Michigan governor backs Romney
February 16th, 2012
08:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Michigan governor backs Romney

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.

Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Mitt Romney
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. mirrorlogic


    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?

    February 15, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder how much did you get $$$$$$$$$ ?

    February 15, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A fascist will endorse the founder of Rommunism.

    February 15, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. Anthony... proud tax payer

    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.

    Obama 2012.

    February 15, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. cali girl

    Birds af a feather flock together.

    February 15, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. donna

    Michigan Governor to back downfall of Republican Party

    February 15, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    Look like Romney getting establishment endorsements and money but No votes

    February 15, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Did the governor support Romney's position of letting the auto industry go under while he sent his money offshore?

    February 15, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  9. lakersfan

    Goodbye Santorum, you just lost Michigan by at least 10 points to Romney. Go Romney!!!

    February 15, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  10. John in Brooklyn

    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.

    February 16, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  11. J.V.Hodgson

    Good for him. Do not know when he is up for re=election. If within next 2 years he is toast.

    February 16, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  12. John Smith

    who really cares

    February 16, 2012 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  13. Shelby

    Thank you Gov. Rick Snyder for endorsing the BEST and most qualified man to be the Repub nominee.

    February 16, 2012 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  14. Guess What

    only becuse you are an obamanite

    February 16, 2012 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  15. T'sah from Virginia

    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!!!)

    Obama 2012!!

    February 16, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  16. Anonymous

    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.

    February 16, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  17. diridi

    Michigan, do not vote any of the republican thugs. Nation's loots, detriments, and cheats. god bless.

    February 16, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |