Romney picks up Thune endorsement for White House

Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:20pm EST

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks at the Devine Millimet-Manchester Chamber of Commerce Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire November 18, 2011.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks at the Devine Millimet-Manchester Chamber of Commerce Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire November 18, 2011.

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(Reuters) - Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will pick up the endorsement of Senator John Thune in Iowa later on Wednesday in a boost to his campaign for the 2012 White House race, a local newspaper reported.

The Sioux City Journal said Thune, a highly respected two-term senator from South Dakota, would endorse Romney at an event at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. EST) in Iowa, a key state which holds the first nominating contest on January 3.

The former Massachusetts governor has been running high in the polls among Republicans and Thune's backing will be a fillip to his campaign.

"Mitt Romney has shown throughout his life in the private sector, as leader of the Olympics, as governor and in this campaign that he will not back down from difficult challenges," the paper quoted Thune as saying in a statement that was not available on the senator's website. "Washington could use these common sense principles at such a critical time."

The paper said the two Republicans would hold a town hall event in the afternoon, adding it was unclear still whether Thune would campaign in Iowa on behalf of Romney again in advance of the Iowa caucuses.

"He will be a trusted adviser as I bring this message to voters, to work to reverse President (Barack) Obama's failed policies and reform Washington," the paper quoted Romney as saying.

Romney has remained steady on about a quarter of the Republican vote in polls and is favored by pro-business Republicans. But he is also viewed skeptically by some conservatives because he was governor of liberal Massachusetts and is a Mormon, a religion some evangelicals do not consider Christian.

(Writing by Sandra Maler in Washington, Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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Comments (7)
zilla2033 wrote:
“Establishment fear-mongering republican endorses the establishment fear-mongering republican presidential candidate with the most money.” Something tells me we’ll be seeing this quite often in the next few months.

Nov 23, 2011 5:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
sothatsit wrote:
And then the greatest nation could not agree on how to stop spending more than it takes in, and everything came to a screeching halt. And all realized the error they made, but alas, it was too late. Millions and millions died. Great citys fell. And then the shining hope of the world was merely a memory of what was and could have been. Happy holidays too all…dont matter who the next president is. No matter how you blame it, Obama is the president, and has failed to address the biggest problem this country ever faced. it is over. Unless of course our leader can find a solution ASAP. There will be no America to be president of…good luck, and god bless all of you. have fun arguing as our great nation is about to fail.

Nov 23, 2011 10:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sothatsit wrote:
The creation of Mormon religion: Joseph Smith Jr. said that when he was seventeen years of age an angel of God, named Moroni, appeared to him,[10] and said that a collection of ancient writings, engraved on golden plates by ancient prophets, was buried in a nearby hill in Wayne County, New York. The writings described a people whom God had led from Jerusalem to the Western Hemisphere 600 years before Jesus’ birth. According to the narrative, Moroni was the last prophet among these people and had buried the record, which God had promised to bring forth in the latter days. Smith stated that he was instructed by Moroni to meet at the hill annually each September 22 to receive further instructions and that four years after the initial visit, in 1827, he was allowed to take the plates and was directed to translate them into English.[10][11]

Nov 23, 2011 10:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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