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romney in florida Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno (right) endorses Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (left) at a Romney campaign event in Orlando, Florida, on January 27. (Photo courtesy Topanga Sena)

Election 2012: Romney Secures Important Endorsement

Puerto Rico's Governor backs Romney at campaign rally in Orlando

By Topanga Sena | January 30 , 2012

With only days to go before the Florida primary, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was busy landing a coveted endorsement.

At a "grassroots" campaign rally in Orlando on Friday, Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno announced that he was endorsing Romney. Fortuno was joined on stage by his wife, First Lady Luce Fortuno, and U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona.

"We need a President who is committed to creating jobs all over America including Puerto Rico," Governor Fortuno said. "Because Puerto Rican jobs are American jobs and Lanco is a good example of that."

The event was held at Lanco & Harris Co. warehouse in Orlando. Lanco & Harris is a paint company founded and owned by Hispanic entrepreneurs.

Florida has roughly 1.5 million Hispanic voters. Puerto Ricans are the second largest Latino group in the state. They figure to play an important role in Tuesday's presidential primary. This makes Fortuno's endorsement an important one for Romney.

But Fortuno isn't the only Latino leader supporting Romney. Four Cuban-American politicians have also endorsed the former Massachusetts Governor. Cuban-Americans represent the largest segment of Latino population in the state.

Former Senator Mel Martinez is honorary co-chair of Romney's National Hispanic Steering Committee. Representative Ilena Ros-Lehtinen, Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, and his brother former Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart are all committee co-chairs.

When Romney addressed the crowd, he spoke about issues ranging from lowering corporate tax rates to getting the energy the U.S. needs to be sufficient and effective. He also promised policies that would create jobs.

"We have in this nation something called free enterprise, where people can come here and begin their enterprises, pursue their dreams, and build businesses," Romney said.

At the end of his speech, Romney talked about the vision of the Founding Fathers. He said the ideas in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution remain our national blueprints. The principles in those documents are enduring and make America the "greatest nation in the history of the Earth," he said.

If he's elected President, "we're going to take back the White House, we're going to take back our country, and we're going to keep America the hope of the Earth," Romney said. "I love America from sea to shining sea. I'm so proud to be here with you tonight."

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