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Morning Mix: Iowa for Romney?

Morning Mix: Iowa for Romney?

The Des Moines Register, the largest newspaper in the state of Iowa, has revealed its coveted presidential endorsement.†† And the winner is former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

According to the editorial board, who did not endorse Romney when he ran for president in 2008, “…[T]his is a different field, and he has matured as a candidate. Rebuilding the economy is the nationís top priority, and Romney makes the best case among the Republicans that he could do that.”

Their praise has less to do with Romney, per se, than the lack of appeal in the other top tier candidates, as well.† “Newt Gingrich is an undisciplined partisan who would alienate, not unite, if he reverts to mean-spirited attacks on display as House speaker. Ron Paulís libertarian ideology would lead to economic chaos and isolationism, neither of which this nation can afford.”

We all know that it was the endorsement in New Hampshire’s biggest newspaper that gave former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich the polling push that made him a front runner — all be it a brief one.† Will the Register’s endorsement do the same for Romney?† Or is it, as the Caucus mentions, a bit of a double-edged sword? “The endorsement will likely increase Mr. Romneyís chances of doing well in the caucuses. But it will also raise expectations for the campaign, which has long said Mr. Romney does not need to win in Iowa to succeed in his goal of capturing the nomination.”

In 2008, Sen. John McCain won the paper’s endorsement.† He lost the state of Iowa, but still became the party’s nominee.

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1:40PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Is this the person who is ok with the EPA not having anything to say about rules??? Companies who want to fix things or who wants to find out who is doing this illegal dumping, the EPA can't say anything??? B.S. if the EPA can't say anything I don't want him in office!!!!

1:25PM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Barbara V

republicans have only been successful at making themselves look stupid. People may not like everything Obama's done but theres no way anyone that voted for Obama would ever vote for one of these clowns.

1:19PM PST on Dec 19, 2011

This is a perfect example of "what goes comes around". The rise of the tea party was mostly originated from republicans lying about Obama's health care reform. Wouldn't it be funny to watch republicans lose a shot at the presidency because of Mitt and Newts pass support of Obama's style health care reform. Don't forget about those death panels, HA.

10:12AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Must be a lot of stupid people in Iowa. What worries me is, nobody is running Democratic against Obama--he's got no contenders, so he's the king piin for the Democrats. Meanwhile, since the Repugs went to work on making him look bad and put their whole heart and soul into it, many people are disillusioned with Obama. That would ordinarily be understandable, but since he has no contenders, that means those same people might turn around and vote Repug. I wonder if this whole thing wasn't a scheme to assure that our next President will be a Repug. Well then, prepare to say goodbye to all your civil rights and freedoms as Americans because this country will go all the rest of the way down the drain.

10:01AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Ron Paul,among other things,wants to return our currency to the Gold Standard. I doubt if he's concerned that much the Third World gold is mined by slave child labor.

8:13AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Damning by faint praise. Can't imagine Gingrich will be the eventual nominee and Romney is getting shop worn, so this is his last shot. The smart money is on Romney - the least offensive to the Independents - and they have to have them to win the general election. Man, what a lousy field for the Republicans.

7:31AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

"Romney makes the best case among Republicans " could easily mean "Romney is the LEAST insane among the Republicans." But if he does win Iowa it could be the sort of upset that makes for more difficult for his opponents to stop him from getting the nomination.Especially since this would exceed expectation so.

Ron Paul COULD win in Iowa,polls show in reach. But he's way behind in other key states and I'll be very surprised if he can do well enough beyond Iowa to get the nomination.What Ron Paul hasn't ruled out is a third party run,which has lots of potential to be a disaster for the GOP nominee.

7:24AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Romney who gets millions in his retirement from Bain Capital,says he is just like the rest of the unemployed, this man bulldozed his 12 million dollar mansion to rebuild a bigger home'
Just what we don't need another Republican to stand up for the 1%

7:23AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

A new first among losers. At least until the polls shift again.

6:51AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Does it really matter?

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