"Well, it gives me great pleasure to welcome back Governor Romney, along with Ann and four of their five sons...
I have a long history with this great American family, begining with Mitt's dad, his wonderful father George Romney,
who you could almost say was the father of volunteerism in this country.
He certainly is one of my mentors on what it means to be a point of light...
Certainly I consider Mitt and Ann Romney good friends...
I am pleased to welcome this good man, our friend from Massachusetts, Governor Mitt Romney."
“The Bush family seems to be moving its chips to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Several of Jeb’s gubernatorial staffers have signed on with Romney, and Jeb’s sister, Doro Bush Koch, is cohosting a fund-raiser for him. Mom and Dad [George H.w. and Barbara] are reportedly telling friends he’s a fine man and the class act in the race.”
Pres. George H.W. Bush: “We like Mitt Romney. We know him well and like him very much... He's a reasonable guy, he's a conservative fellow, which is good. But a, no, I think he would be a good president, a very good president.”
Larry King to Barbara: “Do you have a favorite?”
Barbara Bush: “I'll go with George-- Mitt Romney.”
"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...
"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.
"There are four criteria I use in determining who I will support for president. These are: 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."
Announcing his support, Vice President Quayle said, "Because of President Obama’s failed leadership, Washington has become dysfunctional. We need a leader from outside of the Washington establishment to get America back on track. Mitt Romney has proven over and over that he is a leader. He is a man of integrity. He understands budgets and financial markets. He is strong on national defense and has a deep love of the conservative philosophy that makes America great. Governor 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."
"I'm proud of the job this good man is doing as Governor of this great state. Mitt Romney is a great governor. (Applause.) And like me, he married very well. (Laughter.) I'm proud Ann is here with us tonight. Ann, thank you for coming. (Applause.) "
“I strongly stand with Mitt Romney because I believe he is the best person for the job of Governor of Massachusetts.
“I say that I know that because I know his values. He's got his priorities straight: his faith, his family, and his State. And he's not going to waver from those priorities. They're etched in his heart.
“He's got a record. He's done things in life. He started his own businesses. He's an entrepreneur. He knows how to create jobs at a time when you need somebody in Massachusetts who knows job creation.
“He knows how to take a struggling organization and turn it around. He's done that recently. He's not one of these talkers that you find in the political arena. He's a doer. Just ask the folks - just ask the folks who were wondering whether or not the Olympics were going to go bankrupt. Ask them what happened when Mitt Romney showed up and brought some managerial skills and some vision and the ability to set priorities and the know-how how to set budgets and turned that organization around and made sure the Olympics in Salt Lake City were not only successful but profitable. It's the same kind of attitude you need here in your State budget in Massachusetts.
“No, you've got the right man for the job here. You've got the right person for the job. And I want to thank you for backing him.
“And I'm real proud of his wife, Ann. She'll be a great first lady for Massachusetts. She's a dedicated mom. She's looking forward to working hard with Mitt to do everything they can to help everybody in the State of Massachusetts, to help people get ahead in this State.
“Mitt and I married above ourselves - [laughter] - in my case, by a long shot. [Laughter] Yes, I know. Laura sends her best to the Romneys, sends her love to our friends here. She is - I can't tell you how proud I am of her. You know, when I married her, she was a public school librarian in Texas. The truth of the matter is, she didn't like politics - [laughter] - nor did she like politicians. [Laughter] Now she's stuck with me. [Laughter] ...
“See, you need somebody who knows what they're talking about when it comes to making sure the people of this important State can find work. And there's no question in my mind Mitt Romney knows what he's talking about. He knows - he knows capital. He knows entrepreneurship. He understands small-business creation...
“But what I like best about him is, they understand - Mitt and Kerry (Lt. Gov Kerry Healy) understand - the number one priority of any State is the education of the children of the State. See, I used to say - I used to put it this way: Education is to a State what national defense is to the Federal Government. It's the most important priority. And this team has got education as a priority.”
"Once I determined that it was best for the cause that I step down, the question became 'should I endorse another candidate?' I made the decision to do so.
"There is a candidate that meets several criteria that are critical from my point of view. First, he will secure our borders...
He also has by the way a solid record that matches his rhetoric...
And finally, and very importantly, he can go the distance.
