Des Moines Register editor: Romney is 'refreshing'
December 19th, 2011
09:49 AM ET
2 years ago

Des Moines Register editor: Romney is 'refreshing'

(CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney nabbed the backing of the Des Moines Register, a decision the editor of the largest Iowa paper attributed Monday to "maturity" and experience.

"Gov. Romney focused on the most important issues," Rick Green told CNN's "American Morning" anchor Ali Velshi. And although the board did not select Romney when he ran four years ago, this cycle, he stood out for his "focus."

Green said the editorial board examined the positions, platforms, and visions of each of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates for the past 15 months, but Romney "knew the issues much better than he did four years ago" when it came to domestic as well as international policy.

"This is a different field," Green said.

Recent polling in the first-in-the-nation caucus state places Romney second–close behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

But while other candidates "jockey and one-up each other on who (can) wield the biggest wrecking ball in Washington," Green asserted that Romney was committed to "bipartisan collaboration and cooperation."

The editor described the governor as a candidate who "has morphed himself, transforming from an independent to a moderate Republican and liberal Boston with the Massachusetts legislature to now a proud conservative."

Many may view Romney's shifting policy as perennial flip-flopping, but Green argued it was a refreshing reflection of his maturity.

"He has taken a close perspective with the issues that he's traditionally had beliefs on and in some cases adjusted it, he's acknowledged that in some cases he's made mistakes in the communication of it, but what we thought was very refreshing– you had a candidate who acknowledged that perhaps different positions at different times in response to some of the things that are unfolding in this country, I think that shows maturity," Green said.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Romney is about as refreshing as a soda that's been sitting out in the sun in July. Nothing about that robot is likeable.

    December 19, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. kenny

    The Des Moines Register has endorsed Mitt Romeny claiming he is refreshing. They forgot he is also a liar, flip flopper and twin to "The eye of Newt". Because they are twins it is easy for us to call them Newt Romney or Mitt Gingrich.

    December 19, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Paul

    Mitt is the only one with the economic understanding to solve the nations financial problems. He has problems, yes. But so do the rest of them. I would love to see a Romney/Huntsman ticket, but that's very unlikely in my opinion.

    December 19, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Paul

    Mitt is the only one with the economic background to solve the nations financial problems.

    December 19, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Jariv

    Romney 2012 !!!

    December 19, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Donkey Party

    Romney is as refreshing as a steaming pile of Fox dung. The rest of the GOP-bagger candidates are about as refreshing as basement mold.

    December 19, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. FIELD1stSGT

    Why back a two time loser like Romney?

    December 19, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Donkey Party

    Oh look, there's Jariv, Willard Romney's biggest cheerleader on the Ticker, with his sickening Bieber-esque fascination of all things Mitt.

    December 19, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    Refreshing? The man shows no abilitiy to relate to commoners, and the Register thinks that's refreshing? At least we get a glimpse of the thought process of the person proclaiming him refreshing. And it's just more of the same, frankly. Two the party line no matter how intollerable your candidates are.

    December 19, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. westward

    @Paul – No Romney doesn't have the economic understanding to solve the nation's problems. Have you not paid attention to his sorry economic and foreign policy stances during any of the debates. But sure..if you think massive outsourcing and war is the answer to our country's problems...by all means vote Romney.

    December 19, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. FIELD1stSGT

    Because he is a million times winner ..

    December 19, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. Donkey Party

    Paul -

    How would Romney solve our economic problems, by selling off all our companies to foreign investors and shipping all our jobs overseas so we won't have to fight over any? Ignorant brainwashed fool.

    December 19, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    Paul, seriously? The one one who can solve this country's financial problems? A vulture capitalist who closed companies and shipped jobs overseas? He was very successful at what he did, but how that relates to running a country, and not a company, is beyond my comprehension. Seems to me someone like him would create a whole lot more anguish for us commoners, but that's just me.

    December 19, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. diridi

    Just ship jobs overseas...Hire all Foreigners...problem solved???????????????????????????????

    December 19, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Bradley E. Owens

    They found his ig spending for ads in their paper very "refreshing" I bet. This is too funny. Lots of words come to mind when I want to describe Romney, but "refreshing" isn't one of them.

    December 19, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. westward

    Another serious fact to consider concerning Romney – He was ranked by the US Dept. of Labor at being basically dead last in the nation in jobs creation programs during his single term as governor of Mass.

    December 19, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Indy

    A six year run for President is hardly refreshing,and when you think you are simply entitled to the position and do nothing but run year after year,after year it just becomes the opposite of refreshing

    December 19, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. stevie

    The Des Moines Register is a liberal newspaper. Funny they don`t want Obama.?

    December 19, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Could it be that Romney is found to be so "refreshing" because he wants to refresh and revive failed policies? You know, all of the important right wing stuff. Deregulation. Tax cuts for wealthy venture capitalists like himself. Right wing social engineering. Voter suppression. Union busting. Deficit spending. Exterminating entitlements. The usual suspects.

    December 19, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Romney is a conservative Democrat.

    December 19, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. SoSad

    Romney Refreshing, Bachmann is actually refreshing, she's new to the game, a once was a tea party favorite.

    December 19, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. United We Stood

    Mitt is the only one with the economic background to solve the nations financial problems.

    Paul, you're confused. Mitt might solve foreign interests' financial problems by selling out the American worker, but by no means does Willard have the American Middle Class's best interest in mind; nice try though bud.

    December 19, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |