years of President Obama’s failed fiscal and economic policies. Mitt Romney will bring America back and I’m proud to stand with him.”


fmr Gov. & Sen. George Allen

“Mitt Romney is a good quality individual. He's been very successful in the private sector.”


* House Majority Leader Eric Cantor

NBC "Meet the Press" - March 4, 2012

Eric Cantor Endorses Mitt Romney

“ In November, Cantor was elected House minority whip and quickly invited Romney to address congressional Republicans when they gathered for their first post-election retreat...

“When Cantor unveiled his National Council for a New America, perhaps the most concerted of the efforts within the party to rebrand the Republican agenda, he had Romney by his side for the early May photo op...

“ "He's someone who is solutions-oriented. He's about results, it's about deliverables. He says: Let's put a goal out there," Cantor says of Romney. "So much of what our party needs right now is the respect that we can implement our conservative vision." ”


* Fmr. Rep. Tom Davis

“In this crucial election, the choice is clear: four more years of misguided economic policies that have made our recovery worse or a proven leader who has a detailed plan to create jobs and shrink the size of government,” said Congressman Davis. “Mitt Romney is a leader who has proved numerous times that he can be counted on to turn troubled organizations around, whether it was in business, the Winter Olympics, or as Governor of Massachusetts. That is why I urge all those who want to fight for the America we love to join me in standing with Mitt.”


General Assembly Legislators from the House of Delegates

* Delegate Dave Albo

★ Delegate Barbara Comstock

* Delegate John Cosgrove

* Delegate-elect Mark Dudenhefer

* Delegate Tag Greason

* Delegate Jackson Miller

* Chris Peace - elected 2006

* Delegate Rich Anderson

* Delegate Joe May

* Delegate Ron Villanueva

* Corey A. Stewart - Chairman at Large of Prince William Board of County Supervisors


Morton Blackwell
Morton Blackwell

Romney Scores Veteran Conservative Endorsement

"... that conservative icon (and personal hero to yours truly), Morton Blackwell has endorsed Mitt Romney for President." (Matt Lewis)

Morton Blackwell is the founder and President of The Leadership Institute and the GOP's National Committeeman from Virginia.




Virginia Republican National Committee Members

★ Barbara Comstock - elected 2009

* Chris Peace - elected 2006

“Mitt Romney has the real life experience and success in the private and the public sectors that Virginians are looking for in the next president. He has balanced budgets, kept taxes low, turned around failing enterprises and most importantly has created jobs and understands the principles that allow entrepreneurs and job creators to thrive.” - Barbara Comstock

“Mitt Romney has the leadership experience needed to get our country on the right track again. Whether it was in the private sector, leading the Winter Olympics, or as governor, Mitt Romney has shown that he is ready to lead our country toward an economic recovery, create jobs, and bring fiscal sanity to Washington.” - Chris Peace


Republican Party Leaders - 2012

★ Republican Party of Virginia Treasurer Brian Plum

* Republican Party of Virginia Secretary Polly Campbell

* State Central Committee Representative Pam Brown

* State Central Committee Representative Brandy Dyke

* State Central Committee Representative Anna Lee

* 1st Congressional District Chairman Tom Foley

* 4th Congressional District Chairman Jack Wilson

★ 7th Congressional District Chairman Linwood Cobb

* 8th Congressional District Chairman Mike Ginsberg

* 2nd Congressional District State Central Committee Rep. David O'Kelley

* 3rd Congressional District State Central Committee Rep. Jane Ladd

* 3rd Congressional District State Central Committee Rep. Janet Riddick

* 3rd Congressional District Chair Chris Woodfin

* 6th Congressional District State Central Committee Rep. Lynn Mitchell

* 10th Congressional District State Central Committee Rep. Jo-Ann Chase

* 10th Congressional District State Central Committee Rep. Gary Lofton

* 4th Congressional District State Central Committee Rep. Bill Flanagan

* 4th Congressional District State Central Committee Rep. Wayne Ozmore

* 5th Congressional District State Central Committee Rep. Dolores Switzer

* 6th Congressional District State Central Committee Rep. Fred Anderson

* 7th Congressional District State Central Committee Rep. Marie Quinn

* 9th Congressional District State Central Committee Rep. Adam Tolbert


Other Notable Virginia Supporters - 2008

• House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith

• Corey Stewart - Chairman, Prince William Board of Supervisors

• Adam Bitely - Chairman College Republican Federation of Virginia

• Adam Erby - State Central Committee Representative,
   College Republican Federation of Virginia

• Delegate Jackson Miller

• Delegate Chris Peace

• Former Delegate Jack Reid

• Former Delegate John Welch

• Chris Shores - 5th District State Central Committee Member

• Trixie Averill - 6th District State Central Committee Member

★ Brian Plum - 7th District State Central Committee Member

• Helen Blackwell - 8th District State Central Committee Member

• Patsy Drain - 11th District State Central Committee Member

• Rick Hendrix, 11th District State Central Committee Member

• Russ Moulton - Former 1st District Chairman

• Mike Wade - 3rd District Chairman

★ Linwood Cobb - 7th District Chairman

• Bob FitzSimmonds - 2007 State Senate Candidate, 29th District


WASHINGTON, D.C. ENDORSEMENTS OF MITT ROMNEY:

D.C. Republican Party

* Betsy Werronen - Republican National Committeewoman, fmr. Chair of the D.C. Republican Committee

* Teri Galvez - Candidate for RNC

* Rich Counts - Fmr. Chairman of DC Young Republicans

“Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that 16 members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) will be joining the Romney for President Exploratory Committee...

