Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Monday that he has received endorsements from Tea Party favorite Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
Backing from Lee and McCarthy provides a boost to the GOP front-runner, who is looking to gain support from party leaders amidst a divided Republican primary field.
"Mike has been fighting on the frontlines to repeal Obamacare and restore fiscal sanity in Washington," Romney said. "I will need the support and hard work of leaders like him if we are going to be successful in shrinking the federal government and restoring America's promise of freedom and prosperity."
Lee, who was elected in 2010, sits on the Judiciary Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.
Announcing his support, Lee said, "If Republicans want to repeal President Obama's unconstitutional health care plan, restore limited government and individual liberty, they must unite behind Mitt Romney."
"Conservatives can't afford to allow President Obama to have another four years in office," he added. "That is why I support Mitt Romney and urge my fellow constitutional conservatives to support him as the nominee of our party."
McCarthy has served since 2007 and was elected by his fellow Republicans to serve as the House Majority Whip.
In a statement, McCarthy said, "After a long and grueling primary, it is clear that Mitt Romney is the best candidate to face President Obama and fix the mess of his one and only term."
"Republicans need to unite and work together if we plan to take back the White House and put in place policies that will get our nation back on a path to prosperity by reducing taxes, shrinking government, and empowering the private sector," he added. "I am proud to support Mitt Romney and urge my fellow Republicans to do the same."
by RTT Staff Writer
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