April 22nd, 2010
11:35 AM ET
5 years ago

Romney backs Hoekstra in Michigan

Mitt Romney announced Thursday his endorsement for Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra, who is running for governor of his state.
Mitt Romney announced Thursday his endorsement for Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra, who is running for governor of his state.

(CNN) - Less than a week after backing Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio's bid for office, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced another endorsement Thursday.

The former Massachusetts governor is backing nine-term Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra in his bid for Michigan's governorship.

"For too long, Michigan has suffered with high unemployment and job loss," Romney said in a statement released by his Free and Strong America PAC. "It is critical that we elect pro-growth conservative leaders who will keep taxes low, cut wasteful spending and create jobs. Pete Hoekstra has the capability and the right policies to get Michigan's economy moving again."

Romney's PAC also announced that he would attend a fundraiser for Hoekstra in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 28.


Filed under: 2010 • Michigan • Mitt Romney • Peter Hoekstra
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. key

    I wonder if the Republicans make money for supporting other members because that seems to be all they do. Nothing they do are say help anyone else what a shame.

    April 22, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. haren

    Yes michigan is suffering from job loss but who is helping them?
    Not your stupid republican It was obama who saved 400,000 auto workers job.
    Michgan don't elect this crook and hypocrate republican.

    April 22, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. guest

    Romney gave up his right to have any effect on Michigan when he wrote his "Let Detroit Die" op-ed last year

    April 22, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Jill-IN

    Romney, after all you financial wizards spent years enabling all the best of U.S. manufacturing and skilled labor jobs to be off-shored, now you are trying to capitalize on the very problems you helped create and tell us all why and how you can make things better by creating jobs and getting the economy moving again! Please spare us this time.

    April 22, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. haren

    Great idea of republican to repeal and replace healthcare is take chicken or paint the doctors house for health care service.
    May be insurance co. will cover their share also. hahahahahaha
    I LOVE it.

    April 22, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Susan

    I live in Michigan, and our taxes are already too low, we've cut expenses to the point that we are closing schools, and laying off policemen, and Granholm has brought many new green jobs to the state. It will take years to replace the auto jobs lost under Bush's policies. So thanks for your input, Mitt, but you don't live here, and I will be voting for the Democratic candidate.

    April 22, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Geesh. After leaving the governorship with a 34% approval rating, Mitt still thinks Mitt knows best . . .

    April 22, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Danny Cali

    Mr. Romney you just can't help your self, so how you going to help other guy with the Party of "NO".

    April 22, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Who is Mitt Romney to endorse anybody? He's a carpetbagger that moved to Massachusetts in order to get into a governor's mansion. He recently sold all his property, with exception of California, in an effort to win the Republican primary in California when he gears up for another run at the White House. He lost in his bid for the nomination of the party in 2008. Why do people keep listening to him?

    April 22, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Mark

    Thank God Michigan is finally almost rid of Jennifer Granholm. Her radical, liberal policies have ruined the state.

    April 22, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. FRANK, LAS VEGAS

    Isn't Hoekstra the guy on the House intelligence committee who continually leaks classified information? Here's another guy that has to be voted out of office and the fact that Mitt likes him proves it.

    Remember, In NOvember vote NO to the party of NO.

    April 22, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Who put the twit in twitter? Sarah!

    It's safe to say that Michigans problems are not the fault of Michigans current governor. The trade policies that took Michigan down are and have been written in Washington – going back to the Reagan years.

    April 22, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. shooter

    Apparently this loser Romney does not know his rating and standing.

    April 22, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Papasan in Az

    Romney is now Universal for Scum Bag.

    April 22, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Pkm

    One loser to another loser

    April 22, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Jay

    KOD - Kiss of Death to anyone's plitical aspirations. The Mitt-ster is perhaps the worst person to give an endorsment. Oh wait... that would be Palin. No, wait again... that would be Darth Dick Cheney!

    April 22, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Scott B

    Oh lovely, one opportunistic d-bag endorsing another. The both of them are the last thing our state needs.

    April 22, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Marlene

    Michigan doesn't need a Governor like Pete Hoekstra. All Mitt Romney's endorsement means is that Pete is a Republican. Pete may have represented his district in Congress, but he didn't represent the State of Michigan during his Congressional career. We don't need a Governor who just left the ineffective House of Representatives, as a Republican and member of the Party of NO. Marlene in Mich

    April 22, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. hongli

    Romney is endorsing his fellow Repugs but I wonder who will endorse Romney in 2012. Will Sarah Palin endorse Mitt or will Mitt acknowledge Palin's endorsement ? We shall see.

    April 22, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. D. Bunker

    Pete "The Hooker" Hoekstra is an embarrassment to MI. He sold out the state when the brave people here offered to take Gitmo detainees into the state's prisons and he responded with his usual fearmongering. The average Michigander has far more courage than cowards like Romney and Hoekstra.

    April 22, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Wisconsonite

    Hey Mitt . . shaddup and go home! Nobody cares who you like anymore because you are a LOSER!

    April 22, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Ben

    Susan – "our taxes are already too low, we've cut expenses to the point that we are closing schools, and laying off policemen, and Granholm has brought many new green jobs to the state. It will take years to replace the auto jobs lost under Bush's policies"

    What are you smoking? Your taxes are too low? Are you even paying attention to what's going on in your state? Obviously not. Granholm is a big, fat joke. She's done nothing for Michigan since she's been in office. All you Dems wanna do is blame Bush for your problems. Why don't you look in the mirror and do your homework before you set foot in a polling place?

    April 22, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Just me

    Susan April 22nd, 2010 12:29 pm ET
    I live in Michigan, and our taxes are already too low, we've cut expenses to the point that we are closing schools, and laying off policemen, and Granholm has brought many new green jobs to the state. It will take years to replace the auto jobs lost under Bush's policies. So thanks for your input, Mitt, but you don't live here, and I will be voting for the Democratic candidate.
    ---------------–
    Exactly which one of Bush's policies caused the down turn in the auto industry? Was it NAFTA, which allowed auto execs to contract out jobs in Mexico with no second thought? Sorry! NAFTA was the creation of Clinton (A Dem). Some how you don't believe it was even the insane demands of the unions! Feel free to keep repeating the liberal mantra of blaming Bush! Maybe that will make you feel better!

    April 22, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. dora

    Well said Jill-IN
    Does anyone forget that romney made millions buying ailing companies and selling the parts overseas (and the jobs along with the parts). The one thing that Huckabee got right in the Republican runoffs was when he looked at Romney and said, "people won't trust you because you look like the guy who laid them off." For some of us, Romney WAS the guy who laid us off!! He was looking for easy money then and I'd bet he's looking for easy money now. do not trust that man!

    April 22, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Why is Mitt Romney in the news? He is clearly an opportunist like his counterpart Sarah Palin.

    April 22, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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