PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The governor of the state that supported U.S. Sen. John McCain in the 2000 Republican presidential primary has endorsed Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination.
Gov. Don Carcieri cited Romney's "strong record of results" in endorsing the former Massachusetts governor's presidential bid Tuesday.
Carcieri, a Republican elected to a second term last November in a heavily Democratic state, praised Romney for having "erased a deficit and provided health care without raising taxes," according to a Romney campaign statement.
McCain, R-Ariz., and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani are among other prominent Republicans vying for the 2008 nomination. Rhode Island strongly supported McCain over George Bush in the 2000 GOP primary.
Carcieri spokesman Jeff Neal said the governor had worked closely with Romney on regional issues that were important to both states and believed Romney would make an "excellent president."