Oregon’s Smith endorses Romney for president

Gordon Smith, a former US senator from Oregon, today endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Gordon Smith, 1996Don Ryan/AP

In a statement, Smith said Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, “has a proven job creation record as governor and in the private sector.’’

In response, Romney said Smith “will help me spread my message that President Obama has failed and that his policies must be reversed.’’

Like Romney, Smith is a Mormon. Also like Romney, he has a reputation as a moderate Republican, having been a member of the centrist Republican Main Street Partnership.

Smith was elected to the Senate in 1996, after serving in the Oregon state Senate. He served two terms on Capitol Hill before losing reelection in 2008.

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He is currently president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters.

Romney recently announced several endorsements from elected officials, including Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.

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