(CNN) - Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday, just days ahead of the state’s primary next week.
"As governor of the state of Mississippi, it is my honor and privilege to endorse my friend, Gov. Mitt Romney as president of the United States," Bryant said.
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The governor made the endorsement public in Pascagoula, Mississippi at a campaign event, the first of two that Romney is holding Thursday and Friday.
In a statement released by the campaign, Bryant further pointed to Romney’s tenure as former Massachusetts governor and said the candidate “understands how to make tough choices as a chief executive.”
“I am encouraged and supportive of Gov. Romney’s conservative policies on key issues like more American energy development, cracking down on illegal immigration, and putting in place job creation policies that will jumpstart our economy,” Bryant said.
The governor assumed office in January after serving as the state’s lieutenant governor since 2007. Bryant was a supporter of Rick Perry before the Texas governor dropped out of the race on January 19.
On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls in Mississippi, a state that carries 40 delegates.
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Looksb like mitt just may get the nod this time. Wonder what made mccain so much more better in 08?
As long as he doesn't let the criminals out, he can endorse whoever he pleases.
"As former governor of the state of Mississippi, it is my honor and privilege to pardon my friend, Gov. Mitt Romney as president of the United States,"
What a well written " fill in the blanks" endorsement. Truly supportive and heartfelt!
Mississippi, really? LOL :)
I am not surprised. It seems that every crook and low life in Mississippi can get pardoned or endorsed by the Governor. Why not add Mitt Romney to the mix?
I'll pardon him for this mis-endorsement :)
Governor of Mississippi declares Mitt Romney President of the United States.
What else could Romney possibly do to jumpstart the economy when the job market is improving. I can only see Romney cutting taxes for Wealthy including himself.
Smart dude. The smart Republicans are backing Romney because they recognize his successful track record in the private sector, the Olympics and running the state of Mass. where he was able to appeal to moderates. Low income people seem to be eating up Santorum's and Newt's worthless rhetoric while failing to see that these guys have never run anything in their lives and have spent their lives living off the government. Both of them are running because they need a job, but Mitt is truly someone who can fix this economy and get us all decent jobs, not low paying part-time jobs.
"I've never actually done any physical labor, but I have some friends who are plantation owners."
serious people from republican party continue to indorse Mitt Romney. Nobody can stop him now from becoming the nominee of GOP.
Gov. I know your next choice will be the best. Obama
Great news. I hope Romney does well on Tues. in the south.