NH Rep. Charlie Bass endorsing Romney

Mitt Romney picked up another key endorsement from the New Hampshire congressional delegation Monday, with Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) set to announce his support for the former Massachusetts governor.

Bass will announce the endorsement during a Romney campaign stop at a defense contractor Monday, the Nashua Telegraph reports.

“Voters in New Hampshire and across our country are looking for a candidate that understands what our economy needs to recover and grow, that has the experience of creating jobs and has the leadership qualities needed to bring the citizens of our nation back together in these challenging times,” Bass said in a statement. “I firmly believe that Mitt Romney is the candidate that will renew our country’s faith in the American Dream.”

Romney returned the praise, noting that he and Bass shared similar opinions on economic policy.

“Congressman Bass and his family have served New Hampshire with honor and distinction for generations,” Romney said to the Telegraph.

“He has stood up for the traditional New Hampshire principles of limited taxation and smaller government. In addition, congressman Bass understands that the current over-taxation and over-spending in Washington will only continue to hurt job creators. With his support, I hope to reverse the failed Obama fiscal policies that have hampered job creation and put a halt to economic growth.”

Bass, who represents New Hampshire's 2nd district, is considered a key get for candidates hoping to attract independents, a core demographic in the New Hampshire race. Earlier this week, Bass was courted by Newt Gingrich, who helped to lead the 1994 Republican revolution that swept Bass into Congress.

But the congressman sided with Romney, despite not perfectly aligning with the former governor on all issues — Bass supports abortion rights and has said he would agree to a budget compromise that included tax increases in exchange for spending cuts.

The Bass endorsement comes a day after Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) announced her endorsement of Romney. The pair spoke Sunday at a rally in Nashua.

“Mitt Romney has proven through his experience as a successful businessman, effective governor and by his excellent presidential debate performances that he is best prepared to lead our country and ensure Barack Obama is a one-term president,” Ayotte said.

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