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Press Release: Romney For President Announces Sportsmen For Romney

October 15, 2012

Romney for President today announced its Sportsmen for Romney coalition. This community of sportsmen and women from across the country, along with the recent endorsement from the National Rifle Association, show that Mitt Romney has strong and growing support among our nation's conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts.

"I am grateful to have the support of so many great Americans who have chosen to be a part of Sportsmen for Romney," said Mitt Romney. "The wealth of this nation is not only in our industries and our businesses. We are blessed with great natural beauty as well. It is the sportsmen and women of America who keep safe that natural wealth for this generation and many more to come. Hunters, fishermen, sports-shooters, and outdoors enthusiasts not only create millions of jobs and pump billions of dollars into our economy, they stand on the forefront of defending our Second Amendment rights and protecting the natural wonder of our nation. If I am fortunate enough to become president, they will have a friend in the White House."

"This economic downturn is affecting people and communities at every level," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing and a world-renowned big game hunter and conservationist. "We see across America that people don't have the discretionary income they used to. People are suffering and they need a change. I know something about leadership, and I know something about running a business. When I look at Mitt Romney, I see a man who is not only a leader, but one who understands what we need to get this economy back on track. That's why he has my support."

"Mitt Romney has a proven track record of turning around dysfunctional enterprises," said five-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode. "For me, his greatest accomplishment remains his successful effort to save the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Governor Romney took the Games from scandal to glory, and he did so in the shadow of 9/11, at a time when every American needed something to rally around and something to believe in. Today we face similar challenges. Our economy is hurting, and the American people are looking for someone to lead us back to prosperity. Mitt Romney is that man. We have a choice in this election. We can have another four years like the last four. Or we can join Mitt Romney, turn a corner, and head down a new path. I'm with Mitt, and I hope people across this country will join me."

"Everyone knows that Mitt Romney is a world class businessman who knows how to create the jobs we need in this country," said conservationist Rob Keck. "What many people do not know is that Governor Romney is also committed to conservation and understands the role that hunters and sportsmen and women play in conservation. He won't let the federal government continue to place limits on this critical sector of our economy, and he will restore the prosperity that allows so many Americans to enjoy the natural wonders of our country. I am proud to give him my support."

National Honorary Chairman

Rep. Paul Ryan

National Co-Chairs

Johnny Morris, Internationally Renowned Conservationist

Wade Boggs, Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player

Kimberly "Kim" Rhode, Five-time Olympic Medalist

Melissa Simpson, Safari Club International

Richard Childress, Richard Childress Racing

Jeff Foxworthy, Entertainer

National Honorary Co-Chairs

Gov. Scott Walker

Gov. Bobby Jindal

Gov. Sean Parnell

Gov. Rick Perry

Gov. Matt Mead

Gov. Butch Otter

Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Terry Branstad

Sen. Jerry Moran (KS)

Rep. Robert Latta (OH)

Sen. Jim Risch (ID)

Sen. John Thune (SD)

Rep. Jeff Miller (FL)

Rep. Rob Wittman(VA)

Sen. Rob Portman (OH)

Sen. Jeff Sessions (AL)

Rep. Mike Rogers (AL)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK)

Rep. Don Young (AK)

Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ)

Sen. John Boozman (AR)

Rep. Tim Griffin (AR)

Rep. Jeff Denham (CA)

Rep. Wally Herger (CA)

Rep. Gary Miller (CA)

Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO)

Rep. Scott Tipton (CO)

Rep. Sandy Adams (FL)

Rep. Dennis Ross (FL)

Rep. James (Austin) Scott (GA)

Sen. Mike Crapo (ID)

Rep. Raul Labrador (ID)

Rep. Mike Pompeo (KS)

Rep. Harold Rogers (KY)

Sen. David Vitter (LA)

Rep. Rodney Alexander (LA)

Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (LA)

Rep. Bill Cassidy (LA)

Rep. Jeff Landry (LA)

Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME)

Rep. Dan Benishek (MI)

Rep. Dave Camp (MI)

Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI)

Rep. Mike Rogers (MI)

Rep.Tim Walberg (MI)

