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'Des Moines Register' Thinks They Know The Real Mitt Romney

For the first time since backing Richard Nixon in 1972, the Des Moines Register today backed a Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, because they think Romney's business background will help stabilize the economy.

Though the editors say President Obama made the right move with the stimulus package, they think only Mitt Romney can renew consumer confidence, which they claim will result in more industrial investment. The paper also believes Mitt Romney can overcome the obstructionism that hampered President Obama. But the Republican can only do so if he abandons the right wing agenda that helped him win the primary:

Romney should not squander an opportunity to build consensus in Washington by wasting time on issues that animate many in his party. We cannot rewind the clock on progress for minorities, women, gays and lesbians. We must make it easier for immigrants to come here to live and work legally and stop making criminals of those who are living here lawfully, paying taxes and raising families. The federal government must continue to insist on clean air and water and encourage clean and renewable energy.

The paper, which endorsed Romney during the primary, acknowledges that Romney shifted to center after winning that race, but thinks the man we see now is the "real" Romney, meaning he's more moderate than he let the right believe. His campaign's recent announcement that they still support a Federal Marriage Amendment says otherwise.

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  1. "Obviously they would rather having a lying hypocrite who will say absolutely anything to get elected rather than a black president."

    "Black president." That's all he is to you huh. I'm sure just like that's the only reason we want him gone is all you see when you see him. You can always run another black in four years. Maybe Colin Powell.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Oct 28, 2012 6:57:03 PM

  2. Economy>Marriage equality. U whiny fags.

    Posted by: James | Oct 28, 2012 7:25:01 PM

  3. LOL...there is no "real" Mitt Romney.

    Sadly, there is a real Romney. It's just been "hidden in plain sight". Romney=The Mormon Agenda. End of discussion. He pretended to be a "moderate" in Massachusetts because he had to be; it was a state controlled by a democratic legislature.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Oct 28, 2012 7:39:15 PM

  4. Economy? Did better under Clinton than any modern day Republican, Jimmy.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Oct 28, 2012 7:41:12 PM

  5. James< or = Ann Coulter.

    Posted by: mboaz | Oct 28, 2012 7:55:16 PM

  6. Did they infer they support Twit if he does a 180 on most of the issues?

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 28, 2012 9:08:49 PM

  7. This is the standard talking point. But it's totally wrong, and it's a sign of the democrats' weakness that they haven't disproved it.
    The real issue is the policies that Mitt would support, tax cuts and deregulation, which crashed the economy in the first place. The GOP and Romney has been selling this for 30 years, and just because he reversed himself a month before the voting doesn't mean he'll cross the party line. After all of his flip flops, anyone who thinks he won't push GOP policy is hopelessly stupid. But of course, there's a large group of Americans who'll believe whatever they're told, no matter how crazy.

    Posted by: Wilberforce1 | Oct 28, 2012 10:02:38 PM

  8. Usually the New York Times readers have more taste and more informed than those of DMR which is more popular among teabaggers.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 28, 2012 10:03:47 PM

  9. When James wrote, '"Black president." That's all he is to you huh,' I think he missed the point of that comment. Someone was claiming, rightly or wrongly, that the newspaper in question cared about whether we had a Black president or not and would prefer not to have one unless the other choices are much, much worse.

    I voted for Obama last time and will this time. I don't care what his ethnicity is. What I care about is his policies, his judgment, etc., all of which are better than Romney's.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 28, 2012 10:06:49 PM

  10. The Des Moines Register is telling the people of Iowa to vote for Romney because he was lying to the Republican primary voters when he said he was a "severe conservative". He is actually a moderate who can now admit that since he has the nomination. The truth is that Romney has no core. He has no consistant set of beliefs that energize him. He is a man who will say anything because he just wants to be president of the USA.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 28, 2012 11:16:24 PM

  11. this editorial endorsement illustrates perfectly why newspapers are dying; they are so out of touch with the real world

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Oct 28, 2012 11:42:51 PM

  12. Romney says anything that he and his advisors think will work in that situation in that moment. He is a corporate business guy closing the deal, which is exactly like advertising guys selling cigarettes or used car salesmen. The real Mitt Romney was caught on video at the fundraiser in Boca Raton. The real Mitt Romney led a gang of his student friends in attacking a bleached blond gayish fellow student and cutting off his hair. The real Mitt Romney passed a truck on a curve and crashed the church Citroen into a Mercedes that was stopped or slowed waiting to make a left turn, and now tells a fabricated story about it.

    Posted by: emjayay | Oct 29, 2012 12:48:34 AM

  13. The problem with republicans is that they think...no they believe that the government should be run on a business model.

    The government is NOT a business. It is there to represent and assist the public in any way. It is to prevent the public from coming into harms way, to give them a 'leg up' when needed, to render services both in the public and private sector and many other things but it is not and never has been a for profit enterprise. A good example is the Postal Service - note that I said 'Service' - Republicans for years have been trying to privatize it. It used to be a fantastic way of communicating and delivering packages anywhere in this country at an amazing rate. Mail deklivery to homes used to be twice a day morning and afternood, delivery to businesses was at least twice as frequent, special delivery was practically instantaneous at any time of the day or night. Prices were not only reasonable but cheap. With privatization - that is for profit operations - what used to cost a few dollars to deliver will now increase to barely affordable. This is what republicans want to do to government - tear it apart and open to typical corruption and over charges - look at health insurance business now for example. A goverbnment business model is not only wrong but disasterous.

    Posted by: George Deeming | Oct 29, 2012 9:12:03 AM

  14. The fact that they haven't endorsed a Republican since 1972 - when Nixon was handed a second term - speaks volumes. Nixon was a liar, and Romney is a liar. They had their heads up their butts then, and they have their heads up their butts now.

    Posted by: John | Oct 29, 2012 9:49:25 AM

  15. The last time the Des Moines Register endorsed a Republican for president was 1972. The Republican candidate was Richard Nixon. Nixon won and he was one of the worst presidents in our history.

    As for newspaper endorsements, I might be more inclined to vote the opposite of the paper's endorsement (seeing that my hometown paper is the right leaning Omaha World Herald). I read the articles about the candidates trying to ascertain what is true and what is fiction. I read when available their positions, etc. But I don't depend on newspaper endorsements for my decision making.

    Posted by: Jim | Oct 29, 2012 11:15:24 AM

  16. I wonder how much money the Robme campaign paid the newspaper for the endorsement. It reminds me of last winter when Iowa hate group "Family Leader", led by American Taliban Bob Vander Plaats, told Rick Santorum they would endorse him if he paid thousands of dollars to them. He did and they did. Sickening.

    Posted by: MS | Oct 29, 2012 1:32:34 PM

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