Boston Herald backs Romney in 'clown car' field
December 27th, 2011
05:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Boston Herald backs Romney in 'clown car' field

Davenport, Iowa (CNN) - The Boston Herald endorsed Mitt Romney Tuesday, and called the former Massachusetts governor the stand-out in a Republican "clown car" field.

"It has been an entertaining several months, but really now, does anyone see even the remotest possibility of any of those folks taking the oath of office on the Capitol steps come Jan. 20, 2013?" the editorial said. "There is only one candidate in the Republican field with the integrity, the experience, the organizational strength and the intelligence to beat Barack Obama and that man is Mitt Romney."

The paper endorsed Sen. John McCain in 2008. Southern New Hampshire is in the Boston media market, and the Herald is read by many people in that part of the Granite State. New Hampshire's other leading media outlets have backed other candidates –The Union Leader endorsing Newt Gingrich and the Concord Monitor coming out on behalf of Jon Huntsman.

This cycle, the Herald's editorial board wrote that while Mitt Romney may be "stiff" on an interpersonal level, he was the only candidate who could "put this nation back on the path to fiscal sanity and restore it to its central role on the world stage."

"We don't need a buddy in the White House; we need a leader – one who can work with a deeply divided Congress and a deeply divided nation," the endorsement said. "Romney as governor of a thoroughly Democratic state actually managed to get things done during his tenure. That may be a blot on his record to those in the Republican Party who put ideological purity above all else, but in our book that's actually a plus."

The paper ticked off the health care deal Romney presided over in Massachusetts, his support for Israel and his background in business as reasons for their support.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Jilli

    Picking a republican candidate this time around is like choosing between cancer and leprosy.

    December 27, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. MTATL67

    AAAAHHH finally an organization has said it publicly. This Presidential candidate field is weak. I do not see any of them being able to handle or work their way through most of the issue President Obama has had to work through. Boehner' Blunder proved just how far the GOP is willing to go out of spite to block all proposals from this President. Boehner's Blunder has shown a huge spot light on the fractures of the Republican party.

    December 27, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. Derek from Boston

    Governor Mitt Romney will not be the same as President Mitt Romney, who isn't the same as Candidate Mitt Romney, which is probably different from Citizen Mitt Romney (a Mitt Romney for all occasions).

    So, if the Herald (which is a few notches above a tabloid in Massachusetts, BTW) is endorsing Governor Mitt Romney, they're gonna be in for a surprise.

    December 27, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    That endorsement is about as non-politically correct as one could get!

    You cons should be very proud that the Herald is straight up and "telling it like it is"!

    December 27, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Michelle

    Boston Herald, stop insulting the Republican candidates. Speaker Gingrich and Gov. Perry are great conservatives and great American leaders. Both can be a great president for our country. I do respect and admire Gov. Romney a lot too but you do not need to show your shallowness by attacking the other Republican candidates. Not many people consider you as an important newspaper.

    December 27, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    First, Bush the elder wanted to support Perry, but reluctantly gave Mittens a luke warm endorsement. Now, Mittens gets a 'best in the clown car' endorsement. I find it hard to believe that anyone who has attacked and divided republicans as much as Mittens, can unite the republican party, let alone the country.

    December 27, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. yawn

    Romney=1%

    December 27, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Val in MA

    That's excellent! It is so very obvious that Romney IS the only ONE in the Republican field to beat the current President. The ticket would be that much stronger if Romney picked Huckabee as his VP. Can't wait for general election to come!

    December 27, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. Thomas

    The Boston Herald endorsed Mitt Romney Tuesday, and called the former Massachusetts governor the stand-out in a Republican "clown car" field.

    It's official , Mitt Romny is the Wheel man for a car full of Clowns !

    December 27, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. LegendRx

    "We don't need a buddy in the White House; we need a leader – one who can work with a deeply divided Congress and a deeply divided nation," Translation, Only a core-less paper cut-out, flip-flopping phony like Romney can work across the isle by throwing who ever under the bus to appease the power that be. We here ya but not thanks!

    December 27, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. DaveinSC

    I doubt even a Republican president could do much to sway a Tea Party influenced Congress. They've proven they have their own agenda, even at the ruination of our country.

    December 27, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Kevin

    Not that I would vote for him, but isn't Huntsman the most sane option in the clown car?

    December 27, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. enough of the wicked "O"

    Romney is out of touch with the conservatives and just as much a crook as obama.

    December 27, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    The paper endorsed Sen. John McCain in 2008. That says it ALL.

    December 27, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. Just some snowboarder

    Hes the sober driver, but hes still in the car.

    December 27, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. Nathan C

    Paul-Romney 2012 !

    December 27, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. Just Say No To Flipper

    "he was the only candidate who could "put this nation back on the path to fiscal sanity and restore it to its central role on the world stage."

    There's all the proof you'll ever need that our so-called "liberal" media is anything but. The media is mostly corporate controlled and serves corporate interests ONLY. It is beyond ludicrous for any REAL media outlet to claim that a war-loving neocon like Flipper the Robot would improve the US economy or its international role. Flipper endorses attacking Iran, which will create a ton of global problems and tank the economy. Ron Paul is the only sane one left.

    December 27, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Jeffrey G

    Mitt Romney stands for nothing but ambition. No chance I would ever vote for him. And based on the deplorable, unamerican behavior of the GOP over the past three years, I wouldn't vote for ANY Republican.

    December 27, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. DaveC

    Wow! What a back handed endorsement. Boston Herald just said to Romney "Gee, we really, really are not keen on you but comparing you to the rest of the looney bin that is running for the republican presidential candidacy, you are the best there is". Nothing like saying you are the best at the bottom of the barrel.

    Really folks, doesn't this endorsement make you feel all warm and fuzzy about any of the republican presidential candidates?

    December 27, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. manhandler

    Sorry, but Romney is just another one of the clowns. Obama by a landslide.

    December 27, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. Larry L

    The Herald is right about the "clown car" Republican field but wrong about Romney. This shallow flip-flopper is just a member of the local good-old-boy club in Boston. Republicans have absolutely nothing to offer people who think for themselves.

    December 27, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. T'sah from Virginia

    All of the newspapers in IA chose a different candidate. And their remarks as to why they chose each of them is all the SAME. That's because all of the candidates ARE the SAME. This also proves why the Republicans are so SPLIT and why it appears they don't know if they're coming or going!!

    Obama 2012

    December 27, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  23. usualone

    Where is Romney's integrity? He only looks more presidential than the other clowns, but he lacks integrity to the core.

    December 27, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. Keith in Austin

    Get used to it, Romney will be the next POTUS. Obama's billion-dollar campaign budget and all his hate filled, blame-game rhetoric won't disguise his deplorable record. Bye bye Barry! Chicago is beckoning!

    December 27, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |