Citing competence, Alabama paper endorses Romney
March 7th, 2012
02:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Citing competence, Alabama paper endorses Romney

(CNN) – One of Alabama's largest papers endorsed presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday, arguing he would bring a level of business and government competence unparalleled in the GOP field to the White House.

Romney was an "extremely successful businessman and was a very competent governor who accomplished much of his agenda by working across party lines," the Birmingham News said, explaining he has engaged in "shape-shifting... to appeal to conservative primary voters who believe he is too moderate."

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"So, it's not unfair to wonder who the real Romney is," the paper continued. "We expect we'll find that out in the general election, and that Romney will prove to be a strong candidate."

Romney has to his credit experience leading the 2002 Olympic Games and as governor of Massachusetts, where he led in education reform and health care, the paper wrote.

The editorial detailed detracting characteristics against Romney's rivals. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania not only lost his last Senate race, but has "side-tracked the debate onto social issues, a place that won't do the party any good in the general election."

Of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the paper said: "Gingrich is a smart man with plenty of ideas, some of them good, but his impulsiveness and recklessness in his political and personal lives are high hurdles to overcome."

And Ron Paul, it wrote, is not a serious candidate and a "libertarian in Republican clothing."

The paper endorsed Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain in their parties' primaries last cycle, then eventually backed McCain in the general election. This cycle, it said Republican voters should "vote for whom they believe is the strongest candidate - the man they believe can defeat Obama."

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A government bail out saved the winter olympics, so how does Mittens get credit? He asked the government to help. What a mind.

    March 7, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Citing competence, Alabama paper endorses Romney
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    Well, so much for the Gingrich southern strategy.

    It is VERY nice to see the word competence used to endorse Romney. You NEVER here the word used when describing Obama.

    March 7, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Jariv

    Dumb, stupid Wire Palladin, S.F. Learn something before opining your stu pid mouth (fingers writing it). Bail out Olympics ???? This goes to show how stu pid you and Democrats are. He used money raised for the olympics. Many donations Romney was able to get for the games. The money the Government gave were for the roads that needed building or repair.

    March 7, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. joe

    What!? A newspaper without a liberal agenda??
    WOW! Sign me up!
    Cancelled my AJC subscription years ago..

    March 7, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. PJ/TX

    Ut oh- they actually said "Romney...a competent Governor who accomplished much of his agenda by working
    across party lines"???????????
    Does that mean compromise? Those are fightin' words in the tea party. That is why all of the good
    Republicans, like Olympia Snowe, are leaving Congress.

    March 7, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Wow, it doesn't get much more lukewarm than that. "Yes he's a flip-flopper, but hopefully we'll learn his true (or latest) positions after the convention. Yup, that oughta get the voters riled up to vote!

    March 7, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    Let's face it competence and the flip floppef in a sentence together rom an AL newspaper? LOL
    Yes, the $250M+ man has been exteemely successful in making tons of money for himself while firing American workers left and right.
    At least the paper is right about the rest of the clowns. They really screwed up in 2008 too!!! The mcnasty and the unveiled?

    March 7, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. diridi

    that stupid paper endorsement means nothing. absolutely nothing. Obama2012.

    March 7, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Wire Palladin, S. F. - A government bail out saved the winter olympics, so how does Mittens get credit? He asked the government to help. What a mind
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    Romney asked for security costs to be picked up just as they had always been paid for since the Olympics are an international event showcasing this country. Would you have preferred lesser security which would invite an attack like they had in Munich? Total insanity. It is a national problem that there are terrorist organizations that want to attack major events.

    BTW, how many MILLIONS did Obama waste trying to get the Olmpics to come to Chicago??? No self serving interest there right? And I'm sure Obama would never provide federal money for security. Yeah, right.

    March 7, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. jim

    perhaps the biggest problem is ... government is not just a business.

    March 7, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. cali girl

    Love how they call Shape Shifter, when we all know it all flip flop.

    March 7, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Valentina

    Alabama voters – please choose wisely and vote with your heads, not your hearts. Romney is the only one that can defeat Obama in November.

