December 13th, 2007
08:45 AM ET
15 years ago

Nebraska governor to endorse Romney

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has endorsed Mitt Romney.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will be endorsed by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, CNN has learned.

"In his campaign for the presidency, Mitt Romney has outlined the clearest vision to move our country forward,” Heineman says in a statement provided to CNN by the Romney campaign.

Nebraska borders the first caucus state of Iowa, and several western Iowa cities and towns critical for Republicans fall into the Omaha, Nebraska media market.

"Governor Heineman understands that our party is strong when we stand for a strong defense, strong economy and strong families,” Romney says in the statement given to CNN.

“Through conservative principles, Governor Heineman is making Nebraska a better place to live, work and raise a family. I look forward to working with him as we advance our strategy for a stronger America."

Heineman was elected governor just two years ago. Romney’s campaign is highlighting the fact that he has already passed “the largest tax relief package in the history of the state.”

Romney was once the clear frontrunner in Iowa, but several statewide polls show that he is now trailing rival Mike Huckabee.

- CNN Correspondent Dana Bash

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Craig Clifton Nashua NH

    Oh priceless. Vulerable to Republican attacks?

    This video CD to be mailed to every Democratic supervoter in New Hampshire and Iowa by Christmas is Hillary's "maccacca" moment. It Shows Hillary Clinton STONE LYING then totally LOSING IT on WOMEN Voters BEFORE the Iraq Invasion who were PLEADING with her not to side with BUSH. It is not surprising the Clintons first tried to BUY the tape and have been actively trying to pre-empt the coverage of its release..

    Democratic Voters , heck, The American People need to see this BEFORE they make a decision. The Republicans are going to CREAM her with it if she manages to lie and buy her way to the nomination.

    December 13, 2007 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  2. JT, Ada OK

    Conservatives continue to coalesce around the capable candidate. Go Romney Go!

    December 13, 2007 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't know if there is anything in Gov. Heineman's past, but I hope that Romney has looked into it. If there is, it could come back to bite him in the polls as it were.

    December 13, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    A little better endorsement than Babs I would say.

    A fellow Governor who has actually run a state, balanced a budget and been in charge of something also believes in Romney.

    Unlike what's her name who couldn't even run her own house or whose campaign personel are running off at the mouth and sending bigoted e-mails as well.

    Head of household and her own campaign and she can't even control those aspects of her life, and you sheep want her as leader of these great United states?

    December 13, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. notlikingit

    what the hell is up with the way this website looks. how come fox, abc, cnn, and bbc all look the same at the same time, are they all owned by one person or company or what?

    December 13, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Romney still hasn't provided any concrete plans on how he'd accomplish fixing healthcare, Iraq, the economy or any of the issues Americans need to hear about. He is, however, great at smoke and mirrors. Maybe he IS taking acting lessons from Fred Thompsen.

    December 13, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Dan, Saint Louis, MO

    Romney is clearly the strongest candidate. High-ranking politicians and conservative news publications are starting to realize that. Go Mitt!

    December 13, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. Brad, Omaha NE

    Heineman may support this loser but Nebraska knows the truth.

    we go blue this year


    December 13, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Lee, Mays Landing New Jersey

    Too late, and all the establishment influence, cash and phony pandering and flip-flopping won't change it. Huckabee is the republican voters' choice!

    Of all the top Republican candidates, he is, at least, authentic, something that can't be said about Romney, Guiliani, Thompson and lately about McCain.

    Huckabee is closer in thought to the rank and file kind of republican voter that has given them electoral success the past 30 years.

    Romney will lose Iowa but may hang onto and win New Hampshire, but it will be all downhill for Mitt the phony from there.

    December 13, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Dee, Columbus, Nebraska

    I'm still undecided about the candidates, but if Gov. Heineman endorses Mitt Romney, he's influenced my vote. Gov. Heineman has been a fantastic governor and First Lady Salley Ganem is one of the classiest ladies I've ever met. Our governor cares about the people of Nebraska and wouldn't steer us wrong.

    December 13, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Brad, Stockton, CA

    Paying attention to an endorsement is the crutch of a weak mind.

    December 13, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Lars, Dc

    Go Romney! Those that follow real solutions, and not just hype, are flocking behind Romney!

    December 13, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Vote this imbecile out of office NOW!

