N.H. paper defends Romney against flip-flop charges
December 4th, 2011
11:12 AM ET
9 years ago

N.H. paper defends Romney against flip-flop charges

Portsmouth, New Hampshire (CNN) - One of New Hampshire's largest daily newspapers in its endorsement Sunday defended Mitt Romney against charges of flip-flopping, saying they rejected the notion his positions "should have been written in blood, never to change."

The Foster's Daily Democrat editorial board spent much of its endorsement taking on the "myth and mythology which has been used to attack" Romney, telling readers they had looked the former Massachusetts governor in the eye and read his book and policy papers.

"Our trust and belief in the governor comes from years of knowing him," the board wrote. "Since his last run for the Oval Office, Gov. Romney has grown and matured, as have his positions on the issues and his optimistic view of our country's future prospects."

"Foster's refuses to concede the notion that positions held by Romney years ago should have been written in blood, never to change," it said.

The paper's editorial board said "after careful reflection" it accepted Romney's rejection of President Obama's health care plan, even though the governor shepherded a similar plan through the Massachusetts legislature in 2006.

They lauded his private sector work and said his experience in Massachusetts showed he could be effective in Washington.

The paper endorsed former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2007.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. jariv

    Go Romney 2012 !!!

    December 4, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    The changes are not the issue........the issue really is, whether he is truly a fiscal conservative or not........which is the most important thing we need, in the next President.

    December 4, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Anonymous

    NH is the home of R.I.N.O's. Of course they'd think a liberal like Romney is great.

    December 4, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Sorensen

    The Fosters Daily Democrat should probably have their "journalists" transferred to People Magazine or Playboy or one
    of Rupert Murdochs rags. Of course, anybody who can recommend Giuliani for anything should have their heads

    December 4, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. rs

    To be fair to Romney, the biggest problem with most of the Republican pack is their complete inability to negotiate, or alter their positions, except to harden them and move them ever rightward. Romney might be guilty of this, but he might also be re-thinking positions and adjusting them according to new knowledge- which would be a good thing. Unfortunately it is very difficult to tell which is the case.

    December 4, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Riley

    President Romney! I likeit !!!

    December 4, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. poopmeister

    Well if the paper endorsed Rudy Giuliani in 07, then the verdict is out, they are a bunch of morons. Romney shouldn't spend so much time trying to defend his healthcare plan, because it "seems" like Obamacare. Obama's plan was to attempt to resolve the greater issue of healthcare costs in the long term (of course it was diluted and was not worth the effort) and Romney's plan was to address the uninsured within his own state, which conservatives always squack about "on the state level". He should act like the front runner and show that ideas can bridge through bipartisan resolve. The GOP now live on their own island right along side with the 1%. They need to come back to reality and accept the fact that there is still a middle and should visit there sometime.

    December 4, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Dave Harris

    It is Republicans who generally attack people for changing their minds. When you believe that you're totally right about everything (because your God told you so) and everybody else is working for Satan, you're not real thrilled about people changing their minds. It might also imply that someone's actually thought about something, another mortal sin for Republicans.

    December 4, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. American

    Excuses, excuses. It's not that Romney flipped on one or two positions over time, but rather Mitt flip-flops on several important issues almost daily, sometimes within just hours. It's beyond ridiculous and unfortunately shows Romney's weakness by refusing to take a stand on principle.

    Americans truly deserve better.

    December 4, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. John the Historian

    Romney is the ultimate flip flopper. He said he would do more for Gay rights than Ted Kennedy and then used Gay marriage as his future platform to say I fought against Gay marriage. He ran as a pro-choice candidate for governor of Massachusetts and is now anti Roe versus Wade. Anyone who believes the cult religion of Mormonism is someone who is not very bright. Jesus Christ did not preach to the American Indians around 600 AD in Utah.That is pure fiction and not faith. Romney was a bishop in the Mormon church and considering the flip flops of this cult, Romney must be quite in tune with being a true believer flip flopper.

    December 4, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. bullock w

    Romney is great for presdient 2012

    December 4, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Spock500

    I wonder if this is the same N.H. newspaper whose editorial board in 2007 had warned its readers that "Mitt Romney is a phony and must be stopped." ?

    December 4, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |