Nobody thought the Des Moines Register would actually endorse a Republican. But they’ve done something they haven’t done in 40 years and endorsed Mitt Romney for the presidency, the first time endorsing a GOP candidate for president since Nixon:
The Register endorsement: Mitt Romney offers a fresh economic vision
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.
Which candidate could forge the compromises in Congress to achieve these goals? When the question is framed in those terms, Mitt Romney emerges the stronger candidate.
Romney responded, grateful for the endorsement:
We need Iowa to help get America back on track. I am honored to have the @DMRegister’s endorsement.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 28, 2012