Savannah paper endorses Romney
March 1st, 2012
11:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Savannah paper endorses Romney

(CNN) – The largest newspaper in Savannah, Georgia, on Thursday endorsed presidential hopeful Mitt Romney over rival Newt Gingrich because Romney, the paper said, is "the one GOP challenger who has the best chance of winning" against President Barack Obama.

"Newt comes with more baggage than a luggage carousel at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport," the Savannah Morning News wrote of their state's own. "[W]inning enough states to beat Mr. Obama in a national election is the longest of long shots. That's because moderate, independent voters who tipped the balance Mr. Obama's way four years ago are unlikely to go Newt's way in November."

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Recent polling suggested Gingrich, who once represented the state in Congress, has a double-digit lead over the rest of the field in Georgia, and he campaigns in Atlanta, Macon, and Woodstock on Thursday. In February, he told reporters that a win in the state for him is "very crucial."

"I would hope to win here and I think, given the years that I spent both helping represent the state in Congress but also helping grow the Republican Party, I think I have some reasonably good likelihood of winning here," he said.

Gingrich won the South Carolina primary in January, but has not placed above third in the last seven contests.

Romney, the paper argues, emerges with an "extensive business background" from a flawed GOP field. Social conservative Rick Santorum's "sincerity endears him to voters" but can "turn off or even repel" independent voters; Ron Paul "keeps things lively" but is "not a GOP nominee who's capable of uniting the party to beat Mr. Obama."

The paper allowed that Gingrich, who represented Georgia but now lives in Virginia, is a "tenacious debater," but said Romney would be best among the GOP field at winning swing states and, should he be elected president, handling the economy.

"Mr. Romney may not be the debater that Mr. Gingrich is (although he's getting better)," the Morning News published. "Georgia Republicans who want to win the White House should wake up and see the road map. They may be fond of Newt and Mr. Santorum today. But if victory in November is the goal, Mitt Romney should get their support in next Tuesday's Georgia GOP primary."

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Filed under: 2012 • Georgia • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    "Mr. Romney may not be the debater that Mr. Gingrich is (although he's getting better)," the Morning News published.
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    That's far more damaging than it is beneficial. Poor choice of words. It reminds people that MItt Romney can hear stuff and totally misunderstand the questions. Rick Perry was pretty good at doing that exact same thing. Not showing up for debates.

    March 1, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Miranda

    But if you look at the last couple of debates Romney did extremely well. I think he would do well for our country.

    March 1, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    "Best chance of beating Obama" is a pretty poor reason. What Rmoney policies do they believe are better than Obama's?

    March 1, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. geg

    the republican party is in the fog top to bottom

    March 1, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Richard

    Mitt Romney is not a great debater as he doesn't know better way of using prompter..
    Mitt Romney isn't appealing but he doesn't use race card to win primaries...
    Mitt Romney might not be a great at all but he does't run away from primaries (Obama knew that he will not win in Mi and FL if contested in 2008)
    Also he does't get the nomination by just doing good in Cacuses...and loosing the primaries in all crucial states...

    March 1, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Republicans say they are a party of "reglious morals", if so why is Newt still hanging out with them.

    March 1, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Since Romney's economic plan would add $3.4 trillion to our national debt,his war with Iran will add more to the national debt, he has no job creation plans, and he is against women's rights, why would anyone endorse him? Oh yeah, somebody said he was white.

    March 1, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. flashinpan

    The editors at this paper sound pretty wise. Newt is unelectable...The same can be said for Santorum.

    March 1, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. CoJo

    This guy changes his words depending on who he talks to. When he addresses the evangelical conservatives he talks like he is a hard core conservatives who favors religious bigotry along with Santorum/Gingrich. When Romney talks to the middle class people, he tries to make like he's one of them. When he talks to people who are not evangelical, he plays downs the religious bigotry he was doing. And now this article? While there is no way in hell I would vote for Santorum or Gingrich, Romney just lost my vote. He should have stayed down the middle on religious values. He might have gotten more of the non- evangelical conservatives. Update: it does not matter the bill was canceled. Romney already lost my vote.

    March 1, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Paper endorses....!

    ....endorses Romney......"GOOD" is anyone still reading News-Papers? Papers are yesterdays news....PASSE....! and so will Romney....tomorrow..be yesterdays man...!

    March 1, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Missing Link

    Can someone explain to me why a newspaper is endorsing a candidate? Aren't newspapers supposed to be non-partisan and report news, not taking sides? If they take sides, then it is an opinion or editorial. Since CNN isn't citing anything, it’s difficult to know for sure.

    It’s like CNN is endorsing Obama. At this point, I can't take the newspapers word of being fair and honest.

    Personally I think endorsing is over rated. I can make my own opinions on who I will vote for, thank you very much.

    March 1, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Cojo

    This guy changes his words depending on who he talks to. When he addresses the evangelical conservatives he talks like he is a hard core conservatives who favors religious bigotry along with Santorum/Gingrich. When Romney talks to the middle class people, he tries to make like he's one of them. When he talks to people who are not evangelical, he plays downs the religious bigotry he was doing. And now the Blunt bill? While there is no way in hell I would vote for Santorum or Gingrich, Romney just lost my vote. He should have stayed down the middle on religious values. He might have gotten more of the non- evangelical conservatives.

    March 1, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Independent from FL

    Newt, this gotta hurt a bit but the newspaper is right! Take it or leave it, Mitt is the only real chance the Republicans have to win in Nov.

    March 1, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Paper endorses....!

    The best we got "Romney" this is what they said about Nixon in 1968....and we all know what happened....!

    March 1, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    because Romney, the paper said, is "the one GOP challenger who has the best chance of winning" against President Barack Obama.

    Want to bet?

    March 1, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The only reason that a southern newspaper would endorse Mittens, is because he may look more like an antebellum slave owner than any of the other candidates. They must still be fighting the civil war in GA.

    March 1, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. DHEMINGWAY

    He has a better chane of beating President Obama that's it, not lets endorse him because he's good for our country or his jobs plan will put millions of americans back to work, or on his plan to reduce the debt or his plan on how to tackle the housing sitution. This guy will add more to the debt than President Obama economic plan by putting more money in the pockets for people who are already rich. Wake up america this guy just isn't good for the country, he doesn't even know what he stands for.

    March 1, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Ancient Texan

    Mitt isn't a conservative and shows no fire in the belly for the job he is trying to buy with his deep pocket Super Pacs. If he is the nominee, I will hold my nose and vote for him, but he's a repeat of McCain and that didn't turn out too well.

    March 1, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. skippy1071

    The notion that Romney has the best chance to beat Obama is absolutely ludicrous. Obamacare would be off the table as a debate topic and Romney is the poster child for the 1%. In order to beat Obama we have to have a candidate who can show the stark contrasts between the conservative worldview of most Americans and the radical worldview of Obama. Romney doesn't have the stones to do that. Newt does.

    March 1, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. dan

    There has been a lot of talk about an alliance between Paul and Romney. I say that we put this to the test. I think that a debate between Romney and Paul should take place, and I believe that the great state of Virginia would be a great place for this debate. Since only Paul and Romney are the only candidates on the ballet, I think that an hr long debate with more than 1 minute for each answer is NOT an unreasonable request. (Lets say 2 minutes) The American people should be able to hear the answers and not just here catch phases jammed in 60 seconds or less. (They are running to be PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES) So what do you say Romney, are you in ??? or I'll bet is your shedule wont allow it. shall we say $1,000.00 And Ron Paul if you decline this request then I want my money back for contributions and the sweaters I bought.

    March 1, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |