(WASHINGTON) — Mitt Romney has picked up a Buchanan endorsement — not Pat, but his sister Bay Buchanan, has spoken out in support the former Massachusetts governor.
The Republican television commentator, who was the treasurer in Ronald Reagan’s 1976 and 1980 campaigns, as well as the campaign manager in her brother Pat’s three attempts for the White House, threw her support behind Romney Friday morning.
“If Americans want a real conservative in the White House, they need to look no farther than Mitt Romney,” said Bay Buchanan in a statement provided to ABC News.
Buchanan is a name that means something in New Hampshire. Pat Buchanan won the 1996 GOP primary there.
And it might be that it is with the blue-collar Buchanan voters where Rick Santorum will find his greatest appeal. The timing of the announcement — coming just as Santorum is trying to make inroads in the Granite State — seems designed to thwart Santorum’s outreach, or at least deflate it a little bit.
Bay Buchanan also backed Romney in 2008.
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