Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is sticking by his man.
Heineman has, for the second time, endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination.
Romney is considered a frontrunner in the 2012 GOP presidential field, although the race is far from defined. More than five candidates are running, including former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
In 2008, the former Massachusetts governor lost the GOP nomination to John McCain.
Romney underscored Heineman’s pro-business credentials in the announcement. “Governor Heineman shares my principles of promoting job creation and getting our exploding deficits under control,” Romney said.
Heineman said he believes Romney, with his experience as a governor, has what it takes to meet the nation’s challenges. “Mitt Romney has a proven record of balancing budgets, keeping taxes low, and creating an environment for job growth,” Heineman said.
Heineman’s endorsement could help Romney in western Iowa, which holds the nation’s first presidential test with its famed caucuses.
However, it is unknown how actively Romney plans to compete in Iowa. He has given no promise that he will campaign there as much as he did in 2008, when he invested heavily in the state and lost to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Instead, Romney has spent more time this election cycle campaigning in New Hampshire and Nevada, which hold early presidential primaries.
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