I am also gratified to know that on the defining geo-political issue of the 21st century, which is the war with Islamic fundamentalism,
we do find common ground. This morning I met with Governor Mitt Romney. Although we are not in agreement on all issues,
I am convinced that he is committed to the principles I have outlined.
"And so today, I am doing two things that I believe are in the best interest of this cause.
And that cause is of course a secure America.
I am withdrawing from the race and I am endorsing Governor Mitt Romney for President of the United States.
"Throughout the campaign I have learned a great deal about the candidates.
I have certainly been impressed with Governor Romney's ability to solve very complex problems
and I believe he is a man of personal integrity and great character.
I think he would bring honor to the Oval Office.
So I am happy to do this thing". Tom Tancredo (4:15 minutes into statement)
Senator John McCain said, “The time has arrived for Republicans to choose a presidential nominee; a new standard bearer who has the ability and determination to defeat President Obama and the strongest commitment to returning America to prosperity and defending our interests and values overseas. I’m pleased to have made my choice, and to endorse Governor Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for President.”
“These last few years have been a terribly tough time for Americans, and President Obama’s policies have failed to address effectively the problems of weak economic growth and persistent joblessness that have caused so many sleepless nights for so many Americans,” continued Senator McCain. “The Obama administration has ignored the most serious challenges threatening our future – a fifteen trillion dollar debt, and the job destroying effects of a complex, unfair and incomprehensible tax code, bankrupt entitlement programs, and unnecessary government regulations. We can overcome these challenges as we have overcome every challenge in our past, but only if our country changes leaders.”
“Governor Romney offers us the commonsense reforms of government policy that are necessary to turn around our economy,” said Senator McCain. “His record of accomplishment in government and business are a testament to his leadership abilities. His commitment to a strong defense and principled diplomacy will earn the world’s respect for American leadership.”
“I had the privilege of running against Governor Romney for the nomination four years ago, and I know he is a tough competitor,” said Senator McCain. “I have no doubt he is the best candidate we can nominate. And I am proud to support him for President.”
Senator McCain on Romney (after their Republican Presidential Primary race):
"And I knew Mitt, and I knew what an outstanding individual he is and what a wonderful family person, but I hadn't had the chance to get to know Ann." McCain noted that she is "battling a disease" -- multiple sclerosis -- and that "she is a woman of courage and beauty and grace."
Senator McCain on Romney (prior to their Republican Presidential Primary race):
"You've got a great team here. But it's led by a man of honesty and integrity.
It's led by a man who is prepared to serve, and a man who I have grown to know for his honesty and his decency and his commitment to America.
I am proud to be in his company, aren't you?
"We have a man here of unimpeachable integrity and decency and honor
who could do a lot of other things, my dear friends, we all know that. Romneys could, they could move to Arizona! They could do a lot of things,
yet this man has willingly stepped forward to serve the state of Massachusetts and our party,
and young Americans and again give them a public office holder that they can look up to, and honor, and emulate.
That's why I'm committed to this race.
"In the state of Massachusetts as the state of Arizona, tough decisions are going to have to be made.
There is only one kind of person who can make those decisions and that's a man of intellectual integrity and honesty and experience.
"But I also have great and tremendous regard for Mitt Romney because I think he brings honesty and integrity
and can act as a role model to the young people of Massachusetts and all over this country.
"I think we have an opportunity to send a signal not only across Massachusetts but America-
negative campaigning doesn't work. People of integrity are still welcome to serve this country,
may I please ask you to give your warmest possible welcome to the next governor of the state of Massachusetts."
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McCain & Romney on Hannity - Jan 5, 2012
McCain at Salem, NH - Jan 5, 2012
Meghan McCain, Sen. McCain's daughter
“KENNESAW - Sen. John McCain's daughter, Meghan, told a Kennesaw State University audience Monday evening that she wants to see Mitt Romney, not Sarah Palin, challenge Barack Obama for president...
“That's not to say McCain, who is a columnist for Tina Brown's The Daily Beast, doesn't have respect for Palin.
“ "She is captivating on every level, and she's a lot smarter than people ever give her credit for," McCain said... McCain said Palin has been treated unfairly by the media, which is something the media does to other conservative women as well, like McCain herself...
