Romney gains two Perry fans
October 28th, 2011
02:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney gains two Perry fans

(CNN) – Mitt Romney captured two endorsements Friday from former Rick Perry supporters.

New Hampshire Republican state Rep. Norman Major, who backed Perry over a month ago, and prominent social conservative Maureen Mooney, who flew to Texas earlier this year to encourage a Perry White House bid, threw their support behind Romney.

Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said Major's decision, first reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader, is proof the campaign is continuing to gain momentum.

"Voters across the country realize that Governor Romney is the only Republican who can fix our economy and defeat President Obama in 2012," Williams told CNN.

In an interview with the Leader, Major said he originally endorsed Perry because of his accomplishments in Texas, but "as I saw him in the debates and how he handles himself, I realized he isn't going to beat Obama."

A recent CNN/TIME/ORC International poll of Republican voters in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state, showed Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, leading the GOP pack with 40% of the vote. Texas Gov. Perry came in sixth place with 4% of the vote.

Mooney also announced her Romney support Friday, according to CNN affiliate WMUR.

"This is Mitt's time and this is his year," she told the station. "He has been a friend of New Hampshire for years now and is very supportive of the New Hampshire Republican Party, candidates locally, the county and state. Furthermore, he demonstrates a sharpness in every debate we have seen him in that will match up well against Barack Obama. That is precisely what we need."

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Rick Perry
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    Major said he originally endorsed Perry because of his accomplishments in Texas, but "as I saw him in the debates and how he handles himself, I realized he isn't going to beat Obama."
    -------------
    So, who will the Tea Party ask to bow out next? Perry or Santorum.

    Ya' know. The Tea Party really needs to stay out of it, and let *the people decide* who they want. Voting is supposed to be about what the people wants, not what the Tea Party wants for America. Talk about control freaks.

    October 28, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens revolves so much on his positions, he could be used as a ceiling fan in Rush Limpbag's big game room.

    October 28, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    " "This is Mitt's time and this is his year," she told the station."

    It should be: he probably owns half the state. Nice to know he's a man of the people, even though in reality he's a Mormon aristocrat.

    October 28, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It looks like Mittens is going to become the revolving door in the republican bagger party.

    October 28, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Linda

    Romney made his millions by putting Americans out of work! He buys up companies, runs them into bankruptcy then offshores the work. And anyone would vote for him? Please, vote for your own best interests not on some propaganda crap that is funded by billionaires to keep getting richer, just like Romney.

    October 28, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    A social conservative is actually backing Willard "Warren Jeff's" Romney?!?! The world is definitely coming to an end.

    October 28, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. eric calderone

    I don't know: Perry's elocution skills are problematic but Romney's veracity and constancy is something of a joke. While Obama is anything but funny.

    Maybe I will wind up voting for the Trotskyite candidate in November 2012; whoever that is, assuming there is one, can hardly be worse than these 3 clowns.

    October 28, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. A Repulbican

    Two flip floppers for the king flip flopper, good rittens, who needs them!

    October 28, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. thomas

    Perry is the right leader for the right time !

    Perry / Enron
    2012

    October 28, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Joe

    Romney is a true Christian and we should all support him based on his experiences and accomplishments....About time for Amerca to turn around...Let a conservative lead this country to prosperity again.....GREAT ARTICLE!!! love it!

    October 28, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. scat398

    Romney will not be the nominee. If the fake republicans put this guy up as our parties nominee we will simply right in Ron Paul...face it fake republicans you need us, we don't need you.

    October 28, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. al in memphis

    The high school "most favorite" contest continues. They talked Perry into jumping in the campaign, then jump ship when they see what they got. What happen when they looked at Mitty accomplishments, they were'nt good enough for them to back before now......
    Mitty has spent the last 3 years at fund raisers for the local party favorites, building a political machine in each state. So now that there is no shining star in the Republican party, they just go with who been the most involved fundraiser.
    Like I said - high school most favorite contest. Most qualified person, need not apply.

    October 28, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. scat398

    @joe...if you want a conservative why are you supporting Romney?

    October 28, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Good for him. Let us know when he gains a clearly defined ideology and policy platform and a backbone with which to defend it.

    October 28, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. bluedogboy

    Dig deal. Mitt will continue to have problems being fully embraced by the far right loons.

    October 28, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Sandy

    Romney flip flopped again! He now doesn't believe in climate change where a few months ago he did. LOL

    Check it out. I can't stop laughing. LOL

    October 28, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    It is good to see people closing ranks around the one person who will kick Obama out of the Whitehouse and restore fiscal sanity to this country. The more the Democrats attack him, the more support he will get because the American people want Obama GONE.

    October 28, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Cyrus

    Would be awesome to see Mitt debating Obama, with a sleazy grin on his face, and turning people off.

    Michelle Bachmann/Nancy Grace 2012!

    October 28, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. SecedingfromTexas

    "...what I saw in the debates and how he handles himself............"
    **************
    What he saw was a lot of huffing and puffing. Perry looks to me to be too lazy to run for President. He got tired
    standing at the debates for so long, he needs his rest (McCain advice), he loves that free food, and he loves
    those one-on-one good ol' boy conversations. Sounds like his college days, good at cheering for the 'hometeam',
    too lazy to study.

    October 28, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Romney, he changes his positions as often as his magic underwear.

    This is quite funny.

    October 28, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. eric calderone

    Romney, a practicing Mormon, is a Christian? You mean that Joseph Smith, the rapacious polygamist and misogynist, was a prophet of God? And that Lucifer is Jesus' biological brother, who travelled to planet earth from the Star Kolob?

    I guess I am never too old to learn something new.

    October 28, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Telchristina

    WHO CARES? Candidates like Romney and Herman Cain?? Ha, that’s say a lot with the GOP! Obama would have a second term because of your stupidity!

    October 28, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    Funny. He keeps GAINING new supporters and YET his numbers remain the same.

    Run Romney and you'll LOSE.

    October 28, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    People are so stupid. This guy is out there speaking about our military and what our president should be doing about foreign affairs and yet NOT even one of his son's has EVER volunteered for any type of military service. Is this the nimrod you want sending your sons and daughters out to war? I am convinced mental illness exist.

    October 28, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. WhereIsPalin

    I certainly wouldn't want their support.

    ........Major said he originally endorsed Perry because of his accomplishments in Texas, but "as I saw him in the debates and how he handles himself, I realized he isn't going to beat Obama." Apparently his accomplishments don't mean anything now.

    Mooney: .........Furthermore, he demonstrates a sharpness in every debate we have seen him in that will match up well against Barack Obama. That is precisely what we need." Sorry, but I don't think that is what we need.

    Wait until the wind shifts again.

    October 28, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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