Mitt Romney today received another:
(Thanks to the campaign’s official site, from which I borrowed the above graphic. I highly encourage you to go there and donate.)
The Cincinnati Enquirer today “wholeheartedly” endorsed Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee.
In an op ed piece the newspaper said of Governor Romney:
Republican voters can no longer ignore the obvious: There is only one GOP candidate for president who has the temperament, character and discipline to lead the nation. One candidate with the business experience and management skills befitting a chief executive. One candidate who can appeal to a broad enough spectrum of voters to win in November. That candidate is Mitt Romney.
We endorse him wholeheartedly in Tuesday’s Ohio primary. Romney is best suited to represent the GOP mainstream, advance a thoughtful conservative agenda, offer a strong alternative to President Obama and lead the nation into a new era of progress if elected this fall.
The article goes on to list Mitt’s conservative credentials, listing private sector experience, turning around the first post-9/11 Olympic games, his success working in deep blue state Massachusetts for conservative principles (cutting taxes and wiping out a deficit), his focus on problem-solving, his managerial skills, his cool temper and lack of debilitating ego.
And, of course, this election is going to be all about the national debt, the economy, and jobs:
What more do Republican voters want? The mystery is why so many have managed to ignore what should be excruciatingly apparent: Romney has the management, leadership and political tools to do the job.
And the election this year is all about jobs. It is about building a vibrant economy. It is about making government work more effectively. It is not about social crusades, old resentments and hardened hyper-partisan stances.
The article then discusses the weaknesses of the alternatives. Of Santorum they note:
The last-standing in a series of “anybody-but-Mitt” frontrunners has been exposed in recent days for views that may be heartfelt but miss the mainstream by a mile.
For example: He has helped turn a religious freedom issue into an argument over contraception that’s a loser politically and a potential detriment to Americans’ quality of life. He has blithely dismissed the importance of a college education as a gateway to a better life. He has trashed the honored notion, advanced by John F. Kennedy, of a thoughtful separation between personal religious beliefs and public-policy actions.
Santorum doesn’t seem to know where the line must be drawn. He doesn’t seem to know what the Constitution requires. He’s simply not prepared for this office.
The article is worth a read as there are nuggets I’d like to include here, but I’d be getting very close to just posting the whole thing. Instead I’ll close with the Enquirer’s last lines:
This is Mitt Romney’s time. And this is the place.
BONUS: MITT-mentum Growing in Ohio, Especially Among Women
From yesterday’s ABC News website:
Days after her husband’s victories in Arizona and Michigan, Ann Romney dropped into the Romney campaign’s headquarters in Ohio on Friday afternoon to thank volunteers and rally supporters prior to next week’s primary, citing the “momentum” of the campaign as the catalyst that will lift Mitt Romney to victory in the state on Super Tuesday.
“It’s unbelievable what’s happening. Momentum is a good thing, and momentum’s with us, and you know what, we’ve got to win Ohio, so let’s go out there and make sure that we do win Ohio,” said Romney to a room full of volunteers and supporters at the Romney Ohio headquarters in Columbus.
“The message that has been resonating for me, as I’ve been speaking all across this country, has been an economic message, and I love it that women are concerned and are voting for economic reasons. This is so important,” said Mrs. Romney. “What I hear from all women – I heard it in Florida, I heard it in Michigan, I heard it in Nevada, I heard it New Hampshire, I heard it everywhere, everywhere I go – is that moms are very angry about the deficit spending in Washington, D.C. They are very upset about the burdens their children are going to inherit, and they think it’s irresponsible of us to pass along that kind of burden to our children and grandchildren.
“I think women in the general election are going to make a huge difference in this nation and … for the first time, may be voting their pocketbooks, which is great,” continued Mrs. Romney.