(CNN) - Mitt Romney announced a slate of supporters in Missouri Thursday, including the state's Speaker of the House and a number of state lawmakers.
Missouri's non-binding primary is held February 7, but delegates from the state will be officially chosen in a caucus on March 17. The two contests are held in that fashion in order to comply with rules set out by the Republican National Committee.
Announcing the endorsements, the two-time GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor looked past the nominating contests, focusing instead on the general election against President Barack Obama.
"Missouri will be a critical state in November," Romney said in a statement. "Whether our country continues down the same failed path of the last three years, or chooses a different, more prosperous course might well be decided by Missouri voters. I look forward to working with these leaders to defeat President Obama in Missouri and help put our country on a path to prosperity."
Among the endorsers named Thursday are Steven Tilley, the Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, and former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary George H. Walker III. Walker is a cousin of former President George H.W. Bush.
Candidates had until November 22 to file to be on Missouri's primary ballot. All of the major candidates submitted their names except for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose name does not appear on a list of filed candidates from Missouri's Secretary of State.
His absence from the primary ballot won't hurt his potential for receiving delegates from Missouri, however, since the March 17 caucuses are the only binding contests in the Show Me State.
Sen. John McCain narrowly won Missouri in the 2008 presidential election, beating Obama by less than a percentage point.
to ship jobs overseas, to cheat on Health Care to sell to its Insurance thugs...ha...Flip-Flopper...what a shame. He would support Pakistan while that poor nation no ethics is threatening...hiding Bin Laden....ha...ha...ha...
Willard could get all the backers he wants, he won't get any further in the polls. He's just not credible and he showed it with his first ad lying and deceiving the public.
"I think it's kinda curious that they want to jump into our primary and try and throw the primary to someone who they think has a better chance of losing to the president," Romney said in an interview on Sean Hannity's radio show. "I'm kind of invigorated by the fact that they've decided to go after me."
Umm, Mittens. Listen up. You and your cohorts have been Obama blah, blah, blahing bashing during each of your debates for six months now. What did you think he was going to do, ignore all the lies being thrown about until it is his turn to debate? Get over yourself.
"He will try and cower from any of debates which will have him have to talk about his record," Romney said. "That's the last thing he wants to do."
What an incredibly juvenile thing to say. Hey, GOPers - well, at least those of you who've been praising as Mittens as intelligent and articulate, anyway - the man blabbering this nonsense is neither. Just an old career campaigner whose campaign is fast being ripped apart at the seams - one lying thread after another.
He can pile on with a ton of endorsements like this, but he can't get above 20-25% with the voting public, he'll still lose. They're meaningless.
The ABM crowd (anybody but Mittens) will far out number these wingnuts.
Mittens is getting a tad testy with always being 2nd on the list of GOP clown candidates for president. He has even flip flopped his many different messages to suck up to who ever listens to him. To call Mittens a spineless jelly fish, gives jelly fish a bad name.
Flopsey, Mopsey, Cottontail and Mittens.
Mittens was in Florida yesterday, pandering to Florida's elite.
Romney 2012 !!!! He is the man at the right time. Understand this America! He will make america successful again.