Romney trumpets conservative endorsement

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Updated: 3/26/2012 10:40 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mitt Romney is trumpeting new backing from conservative Republicans as he looks to wrap up the GOP presidential nomination.

Romney announced support Monday from Utah Sen. Mike Lee, an early tea party supporter who ousted a longtime incumbent Republican. The GOP presidential front-runner also earned backing from California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the third highest-ranking House Republican, and from Al Cardenas, head of the American Conservative Union.

The endorsements add to a growing chorus of Republican stalwarts and conservative leaders who are calling on the party to unite behind Romney so the GOP can begin to focus on the general election.

Separately, Romney also criticized President Barack Obama for telling Russian leaders he would have more "flexibility" to work on missile defense after the November election.

Romney was campaigning in California.


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