(CNN) – Several of the Republican White House hopefuls issued statements Thursday, wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to supporters and thanking members of the military for their service.
See each message after the jump.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: "Today, as we gather with friends and family in the comfort and safety of our homes, we give thanks to all those who, in the service of our country, are far from home, facing hardship and danger. On Thanksgiving, we celebrate the bounty of America, but let us never forget that our peace, prosperity and plenty have been hard earned by countless men and women who have put country before self."
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: "Karen and I wanted to extend our best wishes to you and your family for a happy and restful Thanksgiving! We hope you'll take the time to be with your loved ones and reflect on the many blessings in your life. During this busy political season, we are looking forward to Thanksgiving to do just that.
We also want to extend a special message to those who are serving our country and away from their loved ones this Thanksgiving. We are grateful for your service and sacrifice and that of your family's."
Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain: "Expressions of gratitude towards God have been a tradition of Thanksgiving celebrations since the original gathering in Plymouth. As Americans, we have much to be thankful for. So many have sought the refuge and opportunity of our shores because they know that Americans have been blessed with the freedom to speak their minds, worship as they desire and pursue the American dream of a better, more productive and more fulfilling life for themselves and their families.
On this Thanksgiving like many others before them, we give special thanks for our men and women in uniform – past and present. We thank them for the many sacrifices they have made – including their lives – to protect and defend our American way of life.
May God bless you and your family on this day of thanksgiving."
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: “America is having a safe Thanksgiving because of the sacrifices of our young men and women in uniform. Callista and I hope everyone in uniform and their families have a happy Thanksgiving and can be reunited as rapidly as possible.”
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: "On behalf of the entire Bachmann family, I would like to wish you & your family a happy Thanksgiving Day. We all have so much to be thankful for & I'm looking forward to the many more blessings God has in store for us."
Texas Gov. Rick Perry: "We pause today to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives: the love of family, the sacrifices of our military, the freedoms of a great nation. We are thankful for the many people we have met as we have traveled our country this year, and the patriotism of that special breed called Americans. We will celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday as a family, enjoying time spent with loved ones. We wish you and yours a very blessed Thanksgiving. God bless you, and God bless America."
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman: "Mary Kaye and I are thankful for family and all we have. We are particularly thankful for the men and women serving our country overseas and their families here at home. Hope you have a wonderful and safe thanksgiving."
Texas Rep. Ron Paul: "I hope you’re enjoying a great day and spending time with family – and enjoying some good food, too!
This Thanksgiving, I have much to be thankful for, and certainly my family tops that list.
But one of the things I find myself thinking most about right now is the help and generosity of folks like you that are making my campaign a force to be reckoned with during this race for the Republican presidential nomination.
In fact, right now, polls are moving in our direction in key early states – and even the establishment media is being forced to take notice!
Just a few months ago, all the so-called “experts” were claiming I had “no chance.”
Now, many are changing their tune and all but predicting a very strong finish for me in Iowa, if not an outright win.
Of course, with just over five weeks to go, there’s still a lot of work left to be done – and I’m going to be counting on you like never before in the coming weeks.
But for now, please just know how much I appreciate everything you’ve done so far for my campaign.
And on behalf of Carol, my 2012 Presidential Campaign staff, and myself, we all wish you and yours a truly wonderful Thanksgiving!"