WASHINGTON – 2nd District Republican Congressman John Kline is joining Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign as part of a veterans and military families group, the Romney campaign announced Tuesday.
Kline, a retired Marine Corps officer with 25 years of service, joins a long list of Republican luminaries who are part of the Veterans and Military Families for Romney coalition. They include former President George H.W. Bush, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, as well as sitting Senator (and former GOP presidential nominee) John McCain.
Romney and other Republicans point to the higher-than-average unemployment rate for recently returned veterans and say President Obama’s economic policies have failed vets. While former military personnel often have a reputation for voting Republican, a Reuters poll from May suggests that veterans favored Obama over Romney by seven percentage points.
Kline isn’t the only prominent Minnesota Republican who’s stumping for Romney. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has become an active surrogate for the Romney campaign, 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann endorsed Romney in May and campaigned with him in Virginia while 3rd District U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen endorsed the former Massachusetts governor in January of this year.