New Hampshire House majority leader endorses Romney
September 1st, 2011
09:28 PM ET
12 years ago

New Hampshire House majority leader endorses Romney

Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - Conservative New Hampshire House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt will endorse presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Bettencourt said Thursday.

The outspoken young Republican leader called Romney "the most conservative candidate who gives Republicans the best chance to win back the White House in 2012."

Bettencourt was swept into power in the state's tea party wave election last November.

Romney has made winning New Hampshire a centerpiece of his campaign strategy, and has touted his experience in the private sector as key to beating Barack Obama next fall.

"He has the private-sector experience that will be critical to leading an economic recovery," Bettencourt said. "His executive experience was critical to me and he shares my goals of creating jobs, balancing our budgets and reversing President Obama’s failed policies."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. skarphace

    Romney is indeed one of the two candidates most likely to beat Obama in the general election (the other being Paul). Both will pull moderate votes which is essential to winning the Presidency.

    However, I do not see this happening. The Republicans seem bent on nominating a Teavangelist which will guarantee 4 more years of Obama as he will get the majority of the currently undecided moderate vote.

    September 1, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    "He has the private-sector experience that will be critical to leading an economic recovery ..."

    Romney made his millions by breaking up American companies, laying off American workers and shipping American jobs overseas.

    Romney would be a great president for China or India, because those are the countries that would benefit the most from his "private-sector experience." The United States? Not so much.

    September 1, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  3. Terje

    Mitt Romney's much-cited "private sector experience" is that of an investment banker – a guy who bought up companies, sold off their most valuable assets to make a quick buck for himself and his millionaire investors, and then destroying what was left of the rest of the company, laying off thousands of folks and shipped their jobs overseas. Mitt Romney is a spoiled rich kid who doesn't know squat about how jobs are created – only how to to turn millions into millions more of profits on paper for rich people.

    September 1, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. Mikey

    This guy has a wealth of experience dismantling U.S. companies, laying off American workers, and outsourcing jobs to foreign companies. Just imagine how much damage he can do to the middle class in America as President. He even looks like the typical coporate kiss asz

    September 2, 2011 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  5. Kimosabe

    Money, greed and power.There is no accountability for spending,The money that was collect for the retirees, which started in 1024 is gone.If it wasn't people who need now don't have should be living comfortably and with good care.But we always had and have egotistical and greedy people in the white who don't really care anyone but themselves. Want to solve the problem? Clean house, I mean the white house.Have a drug screening on all those that so call represent the people, They are not above the law. Financial problem? 10% tax on everyone living and working.Then and only then we'll get America Back. Remember, accountability.

    September 2, 2011 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  6. Jude

    obama is a present day david dealing with a huge bush mess of a goliath that is filthy, mean and a hero in teabaggistan where brawn and might is highly regarded and civility and compassion is deemed as a weakness. obama does represent the maternal aspect of humanity while the gop has always been the male element...unfortunately a very mean, bully and ignorant male energy needing to be schooled, again.

    September 2, 2011 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  7. BB

    No one can save this mormon/lutheran clown! The ship sailed long time ago! his character depicts real maladjustment. Mitts! how did the big lead vanish overnight through thin air. It happens when you become arrogant in life.

    September 2, 2011 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Just because you have private sector experience doesn't mean you really know what is going on or how to fix things. Look at George W. Bush who worked in the private sector as well as having an MBA. That didn't really help things did it? I guess the question that I would have about Romney is what was his private sector experience - create jobs here? what kind of jobs here?

    September 2, 2011 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  9. diridi

    Among all the junk of GOP, I take him....He talks some sense....o.k,

    September 2, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    The outspoken young Republican leader called Romney "the most conservative candidate who gives Republicans the best chance to win back the White House in 2012."

    This is one problem. The Republicans are spending more time looking for "the most conservative candidate" and not necessarily the one who can actually win in a national election (without having Karl Rove stuff the ballot box).

    The next problem is the definition of "Conservative". This varies greatly from one State to another, and even within a State. This is especially the case in larger ones or the ones that have population density pockets. A Conservative in a metro district may have different goals than a Conservative in a large, sparsely populated rural region.

    The third problem is the evolution of Conservatism as a concept. The Conservatives of the William F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater type (like John McCain and John Huntsman) are vastly different from the Conservatives like Rick Santorum and Scott Walker. While Goldwater and Buckley were fiscally conservative and favoring a strong defensive military, they did not believe the government has either the right or obligation to interfere with people's private lives. They also did not believe in the military policies of the Neo-Cons such as Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz. Even Ronald Reagan's policies would be decried by today's Conservatives in spite of their hoisting him up on a pedestal as the Conservative Ideal.

