Romney picks up Michigan governor's endorsement

MONROE, Michigan Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:36pm EST

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney greets supporters during a campaign event in Mesa, Arizona February 13, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney greets supporters during a campaign event in Mesa, Arizona February 13, 2012.

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MONROE, Michigan (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the endorsement of Michigan's popular governor on Thursday, as polls showed him locked in a tight battle ahead of the February 28 primary in his boyhood state.

Romney, whose father was governor of the state, has seen rival Rick Santorum rise sharply in the polls since winning a series of nominating contests earlier this month in the state-by-state contest to choose a Republican candidate to run against President Barack Obama in November.

Some Michigan polls show the two contenders neck and neck.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who is widely credited with helping kickstart a slow but sustained economic recovery, wrote in The Detroit News daily newspaper that Romney "has deep ties to our state."

"Mitt understands the challenges confronting Michigan as few Americans do," Snyder wrote.

Romney was unable to turn his last gubernatorial endorsement into political gain - he was trounced by rival Newt Gingrich in the January 21 South Carolina primary despite having the backing of Governor Nikki Haley.

Romney continues to face criticism in Michigan for opposing the U.S. government's 2009 bailout of Detroit automakers General Motors and Chrysler, which helped save the companies and thousands of jobs in a state hard hit by the financial crisis.

Romney was born in Detroit and his father was chairman and president of American Motors Corp.

On Thursday morning, General Motors, which was forced to restructure to received federal aid from the Obama administration, posted a record profit of $7.6 billion for 2011.

(Reporting By Sam Youngman; Editing by Paul Simao)

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Comments (5)
twodm wrote:
Romney’s own family did a dead baptism to Romney’s father-in-law. Romney’s wife converted to Mormonism, Romney made her distance herself from them until they converted. Over the years, the mother finally converted, the father never did and was extremely vocal about his refusal and his atheism. After he died the family did a posthumous Baptism.

Feb 15, 2012 9:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
twodm wrote:
Mitt Rmoney in Michigan defending his opposition to the bailout that saved the auto industry and thus the state? Let’s put it in family terms. Mitt is the dad who said, “Let the family dog die.” But the kids said, “No, daddy, let the veterinarian try to save him!” The dog, of course, lived and is now thriving. And now Mitt’s in the position of saying, “Yeah, but I was still right.”

Feb 15, 2012 9:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AmyAnn wrote:
Romney IS the strongest GOP candidate and has more to offer our nation than the others. His turn-around skills and efficiency know how are needed in the federal government. To support any other GOP candidate is to support Obama’s reelection. Romney is our Best and Only Real Hope.
Santorum’s anti-Romney ad is deceptive innuendo, whereas the ads against Santorum use facts to tell the truth, which is that Santorum is NOT the person he claims to be.

Feb 15, 2012 10:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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