August 22nd, 2010
03:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Romney signs on with 'one tough nerd'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Mitt Romney announced his endorsement of Rick Snyder on Saturday."]
Washington (CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made an endorsement Saturday in the race for the office once held by his father, throwing his weight behind Rick Snyder, the Michigan Republican gubernatorial nominee who bills himself as "one tough nerd."

“Rick Snyder is a successful businessman, manager, and job creator, which makes him uniquely qualified to lead Michigan through these challenging economic times. Rick will promote pro-growth policies that will put people back to work and get Michigan back on the right track,” Romney said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Snyder, a businessman and former Gateway CEO, defeated powerful Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, and Attorney General Mike Cox in what was a three-way battle for the GOP nomination.

In the general election, Snyder will face Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero who won the Democratic nomination over state Rep. Andy Dillon. Two-term Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm is term-limited.

Unemployment is likely to be a central issue in the gubernatorial race. Michigan has the second-highest unemployment level in the country, trailing only Nevada.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. independent

    Can someone tell me why a senior elder of the Morman Church is involved in politics? You wouldn't want a Catholic Bishop getting this involved and running for office.

    August 22, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. T'SAH from Virginia

    "Rick Snyder is a successful businessman, manager, and job creator, which makes him uniquely qualified to lead Michigan through these challenging economic times..."

    If all of these 'successful businessman" and "job creators" are so GREAT – then why aren't they producing jobs NOW???

    Same as the TAX CUTS – if the TAX CUTS that are currently in place are supposed expand and grow the economy – then why is the economy so bad and unemployment rate is so high??!!

    By keeping the unemployment rate HIGH – the GOP wins!!! The GOP has their hands in BIG CORPORATIONS. BIG corporations are NOT hiring!!! The RepubliCAN'Ts are hoping they take over the Senate/House so that the corporations will TURN around, begin to hire and the GOP will try to take the credit for it!

    There are currently 3.9 Million jobs available!!! Then why is that 3.9 million Americans are ‘Unemployed’??!!

    August 22, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Donovan

    Sorry ... Snyder is just another goose-stepping republican with the same failed ideology. He'll probably win after Granholm, but to the detriment of our state. We'll watch him give more tax breaks to the rich while shipping what little manufacturing jobs we have left overseas. He'll keep decimating the middle class. He's just the wrong choice for Michigan.

    August 22, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. ga

    We need candidates who can cut spending, hold the line on taxes and encourage business growth. Maybe we just need to elect moderate republicans like Mitt.

    August 22, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Gerald from tExas

    Snyder bills himself as a nerd, but he's a lawyer and an investor, not a tech geek. During his tenure as chairman of the board of Gateway, he manged to run that company into the ground and instead of producing jobs, lost them. Everything about Snyder's reinvention as some kind of business hero is a lie.

    August 22, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Northgal34

    Rick Snyder has some good ideas – and he's been resonating with moderate Republicans and Democrats alike in Michigan. I think he's a smart, resourceful man who will make good policy for our state. He's pro-science, pro-environment, pro-small-business...I just wish he was pro-choice.

    August 22, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. ColorblindRain

    While being a Michigan liberal myself, I'm not going to fool myself into thinking that democrats have the slightest chance of winning this election–it's been a brutal couple of years and that never bodes well for the incumbent party. Of the republican candidates, I felt Rick Snyder was probably the least terrifying choice, but this nomination makes me rethink that assumption, and I would be interested in hearing more about this endorsement from Snyder's point of view and what his plans are for whether or not he's going to use endorsements as part of his future marketing. Personally I think Snyder would be smart to keep his distance from the 'political machine' since that seems to be one of his big selling points right now among Michiganders.

    August 22, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Romney says, "Rick will promote pro-growth policies ..."

    That's Republican code for "tax cuts for the wealthy," accompanied by the statement that the wealthy will use that money to create jobs.

    If that were true, the Bush tax cuts (unfunded and unprecedented during wartime) would have resulted in higher employment – when in fact, it resulted in job losses here in America and job growth over seas where labor is cheap and environmental regulations are non-existent.

    Romney needs to wake up to the fact that most Americans know that Republican economic policies are proven failures.

    August 22, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. CBR

    The hiring in this country is being done by small businesses. Just look at the newspaper. The large corporations are not hiring even though they have the money to do so. This certainly is something Americans need to know.

    The recovery is slow but what both MItt Romney and Mr. Snyder know is that corporations could be doing something about the economy. All politics should be put aside until Americans are employed once again.
    then the blame game can start all over again.

    Wouldn't it be terrific if manufacturing companies, car makers, banks, and other financial institutions made a move toward hiring new people and bringing back those they laid off. Oops – that can only be a dream as long as the politicos convince those able to hire to wait for a Republican win in November. The idea surely warms someone's heart!

    August 22, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Romney, Palin and all the other GOPers who run around endorsing local candidates, all in the hopes of calling in favors when they throw their hats into the 2012 Republican presidential candidate ring.

    They only care about themselves and couldn't care less about the American people.

    What a bunch of pathetic losers the Republicans have become ...

    August 22, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Cynthia

    Typical liberals on this forum, still trying to blame republicans for everything under the sun. Republicans and democrats alike are responsible for this mess. Since both parties try to cater only to the fringe groups, hopefully the rest of us will use our voices to be heard.

    I am waiting for November, but even more so I am waiting for 2012, when we get rid of the "Liar-n-Chief".

    August 22, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. jms58

    Anyone who lived in Michigan during the Romney administration should remember the dismanteling of the auto industry and the extreme hardships which Romeny is responsible for.

    August 22, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Adalbert

    This is what we need, one more religious fanatic calling the shots.

    August 22, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |