Des Moines Register Ends Democrat Trend, Endorses Mitt Romney!

October 9, 2012 – Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is pictured at a chilly campaign rally in Van Meter, Iowa. Later, seeking the endorsement of the Des Moines Register, he met for an hour with their editorial board in the barn pictured behind him. After 18 days of consideration, the Iowa newspaper today announced their endorsement for Romney. (Photo – Getty)

For the first time in 40 years…

Rupturing a decades long booster club habit of backing Democrat nominees for president, the Des Moines Register, today endorsed Governor Mitt Romney.

Interesting backstory:

Typically, candidates meet with newspaper editorial boards to answer questions, clarify positions, and allow the board to compare each candidate’s stance on the issues. Governor Romney took the time out of his busy campaign schedule to meet for an hour with the Des Moines Register editorial board on October 9, 2012 – in a barn on a farm near Van Meter, Iowa.

Four years ago, then-candidate Barack Obama received the nod from the Iowa paper. This time, Obama wanted to do things differently. His habit of thinking a phone call – instead of being there in person – kicked in. He thought it would be good enough. That’s what he did. He picked up his phone and gave a half hour’s time to Des Moines Register president and publisher Laura Hollingsworth and Rick Green, editor and vice-president. Later, after the call, Green wrote on his blog:


Oct 23, 2012

Just four days before the Register’s presidential endorsement is released, Laura Hollingsworth and I received a phone call from the president. He was calling from Florida, on the heels of a morning campaign appearance and about 14 hours after his debate with GOP nominee Mitt Romney at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

The conference call lasted nearly 30 minutes…

Just two weeks before Election Day, the discussion, I believe, would have been valuable to all voters, but especially those in Iowa and around the country who have yet to decide between the incumbent Democrat and his Republican opponent.

Unfortunately, what we discussed was off-the-record. It was a condition, we were told, set by the White House.

We repeatedly –- and politely — have asked Obama 2012 campaign officials in Iowa and Chicago for the same access to the president. I believe it earned serious consideration. But despite at least 28 campaign stops and 11 days in our state, we never could convince his team to carve out a few moments for our editorial board –- in our office, on the trail or even in a barn somewhere in Iowa.

Which takes me back to Monday afternoon’s call from the White House, inviting us to chat with President Obama this morning.

It was a “personal call” to the Register’s publisher and editor, we were told. The specifics of the conversation could not be shared because it was off-the-record.

Of course, we immediately lobbied his campaign staff in Des Moines for a formal, on-the-record call. We were told it was not their decision; it came from the White House. We requested that the White House be asked to reverse course so whatever the president shared with us could be reviewed by voters and our readers.

No reason was given for the unusual condition of keeping it private.

We relented and took the call. How could we not? It’s the leader of the free world on line one.

A letter to the editor, published the next day in the Iowa paper, summed up the thoughts expressed by many:

It’s disturbing that President Obama, who promised the most transparent administration in history, refused to go on the record for his interview with The Des Moines Register’s editorial board. …

In stark contrast to Obama’s secretive style, Mitt Romney gave an hour-long, recorded interview with the Register’s editorial board that was shared online for all to see. That’s how it should be. — Sharon DeMers, Ankeny

That same day (Oct 24), without comment, Team Obama released a transcript of Obama’s phone interview.

Here is audio of Governor Romney’s interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board:

18 days later, the Des Moines Register, the largest newspaper in crucial swing-state Iowa, chose to endorse Mitt Romney!

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#comMITTed: Colorado Newspaper Pueblo Chieftain: “It’s ROMNEY”

The editorial board at Pueblo Chieftain, a print and online news source for the southern portion of swing-state Colorado, today endorsed Mitt Romney.

Excerpts:

It’s Romney

We didn’t endorse Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy four years ago, but after he was elected we congratulated him on his victory and expressed our desire that his presidency would be successful.

But soon after his inauguration, it became clear that his talk of “post-partisanship” and governmental transparency was just that: talk.

There has to be a better way, and Mitt Romney is pointing to that way. He has outlined a pro-growth package of initiatives that can get this country humming again.

