The Chase 2012

Coburn and Cantor endorse Mitt Romney

Two days before Virginia and Oklahoma vote on Super Tuesday, House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Sunday.

Cantor, making the endorsement on “Meet The Press” spoke about Romney’s pro-growth plan and how the other candidates, notably former House speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, had not been in “preparation mode” early on in the campaign, something that will catch up to them on Super Tuesday as Gingrich and Santorum failed to make Cantor’s home state ballot in Virginia while Santorum failed to file complete slates of delegates in Ohio and Tennessee.

Coburn’s endorsement is more significant than Cantor’s. 

Writing in The Oklahoman, Coburn wrote that Romney was the best candidate to focus the country on the economy during the general election. 

“I’m proud to support Romney because he is a leader,” Coburn wrote. “What Romney has done in his 25 years in the private sector is precisely what we need a president to do in Washington. Romney has done hard things. He has turned businesses around, told people hard truths about what needed to be done, inspired confidence and overcome excuses.” 

Coburn said that while his endorsement “is in no way an instruction on how Oklahomans should vote,” he does know something about the field, having servied with some of the candidates.

“However, on too many occasions I have seen each behave like career politicians rather than leaders,” Coburn wrote.

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