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Mel Martinez endorses Mitt Romney

Mel Martinez, the former Florida GOP senator, backed Mitt Romney for president on Monday. Martinez, who left office in 2009, backed John McCain in 2008 (and not Romney).

Here's the press release:


Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of former Florida Senator Mel Martinez. Senator Martinez will serve as Chairman of the campaign's National Advisory Council.

 “I am honored to count former Senator Martinez as an ally,” saidMitt Romney. “The support of Florida voters will be critical and I look forward to working with him to turn this economy around.”

Announcing his support, Senator Martinez said, “I have great confidence that Mitt Romney is the candidate to get our country back on track. Unemployment remains a pressing issue both in Florida and across the nation. Now more than ever, we need a leader who will get our country’s fiscal house in order. From his experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney understands how the real economy works and how jobs are created. As Governor of Massachusetts, he balanced the budget without raising taxes. I am proud to support him."