    September 2, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  11. Annie, Atlanta

    I don't know that I'd exactly call this a "big boost," as indicated on CNN's main page. As an observer of news (or better yet a news junkie) and especially politics, Romney gives off a vibe that reads "I deserve to be President." It doesn't sit well, because it's ego based, not coming from a sense of public service. But, of course, I could be way wrong. And that whole "I'm unemployed too" thing was offensive, especially in light of the fact that he's in the process of tearing down a 3,000 square foot house on the California coast to build a 12,000 square foot house. It's his right, don't get me wrong, but considering people are losing their homes, the timing was bad. Then the fact that he made his millions on buying up companies, breaking them apart, and shipping jobs overseas doesn't exactly scream I want to help America and Americans. It will be interesting to see how off base I am.

    September 2, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. DA

    While I am not a Republican, I do tend to follow many of their politician you what they say know your opponent, but who the hell is D.J. Bettencourt? LOL....

    September 2, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. JMR49

    So which Tea Party is this guy with...the Tea Party that invited him to speak or the Tea Party that is setting up a counter rally to voice their opposition to Mr. Romney in the same park on the same day?

    September 2, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Eliza

    Compare this article to your lack-luster piece on Ron Paul. Your bias is showing. Romney is a hot-head and an egomaniac. He loses his temper with people who confront him on the issues on the campaign trail and as he debates you can just see it in his face, that he is arrogant and unteachable. Not a good quality for Commander in Chief of the US. As far as his private sector experience, you mean he was the CEO of Marriot Corp, and has alot of experience making money in unethical ways. He makes money well, and he is an elite. Do we really want to have a president with ties to high level bankers, (one for example in florida, with ties to the Bush family) ? Do we want more of the Bush legacy? More of the corrupt banker types bilking the American people out of the little they have left? Do we want someone like Romney, with ties to the Council on Foreign Relations, who gets his foreign policy advising from the same? Romney is an elite and a globalist. His faith is also interesting. He believes that when he passes, he will actually rule a planet....okay, so its a free country and you can believe whatever you want, but that doesnt mean you belong in the white house.

    September 2, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. TheTraveler

    "big boost" is the new catch phrase CNN will now over-apply to any and all endorsements, by anyone for anyone, for anything ... ie: "Romney gets a big boost from overseas ex-pat political contributions" or "Bachman gets a big boost from reading a book" or "Sarah Palin gets a big boost after checking her bank account".

    September 2, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Harry Baxter

    It's a low bar required to get a GOP endorsement as a Presidential Candidate. I guess that a certification of Sanity will do it for me. Using this criterion, Romney and Huntsman (I'm not a Mormon) will qualify them. Regarding the rest, Paul is questionable, but the rest of the "Bar Scene from Star Wars group (Perry, Bachmann, Cain, Santorum, Palin, etc.) are, in my opinion, Mad as Hatters.

    September 2, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Romney will never be picked as the Republican candidate: He's Mormon, a faith that evangelical Christians consider a cult. Norquist, Rove and Limbaugh are just keeping him out there to motivate the Mormon base, which Romney will then tell to vote for whomever does get the nomination.

    September 2, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. conoclast

    The coming election, most markedly now that Rick Perry is the GOP frontrunner, will sadly be an American referendum on the value - or irrelevance - of education: not just higher education mind you, ANY education. A nation that has lost its ability to think will soon lose its right to exist. That the radical right is but an emerging mirror image of the Taliban is becoming more and more obvious!

    September 2, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. APB

    Wow there are a lot of ignorant posts on here. Romney's work at Bain included buying companies like Staples, Domino's Pizza, Sealy, Sports Authority, etc. These companies are still creating jobs in the US. There may have been some temporary cutting of inefficiencies in the companies, but this led to long term success. Isn't this what we are looking for. Romney has run companies that have created thousands of jobs. Who else has done that? Ron Paul is a great guy, but his experience is limited to delivering babies and being a politician. Think about it people!

    September 2, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    "His faith is also interesting. He believes that when he passes, he will actually rule a planet."

    I Googled this, and you're right. Guess that explains all the "Latter Day Saints" stuff. I agree that it's a free country, which includes my freedom to think Mormonism is a bit batty (with apologies to my Mormon friends and relatives).

    September 2, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. EffortPA

    Hey, if the Tea Party does not like Romney, then he is starting to look like a good candidate to me.

    September 2, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Two words for ya, "FLIP FLOP."

    September 2, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Bill

    Bettancourt may be right that Romney may have the best chance of any of the GOP candidates but the reason he may have the best chance is the fact that he is NOT the most conservative. Extreme right or left candidates may do well in their own nomination process but they will not succeed in the general election. A tough as it would be for Romney to beat Obama, it'll be even tougher for him to get the GOP nomination. The current GOP polls seem to favor an Obama second term when you see Perry, Bachman and even Palin getting support. Romney and Huntsman are the only two who would stand any chance at competing against Obama in the general election.

    September 2, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |