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May 9, 2012

Fallin endorses Romney during visit

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday formally and fully endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, saying she will do all she can to help him become the next president.

A day after Romney won primaries in Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia, giving him more than 900 delegates, he came to Oklahoma. He needs 1,144 to clinch the GOP nomination. Ron Paul is his last remaining active challenger.

In Oklahoma City, Romney appeared in an intimate room filled with supporters and reporters at the Oklahoma Republican Party headquarters on Lincoln Boulevard north of the Capitol. Wednesday evening he was scheduled to attend a fundraiser.

Across the street in front of the Oklahoma Democratic Party headquarters, a handful of citizens made their opinions heard by holding signs during Romney’s visit.

One sought the recall of Fallin, perhaps a loose reference to the upcoming recall vote in Wisconsin related to Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Another urged taxing the “filthy rich.” Another was about a purported Romney quote about abortion from 1994.

Fallin welcomed Romney to “the reddest state in the nation,” where John McCain carried every county and about 66 percent of the vote in the 2008 presidential election.

“We are a people who believe in the power of the individual and believe in economic freedom,” Fallin said. “We don’t believe that government solves all of our problems. And I know, Gov. Romney, that you believe in the same thing, and that is why I am here today to lend my full endorsement and support to Gov. Mitt Romney for president of the United States.”

Fallin said the nation is headed on the wrong track, and it needs a president who will get it back on the right track. Fallin said that is critical to our future, and after four years Obama’s policies to tax and spend our way into prosperity have failed, she said.

“I know, Gov. Romney, that you’re going to get our nation on the right course,” Fallin said, adding he knows how to turn things around, change the course of the nation.

Romney thanked Fallin and his own supporters. He saluted Oklahoma GOP leaders for what he called the positive changes they have brought about, and highlighted the state’s 5.4 percent unemployment rate. He mentioned recent education reforms and changes that have made Oklahoma more business-friendly.

“These things make sense,” Romney said. “What we’re finding in Washington, however, is the president has a very different view.”

Romney said Obama’s policies harken back to policies of liberals past that don’t work. Obama is being guided by policies that have been proven not to work, like raising taxes on small businesses, Romney said. The massive national debt scares away potential new businesses, he said.

On a day when Obama fully came out in support of same-sex marriages, Romney said he believes that marriage should be between one man and one woman.

Fallin said Obama did not have the political courage to approve the Keystone pipeline.

Mark Schlachtenhaufen  writes for the Edmond Sun.

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