Former Sen. Coleman joins Romney team

Kyle Potter

Written by Reporter Intern Dina Elrashidy

Former Minnesota U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman announced Wednesday that he will be joining Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign as a special adviser, according to the Star Tribune.

“His advice will be critical as I lay out my vision for improving our economy at home and strengthening our partnerships around the world,” Romney said in a recently released written statement.

Coleman is just the latest of several GOP additions. Tim Pawlenty joined the campaign about a month after he dropped out of the presidential race. His co-campaign chair, former congressman Vin Weber, joined the team shortly after Pawlenty’s exit.

The Romney campaign released a statement in which Coleman said, “The United States is facing an important moment in our nation’s history. Whether it is turning around our struggling economy or maintaining our relationships with international allies, the next president must have the experience and leadership to keep America strong at home and abroad.”

Coleman, a prominent figure in the Republican Jewish community, emphasized Romney’s support for Israel. “I am also confident that he is the best candidate to restore America’s relationship with Israel,” he said.