October 1st, 2010
12:03 PM ET
4 years ago

2012 Watch: Romney announces Iowa endorsements

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's making a major investment in Iowa.

The former Massachusetts governor's political action committee, Free and Strong America PAC, announced 38 endorsements Friday of GOP candidates running in state and federal elections in Iowa. Romney's PAC is also pouring a total of $41,500 in contributions to the candidates' campaigns.

Romney's endorsements include five-term Sen. Chuck Grassley and all of the Republicans running in the state's five congressional districts. Romney endorsed former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, the GOP gubernatorial nominee, prior to the June primary, and has contributed $10,000 to Branstad's campaign.

The former and likely future presidential candidate, who was last in Iowa in April, is scheduled to return to the state October 26 to campaign for Republican candidates. Iowa, of course, plays a large role in the race for the White House, as the state's caucuses traditionally kick off the presidential primary season.

Romney finished second to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the 2008 Iowa GOP caucuses.

Last Saturday, Romney was the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of New Hampshire's convention. It was the fourth time over the past two months that Romney had helped out state party officials. Romney's PAC also endorsed 33 Republican candidates in New Hampshire, and contributed a total of $40,000 to their campaigns.

New Hampshire follows Iowa as the second state in the presidential primary calendar.

While Romney aides say the former governor's efforts are about helping Republicans running in 2010, the efforts of course could pay dividends in 2012.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. vic, Nashville TN

    I am desperately waiting to watch 2012 GOP circus I am sure its going to be so fun

    Lot of funny (idiots) characters in GOP now

    October 1, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    He lost the primary last time, and he will again.

    October 1, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans can fix problems because they have a smaller base to work for, the rich. That's the reason why the majority of Americans can't hear their "silent specifications" because it's coded for the rich only.

    October 1, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. carlos

    please mitt, just go away, yesterday there was an article in which you were described as the weaker of the potential taliblicans, what is it that you do not understand?????...go away for good and do not spend other people s money

    October 1, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. macguysea

    Too bad... I will NEVER VOTE FOR A MORMON.

    October 1, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. vic, Nashville TN

    @ Claudia, Houston, Tx “Republicans can fix problems because they have a smaller base to work for, the rich” I agree

    October 1, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Mike

    Romney supported every Bush bill. 9?11, the economy, the failing health care system all occured undre Bush's watch. Republicans need to find someone else, and NOT a Tea Party backed idiot.

    October 1, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Texas Doc

    No one with any sense is going to support this guy or his dying party. He is s non-Christain cult member with all of the bad traits of a used car salesman.

    October 1, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Bill

    Mitt Romney just doesn't get it. The GOP and America, as a whole, does not want him to be President. He should take his millions, retire to one of his several residences throughout the country, and he and his family enjoy the rest of their lives in comfort. He shouldn't put his family through a useless campaign that he can't win.

    October 1, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. cane pazzo

    I suppose since we have a Muslim president a Moron is the next thing coming?
    In a pig's eye.

    October 1, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Romney / Beck 2012 – the Mormon fundamentalist ticket

    October 1, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. LovesIrony

    Wow! Romney endorsed some Republicans....Boy this IS news!

    October 1, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. DocSteveO

    What? No comments yet about "Mittens' magic underoos"? Those crack me up – they really do. As an Independent, I think Mitt is really an okay guy, but I also think he is unelectable. It does interest me that Democrats seem to bury their dead pretty quickly (see Mondale, Kennedy, Carter, and Dukakis) while the Republicans seem to revere their losers and trot them back out regularly (see Gingrich, Palin, McCain and Huckabee). Interesting, no?

    October 1, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Kathy

    Sorry little Mittens, but Iowans could not care about who you support. There are no morons...opps Mormons there to blindly follow.

    October 1, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Ben in Texas

    Nice picture of Romney doing his famous Mormon T-Rex impression.

    October 1, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Jay

    And since you were so successful in defeating that idiot McCain and the even stupider choice for his VP, your endorsement should really matter to a lot of people. (?)

    Another GOP lingering around pretending to be relevant.

    Why is it that people that are really rich can't just go away and enjoy their money? Continuing to satisfy your crazy ego is what you would rather do?

    I wonder Mitt, besides being liked by corporations and people too stupid to see your sheep costume, what do you have to offer that you didn't the last time you were handily defeated in the GOP running?

    October 1, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. kayla

    send in the clown.

    October 1, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |