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January 19, 2012


MITT ROMNEY ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR AND S.C. SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE DAVID WILKINS
 
Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of former United States Ambassador to Canada and South Carolina Speaker of the House David Wilkins. Ambassador Wilkins previously had supported Governor Rick Perry’s campaign.
 
“I’m honored to have earned the endorsement of Ambassador Wilkins,” said Mitt Romney. “This important show of support demonstrates that my message of a ‘Simpler, Smaller, and Smarter’ federal government is resonating with South Carolina leaders and voters.”
 
Announcing his support, Ambassador Wilkins said, "Americans want a candidate they can believe in; one who can defeat President Obama and get our country back to work.  Mitt Romney is that man.  Governor Romney would never turn his back on 20,000 new jobs and our energy security as the President has done with the Keystone XL pipeline project.  Mitt Romney has a real plan for restoring our economy and our place in the world as freedom's best friend and most steadfast defender."
 
Background Information On Ambassador David Wilkins:
 
Ambassador David H. Wilkins Was First Elected To The South Carolina House Of Representatives In 1980 And Served For 25 Years, 11 Of Those Years As Speaker Of The House.  He was the state chair of the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign.  In 2005, he resigned from the SC House to accept an appointment by President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Canada.  Wilkins represented the U.S. in Canada until 2009.  He is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.
 
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