HELENA (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has named former Gov. Tim Babcock and Secretary of State Brad Johnson to head his campaign team in Montana.
Romney, who will speak at the state Republican Party convention here Friday morning, selected Babcock as the campaign’s honorary Montana chairman and Johnson as chairman of the campaign.
Romney is a former governor of Massachusetts. His late father George, a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 1968, was governor of Michigan when Babcock was Montana’s governor in the 1960s.
“Governor Babcock and Secretary of State Johnson are dedicated champions of Republican principles in Montana,” Mitt Romney said in a prepared statement. “They understand the importance of having someone from outside the Washington Beltway lead our nation. With their leadership, we will make sure our nation continues to have the strongest military, the strongest economy and the strongest families in the world.”
Babcock said Romney inherited a budget deficit of nearly $3 billion when he took over as governor of Massachusetts but turned that into a $1 billion surplus without raising taxes or borrowing money.
“He understands how to solve tough problems and will provide the leadership we need in Washington,” Babcock said.
Johnson said Romney has the right values and priorities for voters.
“He has a lifetime of real world experience, and he understands our families want lower taxes, a strong national defense and the best opportunities for our children,” Johnson said.
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