Romney gains two Perry fans
October 28th, 2011
02:02 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney gains two Perry fans

(CNN) – Mitt Romney captured two endorsements Friday from former Rick Perry supporters.

New Hampshire Republican state Rep. Norman Major, who backed Perry over a month ago, and prominent social conservative Maureen Mooney, who flew to Texas earlier this year to encourage a Perry White House bid, threw their support behind Romney.

Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said Major's decision, first reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader, is proof the campaign is continuing to gain momentum.

"Voters across the country realize that Governor Romney is the only Republican who can fix our economy and defeat President Obama in 2012," Williams told CNN.

In an interview with the Leader, Major said he originally endorsed Perry because of his accomplishments in Texas, but "as I saw him in the debates and how he handles himself, I realized he isn't going to beat Obama."

A recent CNN/TIME/ORC International poll of Republican voters in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state, showed Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, leading the GOP pack with 40% of the vote. Texas Gov. Perry came in sixth place with 4% of the vote.

Mooney also announced her Romney support Friday, according to CNN affiliate WMUR.

"This is Mitt's time and this is his year," she told the station. "He has been a friend of New Hampshire for years now and is very supportive of the New Hampshire Republican Party, candidates locally, the county and state. Furthermore, he demonstrates a sharpness in every debate we have seen him in that will match up well against Barack Obama. That is precisely what we need."

Also see:

Huntsman: Romney's a 'perfectly lubricated weathervane'

The DNC's Romney obsession

Johnson files in the nick of time

Through the laughs, Cain defends his serious side

Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Rick Perry
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Yucon

    It is Mitt's time, he'll debate well against BO. Same school, but Mitt is a business turnaround experienced man, while BO just turned around.

    October 28, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Marques

    Flubber to Flip-flopper

    Isn't it weird to learn that republican supporters are now switching from Perry the 'FLUBBER' to Mitt, which Mitt? Mitt the FLIP-FLOPPER. The former cannot speak fluently on any issue and the latter cannot make up his mind on any issue.

    Why don't ALL republicans just rally behind our president in a show of appreciation. See? president Obama has never proven to be a 'FLUBBER' nor a 'FLIP-FLOPPER.

    Given the circus-like feats being performed by these two clowns, what other options exists anyway?

    October 28, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Jamie from Riverside

    Let a conservative lead this country to prosperity (again).....

    Didn't we already have one of those (conservatives) leading us to prosperity between 2001 & 2008?
    More Prospero than prosperity.

    October 28, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |

    The wingnut/teabagger trainwreck implosion continues full speed ahead with delusional teabaggers lying about being the majority now.

    October 28, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "This is Mitt's time and this is his year,"

    Willard "Mitt" Romney certainly thinks so. Taking an awfully long time for the rest of the Grand Old Party to hop on board, though. Eight years of spotlighting Mitt and America still doesn't know what this guy stands for one day after the next. Doubt he even knows for sure anymore.

    October 28, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    The influential neocons in the GOBP deathcult have been backing Romney all along. The behind the scenes manipulations will continue until Romney appears as the savior of the divided party. Mittwit will then promise he's learned is lesson and will surround himself with only the finest and purest conservative "thinkers", Sadly for America, this will mean a candidate and platform based on the same failed ideas of the past: deregulation and tax cuts for the ultrarich. It's the only song they know. And when you care only for the greedy, and not the needy, it's the only song you need to know.

    October 28, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
1 2