Today, social and fiscal conservative Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn penned a strong op-ed supporting Romney. GOP Representatives (32 of them!) in Massachusetts and Alaska Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell also issued well-muscled letters of support. Eric Cantor also stepped up to the plate for Romney.
They all believe Romney’s years of private sector work and leadership skills seal the deal. Unquestionably, they feel Romney is ready to be wrapped in the presidential mantle.
★ UPDATE – Add former First Lady Barbara Bush’s name to the list. She recorded a robo call message for Mitt that is playing throughout Vermont:
★ Senator Coburn:
“I’m proud to support Romney because he is a leader. What Romney has done in his 25 years in the private sector is precisely what we need a president to do in Washington. Romney has done hard things. He has turned businesses around, told people hard truths about what needed to be done, inspired confidence and overcome excuses.”
Mitt Romney Best Equipped To Solve Problems Facing Our Nation
By Sen. Tom Coburn
March 4, 2012
America faces the greatest challenges of any in my lifetime. Our debt is now the size of our entire economy. If we don’t change course in the near future, we will face an economic catastrophe far worse than our recent recession.
At the same time, we’re facing a crisis of leadership in Washington. The problems and solutions are widely understood — and far from impossible to implement — yet our so-called leaders have shown little interest in solving problems. President Obama campaigned as a transformational leader, yet he has rejected transformational solutions such as the Simpson-Bowles plan that gave Washington a framework for averting a debt crisis.
Elections are about choices. This November, the most important choice facing the American people will be whether we will demand a solution and avert a debt crisis or whether we will continue to accept the status quo and hope for the best. I’m confident the vast majority of Americans on both sides of the aisle want a solution. The next choice, then, is deciding who is best qualified to enact a solution.
In life, and especially politics, our choices are seldom perfect and often difficult. But it is critically important to make a choice and support the person who is best equipped to solve the urgent problems before us. In my view, that person is Mitt Romney.
From my experience, Washington tends to be divided between two groups — leaders and career politicians. Leaders tend to have a wealth of real-world experience outside of politics and are in office to give rather than take something from their position. Career politicians, on the other hand, mean well but are ill-equipped to solve problems. Their greatest skill is getting re-elected.
Continue reading here.
★ From Romney’s Press Office – MA Republican Reps (32 signatures!):
If Mitt gets to the White House and has a chance to do for the country what he did for Massachusetts, we will see a turnaround in this country unlike any we have seen before.
Massachusetts Republican Representatives Stand with Mitt
Over the course of this election season, we members of the Massachusetts Republican Legislative Caucus, have watched and listened as our former Governor’s record has been scrutinized by his rivals and by the national media. Now it is our turn to speak.
Republicans in Massachusetts never had a stronger leader, a greater defender, or a better friend in the State House than Mitt Romney.
Let’s start with the economy. When Mitt was elected Governor, Massachusetts was on the verge of financial disaster. Workers across the state were being laid off at the rate of thousands a month.
Our state budget was bleeding red ink, and Democratic politicians were proclaiming that only tax increases could fill the gap. Raising taxes, of course, was not Governor Romney’s way. Quite the opposite. With the same energy and intelligence he brings to every challenge he faces, he brought efficiency to our state government. He streamlined our budget and cut unneeded programs.
Without raising taxes—indeed, he cut taxes nineteen times—he balanced the budget every year of his term. By the end of four years, he had turned a $3 billion deficit into a $2 billion rainy-day fund. With the state government’s finances in order, the economy picked up steam. Unemployment at the end of Mitt’s term was 4.7 percent, a rate the state envies now.
But the economy was not the only realm where Mitt was a leader. He cracked down on illegal immigration by vetoing an in-state tuition bill and by authorizing state troopers to detain people who had entered the country illegally. When Democrats caved to the teachers unions and sought to impose a one-year moratorium on publicly-funded charter schools, Mitt successfully turned back their efforts.
Every one of these steps required leadership and courage. Massachusetts is the cradle of liberalism and Mitt was willing to say “No” to the liberal agenda. When conservatives in Massachusetts needed someone to fight for them, Mitt stood up and did the fighting. He didn’t shrink from unpopular positions that drew heat in the liberal media. He didn’t shrink from using his veto power to block Democratic initiatives. Indeed, he exercised his veto power more than 800 times.
Washington D.C. could sorely use a leader of Mitt’s uncommon fortitude. So could the Republican Party. Mitt governed as a conservative in a heavily Democratic Massachusetts. And let’s not forget that he garnered enough independent votes to be elected in the first place. He’s got a track record that shows he can defeat Barack Obama.
If Mitt gets to the White House and has a chance to do for the country what he did for Massachusetts, we will see a turnaround in this country unlike any we have seen before. America can get back on the path to strong economic growth and full employment. We know Mitt’s extraordinary abilities firsthand. It’s time our great country had a great president once again. We feel fortunate that our former Governor is in the race.
