Romney, Giuliani, McCain pick up congressional endorsements

Top-tier Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and John McCain picked up congressional endorsements over the weekend, adding to their growing lists of supporters on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said Saturday that Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, would keep America secure and its economy growing if elected to the presidency.

“We are fighting wars on many fronts — from the war against violent Islamic jihadists around the world to the war on government spending here at home,” Conaway wrote Saturday in an op-ed that appeared in the Midland (Texas) Reporter-Telegram. “We need our next president to have the experience necessary to keep Americans safe and our economy prosperous.”

Conaway also praised Romney for holding on “to his conservative values while working with one of the most liberal state legislatures in the country.”

Also on Saturday, Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) threw his support behind former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

“Rudy Giuliani is the candidate who can retain the White House for the Republican Party in 2008 and lead America in these very challenging times,” Royce said in a statement.

In particular, Royce noted, Giuliani would be competitive in states that have been Democratic strongholds in recent presidential races.

“Polls show Rudy’s candidacy gives Republicans an opportunity to triumph in California,” Royce said. “Other important states such as New York and New Jersey will also come into contention with Rudy as our nominee. It is no secret that Republican nominees have not fared well in these key states. Rudy Giuliani can win these states, including California, and with it the Presidency.”

Sen. John McCain also picked up an endorsement from Rep. Todd Platts (R-Pa.) over the weekend.

“I am honored to announce my support for John McCain in his bid for the White House,” Platts said in a statement. “Senator McCain’s distinguished record of opposing pork barrel projects, keeping a watchful eye on government spending, and slashing overstuffed budgets is what our country needs to maintain a thriving economy for the next generation.”

 McCain expressed gratitude for Platts’ support.

 “Todd is a principled public servant who shares my commitment to curbing government waste,” said McCain.  “I am honored to have his endorsement and look forward to his leadership in the Keystone  State.”

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