Washington Examiner backs Romney
December 14th, 2011
05:35 PM ET
11 years ago

Washington Examiner backs Romney

(CNN) - GOP White House hopeful Mitt Romney picked up the endorsement of the Washington Examiner Wednesday, a boost from an editorial page with a long history in conservative politics.

In an editorial that spends as much space slamming Newt Gingrich as it does praising Romney, the Examiner declares Romney "the only Republican who can beat Obama," citing recent polls that show the former Massachusetts governor faring better against President Barack Obama than Gingrich.

"The Washington Examiner believes Romney can defeat Obama, but Gingrich cannot," the newspaper wrote. "And Romney the businessman is far better suited to the nation's highest office - by temperament, experience, and cast of mind - than Gingrich the consummate Washington insider. By fits and starts over the years, Romney has become the reliable conservative that America so badly needs at this crucial moment in her history."

The editorial goes on to deride Gingrich's role consulting with Freddie Mac after he left Congress.

"The fact is, Gingrich is part of the problem, not part of the solution," the newspaper wrote. "He has tried mightily to shift attention away from his Washington insider status, saying, 'I have never done lobbying of any kind.' But that claim simply does not square with the facts, especially concerning Gingrich's lobbying Republicans in Congress for a new Medicare entitlement in 2003."

The Washington Examiner doesn't shy away from questioning Gingrich's appeal to voters for his past personal transgressions, writing that Gingrich is far from a "blank slate."

"It should be remembered that he is the only Speaker ever to be reprimanded by the House of Representatives, and was ordered to pay $300,000 in penalties because of his ethical transgressions," the paper wrote. "It also needs to be remembered that he was engaging in an adulterous affair with a twenty-something aide (now his wife) even as he was preparing the impeachment of President Clinton for having an adulterous affair with a twenty-something intern."

The Examiner cites three items it said sealed their endorsement of Romney: his solid governing plan that would begin the day he took office, his record of job creation, and his faith in American exceptionalism.

"Romney will bring back to the Oval Office a faith in the ability of every individual to achieve his or her greatest hopes, and an unwavering pride in America and its limitless potential for greatness," the paper wrote. “He understands the American dream because his family has lived it.”

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Jason

    Did you hear? Mitt has started to attack Ron Paul as being "too zany" to be president. Because casual $10,000 bets on national television is the anti-zany. I smell fear.

    December 14, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. Sandy

    Romney has all the endorsements and all the money, but little support. Face it Romney, they are just not into you.

    December 14, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. kimber

    Romney is the man for the job. He has proven his record as a successful businessman and lives the life of a true conservative. Gingrich has been married three times including an affair. How can we expect a man who cannot manage his own "affairs" to manage those of the of the American people??

    December 14, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    I'll vote for the nominee! But for the life of me I can not see tthe "conservative " side of Mitt Romney. I also can't see the phrase "the only one that can beat Obama". He couldn't beat John McCain and McCain lost to Obama. Granted, McCain ran the most passive, weak , invisible race since Bob Dole in 1996.

    December 14, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. Sam

    Well done Washington Examiner! I can't believe the GOP is favoring Newt – do they want to lose the general election? Romney is by far the more electable and the more stable candidate. Yes he has changed positions from time to time but who hasn't? Obviously, from the way he has lived his life his core values are conservative. He got a ton of things accomplished as gov in a heavily democratic state, turned around a corrupt Olympics and ran a successful business. This is a no brainer!

    December 14, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    Before this is over with – every living soul – every living thing and every non-living thing is going to endorse one of these candidates. Sooner or later, it's not going to matter if ginGRINCH, MITTens or even Paul gets an endorsement from the "kitchen sink." Jeez!!!

    Obama 2012 – Endorsed by the majority of American People!!!!

    December 14, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. andrew

    Romney has my vote. Go get 'em MItt!

