Former senators from crucial states back Romney
October 10th, 2011
08:42 AM ET
3 years ago

Former senators from crucial states back Romney

(CNN) – Two former Republican senators from key early voting states are endorsing Mitt Romney's bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

The Romney campaign announced Monday that former Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and former Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida are supporting the former Massachusetts governor, who is making his second bid for the White House.

"I have great confidence that Mitt Romney is the candidate to get our country back on track. Unemployment remains a pressing issue both in Florida and across the nation. Now more than ever, we need a leader who will get our country's fiscal house in order," said Martinez, the former one term senator, in a statement put out by the Romney campaign.

"From his experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney understands how the real economy works and how jobs are created. As Governor of Massachusetts, he balanced the budget without raising taxes. I am proud to support him," added Martinez, who also served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George W. Bush and general chairman of the Republican National Committee.

"I am honored to count former Senator Martinez as an ally," Romney said in the release. "The support of Florida voters will be critical and I look forward to working with him to turn this economy around."

Florida is expected to have a prominent role in the race for the White House. The Sunshine State is holding its primary on January 31 and is expected to go fifth in the calendar, following Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

Gregg also announced his support of Romney Monday.

"New Hampshire voters are looking for a candidate who will focus on the economy from day one. Mitt Romney is the only candidate with a record of results in both the private sector and as governor," Gregg said in a statement.

"Whether it was as Governor, during the Olympics, or as a successful businessman, Mitt Romney has shown that he can turn around struggling enterprises. Right now our economy needs a turnaround," added Gregg, a former three-term senator, congressman and governor of New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.

"Senator Gregg has long been one of New Hampshire's most highly respected leaders. He has been a tireless advocate and leading voice in New Hampshire and in Washington for fiscal responsibility and limited government. With their help, I look forward to turning around our economy, and getting Americans back to work," Romney said.

Polls indicate Romney, who was governor of neighboring Massachusetts, is the overwhelming front-runner in New Hampshire.

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Filed under: 2012 • Judd Gregg • Mel Martinez • Mitt Romney
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Romney claims he is a business leader who knows how to fix failing businesses. That means improve the bottom line, not create jobs. His dismal jobs growth record while governer when the nation and surrounding states with Democratic governers flourished speaks for itself.

    October 10, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. thomas

    Bush Revisited 2012 !

    Bush = Romney !

    October 10, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    If he turned around his state, why did he decide not to run for re-election, Mr Gregg? Simple, he had approval ratings in the low 40s and did not want to lose his reelection bid. Instead of putting himself to the test with MA, he decided to go for the big prize. Romney has lost more elections than he has won, and this is who you want to put your trust in?

    I think someone is angling for a cabinet position. Please stay in retirement, Mr. Gregg.

    October 10, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Drew

    Why are we publicizing what former senators think? It doesn't matter you might as well publicize what I think for pity sakes these men are only private citizens now BFD!!

    October 10, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. GI Joe

    All the republican candidates except Huntsman are nuts. Why do the evangelicals (far-right-wing nutjobs) keep pushing their rejects on us?

    October 10, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. Mitt Who ?

    I would rather see Rommney than Obama anyday, but Romney is not the answer to our troubles.

    October 10, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |