UPDATE – To view video of the events, click here.
Mitt Romney’s primary election bid in New Hampshire is now official.
Former NH Gov John H. Sununu looks on as Romney fills out primary ballot papers at the Statehouse in Concord, NH. Oct 24, 2011
A memorable day began for Governor Romney yesterday as he filled out primary ballot papers in NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner’s office at the Statehouse in Concord. A large crowd of supporters and media then moved to the steps outside the Statehouse where, before Romney spoke, former NH Governor John Sununu officially endorsed him.
“I believe he will be our next president.” ~ Fmr NH Gov John H. Sununu
After fmr NH Gov John Sununu endorsed Mitt Romney outside the Statehouse in Concord, NH, Gov Romney spoke to the assembled crowd. Oct 24, 2011 (Photo/Emily Friedman, click on photo to enlarge)
Boston, MA – Mitt Romney announced today the support of former New Hampshire Governor and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu. Governor Sununu will serve as chairman of the Romney for President campaign’s national steering committee and advise Romney on policy and national issues.
“I am deeply appreciative of Governor Sununu’s friendship and support,” said Mitt Romney. “Governor Sununu is one of the most respected public servants in New Hampshire and he has stood for the values embodied by Granite Staters: hard work, individualism, and fiscal responsibility. His advice and counsel will be important as I work to earn support from voters in the Granite State and work to fix our troubled economy.”
“I’m supporting Governor Romney because he is a solid conservative who is committed to reducing taxes, cutting spending and preserving America’s military strength. Mitt has served as a governor, had a successful career in the private sector, and acquired the executive experience needed to turn around our economy and fix our broken government,” said Governor Sununu. “He has demonstrated that he is the strongest candidate to take on President Obama in 2012 and restore fiscal sanity to Washington.”
Background On Governor John H. Sununu:
John Sununu served as New Hampshire’s 85th governor from 1983 to 1989. During his three terms in office he also served as the Chairman of the National Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association.
In 1987, Sununu joined then-Vice President George Bush’s presidential campaign. He helped Bush win New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary and secure the Republican presidential nomination.
Following Bush’s general election victory, Sununu was named White House Chief of Staff — a position that he held from 1989 to 1991. After leaving the White House, Sununu co-hosted the political affairs show Crossfire on CNN from 1992 to 1998.
Sununu came out of political retirement in 2009 to serve as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. Under Sununu’s leadership, Republicans won 7 out of 8 state special elections and achieved historic victories in the 2010 midterm elections. Granite State Republicans swept all federal races, won supermajorities in the NH House and Senate, and captured all five seats on the Executive Council. The current 19-5 Republican advantage in the State Senate is the largest since 1962, and the pickup of 124 seats in the State House is the biggest gain ever recorded in a single election cycle.
To see a video report of the event from TheBostonChannel.com/WCVBtv, click here. (A flat tax question was asked.)
From ABC News:
CONCORD, N.H. – A crush of supporters, media and protesters met Mitt Romney today at the New Hampshire Statehouse, where the presidential candidate filed his paperwork for the state’s primary and scooped up the coveted endorsement of former Gov. John H. Sununu.
Stopping to shake hands on his way into the office of Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Romney said, “Big day today, we have to make sure it takes this time.”
After signing his papers in Gardner’s packed office and making his run in the Granite state official, Romney and Sununu held a rally on the steps of the statehouse.
“I want to thank you all for taking the time to come out this morning and since I like to be as efficient as possible, let me introduce the gentleman I believe will be the next President of the United States and the man I’m endorsing in that endeavor, Gov. Mitt Romney,” Sununu said to cheers from the crowd.
Romney then took the podium, railing against big government and vowing to bring change to Washington.
“This team of people around me, this is the volunteer team that will turn out voters on Primary Day, which by the way, will be the first primary in the nation as it ought to be,” he said.
“President Obama and his friends believe America should be a nation led by government. They’re wrong,” Romney said. “Government has become too intrusive, too big, too fat and that’s why it’s been so difficult for this government to turn around.”
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FOX News’ Carl Cameron reports on the GOP primary calendar (NH’s election will take place on January 10, 2012) and Romney’s day:
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