    December 14, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. John

    Romney is the ONLY Republican candidate can beat Obama.
    As an independent in Ohio, I voted for Obama in 2008, but I will vote for Romney. The main reasons are Romney lives an exemplary life; has executive experience and can really get things fixed....

    December 14, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  9. Huffackis

    Wishful thinking? Mitt stayed afloat through the popularity surges of Bachmann, Perry, and then Cain. Gingrich's ego is as inflated as his head. You hear that hissing sound? Yeah, I'd stand back if I were you...

    December 14, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  10. Pedron

    The washington examiner or the lobbyist miners?

    December 14, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  11. not so swiftboat

    American Exceptionalism-yep just look at this slate of candidates. Let's get over the slogans can we.

    December 14, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given the choice between those two, I guess that I can understand. I am disappointed that they didn't look at Huntsman since he is more senseable and understands (or at least seems to) that ideology shouldn't trump the facts and science.

    December 14, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  13. Tony

    The Republicans are a bunch of clowns. They couldn't hold a candle to the current President, Commander and Cheif, and warrior for the middle class.

    December 14, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. Sam

    I think they know that only only newt will beat obama. Da media try to push for romney but in reality he is not

    December 14, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  15. Jariv

    Romney 2012! Do not believe the media. Do your research, not just anti-Romney videos on youtube.

    December 14, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  16. Tristan

    As long as the community hates Romney because of religeon, they themselves are not American's respecting the Freedom of Religion. If they have an issue with anyones religeous believe, they are NOT American. As long as the haters say anyone but Romney, the same thing will happen as last election. McCain was the nominee, and he couldn't hold a candle to Obama. If Newt gets the nomination and loses, the Republicans deserve it for being religious haters, and not holding the values of the constitution "Freedom of Religeon".

    December 15, 2011 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  17. cnn is a bias news organization

    at least romney understands economics....the guy we have now has no clue.

    December 15, 2011 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  18. Jason

    Ron Paul has more donations from military personnel than any other candidate combined. What the hell is a washington examiner?

    December 15, 2011 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  19. PhuongT

    I absolutely agree. Romney is the only one can beat Obama in this coming general election. We should all vote for him.

    December 15, 2011 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  20. John

    Bishop Romney: The "pro-choice" candidate for senator, and later governor, of Massachusetts… But now the "pro-life" candidate for president of the United States.

    Mittens, who are you???????

    December 15, 2011 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  21. Gijoe

    THEY are suppose to represent US not US vote for THEM

    December 15, 2011 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  22. Lee

    “He physically, personality-wise, comes across as if he was designed by East German scientists to be the perfect android politician. And his answers come across that way.” – Jonah Goldberg of National Review
    – And this quote is from a fellow republican!!!

    Mitt Romney has no soul, no core beliefs other than his belief that he is "entitled" to be President.

    Mitt's CONSTANT phony gyrations (flip-flops) on multiple issues show that he stands for NOTHING – He's a suit, an expensive but empty suit, save for perfectly coiffed hair.

    December 15, 2011 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  23. Drafter31

    The stinking Liberal Media is giving us 2 RINO's to choose from...They have relentlessly attacked all of the conservatives.

    I believe that the Dems want to destroy Romney and they want Newt to be the nominee...

    Then the Liberal Media will assassinate Newt's character...Which is easy to do...

    Both Romney and Gingrich are a couple of RINO's...We don't need any more RINO's running the White House...

    Vote for Michele Bachmann....The True Conservative...She will be able to debate Obama on every issue...

    Unlike Newt-Romney who agree with Obama on:

    1) Healthcare mandates like in Obamacare...
    2) $700 Billion Tarp Bailout..Like Obama
    3) Immigration...Like Obama
    4) Global warming and Cap & Trade...Like Obama
    5) The Current Payroll Tax-Cut Issue...Like Obama

    DON"T ELECT A RINO...Elect a True Conservative...Michele Bachman...

    December 15, 2011 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
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