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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