Nathan Deal joins the Mitt Romney campaign

From the Associated Press:

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — Gov. Nathan Deal says he’s supporting Mitt Romney for president and he’s confident Georgia voters will too.

After staying mum about presidential politics in his speech to the weekend convention of the Georgia Republican Party, Deal [said] Sunday that he’s spoken with Romney and “certainly I will support his candidacy.”

Deal had been a strong supporter of Newt Gingrich, who easily won Georgia’s Super Tuesday primary in March. The governor did not publicly declare his support for Romney when Gingrich dropped out of the race May 2.

Deal says he’s certain Georgia voters who “support a conservative” to take the White House in November will end up backing Romney.

The governor said: “He’s conservative enough for me.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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58 comments Add your comment

Margo

May 20th, 2012
7:36 pm

“He’s conservative enough for me.” I don’t take the gov at his word.

Ol' Timer

May 20th, 2012
7:53 pm

Mitt is probably going to discover that those endorsing him are going to cause more trouble than they’re worth — unless, of course, he supports condos on the moon and needs the support of an ethically challenged governor.

B. Thenet

May 20th, 2012
8:00 pm

The Romney campaign should return this endorsement back to sender.

Bob Loblaw

May 20th, 2012
8:13 pm

I don’t trust anything Mitt Romney says.

Look before I leap...

May 20th, 2012
8:18 pm

Mitt Romney: Conservative enough for me

There’s a great bumper sticker.

Gomer Good Oleboy

May 20th, 2012
8:21 pm

If the Gubner Let’s Make a Deal likes Mitt, then I do too !

GodHatesTrash, Superstar

May 20th, 2012
8:25 pm

Dirty double-dealers like RomOney?

We know that.

Kris T.

May 20th, 2012
8:26 pm

A Mitt, a newt, and a southern idiot governor. Mitt is a sure loser.

Eli

May 20th, 2012
8:28 pm

Of course Deal is confident Georgia voters will support Romney. He will have an (R) next to his name…that is about all it takes.

Fred ™

May 20th, 2012
8:32 pm

Wonder how much Romney had to pay Nathan Steal to support him……….

Look before I leap...

May 20th, 2012
8:35 pm

@Fred

A buck twenty-five and a carton of Luckies.
Deal IS a crook but no one ever said he was a very smart crook.

td

May 20th, 2012
8:51 pm

The importance of the Deal endorsement is not winning Georgia because that is not even in question. The Importance is that Deal will open up his donor list to the Romney camp.

I just read an article in the Washington Post that said Romney could out raise Obama this election cycle. Obama raised $773 million to McCain’s $273 Million 4 years ago let us see what happens with a level playing field this time around.

techengineer

May 20th, 2012
8:58 pm

Unfortunately Romney is simply another Neo-Con.. Only shades of gray difference between him and Obama.. I won’t be supporting Romney. As long as we hold the House and maybe take the Senate then Obama’s Marxist hands will be tied.

2016 we will have a real Constitutional Conservative in Rand Paul!

Therefore do not support Romney and the Neo-Con establishment.. He will be starting more Wars for AIPAC as will Obama as well and he won’t cut or reduce the size of gov’t even though he says he will.. He’s a big gov’t Neo-Con.

Right

May 20th, 2012
8:59 pm

Now all the ethically challenged are working together.

Laughing out Loud

May 20th, 2012
9:03 pm

@g…. and so what? You have never lied about anything particularly something so trivial as the flag?

honested

May 20th, 2012
9:06 pm

techengineer,

Yep that’s what we need.
runt paul.
Jeez the republican party is unable to learn anything or grow from experience.

As for nathan, he has certainly learned rule one, FOLLOW THE MONEY!

honested

May 20th, 2012
9:08 pm

td,

If enough people give money to ro(Money) will that dumb down the electorate and make them vote against their own best interest?
Otherwise, I don’t see any validity in your argument.

honested

May 20th, 2012
9:09 pm

Fred,

How much was nathan still in hock?
Double that and you probably have a number.

td

May 20th, 2012
9:22 pm

honested

May 20th, 2012
9:08 pm

No argument to buy. Just what I read in an article. We will have a even money playing field this year. Now Obama will still have the so called MSM in his pocket but conservatives are use to that one.

Bobby

May 20th, 2012
9:46 pm

I don’t really see how this is news. It would be news if Deal was going to do what is in the best interests of Georgia and the U.S. and announced he was supporting Obama.

g

May 20th, 2012
10:00 pm

lol,

get bent!