Sen. Thad Cochran (MS)

Sen. Roger Wicker (MS)

Rep. Steven Palazzo (MS)

Rep. Sam Graves (MO)

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE)

Rep. Lee Terry (NE)

Rep. Frank Guinta (NH)

Rep. Steve Pearce (NM)

Rep. Renee Ellmers (NC)

Rep. Sue Myrick (NC)

Sen. John Hoeven (ND)

Rep. John Boehner (OH)

Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH)

Sen. James Inhofe (OK)

Rep. Greg Walden (OR)

Rep. Mike Kelly (PA)

Rep. Tim Murphy (PA)

Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC)

Rep. Kristi Noem (SD)

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN)

Rep. John Duncan, Jr. (TN)

Rep. Phil Roe (TN)

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX)

Rep. Mike Conaway (TX)

Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX)

Rep. Mike McCaul (TX)

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX)

Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT)

Sen. Mike Lee (UT)

Rep. Rob Bishop (UT)

Rep. Eric Cantor (VA)

Rep. Robert Hurt (VA)

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (WV)

Sen. Mike Enzi (WY)

Rep. Donald Manzullo (IL)

Rep. Aaron Schock (IL)

Rep. Dan Burton (IN)

Rep. Larry Bucshon (IN)

Rep. Steve King (IA)

Rep. Tom Latham (IA)

Rep. Steve Southerland (FL)

Rep. Martha Roby (AL)

Rep. Thomas Rooney (FL)

Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY)

Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA)

Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA)

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS)

Sen. John Barrasso (WY)

Sen. Richard Burr (NC)

Rep. Bill Shuster (PA)

Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY)

Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL)

Rep. Mo Brooks (AL)

Rep. Steve Womack (AR)

Rep. Brian Bilbray (CA)

Rep. Buck McKeon (CA)

Rep. Charlie Bass (NH)

Rep. James Lankford (OK)

Rep. Joe Barton (TX)

Rep. Kevin Brady (TX)

Rep. Michael Burgess (TX)

Sen. Richard Shelby (AL)

Rep. Elton Gallegly (CA)

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (GA)

Rep. Mike Coffman (CO)

Rep. Cory Gardner (CO)

Rep. Vern Buchanan (FL)

Rep. Connie Mack (FL)

Rep. Bill Posey (FL)

Rep. Allen B. West (FL)

Rep. Paul Broun (GA)

Rep. Tom Graves (GA)

Rep. Tom Price (GA)

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA)

Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL)

Rep. Todd C. Young (IN)

Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY)

Rep. John Fleming (LA)Sen. Susan Collins (ME)

Sen. Mike Johanns (NE)

Sen. Johnny Isakson (GA)

Rep. Kevin Yoder (KS)

Rep. Bill Long (MO)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC)

Rep. Cliff Stearns (FL)

Rep. C.W. Bill Young (FL)

Rep. Jack Kingston (GA)

Rep. Peter Roskam (IL)

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN)

Rep. John Kline (MN)

Rep. Alan Nunnelee (MS)

Rep. JoAnn Emerson (MO)

Rep. Adrian Smith (NE)

Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC)

Rep. Spencer Bachus (AL)

Rep. Jo Bonner (AL)

Rep. Rick Crawford (AR)

Rep. Ken Calvert (CA)

Rep. Rich Nugent (FL)

Rep. John Shimkus (IL)

Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY)

Rep. Steve Scalise (LA)

Rep. Andy Harris (MD)

Rep. Candice Miller (MI)

Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN)

Sen. Roy Blunt (MO)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO)

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (NJ)

Rep. Peter King (NY)

Rep. Tom Reed (NY)

Rep. Rick Berg (ND)

Rep. Bill Johnson (OH)

Rep. Jim Jordan (OH)

Rep. Steve LaTourette (OH)

Rep. Steve Stivers (OH)

Sen. Tom Coburn (OK)

Rep. Frank Lucas (OK)

Rep. John Sullivan (OK)

Rep. Tom Marino (PA)

Rep. Joe Pitts (PA)

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC)

Rep. Joe Wilson (SC)

