Trent Lott Endorses Mitt Romney

January 25, 2012

Business

Former U.S. senator Trent Lott more than hinted at a Mitt Romney alignment in a video interview posted today by CBSNews.com. The Pascagoula native said he would back Romney over his Republican rivals because the former Massachusetts governor stands the best chance of beating President Barack Obama in November. Recent polling show Romney in a projected dead heat with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich ahead of the January 31 GOP primary in Florida. Team Romney has put high hopes on a big win in the Sunshine State after taking heat regarding their candidate’s tax records and losing last week’s South Carolina primary to Gingrich in a massive upset.

Despite Newt Gingrich’s surge in popularity with many conservatives in the Republican Party, Lott was resolute in his support of Romney. “I think we would be better off with Mitt Romney as our president,” he said. “We don’t need a good speech. We don’t need a good debater. We don’t need rhetorical passion,” Lott said. “What we need is leadership and direction for our country.”

Gingrich and Lott at a political event in 2004.

Lott went further to say that he believes America is at a crossroads and his decision to support Romney has more to do with his grandchildren than himself. “This is a definitive election and if you stand mute and don’t do your part then you can’t stand and complain when you get the wrong result.”

The GOP primary for Mississippi is March 13.

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2 Responses to “Trent Lott Endorses Mitt Romney”

  1. Alexia Says:

    Trent Lott is no conservative! How could anyone support Romney & call their selves a conservative.

  2. Zack Cockrel Says:

    It’s over. The only thing that will keep Romney from being the nominee is if he gets caught with a dead girl or a live boy.February will be nothing but bad news for Newt…and no debates for 3 weeks… kinda hard to keep momentum going and raise the money necessary to be on TV in about 10 states at once come Super Tuesday that way.Plus, despite many of the states voting then and later in March are southern (and might favor Gingrich), by party rules they will ALL award their delegates proportionally… Whereas, again by party rules, all states voting after April 1st (which is more friendly Romney territory), can be “winner take all”.Again, it’s over. Time to saddle up and focus on the enemy.

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