House Minority Leader Brad Jones
Representative Paul Adams
Representative Jay Barrows
Representative Richard Bastien
Representative Matthew Beaton
Representative Nicholas Boldyga
Representative Vinny deMacedo
Representative Angelo D’Emilia
Representative Geoff Diehl
Representative Peter Durant
Representative Ryan Fattman
Representative Kimberly Ferguson
Representative Paul Frost
Representative Susan Gifford
Representative Sheila Harrington
Representative Bradford Hill
Representative Steve Howitt
Representative Donald Humason
Representative Randy Hunt
Representative Kevin Kuros
Representative Steven Levy
Representative Marc Lombardo
Representative Shaunna O’Connell
Representative Keiko Orrall
Representative George Peterson
Representative Elizabeth Poirier
Representative George Ross
Representative Todd Smola
Representative David Vieira
Representative Daniel Webster
Representative Daniel Winslow
Representative Donald Wong
★ From Romney’s Press Office – Alaska Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell:
… Romney’s compass points in the right direction: He has the love of freedom, the support for families, the reverence for life and the personal energy to make America strong again.
Why I Support Mitt Romney
By Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell
We live under the boot of a liberty-quashing, power hungry, financially undisciplined, morally ambivalent, over-reaching national government. America needs a turnaround. To win less government, more freedom, and a stronger America in the world, we need the right candidate at the top of the 2012 GOP ticket.
Alaska Republicans cast our ballots on Super Tuesday, March 6. I urge us to pick a Presidential candidate who believes in liberty and the sanctity of life. We need a candidate whose experience – in business and in government – demonstrates he can turn things around. In saving the Salt Lake Olympics and building a string of American companies, Mitt Romney has proved leadership skills head and shoulders above our current President. And Romney’s compass points in the right direction: He has the love of freedom, the support for families, the reverence for life and the personal energy to make America strong again.
After a successful campaign in Alaska four years ago, Mitt has stayed in touch with Alaskans, and his son, Josh has been here several times. In a letter to Alaska Republicans this month, Romney recognizes Alaska’s potential to contribute to America’s economic and military strength. He understands our pipeline is running just one third full. He knows that the Obama Administration’s slowpoke approach to development here is putting Alaska jobs – and the nation’s energy security – in danger.
As a former governor, Romney also spoke to the power of states. “The federal government should be an ally in the effort to develop more of our nation’s resources,” he said, “not an obstacle. We will respect the rights Alaska gained with Statehood – including control of Alaska lands, waters, and wildlife.” He spoke to the Bill of Rights’ “guarantee that states, not the federal government, are where power should be based, as stated in the Tenth Amendment.”
(The Tenth Amendment, by the way, says simply this: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” It has been ignored, as government has run like a flooding river, over its banks. Without a President who believes in the Founders’ vision, we may never get our liberty back.)
“Government,” said Romney, “exists to protect your freedoms, not to take them away.”
“I believe our Founders’ recognition that our Creator gave us the right to life should stand for all living Americans –from the unborn to the old and frail. I believe the Bill of Rights is fundamental,” he added, with his strong support for First and Second Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech, religion, and the right to bear arms.
“You live in a state with huge potential to help America address its problems,” Romney told us.
“Alaska’s energy is abundant. Your strategic location is vital to the nation’s defense, and to global sea, air and space transportation. Rare earth minerals found in Alaska can help free our country from monopolies abroad. Your fisheries, which account for over half the value of wild fish caught in the United States, help feed our people and the world. And Alaska’s natural beauty and wildlife inspire and beckon visitors from around the world.
“Alaska can’t reach its potential when America’s president doesn’t believe in opportunity or the ingenuity of Alaskans to develop resources and protect the nvironment. President Obama’s miserable record of joblessness throughout America is exemplified by decisions he has made, again and again, to thwart job creation in Alaska.”
Last month, I had the chance to visit with Mitt Romney after his primary victory in New Hampshire. I know he’s determined to win here, and I think he will win, because his approach fits what Alaska needs.
Alaska’s future depends on getting big things done – a gas pipeline, restoring flow in an oil pipeline, running the biggest forest and fisheries in the country, manning crucial defenses of our nation. Our freedom depends on limits to government, and recognition of the appropriate role of the states.
Republicans are known for standing up – for economic and military strength, for free markets, limited government, individual liberty, and for life. Advocates within our party have made a name leading for each of these principles. Mitt Romney is the one candidate whose conviction and record brings them together for us all.
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I’m so impressed with the thought and passion for Governor Romney conveyed in all of these endorsements.
Super Tuesday? Let’s roll!
NOTE: Thanks to MRC’s Rebel Ross, you may now find the latest primary results and delegate count here (a good page to bookmark!).
► Jayde Wyatt