“ "My personal favorite right now is Mitt Romney," she said. "I like that he's not so radical. I like that he has really, really played his cards right, almost perfectly since the last election." ”
Video and accompanying article of Jon Huntsman's endorsement of Mitt Romney, which includes:
“It's time, Huntsman said, for the GOP to unite behind the candidate "best equipped to defeat Barack Obama. Despite our differences and the space between us on some of the issues, I believe that candidate is Mitt Romney." ...
“In a statement, Romney said, “I salute Jon Huntsman and his wife Mary Kaye. Jon ran a spirited campaign based on unity not division, and love of country. I appreciate his friendship and support.”
“Huntsman and Romney spoke by phone Sunday night about what Huntsman could do to help his former rival.”
“Mitt Romney is running for president, and I am proud to endorse him.
“Alone among the contenders, he possesses the unique qualifications to confront and master our severe economic predicament. His abiding faith in our country's exceptional historical position as a beacon of freedom will make him the most important leader in a world that depends upon a strong America to stay at peace...
“He's formulated an economic plan—a set of alternatives to the government-oriented programs that Barack Obama has put in place—that is unparalleled in the history of American electoral campaigns. By pressing for fundamental change in the way that Washington taxes and spends, issues regulations, uses energy, interacts with our major trading partners, and deals with our labor force, he fully envisions a way to place America back on the path toward rapid economic growth and full employment.
“And at his core, Mitt Romney is a man of great character... He is a formidable person, and he will certainly be a formidable president...
“I am proud to stand with Mitt. Will you join me?”
“This November, Americans will be at the polls with a serious choice- they can vote for more of Barack Obama’s transformation of America, with more joblessness, higher energy prices, fewer opportunities for our children, more government controls, bailouts, and failed economic policies, or they can vote for a new vision of prosperity and liberty. I’m honored to announce that today, I am endorsing Governor Mitt Romney for President of the United States, a man who will preserve the American dream of prosperity and liberty...
“This is the last chance we have to keep America from going “forward”, over the cliff, as Governor Romney said, and restore the values of prosperity and freedom. This is the opportunity for conservatives, independents, and disaffected Democrats to join me and Governor Romney in denying Obama a second term. On November 6th, the only option is Mitt Romney for President.”
"Mitt Romney has earned the Republican Presidential nomination through hard-work, a strong organization, and disciplined message of restoring America after nearly four years of failed job-killing policies from President Obama and his administration," said Governor Perry. "So today I join the many conservative Republicans across the nation in endorsing Mitt Romney for President and pledge to him, my constituents and the Republican Party than I will continue to work hard to help defeat President Obama. American jobs, economic stability and national security depend on electing a new president. Mitt's vision and record of private sector success will put America back on the path of job creation, economic opportunity and limited government."
"I've endorsed him. I'm a heck of a lot more comfortable with him than I am with Barack Obama, and that's going to be our choice... The reason we have contests is to pick a winner, and we've done that. Mitt Romney will be our nominee. He will be TEN times better than Barack Obama, particularly when it comes to the economy. And as they said in 1992, 'It's the economy stupid!' It's still about the economy. And Newt Gingrich, any of our candidates, but particularly Mitt, he's going to be our nominee, we're going to be behind him, and God help us if he doesn't win... Mitt Romney has to win this presidential election in November of 2012 or our country truly is going to be on the precipice of bankruptcy and international affairs that I suggest to you that none of us are going to like...
"Tom Coburn had some very startling remarks just yesterday when he talked about the precipice that this country's on. I agree with that. I think we have to make changes and we have to make changes in a hurry, and Mitt Romney understands that."
May 29, 2012 - Rick Perry on eve of Texas primary
“Anita and I congratulate Mitt Romney on securing the Republican nomination and think it is appropriate that the strongest economic leader and jobs state has put him over the top in an election where President Obama’s failed jobs and economic record will be front and center.”
“The fact is, compared to Barack Obama, Mitt Romney is a solid conservative. I think you have to come down to what's the choice this November, and the choice is the most radical President in American history and a failed President at the economy and somebody who has a solid record on jobs and who in fact, on basic principles is a conservative. And I think, you can get into arguments about who is how conservative. But compared to Obama, Mitt Romney is a solid conservative...