Rep. Stephen Fincher (TN)

Rep. John Carter (TX)

Rep. Bill Flores (TX)

Rep. Kay Granger (TX)

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX)

Rep. Sam Johnson (TX)

Rep. Ted Poe (TX)

Rep. Pete Sessions (TX)

Rep. Lamar Smith (TX)

Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT)

Rep. Randy Forbes (VA)

Rep. Doc Hastings (WA)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA)

Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. (CA)

Sen. John Cornyn (TX)

Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ)

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS)

Rep. Dennis Rehberg  (MT)

Rep. Ralph Hall (TX)

Rep. Pete Olson (TX)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA)

Rep. Jon Runyan (NJ)

Rep. Mike Simpson (ID)

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA)

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (MD)

Rep. Howard Coble (NC)

Sen. Ron Johnson (WI)

Rep. Sean Duffy (WI)

Rep. Thomas Petri (WI)

Rep. Reid Ribble (WI)

Rep. David Dreier (CA)

Rep. Chris Smith (NJ)

Rep. Rick Amodei (NV)

Sen. John McCain (AZ)

Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN)

Rep. Tom McClintock (CA)

Sen. Dean Heller (NV)

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO)

Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ)

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY)

Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC)

Rep. Patrick Tiberi (OH)

Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN)

Sen. Bob Corker (TN)

Rep. David McKinley (WV)

Former Rep. Bob Beauprez (CO)

National Advisory Board

William "Bill" McGrath, Safari Club International

Merle Sheppard, Sportsmen for Responsible Management

Doug Domenech, Virginia Secretary of Department of Natural Resources

Gray Thornton, Wild Sheep Foundation 

Ray Lee, former CEO Wild Sheep Foundation

Clarke Reed, Chairman, Wildlife Mississippi

Rob Keck, Renowned Sportsman, Leading Conservationist

Jack Lawton, Jr., Center for Coastal  Conservation

Eddie Smith, Jr., Owner, Grady White Boats

Bill Shedd, AFTCO Manufacturing

Rip Cunningham, Saltwater Sportsman

George Kollitides, Freedom Group/Remington

Pete Brownell, Brownell's

Bob Nosler, Nosler's

Ray Scott, B.A.S.S.

Joseph Bartozzi, O.F. Mossberg & Sons

Don Peay, Rocky Mountain Big Game Hunters

Kyle Meintzer, Board Member, Wild Sheep Foundation

Marcus Hansen, Board Member, Wild Sheep Foundation

Dick Williamson, Lakota Archery

Coni Brooks, Barnes Bullets

Robin Ball, Owner, Sharp Shooting Indoor Range

Mike Callahan, Past Vice-President, Cabela's / Past Board Chair,

Congressional Sportsmen Foundation

Jay Mcaninch, President/CEO, Archery Trade Association

Denny Behrens, Colorado Mule Deer Association

Phil Johnson, Colorado Mule Deer Association

Mike Budzik, Former Chief, Ohio Division of Wildlife

Craig Sandler, Past Executive Director of General Operations, National Rifle

Association of America

Bill Horn, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance

Leigh Perkins, CEO, Orvis

Roland Martin, Host, Fishing with Roland Martin

Marcus Branstad

Bethany O'Donovan, Board Member, Mule Deer Foundation

Laurie Lipsey Aronson, President, Lipsey's Inc.

Art Wheaton, Former Chairman, National Shooting Sports Foundation Board of Governors

Walter McLallen, Vice Chairman, Freedom Group/Remington / Board Member, Congressional Sportsmen Foundation

Doug Painter, Former President and CEO, National Shooting Sports Foundation

Mike Raymer

Bill Sugg, President, Haas Outdoors, Inc.

Ron Coburn, Chairman and CEO, Savage Sports

Larry Vickers, Vickers Tactical and Host, TacTV

Chuck LaMar, Former General Manager, Tampa Bay Rays

Gene Chandler, Former New Hampshire House Speaker

**Corporation, business, and organization names are provided for informational purposes only**

Mitt Romney, Press Release: Romney For President Announces Sportsmen For Romney Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/303398

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