Romney wins endorsement in Arizona
September 19th, 2011
09:07 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney wins endorsement in Arizona

(CNN) - Mitt Romney Monday will grab the support of a popular Republican Congressman from Arizona, a state that's growing in importance in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination.

The former Massachusetts governor's presidential campaign confirms to CNN that six-term Rep. Jeff Flake will endorse Romney, who's making his second bid for the White House.

"Mitt Romney has the experience and vision to get our country on the right path again. Whether it was his time as governor or as a successful businessman, Mitt Romney has shown that he has the economic knowledge to create the environment for businesses to start hiring again," said Flake, in an email release put out by the Romney campaign.

Flake, a fiscal conservative, is running for a GOP controlled open U.S. Senate seat in Arizona and is the favorite at this time to win his party's nomination. Flake, like Romney, is also a Mormon and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Last week Arizona announced it would hold its primary on February 28. While the date is in violation of the Republican National Committee calendar, it would make the state more important in the battle for the nomination. Both Romney and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota campaigned in Arizona last week.

"I am proud to announce Congressman Flake's support," said Mitt Romney. "Having such a strong advocate for the taxpayer on my Arizona team will be crucial as I reach out to voters across the state and spread my pro-growth message."

Word of the Flake endorsement was first reported by Politico.

In a statement, the Arizona Democratic Party criticized the endorsement.

“Today’s news that one flip-flopper has endorsed another infamous flip-flopper comes as no surprise to anyone who remembers Flake’s transparently political move to drop his support for comprehensive immigration reform in favor of the Russell Pearce agenda," Arizona Democratic Party executive director Luis Heredia said in the statement. "Maybe for his next act, Flake will follow Romney in abandoning every other position he’s held with any conviction in hopes of fooling Republicans into believing he's something he's not.”

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    It's funny that Romney's message (like all Republicans) is the same trickle-down economics concept that has always failed. He's not a crazy as Perry or Bachman, but his tired old message is simply more pandering to the rich.

    September 19, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  2. Mark

    I can only imagine what Mr. Flake is getting in return for endorsing, "Flip Flop Romney!"

    September 19, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    whoopdie doo. Mittens is losing the battle against yet another bombastic Texas blowhard

    September 19, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    They're "brothers". They will either win together or lose together. Considering the GOTP platform, I think it is going to be a loss. It is a very weak and narrow platform the GOTP is spinning together.

    Tax cuts for the wealthy.
    No payroll cuts for the middle class.
    Turn Medicare into a voucher program.
    Privatize Social Security.
    Close public schools, and give select few vouchers to attend private schools.
    No health care for people who have no health insurance.
    Welfare for big oil over jobs for your neighbor, Big Bill.
    Deregulate everything.

    Romney thinks corporations are people. How long will he wait before demanding that those "people" have the right to vote?

    September 19, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. unsub

    waste of time. President Obama will have his second term!

    September 19, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Maximus

    I sure hope Romney gets a chance. I am seek of the establishment of typical republicans and democrats. Romney has a different tone to him. Which might also be his weakness, given how ignorant republicans tend to like 'crazy' like Palin, McCain or Perry.

    September 19, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. George H

    Romney is the only candidate who has the private sector experience, financial acumen and focus to turn our country around. Another BHO term will take us down to a place from which we may never recover.

    Romney is right that corporations are made up of people. Any intelligent individual with a retirement fund, a small company, or even a farm is part of a corporation. If that is not corporations being made up of people, then what is?

    September 19, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |