March 8th, 2012
07:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Mississippi governor endorses Romney

(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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Filed under: 2012 • Mississippi • Mitt Romney
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Kenji

    Looksb like mitt just may get the nod this time. Wonder what made mccain so much more better in 08?

    March 9, 2012 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  2. JT

    As long as he doesn't let the criminals out, he can endorse whoever he pleases.

    March 9, 2012 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  3. Haley Barbour

    "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,"

    March 9, 2012 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  4. works4me

    What a well written " fill in the blanks" endorsement. Truly supportive and heartfelt!

    March 9, 2012 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Mississippi, really? LOL :)

    March 9, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  6. Terry

    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?

    March 9, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  7. AM

    I'll pardon him for this mis-endorsement :)

    March 9, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  8. Do Dat Ding

    Governor of Mississippi declares Mitt Romney President of the United States.

    March 9, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  9. yuhmad

    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.

    March 9, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  10. yoshiknows

    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.

    March 9, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  11. Anonymous

    "I've never actually done any physical labor, but I have some friends who are plantation owners."

    -Myth Rmoney

    March 9, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  12. KEV12

    serious people from republican party continue to indorse Mitt Romney. Nobody can stop him now from becoming the nominee of GOP.

    March 9, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  13. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Gov. I know your next choice will be the best. Obama

    March 9, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  14. Debby

    Great news. I hope Romney does well on Tues. in the south.

    March 9, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
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