Comedian Jeff Foxworthy puts weight behind Mitt Romney in Alabama, Mississippi contests
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Comedian Jeff Foxworthy puts weight behind Mitt Romney in Alabama, Mississippi contests

Jackson : MS : USA | Mar 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM PDT
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had the full support of comedian Jeff Foxworthy at pre-poll appearances in Alabama and Mississippi. Foxworthy held a press conference Monday morning to represent Romney ahead of the primaries starting Tuesday.

Jeff Foxworthy made an appearance Monday, but instead of cracking jokes like he usually does, the Grammy Award-winning comedian expressed his worries about the direction the country was headed and said he endorsed Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

Georgia-native Jeff Foxworthy made the appearance on behalf of Romney, who didn’t attend in an effort to make him a popular figure in Mississippi and Alabama, the states that have primaries Tuesday. The “red neck” funnyman, who has sold more comedy albums than anyone in history, told the crowd he believed the former governor of Massachusetts held answers to the nation’s problems, including the failing economy and the increasing debts.

“I avoided politics for 53 years of my life,” Foxworthy said. “I have been doing stand-up comedy for almost 30 and never wanted to be political. Selfishly, I wanted to make everyone laugh. But it got to the point that this is too important.”

Jeff Foxworthy went on to say that he wasn’t being criticized back home for endorsing Mitt Romney instead of former US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who represented Georgia in Congress.

“In Georgia, I have got a 25-year history with him,” Foxworthy told reporters. “I have seen him put his foot in his mouth, do or say something stupid too many times. So it’s one of those cases of you reap what you sow. I’m not confident putting my eggs in that basket. If he does something like that in September, then we are shot, and we’re stuck with four more years of this. We can’t do four more years of this. The country will be bankrupt.”

Previously, Jeff Foxworthy, who came to fame with his “you might be a redneck if” routine told Romney, “I gotta spend a day with you and teach you how to speak Southern a little bit.” The comedian then went on to say, “We don’t elect presidents on personality. We did that in 2008.”

Earlier, Jeff Foxworthy took to Twitter to express his support for Mitt Romney, writing on Thursday, “Time for Republicans to unite behind Gov. Romney, a great leader who can win the White House and rebuild our economy for all Americans,” adding later, “I've got plenty of new material from all the feedback since my endorsement of @MittRomney.”

Mississippi and Alabama voters go to the polls in the Republican primary Tuesday.

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Carla Castorina of Hurley, Mississippi holds a sign supporting U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney after a campaign rally at the Port of Pascagoula
Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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