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Mitt Romney has been gathering an avalanche of endorsements from newspapers, business leaders and state and national political leaders. The latest endorsement comes from Vice President Dan Quayle who will make his announcement later today that he’s supporting Mitt Romney in this election:
Former Vice President Dan Quayle is endorsing Mitt Romney for president.
Republican officials on Monday told The Associated Press that Quayle plans to announce his support for the former Massachusetts governor Tuesday afternoon.
Romney has an event scheduled Tuesday in Paradise Valley, Ariz., where Quayle has a home.
Quayle served as vice president under President George H.W. Bush. He was also a House member from Indiana for two terms and a U.S. senator.
A GOP official familiar with Quayle’s thinking says the former vice president is backing Romney because he views Romney as the most credible candidate in the race. The official requested anonymity to discuss Quayle’s endorsement ahead of the official announcement.
It is my understanding (I could be wrong) that Dan Quayle doesn’t give out endorsements very often and tries to stay out of the national spotlight. As a result, the fact that the former Vice President is willing to endorse Mitt Romney is quite significant since Dan Quayle rarely endorses candidates.
We will post the details of Dan Quayle’s endorsement as soon as we can get it right here.
Hermosa Inn, 5532 North Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, Ariz. 1:00 PM local time
Romney’s Qualities Make Him Best Candidate For President”
By Dan Quayle
The Arizona Republic
December 6, 2011
As Americans observe the wreckage of our country over the last three years — continued high unemployment with 300,000 people last month dropping out of our workforce, the loss of respect for America around the world, fewer opportunities for the next generation, a government that refuses to control spending and faces bankruptcy — it is obvious that this presidential election is crucial for the future of our great nation.
Because of President Obama’s failed leadership, Washington has become dysfunctional. We need a leader from outside of the Washington establishment. We need a president with a proven track record of innovative thinking and a proven ability to make tough decisions and implement them.
Next year, the choice for Americans is whether to stay the course or to acknowledge that the “President of Hope and Change” has to go. Republicans must choose the candidate that can best defeat this entrenched incumbent who is the darling of the fawning media. This person must be ready to lead and a person of character. This person must be willing to take on the Washington establishment, the media and all big spenders in government.
Quayle then elaborates on four criteria he uses to determine who to support for president: leadership, character, conservative philosophy and electability.
There is only one candidate in the field that meets all of these criteria. It is Mitt Romney. He has proven over and over again that he is a leader. He has demonstrated he is capable of making tough decisions and turning things around. He is a man of integrity. He understands budgets and financial markets. He balanced budgets and met a bottom line. He is strong on national defense and has a deep love of the principles that make America great.
Mitt Romney has what it takes to be a great president of the United States, and that is why I enthusiastically endorse him for president.
(emphasis added) Read the full endorsement here.