“I said on Wednesday when I did the statement of suspending the campaign, I'm going to campaign for him. I favor him over Obama, and I went through, like, seven different issues where I favor him. I'll do everything I can to help elect Romney and I'll do everything I can to help the Senate and to help the House Republicans. I'm not sure what endorsement means beyond that. I will be campaigning with Mitt in the near future...
“I have endorsed him and-- and I-- we're working with his campaign team and I want him to carry the maximum number of states and I want the election in September and October to help win the Senate for Republicans and to help increase Republican margin in the House.”
Fox News - Newt Gingrich suspends his campaign - May 2, 2012
17:44 minutes into speech: "As for the presidency, I'm asked sometimes is Mitt Romney conservative enough. And my answer is simple. Campared to Barack Obama? You know, this is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history.
"If you simply take judges and ask yourself 'Who are the kind of people Governor Romney would be inclined to appoint? And who are the kind of people we know Barack Obama appoints?' The gap is as wide as at any point in American history. I would argue that it is wider than between Reagan and Carter.
"If you look at Romney's pledge to cut spending, something which we are going to cheerfully help him with. To balance the budget, something I've had some involvement with. To work with Paul Ryan and others on the entitlement crisis. To focus on economic growth by creating private sector jobs, something I would suggest Governor knows about 60,000 times more than does President Obama.
"Just think about appointing common sense regulators, as compared to the Obama EPA regulator who said 'it's nice to occasionally crucify an industry because it teaches them a lesson.' It would be nice to have somebody who said 'it is nice to work with an industry so they can create jobs.' Now you can't get a much bigger gap than those kind of things."
“I’m not quite sure what the magic words as you all in the media want out of me so let me say this, I believe that Mitt Romney will be a dramatically better president for the United States than Barack Obama,” Gingrich clarified. “I believe that he has earned the right to represent the Republican Party and he’s earned it the hard way. He has fought his way to the nomination, nobody gave him an inch.”
Gingrich to civic group in North Carolina - April 25, 2012
"Governor Romney had a very good day yesterday. He got 67% in one state. He got 63% in another, 62% in another...
"It's very, very important that we be unified. Nothing should stop-- no conservative, anywhere in America, should have any doubt, about the importance of defeating Barack Obama...
"In addition to the presidency, we are going to try to help take control of the senate and we're going to try to help increase our margin in the house...
"We're going to stay very, very active. We're working out the details of our transition, and we'll have information for the press in the next couple of days. But I am committed to this party. I am committed to defeating Obama.
"We'll find ways to be helpful. I do think it is pretty clear that Governor Romney is ultimately going to be the nominee. And we're going to do everything that we can to make sure that he is in fact effective, and that we as a team are effective both in winning this Fall and then, frankly, in governing."
On February 4, 2008, Atlanta talk show host, Foxnews Business Commentator, North Star Writers Syndicated columnist, author of four books, past chairman and CEO of several organizations, Herman Cain wrote an article titled "Why I Support Mitt Romney: Leadership Substance", stating:
“The success of this country in the future will be shaped by the leadership abilities of the next president. Our success will not be based on opinion polls, pandering to the uninformed voters, promising emotional quick fixes over common sense, nitpicking of opponents' past records or mastering the art of the media sound bite. Success will come from focusing on the right problems and solving those problems...
“Mitt Romney has done that as a chief executive officer in business, as a governor and as head of the U.S. Olympics. He has done so while balancing political consequences, but not compromising fundamental principles of the founding of this country or free-market economics... Anyone who wishes to find a reason not to vote for Romney can easily find one. But the reasons to vote for him are far more compelling.”
Earlier, in October 2007, he came out with an article titled "Mitt Romney is a Mormon and I am a Baptist: Get Over It!". In it he stated:
“The Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Mormons and a few other faiths have three things in common – they believe in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God and that He died and was resurrected for our sins.
“So what’s the problem?
“The political pundits continue to try and make Mitt Romney’s religious beliefs a big issue as he runs for the Republican presidential nomination. Different denominations of Christianity are just that – different denominations – which means different worship practices of the same fundamental Christian beliefs...
“I am a practicing Bible-reading-and-believing Baptist Christian, and I respect any Christian denomination that shares the same basic beliefs...
