Romney endorses Cotton

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney endorsed Tom Cotton’s campaign for U.S. Senate on Thursday, saying Arkansans have a chance to send “a true leader” to Washington.

“Tom has bravely served his country in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and now he is ready to serve his country again in the US Senate to fight Obamacare, stop Washington’s runaway spending and support policies that will create jobs for hardworking Arkansans,” Romney said.

Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, was the Republican candidate for president in 2012. Cotton, a Republican serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, is challenging two-term incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat.

Aside from issuing an endorsement, Romney has agreed to lend his name to a direct mail fundraising effort for Cotton, according to a press statement issued by the campaign.

Although Romney lost the 2012 national election to Obama, he outperformed the president in Arkansas by a 61-37 margin.