Romney picks up big endorsement in Florida
October 18th, 2011
09:42 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney picks up big endorsement in Florida

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Tuesday scored a major endorsement in a crucial early voting state.

The former Massachusetts governor, who is making his second bid for the GOP nomination, won the backing of Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

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"Mitt Romney is a tested conservative and a proven leader. With him in the White House, we can regain our standing abroad and repair our economy at home," said the former congressman who may in the future make a bid for Sunshine State governor.

Florida's become a major player in the battle for the GOP nomination. State Republicans will hold their primary on January 31, voting fifth in the primary and caucus calendar.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In Florida, we are suffering from a tropical depression, and it has nothing to do with the weather. We elected an unconvicted criminal for governor, an anchor baby for senator, and enough crazy republicans in the state house to put our state back 50 years. I miss the common sense of Charlie Crist.

    October 18, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Is this really big endorsement? No

    October 18, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. portland tony

    He was endorsed by who?

    October 18, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Tired of the nonsense

    And we all know the dangers that Florida represents. Remember the 2000 elections when someone completely unqualified like Bush was "selected" to be president and not elected thanks to Florida?

    October 18, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. king

    we just found out that 0.2% of jobs lost is because of regulations, and 30 percent is because of low demand. why is these repugs spilling their poison that regulations are killing jobs when regulations is not even 1 percent of jobs lost. hell the weather is much more cost of jobs lost than repugs talking points of regulations. lesson if these repugs keep playing political games with the people and dont try and do somthing serious to spur demand to get businesses hiring again, we are in way more trouble than i thought. we need to start modernizing our country to compete with the chinese the brazillians, and rising powers on our globe. private enterprize is not in the business of modernizing our country, they are in the business of making money, over seas, here, any where they sense money is. they are also in the business of cutting cost and consolidating at every corner. that means cheap labor which they wont find in america, because of our middle class. the war on our middle class is deathromental to america existance, because without our middle class who is going to support our housing industries, transportation industries, high sale items industries. the poor working class cannot afford it and the rich 3 percent only can live in 1 house which theyve had from the 50s. Hey wake up america.

    October 18, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. mgc tampa

    Big endorsement??? REally, the argiculture commissioner??? I live here and have no idea who this guy is. Obviously this reporter is a fan to call this "Big". Wishful thinking does not make it so.

    October 18, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. RRP

    Someone is pulling your LEG..... FLORIDA IS NOT FOR ROMNEY!

    October 18, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Phil in KC

    Agriculture commissioner is a big endorsement? How? I mean, I'd prefer Romney over some of the other looney tunes the Republicans have running. But I don't see this as swaying that many voters.

    October 18, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. Publius Novus

    The Florida agriculture commmissioner? I'm sure Mr. Perry is shaking in his boots.

    October 18, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    "Mitt Romney is a tested conservative and a proven leader. With him in the White House, we can regain our standing abroad and repair our economy at home," said the former congressman......
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    "Mitt Romney has proven that his ultimate priorities are for the 1%, and has a record to prove it. With him in the White House, conservatives will continue our transition to imperialism and modify our economy to be a plutocracy," said Rudy NYC.

    October 18, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Pete

    Secretary of Agriculture, huh? I think we should wait on endorsements from Katherine Harris and the FSU Gators mascot before we call the state for Romney.

    October 18, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. thomas

    Mitt Romney has five sons , none of whom volunteered for military service !

    Can't vote for a Flip Flop / Duble Standerd !

    October 18, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Mitt Romney - He`ll say Anything to Get Elected

    "A Tested Conservative"? Really?

    The guy that passed and still stands behind universal healthcare for the jurisdiction he was "in-charge" of? That conservative?

    Or the one that was pro-abortion before he realized that he wanted to add President to his resume? That Conservative?

    Or the guy with 5 sons, each who came of adult age on a post 9-11 world where our brave young men were volunteering to fight for America`s safety, yet NONE of them chose to wear the uniform? NONE? Is that the conservative, this man is refeering to?

    I must say this, at least Republicans try the same tactic within the Party as they do outside of it. Tell a LIE often enough and maybe a right-wing zealot, who hates Romney`s guts, will buy it.

    October 18, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. 99%er

    WOW !!!!!! The Ag. Commissioner, Adam Putnam, endorsed Romney !!!!!!!! Doesn`t his family own the financial giant Putnam Investments Company ????????

    October 18, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |