Cincinnati, Ohio (CNN) – Mitt Romney is racking up the newspaper endorsements in Ohio. His campaign is also doing a fair amount of redacting as well.
Hitting the inboxes of political reporters across the country Saturday was an email from the Romney campaign touting the endorsement the candidate received in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"Ohio always looms large in presidential politics, especially among Republicans," the endorsement reads in the Romney campaign email.
"Beginning with Abraham Lincoln, no GOP candidate has ever been elected president without Ohio's electoral votes. In any Republican strategy to unseat President Barack Obama this November, Ohio is a must-win state."
The emailed endorsement continues: "Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, is the only remaining Republican contender capable of that."
Hold on a second. The newspaper endorsement in the Romney email left out a paragraph. Here it is:
"As Ohio Republicans prepare to vote in Tuesday's primary, they need to remember the ultimate prize: winning in November. Doing so requires more than energizing the conservative base," the endorsement reads as it appears on The Plain Dealer's website.
The redacted section continues: "The GOP needs a nominee who can appeal to swing voters and disaffected Democrats, because neither party can rely on its hard-core enthusiasts to carry this key swing state."
But wait, there were other redactions. The Romney campaign email also snipped out questions about the candidate's "core beliefs."
"Consistency is certainly a problem for Romney. The one-time moderate has adjusted his positions on so many issues - including abortion and gay rights - that his core beliefs are a mystery.
The Romney campaign has selectively edited editorials before. And it has not gone unnoticed.
The campaign's redactions from an endorsement in The Detroit News last month were met with the ire of the newspaper's top brass.
Nolan Finley, the newspaper’s editorial page editor, said he contacted the Romney campaign after media reports highlighted the campaign’s abridged press release.
"We would prefer – if they are going to excerpt pieces of the editorial and not the complete editorial – that they would have indicated that they were excerpts," he told CNN. "This was such a long cut and paste that I think it did create some confusion as to whether this was the whole editorial or not."
But even the most positive endorsements can come under the knife.
The campaign emailed out another endorsement it received Saturday from the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The newspaper said it "wholeheartedly" backed Romney. Even though the endorsement was caveat free, campaign staffers found a few sections it opted to snip out before emailing its version to reporters.
The Romney campaign maintains it sends out only portions of the endorsements to comply with copyright laws and links to the full editorials.