Former Republican presidential nominee and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is in Idaho this week campaigning on behalf of three longtime politicians.
On Thursday, Romney hosted a $250-per-plate luncheon for two-time Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. The event was also to benefit eight-time Rep. Mike Simpson, R-ID, and Sen. Jim Risch, R-ID, who is campaigning for his first re-election bid.
"I’m here today in Idaho, and was here yesterday, to make sure that people understand that the people I'm standing with right here are the right team of conservative leaders to help the people of Idaho," Romney said at a brief press conference. "They’ve done a great job, they’re doing a great job, and they will do a great job as they help lead this great state, and make contributions to the nation as well."
Gov. Otter and Rep. Simpson are both facing election challenges from within their own party. Otter's leading challenger is Tea Party-backed state Sen. Russ Fulcher. Simpson's Republican challenger is Tea Party-backed political newcomer Bryan Smith.
Romney, Risch, Otter and Simpson spoke with members of the Idaho press for 10 minutes at the Powerhouse Event Center in Boise.
Romney says Idaho is a leading example of conservative principles at work, and that's why he chose to endorse the three men.
"I also acknowledge they’re men of character and vision, and they’ve done a heck of a good job -- and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it," said Romney.
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