August 31st, 2010
01:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Romney helps out GOP candidates in Oregon

Mitt Romney is lending a hand to Oregon Republicans.
Mitt Romney is lending a hand to Oregon Republicans.

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's lending of a helping hand to Republicans in Oregon brings to nearly 40 the number of states where the possible 2012 GOP presidential hopeful has assisted candidates.

The former Massachusetts governor's political action committee, Free and Strong America PAC, Tuesday announced the endorsement of four GOP candidates in Oregon, including former pro-basketball player Chris Dudley, who is the party's nominee for governor. The PAC also announced that it's contributing $17,500 to the candidates' campaigns.

"Oregon – and our nation – needs leaders who will say no to the culture of higher taxes, higher spending, and higher debt, and that is why I am proud to stand with these candidates today," said Romney, in a statement released by his PAC.

Romney adviser and spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom says Oregon is the 39th state where the PAC has endorsed or donated money to fellow Republicans running for office this year. He adds that Romney's PAC has contributed over $650,000 to candidates and party committees this cycle.

The 2008 White House hopeful is also on a 25-state, ten-week tour on behalf of fellow Republicans running in this November's midterm elections.

If nothing else, the endorsements, contributions, and traveling 25 states to campaign with GOP candidates are making Romney very visible in the months leading up to the unofficial kickoff of the next presidential run.

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Filed under: 2010 • Mitt Romney • Oregon
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    "Oregon – and our nation – needs leaders who will say no ..." STOP RIGHT THERE because that is all you are good for – NO suggestions and NO solutions!!

    August 31, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    These endorsements don't mean squat when they come from irrelevant people such as Romney, Palin and Huckabee.

    August 31, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Hunter of the lib hunter

    Mr. Mittens, like most republicans over the last ten years, is an expert on higher taxes, higher spending and higher debt. After all, the republicans created of the problems we face today.

    August 31, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Soap

    We need a real President. This current occupant of the White House is about to release 20,000 illegals because they claim they do not have the money to deport them. All the wasted stimulus money so far by this administration plus another stimulus he wants would more than pay for all deportations of these illegals who broke our laws by sneaking across the border.

    August 31, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Barbara

    Romneys ace in the hole is Sarah Palin. Romney must be her biggest fan right now.

    August 31, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney is the only sensible, qualified Republican but we know the Republicans will question and slander his faith as a Mormon.

    August 31, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Allen Hussein

    Here is a suggestion for Oregon GOP candidates. When Mitt "the Breck Girl" Romney comes, run the other way!

    August 31, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Phew! Where was Romney when Bush started two wars, kept their expense off the books and cut taxes during wartime (unprecedented in our nation's history), resulting in a massive debt?

    Just admit it, Romney, you only care about giving money to the wealthy and God forbid we should spend any money on actually helping average Americans.

    August 31, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Homer

    I hope the Senator also reports obama is getting ready to release 20,000 illegals because they claim they have no money to deport them. Yet they find plenty of money to throw away for his spending plus he wants another stimulus. The stimulus money spent by obama so far totals more than the 7 and 1/2 years of combat in Iraq.

    August 31, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Brian Dodge

    "...our nation – needs leaders who will say no to the culture of higher taxes, higher spending, and higher debt,..."
    Like the Republicans who voted to bail out Wall Street fat cats, but are voting against a loan program for small businesses?
    Like the right wingers who got us into a trillion dollar war in Iraq – plenty of oil, and record profits for Exxon, BP etc, but ZERO weapons of mass destruction?
    Like the cronies of the rich, who gave them massive tax benefits that they invested in CDO's, Credit Default Swaps, and Bernie Madoff schemes that didn't trickle down to a single middle class job?
    You mean the guys that cut spending on highways, Minneapolis bridges, New Orleans levees, Minerals Management Service drill safety enforcement and other vital infrastructure?

    No thanks – been there, done that, won't bend over and drop trou so the right wing can have their Mehlman Foley Craig way with the US again.

    August 31, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Alistair

    Mitt, Mitt who?

    August 31, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. I'm Mitt's Dog And I Don't Know Why He Put Me On His Roof . . .

    And drove his family to New Hampshire.
    Why does anyone support this animal abuser?

    August 31, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. More change in November (but good change)

    Romney is awesome. Had he been elected president, I think we'd have already recovered. He has a knack for fixing things.

    I find it funny that liberals hate him because: 1) He's rich (unlike Clinton, Edwards, Kerry, Pelosi, Obama, Biden...), 2) His hair is too perfect (hmmmm), 3) He's a businessman (and a successful leader in business–businesses run our economy and pay taxes...), 4) He's religious (OK), 5) He's a family man, said 'no to drugs', has no checkered past.... and 6) He changed his opinion on abortion (we all have the right to change).

    The only thing that he's done wrong, was support the MA healthcare bill.

    Romney in 2012!

    August 31, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. La Piovra

    Yes, the Republicans can claim success... they have successfully GOPped up two whole nations, Iraq and the United States.

    August 31, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    Now this clown is barking at trees in a real wilderness.I didnt know they had morons,I mean Mormons there? His BVDs must be getting tight.

    August 31, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Julia- Idaho Native American

    Gee, I betcha that ole Romey and especially Sharon Angle would agree with this idiotic statement by a well know nut case. CNN needs to recognize what some of these nuts are saying, i.e. Sharon the nut case Angle

    "Taxes are a joke. Regardless of what a political candidate "promises," they will increase. More taxes are always the answer to government mismanagement. They mess up. We suffer. Taxes are reaching cataclysmic levels, with no slowdown in sight. [...] Is a Civil War Imminent? Do we have to shed blood to reform the current system? I hope it doesn't come to that. But it might."
    Recognize youself in this Sharon,
    author- Timothy McVeigh

    August 31, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. montag

    Your trip to Oregon was a waste of time and money, Mittster. Chris Dudley will never be elected governor of the state of Oregon.

    August 31, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. welches, oregon

    OREGON doesn't need some millionaire dirtbag telling us what we need. I seriously doubt any GOP will be elected in Oregon this election cycle. Don't you know Oregon is very progressive? At least on the west side of the state – right east side of the state is remote and sparsley populated (that's where Gordon Smith (the voted out GOP Senator) is from). The vast majority of the population live in the Portland metro area and we are all PROGRESSIVE and would NEVER vote GOP, so sure fling some millions Oregon's way – but you won't get yours

    August 31, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. ronalde

    so there he is at,we haven't seen or heard from him in a while.what ever he is doing is not going to work,when people find out that he is a morman all heck is going to break out just like the muslim story.

    August 31, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |