(CNN) – A major Wisconsin newspaper which has a tendency to back Democratic candidates offered a hesitant endorsement of Mitt Romney on Saturday, calling him the "clear choice in an uninspired – and now dwindling – field."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel suggested Romney would benefit by shifting his positions on climate change, immigration, and taxes, and said his "moderate impulses" offer a level of promise.
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"Romney's finger-to-the-wind tacking across the political sea leaves us to wonder if he is anchored anywhere," the editorial board wrote. "But it also gives us hope that he can cast adrift the worst impulses of the political right once the nomination is his."
The paper endorsed then-Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, describing the bid of Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as one which "careened from inept to offensive."
Despite the mixed treatment of Romney in the Saturday editorial, the paper's most remembered contribution to the 2012 election may have been in November, when then-candidate Herman Cain met with its editors.
Video clips of their exchange went viral, showing Cain struggling to answer a question on Libya – first pausing, then asking for clarification, explaining that he had "all of this stuff twirling around in my head," before offering his eventual answer.
After that episode, his campaign instituted a temporary moratorium on videotaped editorial board meetings.