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. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    OH, lest I forget, Obama himself acknowledging his endorsement. What are you selling, Rudy? Misinformation again?
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    Service members are prohibited from offering political endorsements of any kind. Powell did not offer an endorsement. He simply stated that he would be voting for Obama. Big difference. Endorsments usually means you go out and publicly advocate your chosen candidate. Powell was interviewed and answered a question indicating his choice. That's all. That's not an endorsement. That's freedom of speech.

    March 14, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. SuperD

    You know, I'd be 100% for that so called 1% if it would rid the world of Liberal, Progressive, parasites.

    Vulture Capitolists.....the Dems....Tax the Rich.....that's all they know how to do. I wonder what happens when we run out of rich people?? Ohh...that's the "trickle up poverty" happening.

    March 14, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Sue

    Of course Ridge endorsed Romney, he holds shares in Bain Capital too. Romney and rich 1% friends plan on using the office of POTUS to get richer. No suprise here.

    March 14, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Holla

    @Dave stop watching fox news. Mitt is just one of the political looters. He will say and do anything just to earn the votes.

    March 14, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Vince

    Isn't this the guy who kept changing the color status of Homeland Security evertime a King George II would slide in the polls?

    March 14, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. ST

    "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."
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    Romney is not going to solve any of economic problems. His Economic Team consists of the same people (Bush's ), who messed up the economy. I do wonder why folks can not get this. And who is happy to see the economy tanking again!

    March 14, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Steve in CT

    Here are the Three major Republican Contenders:
    1. A former Governor of Massachusetts with such a low approval rating, he did not seek reelection
    2. A former Senator who lost a reelection bid by 18%
    3. A former Speaker of the House who was dethroned by his own party

    This is all the Republicans can offer us? I forgot Ron Paul, but he is:
    a. Too Old
    b. Too Old
    c. Too Old
    d. All the above

    March 14, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Dave

    I just dont get the fact that people outright LIE when it comes to The 02 games & that Romney saved them. He did it with TAXPAYER money. You are an intellegent man Tom, however you Lie like a rug. Romney got 1 of the biggest SEVERE earmarks in history. Mitt is & always will be an insider when it comes to free money from The US Government!!!!

    March 14, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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