Gregg endorses Romney before heading to state capitol to file .
CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) – On Monday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was served up a double helping of good news: a Red Sox World Series victory and the endorsement of New Hampshire political powerhouse Sen. Judd Gregg.
The former Massachusetts governor made the announcement outside the New Hampshire Political Library.
“We have history in the making and then to have the support of Judd and Kathy Gregg this is just so wonderful,” Romney said.
Following the endorsement, Gregg and his wife, Kathy, led the crowd of campaign supporters through the halls of the statehouse to Secretary of State William Gardner’s office.
Gardner is a long time friend of the Gregg family, co-authoring a book with the senator’s father, Hugh, a former New Hampshire governor, in 2003. A picture of the Gregg family hangs in the main room.
After signing his name, Romney met with reporters and discussed the personal historical significance of his filing.
“I’m also thrilled as you can imagine to be sitting in the seat, I imagine my father sat in 40 some odd years ago when he declared his candidacy,” Romney said. “I intend to follow his footsteps up to a point– and the point is I plan on winning.”
Romney’s father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, sought the GOP nomination in 1968.
“I think my dad would be smiling from ear to ear,” Romney continued “He’s a person given to thinking and to thinking about what’s right for the country and he’d be giving me all the ideas about what I have to do– not to win, but what I have to do to make sure America remains strong.”
When asked by reporters why Gregg chose Romney over the other candidates, Gregg highlighted Romney’s fiscally conservative philosophy and record.
“We need a can-do problem solver who understands the philosophy of approaching a problem from a conservative position in Washington. I think we need to have someone come in from the outside who understands how you resolve issues and move the country forward in a positive, optimistic way that does it from a conservative philosophy,” Gregg said.
- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla