With just a week before the Pennsylvania primary, Gov. Corbett today threw his support behind presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
“Now that the long primary season has ended, it is time for Republicans to come together and unite around the one candidate who can defeat Barack Obama and institute a bold conservative vision that we need in Washington,” said Corbett in a statement released by the Romney campaign announcing the endorsement.
"Our country needs a president who will reverse President Obama’s failed policies and ensure an opportunity for all Americans to prosper. Mitt Romney will restore fiscal sanity to Washington by cutting spending, lowering taxes, and reforming entitlements."
For his part, Romney said he was "extraordinarily proud" to have earned Corbett's support, while acknowledging that Pennsylvania would be a "crucial state in November."
“Tom has been a wonderful leader for Pennsylvania and shares my values of spurring economic security through scaling back the size of government and promoting pro-growth policies," Romney said.
Corbett spokesman said there would be no formal public endorsement, but that the governor and Romney would appear together at a fundraiser in Harrisburg this afternoon before attending a dinner sponsored by the Lancaster County Republicans in Lancaster tonight.
Corbett had said he would remain neutral while there were a number of candidates in the race, including former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who dropped out last week.
The Pennsylvania primary is Apr. 24.
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