“This country needs a president who has a sensible, common sense solution or idea for the tier one issues that we face. National security in our fight against Islamic fascism, sustaining the positive growth of our economy, market-based incentives to make our health care system more affordable and accessible, restructuring a dysfunctional social security system, replacing an outdated and unfair federal tax code, and harnessing the unbridled growth of government and entitlement spending.”
“It looks like Mitt Romney is going to be that nominee, and we do need to get behind him.
“I remind people all the time... Keep your eye on the mission. And the mission is to get control of the senate, maintain control of the house, and defeat Barack Obama. That means get behind the nominee. So, yes, I'm ready to get behind the nominee.”
WMAL: “Are you able to support Mitt Romney completely?”
Cain: “Yes, I am... I will support Mitt Romney. And one of the tasks that I have that I'm committed to, as part of this revolution on the hill, and meeting with some key leaders, is we've got to get over the past differences, because Mitt Romney will be 200% times better than Barack Obama...
“To Newt Gingrich I would say, Speaker Gingrich, with all due respect, let's get on with this, Okay? You made a great run...
“Let's go ahead and clean this up so we can start focusing on defeating Barack Obama in November.”
“ “One way to achieve this goal of a more perfect union is by getting Barack Obama out of the White House,” Cain said. “Throwing our support and energy behind Mitt Romney is a big step in accomplishing this mission.”
“Cain added that he already supported Romney prior to making the endorsement official. “I’ve met with him privately and now I’m telling everyone publicly, if Mitt Romney wasn’t your favorite candidate for the Republican nomination, Get Over It! We need unity to take back the White House and the Senate, and keep control of the House of Representatives...
“Cain said then that not everyone in the Republican camp will agree on everything, but Gov. Romney gets the big things right - especially recognizing that federal policies are the biggest impediment to American prosperity.
“ “This is why I officially endorse Gov. Romney. I now call on the millions of Americans who want to end disastrous government policies that compromise our freedom and prosperity to do the same and help Gov. Romney win in November.” ”
“Below is the full text of the e-mail Santorum sent out [May 8th to supporters]:
“Thank you for all you did...
“On Friday, Governor Romney came to Pittsburgh for an over-hour long one-on-one meeting. The conversation was candid, collegial and focused on the issues...
“While the issue of my endorsement did not come up... During our meeting I felt a deep responsibility to assess Governor Romney's commitment to addressing the issues most important to conservatives...
“The family and its foundational role in America's economic success, a central point of our campaign, was discussed at length. I was impressed with the Governor's deep understanding of this connection and his commitment to economic policies that preserve and strengthen families. He clearly understands that having pro-family initiatives are not only the morally and economically right thing to do, but that the family is the basic building block of our society and must be preserved.
“I also shared with Governor Romney my belief that we cannot restore America as the greatest economic engine the world has ever seen until we return America to being a manufacturing superpower. He listened very carefully to my advice on this matter...
“You can be sure that I will work with the Governor to help him in this task to ensure he has a strong team that will support him in his conservative policy initiatives.
“Of course we talked about what it would take to win this election. As you know I started almost every speech with the phrase that this was the most important election since the election of 1860 and four more years of President Obama is simply not an option. As I contemplated what further steps I will take, that reality weighed heavy on me. The America we know is being fundamentally changed to look more like a European socialist state than the land of opportunity our founding fathers established.”
“Freedom and personal responsibility are being replaced with big government dependency... Our allies are insulted while our enemies are appeased. And our religious beliefs and freedom have come under attack.
“What is even more troubling is what a second term of an Obama administration could bring. President Obama's admission to the Russians that he will have more flexibility in a second term can only be translated to... "you haven't seen anything yet!"
“The primary campaign certainly made it clear that Governor Romney and I have some differences. But there are many significant areas in which we agree: the need for lower taxes, smaller government, and a reduction in out-of-control spending. We certainly agree that abortion is wrong and marriage should be between one man and one woman. I am also comfortable with Governor Romney on foreign policy matters, and we share the belief that we can never allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons. And while I had concerns about Governor Romney making a case as a candidate about fighting against Obamacare, I have no doubt if elected he will work with a Republican Congress to repeal it and replace it with a bottom up, patient, not government, driven system.”
“Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated. The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious.
“Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime.
“My conversation with Governor Romney was very productive, but I intend to keep lines of communication open with him and his campaign... ensuring not just a victory, but a mandate for conservative governance...
