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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:

Gov. Bill Haslam

“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.

Lamar Alexander:

“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.)

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5 Responses to Tennessee, a Bellwether for America?

  1. Layne Pitcher says:

    I can hardly wait to see the results from tomorrow’s votes here in Idaho. Going to a Romney Rally tonight hosted by our Governor, Butch Otter, will log in a make some phone calls tonight and then to the caucus tomorrow. Exciting times!

  2. Kathy says:

    I am thankful for your support and I love to read your thoughts on here. TN is my neighbor state and I really hope they come through for Mitt. There are a lot of smart, hard-working people in TN and I know they want what is right for America this time around. Come on Tenneseans, get out there and vote for Mitt Romney.

  3. mickeywhite says:

    Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
    Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extension., Supplemental Appropriations, Patriot Act Extension.

    Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
    Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan, Libya Troop Withdrawal.

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at :

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