Mitt Romney endorses Nathan Deal in race for governor

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Former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney, standing at right, and Republican nominee for attorney general Sam Olens, standing left, stop to talk with Neely Young, right, and Ken Stewart while on the stump at OK Cafe Thursday. AP/John Amis

Once and future GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney held an impromptu presser this morning at the OK Café on West Paces Ferry Road, after breakfasting with attorney general candidate Sam Olens and a handful of Republican strategists.

Romney has an evening fund-raiser for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, but has made a 2 p.m. date with Nathan Deal to endorse his candidacy for governor.

Romney had backed former secretary of state Karen Handel in the gubernatorial primary. “We’re happy to announce today that we’ve endorsed Nathan Deal, and have sent him a check from my PAC,” Romney said.

On other matters:

– Romney, naturally enough, isn’t impressed with President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy:

“The president and his team do not have collectively the private sector experience to recognize that what they’ve done in the economy has slowed things down rather than speed things up – has lengthened the downturn and made it more painful for a lot of families. When you raise taxes on small businesses, you’re not going to see more small businesses. When you take over health care, you frighten people in that sector….”

– On the other hand, while he didn’t endorse it, Romney said there was room for compromise on extension of the Bush tax cuts:

“The right thing for the economy is not to raise taxes on small business. Is there room for some kind of compromise? The compromise I think you stand up for is the one that says, look, let’s make sure and keep these tax cuts in place at least until the economy’s better. I think the Republicans would like to see them made permanent…..”

Politico.com recently pointed out that Romney is the only prominent GOP possibility for president not bound by a commentator’s contract with Fox News. Asked whether this gave him more freedom of movement, the former governor of Massachusetts said:

”I’ve been spending this year – one — talking about a book I wrote about the challenges I think the country faces, and – two — campaigning for people like Sam and other people around the country….So I’m not on TV that much, and that’s just fine with me and my family.”

– Romney stayed away from the details of the health care plan that Massachusetts adopted while he was governor, which mandates that all adults purchase an insurance policy. He stuck to this line:

“Massachusetts solved its problem at the state level. It is simply wrong for the federal government to assume the power of the states and take over health care.”

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53 comments Add your comment

Bill Carson

September 30th, 2010
11:26 am

I think Mitt Romney needs to answer how he made fun of President Obama over the gulf oil spill and the way he handled the Buzzards Bay,Massachusetts oil spill while he was governor of that state !I understand major legal issues are still going on eight years after that spill !

Mitt Romney was the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from Jan 2.2003 to Jan 4.2007. During his one term the Buzzards Bay oil spill happened during April 2003 .

On April 27, 2003, eight years ago the Bouchard Barge B-120 hit an obstacle in Buzzards Bay, creating a 12-foot rupture in its hull and discharging an estimated 100,000 gallons of No. 6 oil. The oil is known to have affected an estimated 90 miles of shoreline, killed 450 numerous bird species, and recreational use of the bay, such as shell fishing and boating.

Since the 2003 oil spill the US Coast Guard has appealed the 2004 Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act and one Mattapoisett, Massachusetts property damage lawsuit has dragged on for eight years. Republican Mitt Romney is laying the groundwork for a possible White House campaign in 2012, hiring a team of staff members and consultants.

Ralph

September 30th, 2010
11:34 am

Mitt Romney is squeaky clean, and his endorsement of Deal only shows how Barnes and the AJC are trying (unsuccessfully) to smear Nathan Deal.

The biggest knock that the right wing of the Republican party (read Huckabee) has is that Romney is a Mormon. If he could ever get past the right wing of the Republicans, Romney would be a consensus candidate for president.

double

September 30th, 2010
11:41 am

This Deal endorsment help or hurt Romney?

Small Gov't My A##

September 30th, 2010
11:41 am

Ralph, unfortunately, the Republican Party has decided that in order to be a candidate, you must be a far-right-winger and pass various far-right litmus tests. That does not bode well for the party or the country. Sure, there are some Democrats that are far to the left of the mainstream, but they don’t force the entire party to march in lock-step (goose-step?) with them the way the Republicans do. America is a centrist country.

Base

September 30th, 2010
11:42 am

One has been endorses another has been.

bart

September 30th, 2010
11:45 am

Well, duh, what would you expect? And the fact that Romney is “squeaky clean” (and he may or may not be) means nothing. Romney is looking out just for himself getting ready for the 2012 election.