“Governor Romney faces relentless attacks from the democrats. We have been praying for him and his family and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead.
“Thank you again for all you have done for us, and I look forward to working together to defeat President Obama this fall and to protect faith, family, freedom and opportunity in America.
“How do you explain that a bunch of people who feel that Obama has failed on the economy are still thinking of voting for him? They don't know Mitt Romney well enough.
“They've made a decision in their own mind that this president has not done a good job, but I think he's trying and I want to see if the other guy is better. Very interesting if you compare to 1980, Shannon-- Reagan was behind by 9 points here, in August of 1980, Reagan was behind 9 points... They weren't sold on Reagan. Reagan never led in the race until October...
“Let the American people see the real Mitt Romney. The guy who's been hugely successful on his own. A guy who's come in on his own, and in his career bought failing businesses, got people to invest, including pension funds and not for profits to invest in him, that he uses to buy failing businesses--turn those businesses around-- saves hundreds of thousands of jobs. Did he save every single one? Of course not, but 90 something percent-- huge number of jobs. Got asked to do the same thing for the Winter Olympics, did it successfully, got asked to do the same thing for Massachusetts when it was in terrible financial shape, did it successfully without raising taxes.
“That's what the American people need to see. Plus, Mitt Romney the person. Here's a guy who's father left him a very large sum of money when Mitt was a grown man. Mitt gave it all to charity. He said, I'm making it. I want to make it on my own, and I want this to go for the kinds of things that my father cared about, helping people, because I care about helping people. Now that is a fantastic legacy for a person before he ever thought about running for president. People need to see that Mitt Romney.”
"two other social conservatives, Gary Bauer, president of American Values, and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, met with reporters in Washington and made some positive comments about the Massachusetts governor — and less positive ones about former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, the social conservative some had believed could attract grassroots support."
"Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan's administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan's Chief Domestic Policy Advisor. While serving at the Education Department, Bauer was named Chairman of President Reagan's Special Working Group on the Family...
"Bauer took his unapologetically pro-family, pro-life message across the country in 1999 and 2000 into the Republican presidential debates and primaries. Stressing the sanctity of life and traditional marriage, Bauer made family-friendly policies and combating judicial activism key platforms of his campaign.
"He has continued to champion these and other causes at American Values, a non-profit educational organization Bauer founded after the 2000 presidential campaign...
"A staunch supporter of President Bush’s war on terrorism, Bauer is also a leading Christian advocate for a strong and secure Israel."
“Our country faces a momentous choice. The fact is the United States is on an unsustainable course. At stake is nothing less than our position in the world, our standard of living at home and our constitutional freedoms.
“That is why I am endorsing Mitt Romney for president. We can’t afford four more years in which debt mushrooms out of control, our government grows and our military is weakened.
“For the past four years, we have squandered one opportunity after the next to turn things around. The longer we delay acting, the steeper the price we will have to pay...
“The American economy is stagnant... That is wrong. It’s not the way America ought to be.
“At the same time, and not unrelated, is the extraordinary explosion of federal deficits... That is wrong. It’s not the way America ought to be...
“It is for these reasons that I am endorsing Mitt Romney. He has spent most of his career in the private sector. He understands how jobs are created. He understands how government can get in the way of that process. As a president, he would do what this administration has been unable to do, which is reform our federal government, pare it back, and — most critically — keep it from acting as a brake on economic growth.
“Equally important, as a governor, Mitt Romney balanced the budget of his state for four straight years without raising taxes. Writing in all caps is called shouting, and that fact is something that deserves to be shouted from the rooftops. I should add that Gov. Romney accomplished this feat while working with a legislature that was overwhelmingly under the control of the Democratic Party in one of the most liberal states in the country. In short, although he is a rock-solid conservative, he knows how to reach across the aisle and make common cause with those with whom he disagrees.
“These are leadership qualities that are sorely needed in Washington today. President Obama promised a great deal. He has had his chance. The results are visible for all to see. It is time for a new beginning. It is time for Mitt Romney.”
Howard Dean was "An early front-runner in the 2004 Democratic Presidential nomination," the second longest serving governor of Vermont, and was the Democrat Party's national Chairman, a post he held from 2005 to 2009. Wikipedia - Howard Dean