McConnell endorses Romney
April 17th, 2012
02:59 PM ET
3 years ago

McConnell endorses Romney

(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell formally endorsed Mitt Romney on Tuesday, saying the Republican Party is "behind him."

"I support Governor Romney for president of the United States and he is going to be the nominee," the Kentucky senator told reporters on Capitol Hill. "The party is in the process of unifying behind him and I think it's gonna be an incredibly close, hard-fought race."

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His comments came hours after House Speaker John Boehner announced support for Romney, after largely staying out of the GOP presidential horse race.

"We're all behind (Romney) and looking forward to the fall campaign, which is actually already underway," McConnell said.

While McConnell had not officially supported Romney until Tuesday, he predicted earlier in the month on CNN's "State of the Union" that Romney would be an "excellent nominee."

– CNN Senior Congressional Producer Ted Barrett contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitch McConnell • Mitt Romney • Senate
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    "Obama simply cannot out run his record."

    President Obama can and will run on his record and can win on his record. What you GOBP cult crazies don't realize is that your blatant obstructionism has lowered on the bar on measuring his job performance, Right now, every "failure" you try to paint him with inevitably shows a picture of the GOBP working diligently to cause that failure. You own it. Stand up and be proud!

    April 17, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Romney is not My Hero

    Well if it isn't Mr. KKKlan himself... WOW didn't see this endorsement coming! YAWN

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 17, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Dee in Connecticut

    Now that Rick Santorum is out of the race, and done pulling Mitt Romney somewhere he never wanted to go, people will see Governor Romney as a "breath of fresh air"... President Obama promised change in 2008. It didn't happen.....Young Mitt, choosing Ann Romney as his bride 43 years ago, was a definite plus.!!! People gotta stop yapping about the family dog on top of the Romney car .It has no relevance. The dog must have enjoyed Canada with the young Romney family in the 1980's, no matter what the mode of travel.

    April 17, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    The Real Tom Paine - Is it just me, or does McConnell look like Beaker on " The Muppets"?
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    Thank you for your usual substantive analysis.... Shall we add that Obama looks like the chimp they always portrayed George Bush as???

    April 17, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. roscoe

    Now, Mitch, that's showing courage. Stand up and tell people what and who you believe in.......after it's safe to do so and you feel politically safe doing it. You are what is wrong with this country. Party First......country next if Rush says it's ok.

    April 17, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Another Day in the Idiot Mines of the Obama Administration

    President Obama can and will run on his record and can win on his record. What you GOBP cult crazies don't realize is that your blatant obstructionism has lowered on the bar on measuring his job performance, Right now, every "failure" you try to paint him with inevitably shows a picture of the GOBP working diligently to cause that failure. You own it. Stand up and be proud!
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    Honestly.... four years of blaming others for Obama's failures is more than a tad pathetic. What a wonderful leader from behind....

    April 17, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    did people really think he would NOT back Romney? Basically he and the rest of the GOP have to.

    April 17, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Connie in Tennessee

    McConnell needs to be put in a home. When are the people from Ky. going to give him the boot and send him home??

    April 17, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Darlene

    I am from Kentucky and I can not stand this man. He is an embarrassment. In order to defeat President Obama he would vote for a rock. Unless their man Rush tells them different.

    April 17, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. weR4freedom

    Mitt Romney, President of the United States of America 2012/2016.

    Time to clean up the mess.

    April 17, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Jeff in Virginia

    McConnell needs to hang it up- what a stooge.

    April 17, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Dee in Connecticut

    I read all the comments here since Mitch McConnell endorsed Mitt Romney.....Many I'm sure are from cranky Democrats.... A Republican takes their time, and thinks before endorsing ; like McConnell did earlier. Did you ever hear of rallying around your nominee. That is what is happening for the future president, Willard M. Romney. ( Invest in boxes of tissues, all you cranky people, cry, cry,cry)

    April 17, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Contrary to what you wish Mr. McConnell, Obama will be the next President of the United States.

    April 17, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    All these republican clowns are going to be out of a job after Dem landslide in Nov!!!!

    April 17, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Indy

    Being endorsed by the man that vowed to destroy the President and the entire country is not very flattering for Mitts

    April 17, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Well of course he does, who else would the turtle endorse, Newty? With any kind of luck at in November the dems will have the 60 seats they neat to finally shut the turtles mouth and end his power to block progress.

    April 17, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. John

    One loser backing another loser.

    April 17, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Restore our insanity 2012

    Anybody but Obama.

    Romney / Harding

    April 17, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. bkgrandma

    Of course he does!!! This is the same guy that said the Republicans goal was to make sure Obama was a 1 term president. That is all the Repugs have cared about for 3 years NOT America or it's people. By the way, I guess I missed the Republican plan to make sure that even the poor and women have healthcare. Can anyone tell me what it said?

    April 17, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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