Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who’s campaigning and fundraising in California today and tomorrow, this morning announced the endorsements of House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and 2010 Republican U.S. Senate nominee Carly Fiorina.
“Kevin has been a leading voice in the effort to cut spending, reduce burdensome regulations, and make government more accountable to the taxpayers,” Romney said in a news release. “I share this vision for our country and look forward to working with Kevin on these issues so that we can fix our economy and get the country back on track.”
McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, said that “(a)fter a long and grueling primary, it is clear that Mitt Romney is the best candidate to face President Obama and fix the mess of his one and only term. Republicans need to unite and work together if we plan to take back the White House and put in place policies that will get our nation back on a path to prosperity by reducing taxes, shrinking government, and empowering the private sector. I am proud to support Mitt Romney and urge my fellow Republicans to do the same.”
At the California Republican Party convention last month in Burlingame, McCarthy had said the GOP must attract California’s Latino and Asian-American voters “if we ever want to be the majority,” and is poised to do so by touting conservative policies on the economy and education. But “we’ve got a long way to go in the process,” he said, acknowledging the party must find a way to address immigration and a path to citizenship for people already here.
He also had said he believes social issues will take a back seat to energy and the economy in this election, and that the GOP’s nominee will emerge battle-tested and ready to challenge President Obama. “Are we better off than we were three years ago? No, we are not.”
Romney said he’s “extraordinarily proud” to have the support of Fiorina, the former HP CEO who was the Republican nominee defeated by incumbent U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010.
“She is a strong conservative with a long record of accomplishment in the real world,” he said in a news release. “I am running for President to bring these same much-needed qualities to Washington. In the months to come, I look forward to her counsel and advice as we look to reverse Barack Obama’s disastrous economic policies and restore America’s promise.”
“While I also admire his opponents, it is now clear that Mitt Romney is the candidate most able to defeat Barack Obama in November,” Fiorina said in Romney’s release. “Mitt Romney’s unique experience in both the public and private sectors prepares him best for the challenges that face our nation. As his track record amply demonstrates, he will focus on the real reforms we so urgently need in Washington and work to restore economic opportunity for all Americans. This election is too important to lose and that’s why I urge my fellow Republicans to join me in supporting Mitt Romney.”
Romney did a campaign event this morning at NuVasive Inc. in San Diego, at which he railed against President Obama’s health-care reforms; he has a luncheon fundraiser scheduled in San Diego as well; and he’s scheduled to attend a fundraising reception this evening at the Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City. No press will be allowed into the fundraisers. Tomorrow he’s doing fundraisers in Stockton, Irvine and Los Angeles, and will appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Rick Santorum, another of the remaining Republican presidential candidates, also will visit the Bay Area this week, with visits to Fairfield and Alamo scheduled for Thursday. Santorum, who won Louisiana’s primary on Saturday but is expected to have a tougher road ahead, said today that despite the heated criticisms flying back and forth between him and Romney, he’d be open to being the vice-presidential nominee on a Romney ticket.