Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to members of the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore)
Gov. Bill Haslam threw his support behind Republican presidential primary candidate Mitt Romney today.
Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts.
“I am proud to announce my support for Mitt Romney,” Haslam said. “He’s been a governor and had the responsibility of leading as an executive by cutting spending, keeping taxes low, and creating a strong environment for job creation. He also has private sector experience and understands the importance of balancing revenues and expenses.”
The announcement comes on the heels of Romney’s primary victories in Iowa and New Hampshire.
“Mitt is a problem solver, and what we really need in this country right now is someone that can tackle tough issues,” Haslam said. “With Mitt Romney in the White House, Tennesseans can be confident in a leader that is focused on creating jobs and encouraging prosperity for Americans.”
Romney responded to the endorsement by saying he looks forward to working with Haslam in the future to defeat President Barack Obama in the general election, noting he supports the governor’s 2012 legislative agenda revealed this week.
“Gov. Haslam’s focus on balancing the budget and providing state services efficiently and effectively to taxpayers should be an example to politicians in Washington,” Romney said. “His priorities to cut spending, reduce regulatory burdens and strengthen a business-friendly climate are key steps to put our country on the right path once again.”