Because you are an important and valued supporter, I want you to be among the first to hear about an announcement I will make later today.
This afternoon I will endorse Governor Mitt Romney for President of the United States. Like you, I have put a lot of thought into this presidential primary and have been meeting with the candidates and carefully following their campaigns. I have been looking for a candidate that can lead our country based on our shared conservative principles and who can win. For me, Mitt Romney is that candidate and that is why I will be working as hard as I can to help him secure the Republican nomination and most importantly, ensure that Barack Obama is a one term president.
I would like to share my thinking with you.
First, it is imperative that Republicans nominate our strongest candidate to face President Obama. Mitt Romney has proven not only through his prior experience as a successful businessman and governor, but also through his solid campaign and excellent debate performances, that he is that candidate. We cannot afford another four years of a president who continues to bankrupt America and whose policies hurt the very job creators who can get our economy growing again. We can no longer sit on the sidelines and continue to listen to divisive rhetoric which divides our nation. Mitt Romney will be a strong leader who will unite America. With his strong qualifications and executive leadership experience, he will put America on the path to fiscal responsibility to make sure that we don't continue to crush our children with mountains of debt. Mitt Romney not only eliminated a $3 billion deficit as Massachusetts Governor, he also cut taxes 19 times. And unlike President Obama, Governor Romney has spent most of his career in the private sector and knows how to create good jobs.
Second, Mitt Romney is not only committed to building a stronger economy, but he also believes, as I do, in stronger American leadership abroad. He will remain vigilant in the fight against al Qaeda and Islamist terrorists, and his national security decisions will be based on advice from our military commanders - not political polls. With a rising China and persistent nuclear threats from rogue nations, we need Governor Romney's strong, steady leadership to vigorously protect American interests. I trust Mitt Romney to keep our country safe in a dangerous world.
Third, I believe Governor Romney will run a campaign against President Obama that is serious, substantive, and one we can be proud of.
In the weeks ahead, I look forward to campaigning with Mitt Romney across New Hampshire as he works to win our First in the Nation primary. Please know that while I appreciate and respect that you will reach the decision of which candidate you will support based on your own careful deliberations, I hope that you will give Mitt Romney's candidacy strong consideration.
Joe and I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail soon!
P.S. Visit MittRomney.com to learn more about Governor Romney and how to get active in his New Hampshire campaign!