Former rival Rick Perry endorses Mitt Romney

WASHINGTON Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:27pm EDT

Texas Governor Rick Perry (C) asks a question with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) and Nebraska Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy (2nd R) during a tour of Beef Products Inc.'s plant in South Sioux City, Nebraska March 29, 2012 where the product known as pink slime or lean finely textured beef is made. REUTERS/Nati Harnik/Pool

Texas Governor Rick Perry (C) asks a question with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) and Nebraska Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy (2nd R) during a tour of Beef Products Inc.'s plant in South Sioux City, Nebraska March 29, 2012 where the product known as pink slime or lean finely textured beef is made.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race in January and initially threw his support to Newt Gingrich, endorsed presumptive nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday.

Perry's endorsement was another sign of conservatives coalescing around Romney, who has been more moderate than some of his rivals for the Republican nomination.

Perry said the former Massachusetts governor, who sharpened his conservative rhetoric as the primary campaign wore on, had earned the nomination through hard work, a strong organization and a disciplined message.

"So today I join the many conservative Republicans across the nation in endorsing Mitt Romney for president and pledge to him, my constituents and the Republican Party that I will continue to work hard to help defeat President (Barack) Obama," Perry said.

Romney said on Twitter it was great to have Perry's support and he looked forward to working with him.

Gingrich, a former House of Representatives speaker who has campaigned as a conservative alternative to Romney, is dropping out of the race after Romney handily won primary victories on Tuesday that allowed him to claim the unofficial mantle of Republican nominee.

Conservative former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum ended his campaign earlier this month.

(Reporting By John Crawley; Additional reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Comments (8)
fromthecenter wrote:
After eating a pound of pink slime, the govenor provided the 3 reasons why he was giving gordon gekko his backing. 1) he is ahhh well, and 2) i think he aaaaa hhhmmmm and 3) what were we talking about?

Apr 25, 2012 11:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Renox wrote:
You should not even vote! For whom? These Wall street puppet wannabees?
It is about time to elect somebody on his personal merits and integrity, rather than how well they are connected to scam artists like John Corzine, or how many wars can they fight at the same time.
Julian Assange perhaps? Too bad, he is Australian.

Apr 26, 2012 10:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mjp1958 wrote:
How interesting! All these Republican leaders that couldn’t stand Romney as a candidate, and now see he is the Republican nominee, are flocking to his aide. Bunch of Texas bs.

Apr 26, 2012 10:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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