Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson endorses Mitt Romney

Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson on Sunday endorsed Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, giving the former Massachusetts governor his latest boost from a congressional backer ahead of Tuesday’s Badger State primary.

“Today, I’m happy to announce my full support and my endorsement of Governor Romney to be the next president of the United States,” Johnson said in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

He cited Romney’s private-sector background as well as his “executive experience in government” during his tenure as governor of Massachusetts.

“I never did intend to endorse anybody, but I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Governor Romney over the last couple weeks, had long phone conversations with him,” Johnson said. “I’ve come away from those conversations fully convinced that Governor Romney is the person to lead our party, to lead our nation. He fully understands the gravity of our financial situation. He’s dedicated toward solving those problems. He is ready, willing and able to lead this nation, unlike President Obama.”

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