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Romney Picks Up Key Endorsements

Some big names previously endorsing Mitt Romney include Governors Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Chris Christie of New Jersey:

For an extensive list of national endorsements see Endorsements for Mitt Romney

Following the Friday endorsement of Gov Nikki Haley of South Carolina (see below), Saturday he received a timely endorsement by the Des Moines Register the largest Newspaper in Iowa, followed by the today’s endorsement by Bob Dole (see below).

“Why I Support Mitt Romney”

By Governor Nikki Haley
The State
December 18, 2011

As a state representative four years ago, I supported Mitt Romney for president. What I’ve learned since becoming governor has led me to once again support him for president this year.

I did not make this decision lightly. In the end, the things I cared about most were a focus on jobs and the economy, having the executive experience to deliver results to the American people, and finding someone who has never been a part of the destructive chaos that is Washington. Using those criteria, I have no doubt that Mitt Romney is the best choice.

The central issue facing South Carolina is our economy. Under President Obama’s failed leadership, America has seen its credit rating downgraded and unemployment rise to new heights; our national debt has shattered all records. We are heading in the same horrible direction as the dismal economies and bankrupt governments of Europe. In order to save our country from this catastrophe, we need to change directions fast.

Any Republican president would try to do that. But Mitt Romney knows how to turn things around — he’s done it before. He knows what it means to make decisions — real decisions — and not simply cast a vote. He is not a creature of Washington. And he knows how the private economy works, and how to fix it.

As governor, I’ve also seen how Washington’s policies have an enormous impact on South Carolina. From the unfunded expansion of Medicaid, to challenging our immigration law, to the outrageous attempt to intimidate Boeing from creating jobs in our state, the degree to which Washington is wreaking havoc on our budget and economy is something I did not fully appreciate before I became governor. I’m not sure anyone can appreciate it without sitting in this office. As a former governor, Mitt Romney has had the same experience. He knows the challenges that face our states, and understands what it will take to get the burdens off our backs.

I do not agree with Gov. Romney 100 percent of the time, nor do I support every position he has ever taken. I don’t agree with any of the candidates on everything. I don’t need to. When I look at what he has accomplished — substantially cutting taxes and eliminating deficits in a heavily Democratic state, turning around the Olympics, building successful businesses and repairing troubled ones — I see someone who has the courage, experience and knowledge to turn our economy around and get Americans back to work.

And there’s one more thing. None of the conservative agenda will be advanced if we do not defeat President Obama next year. The single biggest economic and budgetary threat to South Carolina in the years ahead is implementation of Obamacare. Gov. Romney is fully committed to repealing Obamacare, and he has told me directly that he will grant South Carolina a waiver to get out from under it on his first day in office. He has also committed to finding a resolution to the Yucca Mountain disaster, including fighting alongside me to prevent the federal government from simply pocketing the money South Carolinians have already paid.

I am convinced that Romney stands the best chance of defeating Obama. The person who convinced me of that was President Obama himself. The Democratic National Committee and the president’s campaign attack Romney on a daily basis. They don’t touch any of the other candidates. That ought to tell us loudly and clearly who they fear most.

I know some of my conservative friends and allies have a different view of the candidates. I respect their choices. From where I sit, working every day to bring jobs to South Carolina and keep our budget balanced, Mitt Romney is the best choice. He has the right agenda to get our country back on track, to get our economy moving again, and to deliver us results — and he has the experience and integrity we can count on.

And today (12/18) by former Senator Bob Dole:

On January 3, the Iowa caucuses will gather and take a momentous first step as the Republican Party begins the process of selecting a nominee for the position of President of the United States.

A great deal is at stake.

In the last few years, our beloved country has fallen on rough times. We have now gone 34 months with unemployment over 8 percent, the longest such stretch since the Great Depression. Nearly twenty-five million Americans are unemployed, working part-time when they would like to work full-time, or have simply quit looking. Millions of Americans have lost their homes to foreclosure. Around three out of four Americans believe our nation is headed in the wrong direction. And they are right; our nation is indeed headed in the wrong direction. We need to turn it around.

A number of my friends are currently candidates seeking the GOP nomination. But the time has now come for us to decide who among them can defeat Barack Obama in 2012. I’ve made my decision, and I believe our best hope lies in Governor Mitt Romney.

I’ve known Mitt and his family for decades. His parents instilled in him a strong work ethic, rock-solid conservative values, and a deep sense of service to others. These traits—which have shone through in both the debates and my own visits with him—will serve him well in the White House.

As President, Mitt Romney will succeed in turning this country around. He rescued a flailing Winter Olympics when it was mired in financial scandal. He was an exceptional Governor of Massachusetts, who managed to both balance the state’s budget and cut taxes while dealing with an overwhelmingly Democratic state legislature.

Before his time in public service, Mitt Romney spent his career in the private sector, solving real problems in the real economy. He has helped to start or turn around numerous Main Street businesses that you know, like Sports Authority and Staples. He wasn’t just an investor. He got his hands dirty, and one of the results was the creation of tens of thousands of jobs. He has the experience and talent to get America back on the right track.

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