“RNC Committee Members Supporting Governor Romney:

“...

“- Tony Parker, DC”


Influential DC Supporters

Feb 28, 2007

“Mitt Romney was in Washington yesterday... who in town is supporting his nascent presidential campaign? He's got 23 congressmen listed on his invite, but there are a lot of other powerful people rallying behind him. Here's a run-down ...


Jason Abend :: The executive director of the National Law Enforcement Recruiters Association and CEO of LawEnforcement.com.

Puneet Ahluwalia :: The CEO of Loans and Mortgages, LLC and treasurer of the Center for Multicultural Human Service.

Tomas Bilbao :: The executive director of the Cuban Study Group.

J.C. Boggs :: Partner at Blank Rome LLP and president of the Republican National Lawyers Association.

Brad Card :: Managing principal at the lobbying powerhouse Dutko Worldwide.

Roy Coffee :: Partner at Locke Liddell & Sapp.

Cesar Conda :: Principal at Navigators, a group of lobbyists, political strategists and public relations experts, and former adviser to Dick Cheney.

Vin Weber :: Managing partner of Clark & Weinstock's Washington office and served as the Bush-Cheney ’04 Plains States Regional Chairman.

Nate Gatten :: Former top banking aide to Utah Senator Bob Bennett and now a lobbyist for Fannie Mae.

Edward J. Gerety III :: Served as senior special advisor for the United States Interagency Council, has joined National Community Pharmacists Association as director of government relations.

Christopher Goode :: Now at Hyjek and Fix, he was director of administration for the 1995 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission.

Taylor Gross :: Former White House spokesman; co-founder and principal of The Herald Group, LLC.

Laurence Fisher :: Partner at Dickstein, Shapiro.

Gregg Hartley :: Vice chair and chief operating officer for Cassidy & Associates.

Chris Lamond :: Senior vice president, Ogilvy Government Relations.

Nels Olson :: A major player on the scene, long-time managing director at Korn/Ferry International, the world's largest executive search firm.

Rick Powell :: Managing director of the powerful political firm Quinn Gillespie. 

Sam Reid :: Consultant at Ninigret Partners.

Edward J. Shapiro :: Partner at the Washington office of Latham and Watkins.

Brett Shogren :: Former Tom Delay aide, now senior vice president of The Washington Group

Tim Stewart :: Partner at the lobbying firm Larson, Stewart, Myrick, and Link. A longtime Utah congressional staffer, Stewart served first as legislative director and later as chief of staff on the House Committee on Resources.

Andrew F. Wahlquist :: A partner at Alcalde & Fay, and former Chief of Staff to Virginia Senator John Warner.”

Bill Wichterman :: “The Brody File reported Gov. Romney’s coup in signing up Bill Wichterman, a former Fred Thompson advisor known for his strong connections in the conservative Christian world...

“Here’s Brody on the significance of Wichterman’s joining the Romney team:

“This is a guy who has been big on the federal marriage amendment for years. When Bill Frist was trying to push the amendment through the Senate, it was Wichterman who was leading the charge by getting social conservative groups organized and mobilized...

“It's not just the marriage issue. By nabbing Wichterman, it's a sign to inside and outside the beltway social conservative groups that Romney is serious in courting them. Wichterman is very well respected by these groups and he has close contacts at places like Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, etc. When he was on the Hill, he was very active in the Senate's "Value Action Team" meetings where dozens of groups would meet once a week to go over social policy and plot strategy.”


Laura Ingraham
Laura Ingraham

''And I've got to say, you know, I'm a supporter of Mitt Romney. You know that. But I thought the speech that he gave today was probably the best speech that he's given over the last few years. And it was a good way to go out. He wrote it himself last night. No one wrote it for him. And it was from his heart.'' (Laura Ingraham)

''Alright I'm going to see your endorsement and raise you an announcement. February 12th is the big D.C. primary-- I'm pulling the lever for Mitt Romney! No doubt about it. No hesitation.'' (Laura Ingraham)

Play  Laura Ingraham Show - February 1, 2008
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Laura Ingraham is the fifth most listened to conservative radio talk show host, with over 5 million "listeners per week via 340 radio stations and both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio. She appears frequently on television talk shows and has written two books."

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