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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Bob Jones III, chancellor of the Christian fundamentalist school named for his family, is endorsing Republican Mitt Romney for president.
Romney's campaign confirmed Jones' endorsement today.
Spokesman William Holley says Romney is proud to have Jones' support.
Jones told a Greenville newspaper that supporting Romney is critical to make sure former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani doesn't win the GOP nomination and that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn't win the election.
Romney and Jones would appear to be a political odd couple, with the Southern fundamentalist Christian throwing his support behind the Mormon who was governor of Massachusetts.
But Jones says his endorsement came after he decided Romney would do the most to represent the average conservative American.
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