RGB

September 30th, 2010
11:47 am

Who would’ve thought that an oil spill in a single state would have killed off 450 bird species? They no longer exist!

Or could it be that 415 birds (not bird species) were killed as the result of the 97,000 gallon spill of Number 6 fuel.

Birds, bird species–it’s all the same as long as you can make a point with it.

Right?

I heard Mitt lost his license to pilot boats after that….

Ralph

September 30th, 2010
11:52 am

Wait – Obama is a centrist and McCain is extreme right wing?

“Small Gov’t” you have your wires crossed.

The Republicans have a problem with the religious right where some religions are not tolerated. The Democrats have a problem with non-socialists, and since Clinton only nominate guys like Gore, Kerry, and Obama.

Travis McGee

September 30th, 2010
11:56 am

Surprise! Surprise! Mitt Romney is backing Deal. You don’t suppose he’ll come “a calling” to collect on this OIU when he starts campaigning for President do ya?

Lordy, Lordy, Ol’ Deal is in debt in more ways than one.

Travis McGee

September 30th, 2010
11:57 am

Make than an IOU. My mind moves faster than my fingers.

Last Man Standing

September 30th, 2010
12:01 pm

Small Gov’t My A##:

“Sure, there are some Democrats that are far to the left of the mainstream, but they don’t force the entire party to march in lock-step”

Wow, so Obama is a centrist? And all this time I’ve been thinking that he is a socialist! Thanks for clearing that up for me!

I haven’t a clue exactly which planet you call home, but it ain’t earth!

DJ Sniper

September 30th, 2010
12:03 pm

On one hand, I’m going to wait and see how the actual election turns out. In the days leading up to the primaries, every poll showed that John Oxendine was the clear cut leader, but when it was all said and done, he finished in 4th place. The polls show that Nathan Deal has a good lead on Roy Barnes, but I’m not going to proclaim doom and gloom just yet.

That being said, if the people of Georgia actually vote Nathan Deal in office, then they deserve exactly what they get, which will be a bunch of nothing. Deal seems to be very similar to Sonny Perdue. Both men seem to put the needs of rural Georgia ahead of the needs of metro Atlanta, which means that transportation will continue to be an issue. Both men also seems to cower in fear of the Christian conservative groups on certain issues. We already know that Deal was at first open to the suggestion of casinos in Georgia, but after the Christian Taliban made some noise, all of a sudden, he’s against them. I can already bet that the same thing will happen with Sunday alcohol sales.

A vote for Deal=Georgia continuing to move backwards.

gm

September 30th, 2010
12:04 pm

This will show that Mitt Romney will have no chance against Obama in 2012. This also shows the Rep party will do anything with anybody, to win this election regardless if if the person has intergrity.

All you people who say Obama is done in 2012, thanks Mitt, Sara you are the gift that keep giving.

Great news...

September 30th, 2010
12:10 pm

Very pleased to see Mitt Romney endorse Nathan Deal!

Last Man Standing

September 30th, 2010
12:13 pm

gm:

Have you ever voted for a conservative? If so, for whom did you vote?

Has Obama done ANYTHING about which you disagreed? If so, what?

atlantadomer

September 30th, 2010
12:16 pm

Poor Roy – the news could come out that Nathan Deal shot three people on the front porch of his soon to be liquidated mountain home for no reason, that it wasn’t Eddie Long but actually Nathan Deal that had relations with young men from New Birth, and that Nathan’s real name is actually Panfilo Guetierrez and he has been here illegally, and the polls wouldn’t change one bit. Good grief. Ga Republicans could have actually won with Oxendine.

hl

September 30th, 2010
12:16 pm

Is Sarah coming to state to help Deal campaign. She might run for President, also, too.

keith

September 30th, 2010
12:17 pm

This will have very little impact on the governor’s race.

Bernard Madhoff

September 30th, 2010
12:18 pm

I endorse Deal. He is a man after my own heart.

GaBlue

September 30th, 2010
12:19 pm

Breaking News! Former (and Future) GOP Presidential Candidate Endorses GOP Gubernatorial Candidate in Georgia!

In other SHOCKING news: McDonald’s employees are asking customers who order hamburgers if they’d like an order of french fries to go along with that.

