Des Moines Register endorses Romney
December 17, 2011 8:16PM
Updated: January 19, 2012 11:19AM
The Des Moines Register’s editorial board has endorsed Mitt Romney as its choice for the 2012 Republican caucus.
The Register, Iowa’s statewide newspaper, said the former Massachusetts governor possesses “sobriety, wisdom and judgment.”
In endorsing Romney, the editorial board wrote Saturday night:
“Mitt Romney is making his second bid for Iowans’ support after an unsuccessful run in 2008. We did not endorse him then, but this is a different field, and he has matured as a candidate. Rebuilding the economy is the nation’s top priority, and Romney makes the best case among the Republicans that he could do that.”
The board also commented on rivals’ claims that Romney is a flip-flopper. It wrote that, “He has evolved from one-time independent to moderate Republican in liberal Massachusetts to proud conservative today. He does not deny changing his position on some issues, but he will say he has made mistakes and has learned from them. â(euro) ⅛ It should be possible for a politician to say, ‘I was wrong, and I have changed my mind.’”
Register’s editor Rick Green said, “Our goal is to answer one question: Who among these candidates would make the best leader for our country, should he or she land in the White House.”
Iowans take seriously their role as the first-in-the-nation caucus, Green said. So, too, does the Register. “We’re part of a unique conversation that dominates our state every four years but stretches well beyond Iowa. We embrace that responsibility thoughtfully, seriously and with due diligence.”
The Iowa caucuses will take place Jan. 3.
Gannett News Service