Ridge endorses Romney
March 14th, 2012
09:59 AM ET
3 years ago

Ridge endorses Romney

(CNN) - Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, who previously supported Jon Huntsman, endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday.

"I've met accomplished and strong leaders in my life," Ridge said in a statement released by Romney's campaign. "Mitt Romney is one of them."

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Prior to serving in the George W. Bush administration as the first to head the Homeland Security Department, Ridge held two terms as Pennsylvania governor and six terms as a congressman for the state.

Ridge, who's known as a pro-abortion rights Republican, endorsed Huntsman early on in the race, but the candidate ended his presidential bid shortly after a disappointing finish in the New Hampshire primary in January. Huntsman quickly threw his support behind Romney.

In his endorsement Wednesday, Ridge praised Romney for his "record of accomplishment in the private sector" and pointed to his role in running the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

"Given the economic problems that America faces, including Pennsylvania, where high unemployment continues to cause such hardship, his experience turning around failing enterprises makes him precisely what the country needs," Ridge said.

While Pennsylvania does not hold its primary until April 24, the state may still be in play by then with 72 delegates at stake. It's also the home state of Romney's rival Rick Santorum, who is currently leading in polls in the Keystone State.

Ridge's endorsement came one day after Romney placed third in two big southern primaries in Mississippi and Alabama. Romney, however, won Tuesday's contests in Hawaii and American Samoa and made a total gain of 31 delegates, bringing him to 489, according to CNN's latest estimate.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania • Tom Ridge
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Jean

    Did plastic sheeting and duct tape come along with Ridge's endorsement?

    March 14, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Justin

    Ridge and Foxworthy. When will someone who isn't pathetic endorse this guy?

    March 14, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Bootstomper

    Where have all these guys been hiding?

    March 14, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Marlee

    No time for bosses with buttoned-down cuffs.

    March 14, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. all republicans slither on their bellies

    That's it ridge and foxworthy just sealed the deal for me. NOT!

    March 14, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Sniffit

    ""Given the economic problems that America faces, including Pennsylvania, where high unemployment continues to cause such hardship, his experience turning around failing enterprises makes him precisely what the country needs," Ridge said."

    Let's fix that: "Given the economic problems that America faces, including Pennsylvania, where high unemployment continues to cause such hardship, his experience downsizing and closing businesses for a profit makes him uniquely qualified to give the 1% exactly what it wants...making itself a profit off downsizing and closing of the federal government."

    March 14, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Nothing like winning the silver medal in the Ridge Endorsement Olympics, eh?

    March 14, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Ridge? Meh... the original Big Brother.

    I'm curious who Colin Powell is endorsing this time.

    March 14, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Jen

    Put aside the VERY conservative and evangelical voters (which over 70% in TN, AL, & MS), Romney gets the majority of votes (including moderates and independents). This is why the ESTABLISHMENT (that Gingrich and Santorum hate so much (I"m sure because they aren't getting the support of)) is backing Romney. It's crazy that over 70% say Romney will be the eventual nominee but these same far right people keep dragging their feet making it more difficult for WHOEVER the Republican candidate will be.

    From the beginning I knew the BIGGEST problem with Romney would be his religion...which in idea is contrary to our US Constitution, Amendment I. As well, I knew that if Republicans wanted to win they better pick someone who has the ability to pick up the Moderate vote. I again may be wrong, but with Santorum's social views and comments he has already made...I just don't see that happening.

    Do you think I"m wrong???

    March 14, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Auzzie

    WOW, Donald Trump, Jeff Foxworthy and Tom Ridge!!

    Looks like Romney is "inevitable" loser

    March 14, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    "... Ridge praised Romney for his "record of accomplishment in the private sector" and pointed to his role in running the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. ..."
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    What record in the private sector? The only record we have are videos of MItt Romney bragging about how well he did. His wealth speaks for itself. Profit, not jobs.

    Mitt Romney's claim that the federal funds used at the Salt Lake Games were for security is misleading. Homeland Security was charged with supervising security for the events. The extra billion of federal dollars the SLOC received was used to make up for their shortfalls in private fund raising. Mitt Romney was hired to pick up the pace of private donations, and succeed at that he did. Thanks to all of his friends, like the ones that own NFL teams and NASCAR racing teams.