    March 7, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Competence? At doing what exactly? Making himself wealthy? I'll give him credit for that. But Mitt Romney's "record" is full of words and impressive claims, without any factual details to back them up. Any time you ask Mitt Romney for examples or details you get ignored.

    He claims that he has created 100,000 jobs while *actually at* Bain Capital. Those are his words, "...at Bain." We know that claim is false because he names companies that found success after he left Bain, or Bain left those companies.. He claims he "saved" the Olympics. We know that claim is false because all he did was raise funds for the SLOC. The only thing he built was his ego.

    March 7, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. judy

    well it wouldn't take much to bring compatence to the repo field. Anyone who can read and write seems to be all it takes for the repos. He knows how to borrow money for the olympics so see he should be able to run this countrys government. That is when he's not blasting iran or chaseing illegals or flip flopping all over the place. What a choice .Wonder how much he has tied up in stock from chineese companies??? Thats probably whats in the caymens or the swiss accounts.

    March 7, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Independent in NC

    Romney won't win Alabama, just like I knew he would not win S.C. or Tennessee.

    March 7, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. PJ/TX

    But Truth, Jariv said the government money was to build and repair roads, you say for security, either way,
    government money was used.
    BTW how many millions did Bush spend GOING to the Olympics in China?

    March 7, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. diridi

    Bush wasted on War, Reagan wasted on trickle-down nonsense. Result, Nation bankrupt of those two idiots. Now Romney another Bush. No more morons.

    March 7, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    "You NEVER here the word used when describing Obama."

    Really? That bin-Laden raid seemed pretty competent to most of us.

    March 7, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Anonymous
    "You NEVER here the word used when describing Obama."
    Really? That bin-Laden raid seemed pretty competent to most of us
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    I agree! US Navy SEALS are HIGHLY competent!!! A competence level Obama could only ever dream of achieving. Especially since he hasn't mastered Economics 101 yet.

    March 7, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    Competence? At doing what exactly? Making himself wealthy? I'll give him credit for that. But Mitt Romney's "record" is full of words and impressive claims, without any factual details to back them up. Any time you ask Mitt Romney for examples or details you get ignored.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________
    He got wealthy in the Private Equity business by being successful rebuilding broken American companies. This, along with his success as Governor of Massachusetts prepares him well for fixing a broken American government. You don't think it's broken? How about $16 trillion in debt in spite of having the largest economy the planet Earth has ever known and some of the highest taxes in the developed world? This is a clear sign of mismanagement. It's time to get responsible with our federal government. American voters know where to start. Romney 2012!

    March 7, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. ourjungle

    Tea Party folks, you can indeed change the direction of our Nation's Government,if you would stop sending the same old Washington insiders back, with their same old repeat bag of tricks. The existing Administration,and the existing Congress let, if not led out Nation into a severe recession...and they deserve no rewards.

    March 7, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC - Competence? At doing what exactly Making himself wealthy? I'll give him credit for that. But Mitt Romney's "record" is full of words and impressive claims, without any factual details to back them up. Any time you ask Mitt Romney for examples or details you get ignored.
    ============================================================================================
    Well according to the liberals and Democrats Obama COPIED Romney's healthcare plan, something OBAMA is claiming as HIS major accomplishment. Isn't that plagarism? Theft of intellectual material?? Yes, Obama is VERY good at taking credit for the work and ideas of others. Enjoy chewing on it Rudy! Thanks for asking.

    March 7, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Jariv – checks out the web for "Romney's $1.5 billion tax payer shakedown road to the white house. If I also add, you moron.

    March 7, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Truth – same crap, different day for you. $12 trillion of our national debt is due to republican presidents.

    March 7, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    jim - perhaps the biggest problem is ... government is not just a business
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    Perhaps the biggest problem is government is not run as efficently as a business that must be run efficiently in order to prosper and survive?

    When all you have to do is steal, I mean tax, more, who cares if there is hundreds of billions of waste, fraud and abuse?

    When all you have to do is steal, I mean tax, more, who cares about setting priorities, we can have it ALL!

    The realities of the business world could work wonders, if given a chance.

    March 7, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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