JB

September 30th, 2010
12:27 pm

Joel Skousen has some really strange things to say about Newt, and Sarah Palin, but watch what he says about Mitt! Joel Skousen’s interview should be a major concern for anyone thinking of Romney. Joel Skousen went on Jones to give Romney a nod, but Joel’s statement on another war in 2012 are a worry, Romney is not telling about connects to a man who is tied to the serin gas attack in Japan.

Joel Skousen’s interview is located at the blog below
http://mittromney2012potus.blogspot.com/

The Romney family is being less than forthright about other connections they have, and American voter should be concerned about. Joel Skousen was recently on Alex Jones – Skousen was there to promote Romney – but it is scary what Skousen was bringing up –

JB

September 30th, 2010
12:29 pm

Romney is not telling about connections to a man who is tied to the serin gas attack in Japan, time Romney and family fess up to these connections, a lot of stuff has been going on with this group, and not good stuff either —

Joel Skousen’s interview is located at the blog below
http://mittromney2012potus.blogspot.com/

Ralph

September 30th, 2010
12:34 pm

So “DJ Sniper”, your biggest issues are casinos and alcohol sales on Sundays and THAT means
“A vote for Deal=Georgia continuing to move backwards”.

Progressives like you are why this country focuses on absurd issues while our borders have become porous and our treasury is empty.

Non Sequitur

September 30th, 2010
12:42 pm

Ralph, are you familiar with the term non sequitur?

RGB

September 30th, 2010
12:45 pm

So Romney kills fish with Number 6 fuel and Japanese with “serin” gas. And he looks like such a nice, well-groomed young man.

Run for the hills ever’body. If the fish and the Japanese aren’t safe ain’ nobody safe.

twits a magic pant laugh

September 30th, 2010
12:48 pm

“Are you familiar with the term non sequitur?” No, but Mitt is, and all the candidates laughed at him during the debate ( and so did people watching the debate)

DJ Sniper

September 30th, 2010
12:56 pm

Ralph, I’m not a big gambler, so casinos aren’t really a big deal to me. I do want this state to finally allow Sunday alcohol sales and quit living in the dark ages. The point I’m trying to make is that, IMHO, Nathan Deal is not going to do anything to move this state forward. I have a feeling that his plan for public transportation is similar to Sonny Perdue’s, which is to either build new roads or add lanes to existing roads. Like it or not, this state has to do something to improve public transportation. Sadly, there will continue to be a divide between metro Atlanta and rural Georgia that our elected leaders will probably not do anything about. Also, the fact that Nathan Deal and so many other elected officials bow to the feet of the Christian conservative groups bothers me as well.

There’s also the issue of our failing education system and the whole issue about our water supply as well. Perdue didn’t really do jack about either one, and I’m wondering if Deal will either.

As far as Deal’s financial situation goes, I don’t blame him for wanting to help his daughter and son-in-law, but something tells me that he either did not do his homework or he just chose to ignore his SIL’s previous bankruptcy filing. I don’t like the way this situation is playing out, and I’m sorry, but he is not the man I want in charge of the state’s finances.

td

September 30th, 2010
12:59 pm

GaBlue, Why has not the current President come out an endorsed Barnes? or has he? Barnes did give him a substantial political contribution didn’t he? Is it because Barnes has been on his knees begging saying that “look Mr President, I am trying my best to fool these voters in Georgia that I am a conservative and if you endorse me then I will lose by double digits. So please, please do not come to Georgia or mention Georgia before Nov 2nd”?

td

September 30th, 2010
1:05 pm

DJ Sniper or any other Barnes supporter, How did Barnes help the educational system in Georgia when he was Governor the first time that was better than what Purdue did? Also, please tell me what he is going to do this time around? I have only seen promises by him to have no more furloughs, give teachers raises and return their stipends for advanced degrees. How is he going to pay for these promises and does these promises really help education? What other plans does he have for education?

GaBlue

September 30th, 2010
1:19 pm

td,

The President does not consult with me on a regular basis, so I would not presume to answer that specific question. I suspect there may be truth in your words, though. I CAN tell you that it’s rare that any candidates in Georgia get money from national Democratic organizations. They ignore us completely except to ask for money to spend in other states. When the Dem Gov Assoc sent Barnes $1 mil recently, I was floored. For the most part, they’ve written us off.