    March 14, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair asked:

    I'm curious who Colin Powell is endorsing this time.
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    Powell has never officially endorsed anyone running for POTUS in his life.

    In 2008, he made no secret that he would vote for Obama because he felt that the wars were fought for the wrong reasons, which led to his resignation from the Bush administration. What are you suggesting?

    March 14, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. GI Joe.

    Romney is a pouting sore loser. Reminds me of McCain and especially the sore, insane, screeching Palin - she hates everyone and everything that she can't control The repubs are afraid to cross her - afraid she'll turn that hate and all those lies on her. Yep, just like Romney.

    March 14, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Mitt Romney Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Why is Mannequin Mitt running away from his gov. record in MA?

    Why did Mannequin Mitt sell his MA gov. records & the laptops and computer hard drives to his buddies & and got virtually all his gov. records destroyed?

    Mannequin Mitt record at BAIN is "VULTURE CAPITALIST", raiding companies for profit, firing American workers and shipping American jobs overseas, while stashing his TAX CUTs riches in Swiss Bank Accounts and CAYMEN ISLAND!

    March 14, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. ditty1991

    obama, romney, santorum, gingrich... these are real loons. Ron Paul 2012!!!

    March 14, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Dave

    Romney is by far the best candidate. He is intelligent and has a record of success in business, with the Olympics and as Governor. He does not have the soiled background like Gringrich, and he doesn't pretend to be a conservative like Santorum (who loves earmarks and works with unions and Michael Moore to get democrats to vote for him). Romney has also raised more money than other candidates (which will be important to run against Obama). Also, Romney polls better against the president than the others. Finally, Romney has more votes and delegates than the others. The choice is obvious for those who want to see the facts.

    March 14, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Squigman

    Who gives a damn who this clown endorses? This clown is yesterdays bad news. May he go away, never to be heard from again.

    March 14, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Jen wrote:

    Put aside the VERY conservative and evangelical voters (which over 70% in TN, AL, & MS), Romney gets the majority of votes (including moderates and independents). This is why the ESTABLISHMENT (that Gingrich and Santorum hate so much (I"m sure because they aren't getting the support of)) is backing Romney

    Do you think I"m wrong???
    -----------------
    Yes, you're dead wrong. You have just advocated ignoring 70% of the conservative demographic in favor of who the established, entrenched politicians in DC want to have as the face and voice of the Republican Party. Did you know that?

    March 14, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So Tom Ridge OF PENNSYLVANIA did not support Rick Santorum OF PENNSYLVANIA. Does this say something about how well loved Ricko is not in what used to be his home state before he moved to the Beltway Suburbs? Oh, and Rick, have your supporters among the Evangelical Christians heard what Pope Benedict the XVI said? That they could not get into Heaven because they have fallen away from the True Church?

    March 14, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If you have the American taxpayers bail out the winter olympics, you might be a Romney. If you launder money off shore to avoid paying your fair share of taxes, you might be a Romney. If you create more jobs in China than in MA, you might be a Romney.

    March 14, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Another big wheel on the Bush bicycle to disaster comes out for Mittens.

    March 14, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. cali girl

    Dirty is as the rich does. Another no brainer endorsement.

    March 14, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Rudy said:

    "Powell has never officially endorsed anyone running for POTUS in his life."
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    Take a cue from your hero Sniffit and "Googlez it, man". You'll find articles from CNN, CBS, Huffington Post, Meet The Press, etc. – OH, lest I forget, Obama himself acknowledging his endorsement. What are you selling, Rudy? Misinformation again?

    March 14, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Debbie

    Ridge Security alert a green light for Romney! Orange Warning for Santorum? I would not vote Santorum as I think he is a religious fanatic doing the business of that soverign nation called Vatican City but really Romney's Color on the Ridge alert should be beige.

    March 14, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. diridi

    Accomplished for what? made this nation go broke. nonsense idiot. Every tom dick and harry speaks. silly and rediculous. what an idiot. Do they know the world. while Bin Laden in Pakistan, this idiot went to Iraq and Afghanistan.

    March 14, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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