Today is our nationwide fast for America, and I hope it’s all going well for you! Also, a little report from the ground in Tennessee, where the French family lives. First of all, thanks for all the notes and kind words during the tornadoes. We are all fine, though the tornadoes did wreak havoc on some families who would still appreciate your prayers.
Politically, Gov. Romney is narrowing the gap here between him and Rick Santorum, making this state a battleground ahead one day before Super Tuesday. It’s hard for me to see Gov. Romney pulling this off — Santorum had a double digit lead two weeks ago, and it looks like Gov. Romney is 4 points down in the latest poll. Plus, Tennessee is in Gingrich’s backyard as well.
But the momentum is with Mitt. He’s been in East Tennessee this week, revving up crowds who are ready for change in Washington. He’s also racked up some nice endorsements including:
“I am proud to announce my support for Mitt Romney. 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,” Governor Haslam said. “He also has private sector experience and understands the importance of balancing revenues and expenses. Mitt is a problem solver, and what we really need in this country right now is someone that can tackle tough issues. 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.”
Scott DesJarlais, my own congressman here in the 4th district:
“We face substantial economic obstacles that require the bold leadership and credible solutions that President Obama simply has not provided. Mitt Romney has the proven experience of creating jobs and balancing budgets. His commitment to lowering taxes, reducing spending and reforming runaway entitlements is exactly the type of vision needed in the White House.”
The beloved former Governor Winfield Dunn:
“I’m proud to support Governor Mitt Romney for President. Washington is broken – and we’re not going to fix it by sending the same people back just to sit in different chairs. Governor Romney is uniquely qualified to bring change to Washington, D.C.
“Throughout his career, he has been an agent of change. He created jobs in the private sector. He turned around the ethically and financially challenged 2002 Winter Olympic Games. And as the chief executive of Massachusetts, he cut taxes and promoted innovative solutions that created jobs and expanded health coverage.” ― former Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn.
“For me, Gov. Romney is the right choice. He’s led a state, he’s led a business, he’s led the Olympics. All our candidates are good Republicans; I don’t think they really disagree very much,” Alexander said, according to the Romney campaign. “They emphasize their differences, but the important difference is, Gov. Romney has the executive experience this country needs, he’s a good Republican, he can attract independents, and I believe he can defeat President Obama and lead our country in a better direction.”
Oh, and David and I officially endorse Gov. Romney too, in case you were wondering which way we’d go tomorrow. If you are fasting, pray specifically for Ohio and Tennessee!
(This post has been edited — it originally had a 2008 Marsha Blackburn endorsement, but she hasn’t endorsed yet this cycle.)