Grand Rapids, Michigan (CNN) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder endorsed Mitt Romney in an op-ed Thursday and will appear with the former Massachusetts governor later in the day, a GOP source confirmed to CNN.
In the Detroit News piece Snyder praised Romney's business credentials and actions as governor while emphasizing his roots in the Wolverine State ahead of the state's primary on February 28.
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"Our country has never elected a president born and raised in Michigan. Mitt Romney was born in Detroit. His father served with distinction as governor," Snyder wrote. "Before that, he was president of American Motors. Mitt grew up with the prospects of the auto industry and of Michigan discussed around the dinner table."
The governor will announce his support in person in Farmington Hills, Michigan, at a meeting of the area chamber of commerce, as CNN reported Wednesday night.
Snyder's endorsement is a timely pickup for Romney, who is now battling a surging rival in former Sen. Rick Santorum in a state where Romney has deep ties and has long been favored to win.
Romney threw his support behind Snyder during his Michigan gubernatorial bid in August 2010.
The two-time presidential contender planned two days of campaign events in Michigan this week.
Isn't it wonderful seeing the old school D.C. based power club getting involved. That is what is happening. How could a Governor of a state that Willard Mitt was going to actually gut ... support you?
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder how much did you get $$$$$$$$$ ?
A fascist will endorse the founder of Rommunism.
You voted for him Michigan. These are the guys you want looking out for your best interest?
I think I'll take my chances with the guy who actually cares about the have-nots.
Birds af a feather flock together.
Michigan Governor to back downfall of Republican Party
Look like Romney getting establishment endorsements and money but No votes
Did the governor support Romney's position of letting the auto industry go under while he sent his money offshore?
Goodbye Santorum, you just lost Michigan by at least 10 points to Romney. Go Romney!!!
In other words....Snyder: Let's ship more auto manufacturing jobs to China and shut down GM because we hate bail-outs for American companies.
Good for him. Do not know when he is up for re=election. If within next 2 years he is toast.
who really cares
Thank you Gov. Rick Snyder for endorsing the BEST and most qualified man to be the Repub nominee.
only becuse you are an obamanite
And the moral of that story is???????? There are many so-call "saviors" behind Romney but it's not going to SAVE him from LOSING!!
(And if Romney SMACKS his lips one more time I will BARF!!! I loved Barney Frank but that SMACKING had to go............Humm, I won't say it!!!)
Snyder is not very popular in MI and recent polls show rank and file GOBP voters can't stand Flipper the Elitist Robot and his anti-auto bailout position. Santorum has a huge lead among those voters. Rmoney's only hope is that independent voters might vote for him. That's a pretty big gamble for a supposedly "well organized" campaign.
Michigan, do not vote any of the republican thugs. Nation's loots, detriments, and cheats. god bless.