JB

September 30th, 2010
1:40 pm

12:45 pm

“So Romney kills fish with Number 6 fuel and Japanese with “serin” gas. And he looks like such a nice, well-groomed young man.” Looks fool, don’t they?

The man Romneys where there is connection is with a Russian by the name of LOBOV who took the Aum Shinrikyo to Russia, the Japnanese group when busted, there was uncovered a Russian-made military helicopter,

Dmitri Sigachev, an ex-KGB was a member of Aum Shinrikyo
they were going to do serious damage on Japan. Romney time to fess up, there has been enough of abuse and battering going on to covering up the connections.

JB

September 30th, 2010
1:48 pm

rewritten so it is easier to understand :

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Where there is a connection, to is with a Russian by the name of LOBOV who took the Aum Shinrikyo cult to Russia, the Japanese group when busted, officials uncovered a Russian-made military helicopter, plus lots of other items.
Dmitri Sigachev, an ex-KGB was a member of Aum Shinrikyo
they were going to do serious damage on Japan.

Romneys, time to fess up, there has been enough of abuse and battering going on to covering up the connections

Yep, Joel Skousen’s statements are enough to worry anyone.

Trevor

September 30th, 2010
2:19 pm

Building a transportation infrastructure is one of my main concerns for GA. After reading the minutes of the candidates stances on this subject yesterday its clear Deal favors just windening roads whereas Barnes wants to expand alternative transport options. This will mean my vote goes to Barnes.

As for Romney, who cares what he says or thinks, as a Mormon he will never be elected as president.

Virginia

September 30th, 2010
2:40 pm

“That being said, if the people of Georgia actually vote Nathan Deal in office, then they deserve exactly what they get, which will be a bunch of nothing.”
DJ Sniper: The only problem with that statement is that those of us who are not morons and WILL NOT vote for Nathan Deal will have to live with all his “do-nothing”ness for the next 4 years as we watch Georgia fall further & further behind in everything!

Jonathan

September 30th, 2010
3:01 pm

I am also in agreement that Deal policies will be regressive for the state.

eric jones

September 30th, 2010
3:24 pm

Romney sucks—I like Deal but hate romney…. I am not voting for Olens because of that loser Romney.

Last Man Standing

September 30th, 2010
3:25 pm

Trevor:

“This will mean my vote goes to Barnes.”

Stop the presses! Make room for a front page story! What a shocker!

Chris

September 30th, 2010
3:34 pm

Ralph, what is wrong with you? How can you possibly believe that Deal is “squeaky clean?”

Do you honestly believe that he simply “forgot” to list that he owes $2.85 million dollars when filing his financial application for governor with the state ethics board? Please, this guy has already demonstrated just how much of a liar he truly is. Why the heck should I trust anything he says if he can’t even get such a simple thing as that correct? As the old Chinese proverb goes, “A liar is never believed even if he is telling the truth.”

And trust me, there’s plenty of other “ethical” issues with this guy. I can go on and on.

Jon Lester

September 30th, 2010
4:44 pm

I’m still waiting for Romney to explain or demonstrate how an ICBM can be strapped to a bomber, as he posited in his painfully stupid op-ed on the “New START” treaty last July.

Miss Peach

September 30th, 2010
5:03 pm

Universal health care is the LAW in Massachusetts. Governor Romney signed it into law. Now, how is he going to support repeal of the federal law with any integrity??

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pdc

September 30th, 2010
10:44 pm

Mitt Rino sucks. Deal should say thanks but you can keep your useless endorsement. Deal won with Newt not Piece of crap Romney.

NoBama 2012

October 1st, 2010
12:45 am

I supported Karen Handel during the Republican primary for governor but if Deal has Romney’s support, along with a number of other respected conservatives, then I can support him too!

The Centrist

October 1st, 2010
3:58 am

Johnny and Saxby voted against tax cuts for small businesses. Deal should be upset.

David S

October 1st, 2010
8:41 am

What else do you need to know. John Monds for governor for sure now!

YourDaddyWasRight

October 1st, 2010
9:36 am

———–So, Mitt Romney wants to support Nathan Deal, a candidate who ends all of his TV ads with

“He’ll Get It Right …..The First Time”

Let’s see. He didn’t get his financial disclosure statements right the first time, or the second time or the third time, or the fourth time he filed them.

And we’re supposed to believe he’ll get things right the first time if he’s Governor.