    December 13, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Jen, Cedar Falls, IA

    If you don't know his plans, it's because you haven't wanted to. You need to listen to or read about them. Check him out, seriously, it's worth your time. I sat in a front row and heard some of his plans, heard him talk of his experience and I was not only impressed, I was blown away at this mans intelligence. He is a hard worker, a "do-er", not just a "say'er" as most politicians are. He has a list of impressive successes too long to list here. He unites people and is one of the most integrity-filled candidates on either side of the aisle. Health-care your issue? Check him out! Economy your issue? Check him out! Immigration your issue? Check him out! Education your issue? Check him out! I'm telling you people, this man is who we need at this time! The fact that he is a man is irrelevant, the fact that he is a Morman is irrelevant, the fact that he has a full head of hair and is quite easy on the eyes is irrelevant. What's relevant is that he will WORK the job with his full intelligence and hard work ethic. The USA needs Mitt Romney to be our next Leader to get the changes made to improve several issues important to all of us. We need him to help us become once again united, standing together, proud of who we are as a nation, a STRONG nation, undivided, with liberty and justice for ALL!

    December 13, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Sam, Lincoln, NE

    Gov Heineman is an third rate political opportunist who only came into office by virtue of Mike Johanns' appointment as Secretary of Agriculture. He panders to the right wing extremists and will say or do only whatever is politically expedient for him, without regard to whether it's in the best interests of the citizens of this state.

    It therefore doesn't surprise me one bit that this idiot would be endorsing another political opportunist who shamelessly panders to the right wing and will say or do whatever he thinks will get him votes.

    To hell with both of 'em.

    December 13, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Tom, Nashville TN

    Paying attention to an endorsement is the crutch of a weak mind.


    December 13, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Bill, Albany, NY

    So does this Governor know Mitts positions yet? Since we can never get a straight answer from Mitt. Im not shocked though the Governor of a state in the bible belt whose people dont want to join the rest of us in the 21st century is endorsing a candidate who doesnt reconize Church State Seperation no surprise there. America needs to wake up. Mitt is slowly becoming another right wing demogag like Tancredo and Hunter. People are tired for right wing demogags and left wing demogags. The only people that have a good chance of bringing the country together would be either John McCain or Ron Paul for the Republicans or Chris Dodd or Joe Biden of the Democrats.

    December 13, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Steven Sanders

    You are all dreaming!
    The LAST THING America will do in '08 is vote in another religious governor...THE LAST THING. It was stated on this blog that conservative principles are supposedly saving the day??????

    Strong defense? Our military are sooooo beat down and stretched thin, the suicide rate among soldiers is nearly DOUBLE that of the greater population...The repugicans have "authorized" these guys literally to death! Shame!

    Strong economy? The economy is not only trashed...including a 3 point PLUS rate of inflation in NOVEMBER...not the whole year. While I'm at it...Social Security needs to immediatly re figure the retirement COLA...They weren't anticipating the total collapse of the consumer economy next year, due to Bushflation.

    The only thing *worse* than a tax and spend Democrat is a ***DON'T*** tax and spend Republican!!!! My Grandchildren will be living in a lesser time, because this administration has SQUANDERED their future government's ability do do *anything* other than pay the interest on the IRRESPONSIBLE deficit the Bushies have perpetuated against America...The theft of the future for a generation to come. DON'T talk strong economy or fiscal responsibility unless you are ready to look squarely at the facts....we are BANKRUPT.

    Family Values...hmmm... The Catholic Church, Ted Haggard, Mark Foley...all FAMILY VALUES ADVOCATES! You are all delusional. These ideas are Bankrupt, the advocacy of these ideas has done nothing but suffering, death, surging poverty, full jails, destruction to the environment and everything and everyone in America...not to mention Iraq.

    December 13, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Bryan, Firestone, CO

    Jen from Cedar Falls, IA –

    Amen to that – way to put it. That's exactly the view I have of him as well. The guy is brilliant, and has the breadth and depth of experience this country needs. Tell all your fellow Iowa citizens to jump on the Romney bandwagon and get to the caucuses 🙂

    Romney 08!!

    December 13, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Broken Bow, Nebraska

    Please let it be said that not everyone living in Nebraska is Republican, and our governor most certainly does NOT represent my voting intentions!! This country could not possibly survive 4 more years of Republican "leadership".

    December 13, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    This is BIG, this is HUGE, this is AWESOME!



    December 13, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Amanda, Clinton, MD

    A thinking president, an adaptive leader, a lifelong success! Romney 2008-2016

    December 13, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. JOJO, Columbia ,ms

    I am for Romney all the way. I hope he wipes Iowas rear with Huckabee. Anyone like Huck that wants to lock up AIDS Patients and has 15 ethics c/o in AK. IS not the compassionate and honest president America needs. Romney is the only candidate that has not had some scandal where he was caught lyingand cheating. His character and sound judgement will make Clinton look like the ANtichrist.

    December 14, 2007 04:21 am at 4:21 am |