Ohio governor, lieutenant gov back Romney
April 19th, 2012
01:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Ohio governor, lieutenant gov back Romney

(CNN) – Mitt Romney on Thursday announced the endorsement of Ohio governor John Kasich and the state's lieutenant governor, Mary Taylor.

The top two Republicans in the swing state cited the former Massachusetts governor and likely GOP nominee's and business credentials.

– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

Romney acknowledged the state's political importance in a statement on Thursday.

"This might be the most important election in a generation," he said. "Ohio will be a critical – and possibly deciding – state in November. Having the support of Governor Kasich and Lt. Gov. Taylor will be vital in our efforts to defeat President Obama and change the direction of the country."

Romney campaigned in Lorain, Ohio on Thursday, the day after President Barack Obama - Romney's November rival - spoke at a the Lorain County Community College in nearby Elyria.

Kasich and Taylor are both first-term governors in the state. Kasich had encouraged former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour to enter the presidential field, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who remains in the GOP field but is far from the nomination, campaigned for Kasich in 2010.

"Ohio needs a President that won't stand in the way of our comeback. @MaryTaylorOH and I are proud to endorse @MittRomney," Kasich tweeted, referencing his lieutenant in the post.

Kasich previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Taylor in the Ohio State House.

Also see:

Ted Nugent to be interviewed by Secret Service

Romney to deliver Liberty University commencement speech

Obama and Biden fundraise on opposite coast

Longtime GOP senator faces major test


Filed under: 2012 • John Kasich • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Another personhood supporter backs the official personhood candidate.

    April 19, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    Kaisch is an arrogant jerk who only cares about pleasing his masters – ALEC & the Koch Bros.

    April 19, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. sick of republican phonies

    WOW! Two republican stooges endorse another republican stooge. That's REAL news!

    April 19, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Anderson

    Well ofcourse they did. Three peas in a pot.
    Look out Scott Walker, your friends are about to join you.

    April 19, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Rep. John Kasich's Convention Speech back in 2004.
    One-time presidential candidate Rep. John Kasich spoke tonight about George W. Bush’s economic plan.
    We believe that America should be run from the bottom up, not the top down.
    First and foremost, we believe in tax cuts. For me, tax cuts are more than just numbers; they are a real moral issue. Every time we cut taxes we make government less important and people across the country more important. Tax cuts give us the power and the resources to fix the problems we face everyday in our own families and within our communities.

    Fool me once , sham on you , Fool me twice , shame on me !

    Romney " Latter Day Bush "
    Restore our Insanity 2012

    April 19, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Is Kasich over 40% in approval rating yet?

    April 19, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Jane

    Quelle surprise! One of the nastiest, hardhearted, ferally ambitious crooks in the U.S. endorses a twin soul. Call me when a man/woman with a heart and a brain in his/her head endorses him.

    April 19, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Right-wingers offering support for the political puppet of the uber-rich right-wingers. What a shock!

    April 19, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. demwit

    Uh-Oh.., Obama can't win without Ohio. Better send Biden in....

    April 19, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Bill

    Kasich's shenanigans in Ohio will result in an Obama win there in November. An endorsement from Kasich is not worth a darn.

    April 19, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    Isn't it nice to see the Romney Express gathering so much momentum and support?! Maybe Obama can hitch a ride in the caboose for his trip back to Chicago in January!

    April 19, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. RGCC

    Mitt, please invite Kasich to all of your campaign appearances in Ohio. That will be a great reminder of the republican intentions toward regular workers.

    President Obama 2012!!

    April 19, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. PJ/TX

    Romney's bus filled with surrogates and phone bank volunteers are following the President and Vice President
    where they are speaking and driving circles around the buildings they are speaking in. Silly people doing
    silly things, and we are supposed to think Romney is a serious minded candidate.

    April 19, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    Kind of reminds me of that Tom/Jerry cartoon where the little puppy is bouncing around Spike as he moves on about his business. Yappers... LOL

    April 19, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Truth, momentum and support? From whom? A group of governors and Congressional reps whose approval ratings barely crack 30% on a good day? Their endorsements at this stage only prove the collective spineless mentality of the GOP. None of them wanted to risk the wrath of the Teatards by sticking their necks out for a governor who taxed and attached fees onto everything that moved in his state, from hunting licenses to a gas retailer tax.If stim money had been available, he would have done a Rick Perry and retrocatively balanced his budget. After governing for 2 years, he effectively stopped doing his elected job to start preparing for 2008. They endorse him because he's the only one left, so its like picking the last kid for a team in gym class. Romney Express? Only if you like a toy train running in circles.

    April 19, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. macian99

    Me too! Romney's the only one with the courage and experience to shut down companies until American business recovers, send jobs overseas until we reach zero unemployment, and save freedom of choice in health care until only people with as much money as him can afford it. And they shall be led by the dude in the magic underwear!

    April 19, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    Awww, no love for Ron Paul? It's almost as if the entire GOBP elite is a bunch of robots.

    April 19, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. the Situation

    The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    Isn't it nice to see the Romney Express gathering so much momentum and support?! Maybe Obama can hitch a ride in the caboose for his trip back to Chicago in January!

    April 19, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |

    Your such a tool! Why would he want momentum now. He is still trailing in a lot of demographics. Also, so many have had momentum in April to fail in November. Face it, as long as unemployment hits under 8.0 to mid 7%, the beloved, Ultimate Opportunist will we lose!

    April 19, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. v_mag

    Every Rom-money endorsement is another endorsement for Bush. Which 5 people, including Laura, would ever vote for GWB again? There is one fact that Rom-money cannot get around, no matter how he spins it: He is the Bush candidate in this race. Endorsed by Bushs, of the Bush party, and espousing the same failed Bush policies. He might as well wear a George Bush mask and buy a ranch in Texas.

    Rom-money = Bush.

    April 19, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |