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Burr, Dole endorse Romney

Posted December 29, 2011

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— North Carolina won't hold its presidential primary for another five months, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is already lining up support in his bid for the Republican nomination.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole on Thursday endorsed Romney's campaign.

“The lack of leadership from the current administration has had a devastating effect on our nation, our economy and on American families across the country,” Burr said in a statement. “Gov. Romney is a strong leader with a proven track record of addressing the most pressing issues of our time – growing the economy and creating jobs for American workers. I am proud to give him my support, and I am confident he will be our next president.”

Dole said she wrote Romney on Monday to provide her support.

"It is vitally important that we nominate an individual with both a steady hand for these difficult times and the experience and capabilities to get our country back on track," she said in a statement. "I’ve been in all of Iowa’s 99 counties twice and have met hundreds and hundreds of dedicated voters. Endorsements may not matter, but hopefully my friends in Iowa will also offer their support to the governor – a man of experience, leadership and unassailable character.”

Karl Smith, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina School of Government, said he wasn't surprised by the endorsements.

"I think Romney is pretty much the establishment candidate, and I would expect him to get the vast majority of mainstream endorsements,” Smith said.

Lining up backing early will help Romney fend off charges from other GOP contenders, Smith said.

"This has been the most tumultuous field that anyone can remember," he said. "We have been through just about everybody but Romney at the top spot (in polls), and so now, if the establishment can come in and push him to the top spot, maybe things can settle down.”

Walton Robinson, spokesman for the North Carolina Democratic Party, criticized Burr's endorsement, saying both the Republican senator and Romney are out of touch with voters.

"Both support the extreme tea party agenda, and both are woefully out of touch with the needs of average North Carolinians," Robinson said in a statement. "Both Burr and Romney view tax cuts for the middle class as something insignificant, referring to them as ‘little band aids’ or ‘IOUs.'

"If either of them spent more time here, they may actually know what North Carolinians are concerned about," he continued.

Endorsements don’t seem to make much of a difference to voters, but they do matter with political organizing, Smith said.

"The fact that someone seems to be the sort of leading candidate approved of by fellow Republicans makes certain party insiders more willing to work hard to get that person elected on the ground,” he said.

The move also could help Burr if Romney is elected.

”Obviously being closer to the president is good, but I think, more generally, what motivates people do this is that Romney is the best candidate for the Republican Party in terms of ... winning the election," Smith said. "That, in general, is in Richard Burr’s interest and in every other major Republican’s interest.”


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  • ger Dec 30, 2011

    Mr Flippity Floppity Mitt.............nice choice you got there.

  • Jim Britt Dec 30, 2011

    US Senate LLC. endorses the "corporations are people too" candidate; big surprise.

  • dwarner3 Dec 30, 2011

    Wow, with an endorsement from Burr and Dole the rest of the candidates might as well quit

  • pbjbeach Dec 30, 2011

    this particular endorsement from these to life long politicans do not suprise me for one little mintue. these citizen of north carolina have previously rejected both him an his father as presidental candiates. ani personally feel that they will continue to do so in the future. they talked about john kerry being a flip flopper well he cant even hold a light to good old mitt the flipper. he refuses to be pinned down on the real issues that are effecting the daily lives of the citizens in this country an where he actuaully stand on the issues of unemployment, jobs, education, deregulation of the coporate instrest in this country to the point that they are being allowed to rip off the american consumer an citzens all these folks in the repbulicans party are truely instrest in is where they can start another unjustified war strickly for the benefit of the coporate instrest that will surely benefit from such a war. thes republican politicans could care less about the average citizen in this

  • Dec 30, 2011

    You can't call Obama anything on wral except most supreme high being, apparently, go figure!

  • Dec 30, 2011

    Romney and huntsman team....should work to take the person in now out!

  • Bill Brasky Dec 30, 2011

    "He also said leave other countries alone and they'll leave us alone ... a foreign policy that yielded people like Hitler and others."

    Not exactly true. The outcome of WWI and the Treaty of Versailles is what led to the rise of Hitler.

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Dec 30, 2011

    I will vote for anyone before I vote for Obama. We owe multi-trillions right now. Think what it will be in 4 more years under his leadership? He has taken the best vacations of any President since my memory of 61 years.
    Hokie 94
    December 29, 2011 7:26 p.m.
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    You do know Romenys #1 contributor is Goldman Scahs rigth? You do know Obamas #1 contributor is Goldmann Sachs right? GEZZ what would Goldmann want with both of them? Its people like you who will take "ANYBODY" when that anybody is funded BY THE SAME PEOPLE THAT FUND OBAMA!! TURN OFF YOUR TV AND PAY ATTENTION. This is how we got Obama. Think for YOURSELF!!!

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 29, 2011

    I don't recall any posters in this discussion saying that.
    December 29, 2011 7:01 p.m.
    I know it's was hidden in some posters comment, take some reading comprehension skill to pick it out but it was there.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 29, 2011

    It's been a lot of years since there's been such crop of uninspiring milquetoast candidates.
    you are always right
    December 29, 2011 6:39 p.m.
    .....Best post today....