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Who is endorsing the GOP presidential candidates

Published: Friday, Jan. 6 2012 11:57 a.m. MST

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Per the Associated Press: "Romney's campaign says he's collected more than 1,900 endorsements, including conservative activists and current and former elected officials in all 50 states. The list includes four governors, 48 House members and 11 senators."

Gov. Nikki Haley: South Carolina governor is a first-term tea party favorite.

Gov. Chris Christie: Charismatic New Jersey leader backed Romney once Christie cemented his own decision to not run for president in 2012.

Sen. John McCain: It sounds odd given McCain’s high-profile nature as the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, but this endorsement may be more harm than help for Romney because (a) Mitt already has a big lead in New Hampshire, one of the places McCain is most popular; and (b) Team Romney has to be careful that conservatives don’t try to use the McCain endorsement to paint Romney as a moderate. At the very least, Romney’s got to be smiling about keeping this endorsement from going to Jon Huntsman Jr., who was a national campaign co-chairman for McCain in 2008.

Tim Pawlenty: The former Minnesota governor was aggressively courted by both Romney and Gov. Rick Perry last year after ending his own presidential candidacy.

Rick Santorum, 2008: Santorum's 2008 endorsement of Romney continues to pay dividends for Mitt now that the two men are competing against each other; how can Santorum’s critiques of Romney really resonate with voters after Santorum heartily endorsed the former Massachusetts governor four short years ago?
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JWB
Kaysville, UT

Rick Santorum definitely has the Iowa evangelicals endorsing him with his list of Vander Plaat and Hurley who lambast Romney and his background and beliefs.

Mc
West Jordan, UT

Tom Ridge was not Sec. of Health and Human Services. It was Homeland Security. They must hace been thinking of Thompson, who preceded Mike Leavitt.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

**'Mitt Romney to meet with Donald Trump today' - By Hal Boyd - Published by DSNews - 09/26/11

And yet:

**'Donald Trump: Mitt Romney 'doesn't get the traction' in race' - AP - Published by DSNews - 12/05/11

Mitt Romney won the Iowa vote by 8 votes. Even the Deseret news called it a 'virtual tie.'

Result?

**Iowa vote dosent resolve GOP search for identity by Charles Babington AP Published by the DSNews 01/04/12

Sound familiar?

**'Poll: Less than half of GOP primary voters satisfied with 2012 field' - By Mark Murray - NBC News - 06/15/11

**'GOP race narrows, but there's still no front runner' - By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers - Published by DSNews - 08/14/11

GoodGuyGary
Houston, TX

The more I see Pagan's, the more joy I have just to think how mad he will be when Mitt win the elections one by one, hahaha!

PHealey
Holladay, UT

GoodGuy

I like it : ))))

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Most of the clips from newspapers that appear in the comments are very dated and not necessarily apply to the article written. Some are pulled out of context and don't add to frank and open discussion. We need to have people put their thoughts about the articles and only use references, as needed. It is not a benefit for our group to have previous newspaper articles from months ago or in previous years be published multiple times for "whose benefit"? We need to research the recesses of our mind, thoughts, discussions and even history to present relational material for others to digest and not just inundate the paper/screen with other people's extracted words. We don't know if they are in context to what was said at the time. Credit may be given and the date listed but we don't know the intent of the author by extracting only certain words from someone else. There are many comments that are definitely candid, frank and forthright to continue these discussions through November and beyond but they need to be individual comments in addition to some other's thoughts we put into words. Thanks for helping us improve our process.

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