Cantor Endorses Romney, Says He Won’t be Running Mate


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor endorsed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for president during an appearance on NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday.

"He's the only one in the race who knows how to create jobs," said Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in Congress, who had been neutral in the contentious primary until now. "He is by far the right man for this historic election and the only one in the race who has put forward these kind of solutions and I believe he can beat Barack Obama."

Cantor said he did not expect to be named Romney's running mate and was not interested in the job. "I'm privileged to represent the people of Virginia in Congress, this is not about that. I'm looking forward to serving in that capacity under Mitt Romney as president."

Cantor is the highest ranking Jewish member of Congress in U.S. history and his endorsement is the most prominent yet from a legislator for Romney. It comes two days before "Super Tuesday," when voters in 10 states, including Virginia, go to the polls in primaries. Analysts see a win in key state like Ohio sealing the nomination for Romney in his continuing battle against former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Cantor, who was considered as a possible running mate by the 2008 GOP nominee, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), said he is not in the running this year.