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Romney endorses Cotton in NLR appearance

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published August 21, 2014 at 10:41 a.m. Updated August 21, 2014 at 11:09 a.m.


Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney endorses U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Cotton Thursday.

Romney endorses Cotton in NLR

Former Massachusetts Gov. and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke in North Little Rock Thursday, formally endorsing U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's race for U.S. Senate. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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Former Massachusetts Gov. and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney formally endorsed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton on Thursday in North Little Rock, saying the race between Cotton and Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is critical to the GOP's efforts to win control of the Senate.

Romney, who unsuccessfully challenged President Barack Obama in 2012 but carried Arkansas by a wide margin, spoke to reporters alongside U.S. Rep. Cotton after appearing at a campaign event at the Wyndham Riverfront hotel in downtown North Little Rock.

Romney spoke a day after campaigning for and endorsing Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson in Jonesboro. He said he is "campaigning for people I believe in" in races across the country.

"I obviously can't go to all the states and all the races that I care about, but there are some that are really critical and this state is one of those," Romney said, noting the gubernatorial race and Cotton's. "This will make a difference. This could well be the race that determines who will have the majority in the Senate."

Obtaining the majority in the Senate and the House would give Republicans power to pass laws that directly challenge an Obama agenda "that has not worked," Romney said.

"If you have the Republican majority in the Senate, even by one vote, and a Republican majority in the House, we will be able to pass laws that deal with immigration, that deal with energy, that deal with a whole series of issues that are affecting the American people," he said. "And those will go to the president's desk. And the President will either sign them or veto them. We'll see who's really the person of 'no' at that point."

Cotton, who represents Arkansas' 4th District after winning that race in 2012, noted Romney that year carried Arkansas by more than 23 points.

"As is often the case, Arkansans were a little bit ahead of the rest of the country in that wisdom," Cotton said. "If the rest of the country had followed Arkansas's lead, our state and our country would be much better off today."

Read more about this story in Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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WowReally says... August 21, 2014 at 12:57 p.m.

Welp, that's enough for me to not vote for Cotton. All Romney cares about is being a Republican and getting his Republican rich white guys in office so they can screw over women and impose their will on everyone else.

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ARMNAR says... August 21, 2014 at 1:16 p.m.


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carpenterretired says... August 21, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.

Will this endorsement really matter as Tom has been on the west coast drinking fine wine with the Koch brothers and the real rich who are paying for his T.V. ads and Romney is just penny ante rich compared to the Koch brothers.

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HenryP says... August 21, 2014 at 2:37 p.m.

Are Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi coming in to endorse Markety? Pryor recently flew to a Pelosi fund raiser in San Francisco on the taxpayers dime....


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ThinkFree says... August 21, 2014 at 3:58 p.m.

Cotton.... Pryor..... Hmmmm, who should I vote for?
Pryor equals more of the same.....
Cotton equals yesteryear.....
I think I like yesteryear better than the screwed up mess that today is, Cotton it is!

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Nodmcm says... August 21, 2014 at 4:26 p.m.

Romney only has $250 million, while each Koch brother has roughly $18,000 million. So Cotton ought to get on back to San Francisco and cozy up to the Koch brothers. That way, if he loses, he'll get rich working for them in one of their companies. If Cotton wins, then the Koch brothers will get richer as a result of Cotton's votes. The Koch brothers probably won't build any oil refineries in Arkansas, or anything else that will create jobs, but at least we will all know that the Koch brothers are doing well. Even if the "job creators" only create jobs in China and Mexico, at least someone is working.

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nwar says... August 21, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.

Of course Romney endorses him -- Cotton will vote to cut his taxes. We can't have a Romney paying taxes like the little people.

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FreeSpiritMan says... August 21, 2014 at 5:09 p.m.

A loser endorsing a loser, remember the 47% Arkansas when you vote.

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FreeSpiritMan says... August 21, 2014 at 5:18 p.m.

Thinkfree .... your way of thinking is what is wrong today, because it represents yesteryear. The Flinstone era. Progress wil continue on with or without you and eventually win out, it always has. The Internet represents progressive thinking, can you imagine a worl d without the internet? If embronic stem cell research leads to a cure for Altizimers, Parkinsons, spinal injuries and you end up with one of the above will you decline treatment? That's fine if you want to, but don't try and make it not available for the rest of us. In other words, if you want to live in the dark ages don't expect everyone else to want to as well.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... August 21, 2014 at 5:57 p.m.

Oh yes .. that 47 percent that's progress?

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