Not since Richard Nixon was running for reelection in 1972 has the The Des Moines Register endorsed a Republican for President. But on Sunday, Iowa’s largest paper did just that after it concluded that Mitt Romney “offers a fresh economic vision”. The conclusion was essentially arrived because of the opinion that Romney’s business and executive background made him the best candidate to”unlock this nation’s economic potential.”
Despite endorsing the promise of Barack Obama’s hope and change in 2008, in their 2012 endorsement of Mitt Romney, the liberal leaning editorial staff of the Des Moines wrote;
“Voters should give Mitt Romney a chance to correct the nation’s fiscal course and to implode the partisan gridlock that has shackled Washington and the rest of America — with the understanding that he would face the same assessment in four years if he does not succeed,”
While I doubt that any newspaper endorsements actually changes the minds of any significant number of voters, the important element regarding the endorsement of Romney by a liberal based editorial board is that is shows clear evidence of the fact that even a portion of the President’s liberal base recognize that there is no denying that President Obama’s failed record and policies do not warrant him a second term in the White House.
From the endorsement:
Ten months ago this newspaper endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for president. An overarching consideration was which of the party’s candidates could we see occupying the White House, and there was no question that Romney was qualified for the job.
Now, in the closing days of the general election campaign, the question is which of the two contenders deserves to be the next president of the United States.
Both President Barack Obama and Governor Romney are superbly qualified. Both are graduates of the Harvard University Law School who have distinguished themselves in government, in public service and in private life. Both are devoted husbands and fathers.
American voters are deeply divided about this race. The Register’s editorial board, as it should, had a vigorous debate over this endorsement. Our discussion repeatedly circled back to the nation’s single most important challenge: pulling the economy out of the doldrums, getting more Americans back in the workforce in meaningful jobs with promising futures, and getting the federal government on a track to balance the budget in a bipartisan manner that the country demands.
Meanwhile as The Des Moines Register broke it’s 40 year long streak of rubber stamping liberal presidents, The New York Times unsurprisingly endorsed the President today, thereby extending their unbroken string of endorsements for Democratic candidates to 56 years.
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