Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is getting a boost from a prominent Illinois politician: U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) is endorsing Romney. “Because of Mitt Romney’s record as a competent manager, as an economic expert, and as someone especially who was a Republican governor of a very blue state, Massachusetts, he has the record to be able to reach across the aisle, and especially fix this economy, which is why I’m endorsing him today,” Kirk said at a press conference Monday at Illinois Republican headquarters in Chicago.
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Kirk characterized Romney as a fiscal conservative and someone with a hard-nosed foreign policy. Kirk says he hopes his endorsement will have influence in Iowa, but it’s especially intended for Illinois. He says the race will be sufficiently up for grabs by March 20 that the Illinois primary will be important. Kirk says Romney – to whom conservatives have given little support – is electable, and you have to go with the best candidate you think can win.