But says Arkansas' support for him two years ago bodes well for Hutchinson this fall.
The 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee appeared with Hutchinson on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro Wednesday afternoon.
Romney won Arkansas with over 60% of the vote two years ago despite losing by a wide margin nationally to President Obama.
Still, Romney says national republicans see the Hutchinson / Ross race as an example for a GOP pickup in November.
"I think we recognize that Arkansas has the potential and is very much on the verge of electing a republican governor and this will make a difference. You have a choice of someone who actually has a plan to help the people of Arkansas and that will also have an impact across the nation," said Romney.
Romney will attend a fundraiser tonight in Jonesboro for Hutchinson and then continue his Arkansas' trip with a stop in Little Rock on Thursday supporting Tom Cotton's senate bid against Mark Pryor.
Democratic Party of Arkansas Responds to Mitt Romney Campaigning with Congressman Hutchinson:
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) – Democratic Party of Arkansas Chair Vincent Insalaco released the following statement in response to Mitt Romney campaigning with Congressman Hutchinson in Jonesboro today:
“Mitt Romney and Congressman Hutchinson are two sides of the same coin when it comes to taxes. Mitt Romney stashed millions in overseas bank accounts to avoid paying taxes and Congressman Hutchinson illegally took homestead tax credits on both of his homes. Arkansans just can’t trust a Washington, DC insider and former lobbyist like Congressman Hutchinson.”
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