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Who Supports Mitt Romney?

Jackie Mansky |
April 5, 2012 | 5:06 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

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After winning three primaries and garnering a wave of endorsements by major political figures this week, it seems that Mitt Romney has finally cemented his status as the Republican nominee for president.

Days before Wisconsin’s primary, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) stepped forward to show their support of Romney.

They told the press they chose to support Romney because he has shown himself to be the most serious candidate in the race. He is also the best candidate to take on President Obama in the fall's general election. 

“The more we drag it out, the harder it is to win in November. ... I think we're entering a phase where it could become counterproductive if this drags on much longer. And so that's why I think we need to coalesce as conservatives around Mitt Romney,” Rep. Ryan said in an interview, printed in the Washington Post. 

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) gave a similar response when he gave Romney his support. “Well, I am going to endorse Mitt Romney, and the reason why is not only is he going to be the Republican nominee, but he offers at this point such a stark contrast to the President's record,” Sen. Rubio said in an interview also printed in the Washington Post.  

The recent big names who have stepped up to show support for the candidate include former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush.

“Barbara and I are very proud to fully and enthusiastically endorse and support our old friend Mitt Romney. He's a good man, he'll make a great President, and we just wish him well,” former President Bushtold the Huffington Post.

Their son, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is one of the most sought-after endorsements has also given his support to Romney, asking fellow Republicans to take his example and unite around one candidate.

"Primary elections have been held in 34 states, and now is the time for Republicans to unite behind Gov. Romney and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall," Bush said, reports the Denver Post.

As Romney continues to appear the inevitable Republican candidate, endorsements from some of the more conservative Party members, who throughout the course of the primary race have been less then enthusiastic in their support of Romney, have now stepped forward to express acceptance. 

Two weeks ago, tea party Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC,) essentially said that he could live with a Romney nomination. 

"I can tell conservatives from my perspective is that, I'm not only comfortable with Romney, I'm excited about the possibility of him possibly being our nominee," DeMint said. "Again, this is not a formal endorsement and I do not intend to do that right now but I just think we just need to look at where we are," DeMint told Political Ticker.

Even Sarah Palin has offered a grudging endorsement of Mitt after being asked by Lauer if she was happy with Romney as the republican nominee on The Today Show. 

Palin told host Matt Lauer that “anything but Obama” would be better for the country.

The recent surge in endorsements has positioned Romney even more concretely as the Republican nominee for president and as the general election draws closer the pattern indicates that more will step forward to show support for Romney's candidacy. 

Still, some prominent republicans are still absent from Romney’s list of endorsements including former President George Bush Junior. 

"For now we're just staying out of it," said George W. Bush's spokesman Freddy Ford in an interview last Thursday.

The reason for the former president's silence, however, might not represent a lack of confidence in Romney. It may simply be Bush's desire to keep a low profile. As reported by Politico he has been enjoying staying out of the limelight in Texas, traveling only for speeches and personal travel. 


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