Can anyone tell me what it is exactly he gets right the first time?

Keep it Real

October 1st, 2010
9:38 am

Who’s Milt Romney…Oh the guy that instituted universal heatlthcare in Mass… So you GOP supporters will know back Deal who is support by Romney who sign-off on unverisal state healthcare that you state President Obama did not listen to you the will of 25 percent of the people of the US…. O.K. I got it

YourDaddyWasRight

October 1st, 2010
10:06 am

—————Hey, td, tell us exactly what $onny Perdue did in 8 years as Governor? His greatest legacy is his “Go Fish” program. That’s quite an accomplishment, isn’t it?

How about what he did to education? He gave so many tax breaks to companies that were supposed to provide us jobs (but never did), that the onkly way to pay for the cost iof that was to do it on the backs of teachers and the education system. These companies kept the money they didn’t have to pay in taxes, so teachers had to pay for that with furloughs and cuts to bonuses they earned for advancing their professional development. By the way, td, did you know that he closed a veterans home in Milledgeville and put 80 veterans out on the street because it cost too much money to operate? It cost $1.5 Million to operate that veterans home annually. That same week he announced closing the veterans home, he announced his Go Fish program and introduced it at an initial cost of $23 Million. He supports fisherman over veterans,td. Do you agree with that decision? Are our Highways and interstates covered up with out of state sportsmen coming here to fish and leave their money with us? Maybe the Go Fish progranm is wghat a lot of folks say it is — enhancemnets to lake front properties owned by an exclusive group of Georgians.

Do you know what else he did, td? He never introduced or came up with a statewide transporation plan of his own or a statewide water reservoir plan (eventhough Barnes had introduced both of those in 1998). He ended up forcing down the throats of legislators this last year this 11th-hour plan for transportation which won’t even be voted on by us until 2012. $onny’s version of a water reservoir plan to deal with our ongoing problem with Alabama and Florida over Lake Lanier — you know, the one that put us in federal court and we lost– was to call for a prayer vigil on the steps of the Capitol to ask the Almighty for rain. Boy, that’s great leadership!

Beyond that, td,what did our state’s first Republican Governor in 135 years accomplish during the 8 years he sat on his a$$ on the second floor of the Capitol. Well, he worked real hard on dramatically increasing his personal wealth. In fact, some former staff members have said he spent as much as 50% of his time doing just that. And given Nathan Deal’s rather tenuous financuial situation, we can probably expect he’ll do about the same as $onny did.

If we get another Republican Governor (especially a snake like Nathan Deal), we’re going to end up beneathe Mississippi and Alabama in education and jobs. The only folk who’ll make out like bandits are the bandits who have been stealing from us for the past 8 years.

That’s the future you want for Georgia. And you may very well get it, and if you do, God help us all.

Jonathan

October 1st, 2010
10:19 am

Everyone should know by now that tax breaks to GA companies DOES NOT trickle down to our state. Virtually every large comapny will just take the extra money and pay it to their executives most who live out of state.

I can tell you first hand also that virtually every large GA company are looking to outsource more and more business to India ect no matter what tax breaks they get. These companies only care about more and more profit and will take all they can in tax breaks and give nothing back to GA.

Barnes plan to force government contracts to be given only to companies that hire GA workers is a good idea and will help OUR state and workers. Deals will just give more money to a few executives and his buddies in Hall County.

If Deal really wanted to help our state finances right now he would support repealing the “blue laws” which is costing us billions! Billions that could be spent on improving our schools and infrastructure.

What tax breaks will NOT do is get any quality companies to relocate here. We already have about the lowest rates and look where thats got us.

True Republican

October 1st, 2010
3:34 pm

Jonathan,

By turning the water complety off pretty much guarentees that NOTHING will trickle down. I am guessing you are one of those who thinks we all should make the same amount of money dispite the specific skills, education and work ethic?

The intention is to help STARTUPS survive the first couple of years. about 30% of new companies fail in the first 2 years. By releaving these taxes it gives them a better chance of survival. You must remember that the employees of these companies are still paying income taxes.

Tax Breaks do assist in getting quality companies to relocate. These tax breaks can be millions of dollars while they create much more than that in income tax and increase prosperity for the surrounding areas.

For those of you who just do not understand the nuts and bolts of business you should go buy an economic book and give it a quick read…..or just look at the pictures.