William Smith

May 20th, 2012
10:09 pm

We do need a good man in the White House. Only problem is that no good men are running. To receive an endorsement from another politican is like Hitler receiving an endorsement from Stalin. No matter what you will be in hot water. I like these people telling the evil of the other guy and praising the good of there guy. Why do you think same sex marriage is such a major topic. Obama or Romney do not have a clue on how to get Americans back to work. Like the old saying heads I win tails you lose.

td

May 20th, 2012
10:37 pm

Bobby

May 20th, 2012
9:46 pm

How is it in the “best interest of Georgia” to support Obama over Romney? Please give us an explanation with a little detail provided.

hiram

May 20th, 2012
10:50 pm

People relate to elections the way they do college football teams. Go Dawgs, Hogs, Big Orange, etc., except it’s go Mitt, Newton, Rick, and that’s what the men behind the curtain want – keep it shallow and meaningless. Instead of Rush, Rove and their ilk focusing on Obama’s main man, Jamie Dimon http://money.cnn.com/2012/05/18/markets/jpmorgan-loss/ a Democrat and Obama confidant – a Wall St fixture, and key player in destroying the world’s economy, they give him a free pass. Rush and company are directed to focus instead on nobodies, like the Rev Wright, and the serfs never know the difference. It’s all theater. The politicans are all actors. You live in a plutocracy.

Slip

May 20th, 2012
11:32 pm

Why Obama over Romney? The overarching reason Isherwood will not be a lap puppy to the ALECs . The President has exhibited good foreign policy instincts and a willingness to make decisions that don’t excitte his own base. Romney, out of fear and an almost pathological desire to be President, will be timid and sell out to the fringe and that’s definitely against our interest . Obama will (and here I have to say “hopefully”) restore some of the dignity tothe supreme court. Justice is marginalizedd when reason loses out to politics in our highest court. Romney would definite close the door to any one but ideological purists (ie, bad judges)
Health care. Romney took the republican idea and made it work in Mass. But now that the tea bags are floating in the pool, he’ll deny us the best opportunity this century to remain true to our historic bent toward helping every American. Christian compassion.
Lastly Obama will offer sensible solutions to correct the deficit (already has) and he’ll be more likely to compromise.
Just leave the republicans I control of the house and Obama in the executive office.

mui caliente

May 20th, 2012
11:43 pm

Well of course Nathan “let’s make a” Deal is supporting Mittens. Criminals of a feather always flock together. I hope to live to see the day those two con artists can share a cell at one of our better Federal Penitentiaries.

double

May 21st, 2012
1:17 am

Most Georgia folks are poor,you may support Romney but he will not recognize you,much less help you.

double

May 21st, 2012
1:24 am

Elect a Mexican decendant for president.You think we are over run now.

double

May 21st, 2012
1:28 am

decendants/////overrun………….

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Attack Dog

May 21st, 2012
5:42 am

1. Someone please explain the benefit of Deal’s donor list? 2. If Obama is a Marxist-Socialist, what are Dixiecrats?

Attack Dog

May 21st, 2012
5:45 am

Let’s repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act with?

Ralph

May 21st, 2012
6:39 am

Honestly, folks, our Governor is no more “ethically challenged” than anyone else in politics. I am impressed that he appears to be making a solid effort to do the best he can for Georgia in education, economic development, infrastructure, etc. He is a work horse. The anonymous nut case comments should not detract from that.

A Liberal in ATL

May 21st, 2012
6:47 am

Willard will take Georgia with or without Natalie Deal. Most of the south is irrelevant in presidential elections. It’s a forgone conclusion that southerners will vote for the candidate who will do the least for them. In this year’s race, that’s Willard.

Eustis

May 21st, 2012
7:24 am

What is the MSM,anyway?

Any media that’s not conservative like Boortz, Hannity, Limbaugh, Cain, Erickson,FNC, etc.?

That crowd and their likes are on the airwaves 24 hours a day now. Except for UGA football and Clark Howard, that all that’s on WSB radio.

Eustis

May 21st, 2012
7:26 am

Born in the US, you’re an American (US).

Born in Mexico, you’re a Mexican.

Frederick Douglass

May 21st, 2012
7:28 am

Ron Paul will be slurping pablum at Shadyside assisted living quarters by 2016.

GodHatesTrash, Superstar

May 21st, 2012
7:52 am

Eustis is right. The good news is that the average Fox viewer is 65, and the average Rush listener is 68. That age group dies off about 2-3% year, and it will get worse quickly, since young people don’t watch or listen to their trash.

meg

May 21st, 2012
8:06 am

I was conceived on the border.

TiredOfIt

May 21st, 2012
8:19 am

Mitt Romney is a suitable private equity executive or investor. He is unsuitable as President. Essentially he has stated that it is not his job as President to protect the economy or the citizens whose votes he asks for.

