Florida Rep. Adams throws support behind Romney
January 18th, 2012
09:45 AM ET
9 years ago

Florida Rep. Adams throws support behind Romney

(CNN) - Mitt Romney announced the backing of another Florida representative Wednesday, looking to build momentum for the upcoming Sunshine State primary contest.

Rep. Sandy Adams said in a statement she was looking for the candidate with the best shot at beating President Barack Obama.

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"Floridians are tired of the failed policies of the last three years," Adams said in a statement. "The number one goal for Florida Republicans is to find a candidate who will not only defeat President Obama, but can also put strong conservative principles into action."

Adams represents Florida's 24th Congressional District, encompassing the eastern suburbs of Orlando. The congressman from the neighboring seventh district, Rep. John Mica, announced his support for Romney Monday.

Florida holds its primary January 31, and is the next contest after Saturday's closely-watched election in South Carolina. Florida will be the largest state thus far to cast ballots in the 2012 Republican nominating process. The state will also play an important role in November's general election, with a diverse population and a large number of electoral votes at stake.

In her statement, Adams said Romney's proposed economic policies would drive economy growth.

"Under a President Romney, our country will see a return to policies that create jobs and grow the economy, government spending limited, the principles of our Constitution upheld, and the size of government reduced," Adams said.

Romney praised his newest supporter, saying she was part of a historical congressional class.

"I'm honored to have Congresswoman Sandy Adams' support," Romney said. "As one of the history-making freshmen elected to Congress in 2010, she has been a forceful advocate for less government and empowering small businesses to create lasting economic growth. I look forward to working with Sandy in the months ahead to spread this message to all Floridians."

Romney's political committee, Free and Strong America PAC, donated $2,500 to Adam's 2010 election campaign, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Ken in MD

    Do endorsements like this really change anyone's vote? And if so, why?

    I really liked John Huntsman. He was a moderate (which most Americans want) and a reasonable sounding man. He slammed Romney for months about his policies. Now that he's out, he threw his support to Romney.

    I'm voting for Obama.

    January 18, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. mctampa

    This is really funny, a return to the policies of george w bush that created less jobs in 8 years than Obama has created in one year. These people really have alot of nerve! His economic policies are the same cut taxes for the rich, penalize the poor and destroy programs that support the middle class and the poor. I hope people are not this stupid, just look at the 8 years of bush, he is proposing nothing new, just a return to those policies.

    January 18, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Gurgi

    I don't know why, but for some reason Romney is beginning to remind me of Bill Clinton. Don't know if that is good or bad. I was forced to vote for Clinton his second term, even though I consider him an embarrassment to this country.

    January 18, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Lenny

    Please stop being ashamed of being successful – and paying the legal amount of taxes!

    January 18, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Marty, FL

    One more politician backing another politician who supports Ryan's disasterous plan to privatize our seniors' Medicare. No thank you.

    January 18, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. kakaraka

    "Romney's political committee, Free and Strong America PAC, donated $2,500 to Adam's 2010 election campaign, according to Federal Election Commission filings.". I see. Just a pay back, not a real endorsement since Romney is not a conservative but a modarate flip flop republicans who changes positions like a girouette and paying less than 15% in taxes while the middle class pay more than 25%. Not a good character a President of the United States should have.

    January 18, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    False thinking... The great economy that was during the Clinton adminstration was based on the growing internet businesses among other things. If there hadn't been a down turn based on de-regulation, then there would be less of one. Also there was too much "low cost or free" money available to people who were encouraged to buy homes that were too much for them. Those are just some of the reasons and not Obama.

    January 18, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. gt

    is over why the drama... its mitt vs obama

    January 18, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Larry in Houston

    I can also tell you that as a registered Democrat from a Republican State, IF I were a Republican, I would Vote for Romney, than I would trust a word that the Newter said. And I've been following Politics since November 23rd 1963.

    Larry in Houston

    January 18, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The Romney Train just keeps on rolling.... It'll stop and drop him off at the Whitehouse, where Obama can get on and head back to corrupt Chicago where he belongs.

    January 18, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Joi Gibson

    Big whoop! "As one of the history-making freshman elected to Congress" – who has done nothing but create gridlock. As a South Floridian, I'm willing to bet most Floridians are not at all happy with their state legislature, especially Governor Scott, nor their freshman congressional representatives, especially Alan West. That man is a nightmare. This endorsement may make Willard happy, but means nothing to the electorate (unless of course you are a total right-wing person).

    January 18, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Hello,Floridians. How do you like your Republican governer? How would you like to have someone who would be just like him in the White House?

    How would you like for Republicans to privatize your Social Security by giving the money to Wall Street so that they can lose it? Have you picked up on the fact that they always talk about privatizing but do not tell you where your money would go, or even if they would grant you any say in the matter? Ever heard of MF Global or AIG?

    January 18, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Dixie Independent voter

    Here is a close look at a 2010 obstructionist.

    January 18, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |