April 29th, 2010
09:47 AM ET
12 years ago

Romney unveils more endorsements

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/29/art.romney.7.gi.jpg caption="Mitt Romney’s political action committee Thursday will endorse seven Republican candidates running for office this year in Illinois."](CNN) - Mitt Romney is once again lending a helping hand to fellow Republicans in 2010, possibly with an eye on 2012.

The former Massachusetts governor's political action committee Thursday will endorse seven Republican candidates running for office this year in Illinois. According to a press release, Romney's Free and Strong America PAC is backing Rep. Mark Kirk, who is the GOP Senate nominee in the race for President Obama's old seat.

The PAC is also endorsing Rep. Peter Roskam, Rep. Aaron Schock, three Republican House challengers, and the GOP nominee for state treasurer. The PAC is also contributing campaign cash to all seven candidates.

"At a time when our leaders should be working to get our economy back on track, too many of them are more focused on expanding the scope and size of government," said Romney in a statement. "That is why it is critical that we elect leaders like Congressman Mark Kirk, Congressman Peter Roskam, Congressman Aaron Schock, Robert Dold, Randy Hultgren, Adam Kinzinger, and Dan Rutherford who will make it a priority to get our economy moving again and create an environment conducive to job creation."

In the last couple of weeks, the former 2008 Republican presidential candidate endorsed nine-term Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan in his bid for governor, and former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio in his campaign for the Senate.

Romney's PAC raised more money in the first quarter of this year than the political action committees of any other potential 2012 Republican White House hopeful.

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Filed under: 2010 • Illinois • Mitt Romney
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    He may get endorsements, but he didn't win before, and I don't think he will now, wither.

    Remember it was his state health plan, that this miserable excuse for "health reform", is patterned after, in the first place.

    That should tell you something.

    April 29, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Gil

    Belonging to a cult would automatically eliminate him from getting my vote!

    April 29, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Jaywing

    Mitt's endorsment is a lingering Kiss o' Death to any GOP candidate. If I were a Republican these days I'd be steering a very wide path around the flip-flopping-magic-panties-wearing Mitt-ster, the half-govenator of Al Aska Palin, Darth Dick Cheney, Rudy Tootie-Fruitie and anyone associated with Fox News. In fact, running as an independent like Crist in Florida is probably the smartest move any Republican can make these days, except making the exceptionally intelligent choice to switch to being a Democrat.

    April 29, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Hows that oil slick coming along drillers?

    Ya gotta love old Mittster,he just keeps waisting his money.

    April 29, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Ellen

    If McCain would have chosen Romney instead of Palin in 2008, I think he would have won the election. I'm very interested to see what Romney does in the next two years to see if he's worthy of my vote in 2012. I see a lot of promise in him.

    April 29, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    "At a time when our leaders should be working to get our economy back on track, too many of them are more focused on expanding the scope and size of government," said Romney in a statement.
    This is so true. Obama is all about managing his own agenda rather than our country. At a time when we need worse than ever for the federal government to deal directly with our country's critical issues like unemployment and the economy, what has he done? Made both worse now and for decades to come with his staggering spending programs.

    April 29, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Ellen

    Gil, he belongs to a religion, not a cult. The same arguments people make against Mormonism can be made against any religion. Remember, at one time JFK was blasted for being an Irish Catholic.

    April 29, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. RCasson

    Who cares about this loser? He LOST. Palin LOST. Why is it no one wants to remind anyone of that?

    April 29, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Mitt Romney would be a great president......he would get our economy and our country back to where it should be....he has business sense and common sense.....Romney for President in 2012....

    April 29, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Michael RI

    Please .. Mitt and Palin .. GO AWAY .. Please make way for someone like Paul Ryan !! . .

    April 29, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. AP in Illinois

    Romney has the same issue that John Kerry had. He's a flip flopper for political expedience.

    I suggest a new nickname: Flip Flopney.

    I seem to remember how everyone in the GOP hated that John Kerry was a flip flopper and didn't hesitate to mention it every chance they got. No such outrage with Mitt Romney though. Hypocrites....

    April 29, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    Romney/Palin 2012...one who can't make up his mind and the other has NO mind to make up. A winning ticket for the Dems in 2012 for sure.

    April 29, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. L. Adams

    Someone mentioned earlier that the R party needs to find someone centrist and practical. Gosh, I thought many (at least from news reports) considered Romney to be centrist and practical during his time as Governor. Is it not true that his "conservative" views only came to the forefront during his perpetual candidacy for President?

    April 29, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Tom

    He is such a jerk. He takes credit for bi-partisan work on health care reform in Mass. I think there are 4 Republican Senators in the Senate and not many more in the House. Nothing needs to be bipartisan.

    April 29, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    "Wouldn't it be funny if everyone Romney endorses loses??!! "

    Yeah... just as funny as everyone Obama has endorsed has lost.

    April 29, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Chas in Iowa

    Nothing like a kiss of death.

    April 29, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. American Patriot -- a "real" tea partier

    Dave you said, "If we are lucky, Romney will be President in 2012 and he will roll back the current machine attempting to ignore the consitution, limit freedom and promote statist policies."

    Dude, we got rid of Bush! We got rid of the regime that ignored the Constitution, limited our freedom and promoted fascist policies. Be glad we have President Obama. This is a man who understands the purpose of the Constitution, respects it and follows it. He doesn't think it's just something written on a piece of paper, blatantly to be ignored the way Bush and his regime did.

    April 29, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. HypocriCNNfection

    Catchers Mitt Romney's Endorsements Are Simply A Blank Check With A Rubber Stamped Name On Them.

    April 29, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. Minnesotan

    Is it just me or does anyone else think of Bruce Campbell when they look at Romney? I just can't get the idea of him saying, "Gimme Some Sugar, Baby" out of my head..... lol!

    April 29, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Dave

    Who cares what Romney thinks? He's just one GOP dolt endorsing other GOP dolts. This is news?

    April 29, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Jules

    An endorsment for Romney, is like a nail in the coffin...knock yourself out.

    April 29, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Demi

    I don't realy care about who endoses who. Romnie has a record, he needs to articulate how he intends to do better than current Presdent. If I am convinced then he gets my endorsement. I don't need some idiots who never ran anything telling me their opinions called endorsements. This is the problem with our people. We are too lazy to do our own research in order to form our own oipinons, and that's how we get useless poloticians who are there for themselves.

    April 29, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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