Here, in a nutshell, are the five basic elements of that package:

Cut the federal deficit by reducing federal spending below 20 percent of GDP. “You’re not going to get entrepreneurs to go out and start an enterprise . . . unless they realize we’re not headed to Greece.”

Champion small business by cutting taxes and regulations, and by overturning ObamaCare. “We need small business to grow. . . . Small businesses have been crushed these past four years.”

Then there are the looming crises of Medicare and Social Security. Even Vice President Biden admitted Thursday night they can be sustainable only into the foreseeable future.

Gov. Romney, along with vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, has charted a course to protect current and soon-to-be retirees with full benefits, while restructuring how those two programs can be financed without breaking the budget.

In short, seniors or soon-to-be seniors can rest assured a President Romney won’t pull the rug out from beneath them.

And that’s why we urge our fellow Americans to elect Mitt Romney the 45th president of the United States of America.

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Read the full endorsement here.

Are you comMITTed?



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Chicago Tribune Endorses Mitt

The Chicago Tribune Endorsement: We need to fix our debt, and only Mitt is qualified or able

The Chicago Tribune has recognized what we all knew: Mitt Romney is the most qualified GOP candidate in this race, and has endorsed him as the GOP nominee. The entire op ed is at this link.

One of the principal reasons they cite for supporting Mitt is the danger that our deficit and accumulating national debt represent. They recognize that at our current rate of spending, if unchecked by what they call “useless” politicians, our children will become the equivalent of indentured servants paying the bills for our generation’s excesses. And they don’t even mention how, recently, the true cost of Obamacare has been recognized as being much greater than originally thought. They conclude that Mitt, not Rick Santorum, is the right choice to address this pivotal issue:

Who might engineer a fix? Only one of the four Republicans still in this primary race has the personal skill set, the painfully won experience, to appreciate this peril and to guide Americans through their own financial rescue. For many of those Americans, the nation’s debt debacle still seems drab, dense, something to think about tomorrow. Yet it risks shrinking and marginalizing our country’s future and global influence, just as debt debacles are shrinking and marginalizing much of Europe.

While three of the Republican candidates were giving speeches and casting votes in Congress, one of these four was managing, and sometimes salvaging, large enterprises in the public and private sectors. One of these four was forced to make costly organizations live, however unpleasantly, within their means. One of these four was learning what it is to live with the often good, sometimes bad, consequences of his executive decisions.

For his demonstrated abilities and the economic pragmatism at his core, the Tribune endorses former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts as the Republicans’ best, most responsible choice in Tuesday’s Illinois primary. The other three contestants, for lack of Romney’s credibility on this threat to the American way, can only try to talk a good game. We’re far more confident that Romney is the candidate best equipped to keep the U.S. from devolving into New Europe.

The article concludes with these statements:

Come November, partisans in both parties will be tempted to ignore their nominee’s failure to deal with this debt bomb. The nation can’t do that. Voters have to demand more discipline from Obama and from the Republican candidate.

One more advantage for Romney: He is the candidate most likely to steer the Republican Party toward its traditional values: financial responsibility, economic (and thus job) growth, social tolerance, and a limited role for government in the lives of the governed. That does not necessitate alienating tea partiers and social conservatives, many of them motivated by the irresponsible expansion of our national debt; for nearly three years they have been the most energetic force in American politics. It does, though, mean hewing to a strategy perfected by Ronald Reagan: Recruit to your big tent everyone who agrees with you on something, not just those who agree with you on everything.

Presidential primaries are not for electing. They’re for nominating candidates who, by talent and temperament, are qualified to lead and inspire all Americans. Romney is the least polarizing candidate in today’s Republican field. He projects maturity and calm. He’s fit to apply conservative ideals to the messy business of governing.

Illinois voters: we here at MittRomneyCentral have known for a long time that Mitt is the only candidate equipped to deal with our nation’s most important issues. Top of that list are the economy and the related issue of our national debt. Our nation’s economic and even military security depend on tackling these issues, and only Mitt Romney has any experience at tackling such issues. If you’re considering who to vote for, these issues are too important to leave in the hands of an inexperienced politician. We’ve tried that before, with horrible results. It’s time for an experienced leader. Mitt Romney.