Portsmouth, New Hampshire (CNN) - One of New Hampshire's largest daily newspapers in its endorsement Sunday defended Mitt Romney against charges of flip-flopping, saying they rejected the notion his positions "should have been written in blood, never to change."
The Foster's Daily Democrat editorial board spent much of its endorsement taking on the "myth and mythology which has been used to attack" Romney, telling readers they had looked the former Massachusetts governor in the eye and read his book and policy papers.
"Our trust and belief in the governor comes from years of knowing him," the board wrote. "Since his last run for the Oval Office, Gov. Romney has grown and matured, as have his positions on the issues and his optimistic view of our country's future prospects."
"Foster's refuses to concede the notion that positions held by Romney years ago should have been written in blood, never to change," it said.
The paper's editorial board said "after careful reflection" it accepted Romney's rejection of President Obama's health care plan, even though the governor shepherded a similar plan through the Massachusetts legislature in 2006.
They lauded his private sector work and said his experience in Massachusetts showed he could be effective in Washington.
The paper endorsed former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2007.