News

Romney Earns Endorsement of Two Major Republican Figures

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush. (File)
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush. (File)

U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is picking up a major endorsement Thursday - that of former U.S. president George H.W. Bush.

A spokesman for Romney says Bush will announce his backing at an event in the southwestern city of Houston in the state of Texas.  Former president Bush's endorsement comes one week after his son, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, pledged his support for Romney's campaign.  

Romney also secured a key endorsement Wednesday, when U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said it is increasingly likely the former Massachusetts governor will win enough delegates to secure the nomination.  

In a nationally televised interview, Rubio said he had no doubt that Romney will govern as a conservative if elected, and that he will be far better than incumbent Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama.

The freshman senator, a rising star in the Republican Party and a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement, is considered by many as a possible vice presidential running mate.  But Rubio said he did not believe Romney will ask him, and that he wants to remain in the U.S. Senate.  

Public opinion polls show Obama’s small lead over Romney is increasing, but that American voters continue to be concerned with the economy and rising gasoline prices.

U.S. Representative Steve Chabot, an Ohio Republican, says the focus has been on the various Republican presidential contenders, but that it should turn to President Obama.

"It has been a hard-fought race, no question about that," Chabot said. "I would, as a Republican myself, I'd like to see a lot of that firepower that's directed at each other directed at the president's policies.  Let's have the American people focus on what he's done right or done wrong."

Romney is far ahead of the other Republican presidential hopefuls in the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination.

Various news outlets say Romney has as least 560 delegates, while his nearest rival, Rick Santorum, has at least 260 delegates, followed by Newt Gingrich with at least 135.  A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to win the nomination to face Obama in the November general election.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Sharon
March 29, 2012 7:42 AM
What is going to be hilarious is to watch Republicans suddenly back Mr. Romney after they have been bad talking about him for so long now!!! Democrats are going to broadcast all those negative comments over and over, and show what flip-flop really means... GOP!!

by: Dlt
March 29, 2012 7:31 AM
It seems to me that is time for people to unite around one canidate for president in the Republican Party. I wonder if it will do any good.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam Wari
X
Katherine Gypson
May 25, 2015 1:32 AM
For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
Video

Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.
Video

Video On Film: How Dance Defies Iran's Political Oppression

'Desert Dancer' by filmmaker Richard Raymond is based on the true story of a group of young Iranians, who form an underground dance troupe in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is the latest in a genre of films that focus on dance as a form of freedom of expression against political oppression and social injustice. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Turkey's Ruling Party Trying to Lure Voters in Opposition Stronghold

Turkey’s AK (Justice and Development) Party is seeking a fourth successive general election victory, with the goal of securing two-thirds of the seats in Parliament to rewrite the constitution and change the country's parliamentary system into a presidential one. To achieve that, the party will need to win seats in opposition strongholds like the western city of Izmir. Dorian Jones reports.
Video

Video Millions Flock to Ethiopia Polls

Millions of Ethiopians cast their votes Sunday in the first national election since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Mr. Meles' party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, is almost certain of victory again. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Addis Ababa.
Video

Video Scientists Testing Space Propulsion by Light

Can the sun - the heart of our solar system - power a spacecraft to the edge of our solar system? The answer may come from a just-launched small satellite designed to test the efficiency of solar sail propulsion. Once deployed, its large sail will catch the so-called solar wind and slowly reach what scientists hope to be substantial speed. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video FIFA Trains Somali Referees

As stability returns to the once lawless nation of Somalia, the world football governing body, FIFA, is helping to rebuild the country’s sport sector by training referees as well as its young footballers. Abdulaziz Billow has more from Mogadishu.
Video

Video With US Child Obesity Rates on the Rise, Program Promotes Health Eating

In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young Americans into 500 schools across the United States, where they focus on teaching students about nutrition, engaging them with hands-on activities, and improving their access to healthy foods whether in the cafeteria or the greater community. Aru Pande has more.
Video

Video Virginia Neighborhood Draws People to Nostalgic Main Street

In the U.S., people used to grow up in small towns with a main street lined by family-owned shops and restaurants. Today, however, many main streets are worn down and empty because shoppers have been lured away by shopping malls. But in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, main street is thriving. VOA’s Deborah Block reports it has a nostalgic feel with its small restaurants and unique stores.

VOA Blogs