TiredOfIt

May 21st, 2012
8:28 am

If success in business equalled aptitude to run a country, then Italy, which had a 3-time Prime Minister whose business fortune dwarfed Mr Romeny’s, would be the economic powerhouse of the world, rather than a basket case.

LeRoy

May 21st, 2012
8:30 am

Obama is the most liberal, most divisive president in my lifetime. He has managed to surpass Carter in ineffectual governing. Despite unprecedented billions in “shovel ready” spending, we are worse off. We can hope for a president who is competent and who actually supports a free enterprise system rather than a man who thinks it’s his job to redistribute a shrinking pie.

leroy's homey

May 21st, 2012
8:32 am

leroy,

who do you think shrunk the pie?

WOW

May 21st, 2012
8:56 am

Leroy:

If Obama is the most divisive President in your life, you must be pretty young. Name me any other President who has had the leader in the Senate come out and say that their number one priority is to defeat him. Not end the two wars we were involved in, not create jobs, not fix immigration or energy, but just defeat the President.

Now who is being divisive?

SBinF

May 21st, 2012
9:17 am

Another Republican to come out in support of Mitt….after he is the only guy in the race.

Not exactly what I would call a ringing endorsement…

Optomistic Thinking

May 21st, 2012
9:19 am

Wow, someone hit the nail on the head when they said most Georgians will vote for the candidate that will impact their lives the least, even though Romney clearly supports policies that positively impact the 1% segment of the population which they are not members. The poor and just getting by Georgians will less than enthusiastically vote for Romney come November because they feel he looks like all the other presidents before Obama and therefore has the intelligence, tradition, and support from the other 1%’ters like him to win the white house. For them if Romney wins, the world will be back to perfect order. Forget the shaky ground under Romney’s feet as he shift positions greater than the changing winds, or the high number of layoffs he created at Bain which he touts as his experience, or his foot in the mouth statements (I love to fire service people/I love Michigan where the trees grow the right height/I will take a lot of credit for the GM recovery?/ Insulting a local bakery who supplied pastries free of charge for his continental breakfast with everyday Americans/ Insulted Republicans in Connecticut by calling the bridge they supported the use of stimulus money for renovations as a bridge to nowhere and a waste of tax payer dollars. Forget that is provided paychecks for workers doing the work, but it is ok for this out of touch Romney to build an elevator for his car??? Is he too lazy to pick up the phone and tell his driver to bring the car up to the front door? He wants you to support this type of thinking to rule the most powerful country on the planet? Again, regardless of the type of person Romney is or the way he has proven to be persuaded by those whom he feels has power, the mass of Georgian Republicans will shore up their energy and go vote for him in November even though he has proven to cares less about their wants and dreams. Is it through ignorance? Some, but mostly a home grown tree hugging taught resistance to change.

Frederick Douglass

May 21st, 2012
9:31 am

LeRoy you a fool!

Optomistic Thinking

May 21st, 2012
9:47 am

Leroy, you apparently have been deprived of information and out of touch with reality. It was the Republican tea party influenced congress in the house that created the great divide in our politics. They held day-1 secret meetings to not only claim their #1 goal of ensuring President Obama had only one term, they also created the doctrine on how they intended to carry it out, and got signed pledges to make sure it was followed through. Within the doctrine, compromise became profanity and taboo. Those who considered compromise were vilified, like John Boehner tried to do with the stimulus-deficit cutting deal. His Republican tail wagging the dog tea party influenced congress held him hostage. It is very difficult and the Republicans just proved it is also impossible to work with those hell bent on not working together. Regardless of the countless times the president extended the olive branch in efforts to get things done for the American people, the overarching response from Republicans was to follow their doctrine by just saying no to anything the president put forth, even when it was things they previously proposed and supported. So let’s put the driver of our divided nation clearly where it needs to be; in the hands of the Republican Party.
That said, we are recovering in spite of all the Republican resistance. The economy built to last continues to move in a positive direction and “hope and change” is still the phrase of the day, we are simply moving it FORWARD!

td

May 21st, 2012
9:53 am

Leroy is exactly right. All Obama has attempted to do the entire time in office is to grow the influence and power of government and make our citizens more dependent on government and less dependent on themselves. Since he can not win re election on his record he is attempting to divide the nation. War on Women, Trayvon Martin, Gay marriage, OWS movement are all being hyped if not directly from the WH then run by friends of the administration.

td

May 21st, 2012
9:57 am

Optomistic Thinking

May 21st, 2012
9:47 am

You must be young or a political novice to think that this is the first time in history the party out of power does everything they can to make the person in power look bad so that they do not get re elected.

Look at the reverse end of this argument. There have been several members of the CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) that have publicly said if it was anyone else in office besides Obama then they would be in the streets protesting the plight of African Americans during his term.