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.