Second time's the charm for Romney
January 19th, 2012
02:19 PM ET
10 years ago

Second time's the charm for Romney

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - It's take two for the Palmetto State's largest newspaper.

The State endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday. It's the second endorsement for The State in the past four days.

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On Sunday the paper, which is based in Columbia, the state's capital, backed Jon Huntsman. But the following day the former Utah governor and former ambassador to China dropped out of the race for White House.

On Thursday, two days before South Carolina's first-in-the-south primary, and hours before a CNN-Southern Republican presidential debate here in Charleston, The State gave their nod to Romney, who's making his second bid for the GOP nomination.

"Mitt Romney was not our first choice for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, but he was one of two candidates who stood head and shoulders above the rest of the field as sensible, experienced grownups with a history of making things work rather than pursuing ideological fetishes," said The State.

On Sunday the paper hit Romney as a politician too willing to change his views in order to win votes but praised Huntsman as a "a true conservative."

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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Second time was the charm for John McCain, too. Fairly confident Mitt's going down the same road McCain took. At least McCain came across as a "one of us" good old boy politicans. Mitt comes across as empty. Knock on his door all you want, there just doesn't seem to be anyone "home" ... emotionally, intellectually, or compassionately.

    January 19, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. jilli

    Wow, what a choice...romney or gingrich. The really difficult choice is which one I, as a voter, find more offensive. It's a close race.

    January 19, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Thomas

    He's lost that lovin feeling !

    January 19, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Jariv

    Romney is the Man !!!! We need you Mitt. Even if some don't agree. We really do need someone like Mitt to actually lead this country.

    January 19, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Stephanie

    Poor Mitt! What a week for the 1%! This endorsement is nonsense...Mitt Romney, sensible? with no ideological fetish? Romney's fetish is money. The rest of the GOP circus of candidates all have ideological fetishes... from abortion to gays to food stamps. The GOP has become unhinged as Obama continues to lead with calm and grace, and the economy is recovering gradually. The GOP is foaming with hate, and power withdrawal. They are so out of touch. America must wake up and see there is no room for their rhetoric, their distractions and their divisive tactics. It is GOP policies during the Bush years that created our economic disaster..Obama averted a severe depression, saved the auto industry, ended the Iraq War (cost us $14billion a month), ended Dont Ask Dont Tell, appointed two moderate, accomplished women as Supreme Court Justices, just to name a few accomplishments. scandals to distract our attention. Obama 2012..lets keep the country moving.

    January 19, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    The left may want to face Newt in the general election, but they are using every trick that thay can think of to prevent him from being the gop nominee.
    The media is pulling no punches to help romney win. One gets the idea that obama is pushing the media troops to aid romney's campain defeat gingrich.
    Why would obama be afraid of newt? Maybe newt will be willing to get down on the left's level and present a real challenge to obama.

    January 19, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. carlos

    Jariv......your posts are typical REPUBIC

    January 19, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Andrew

    @ Hammerer: That is an incredibly self-contradictory statement – that "the left" wants to face Gingrich in the general election but does not want him to win the GOP nomination. Having seen your "logic" in that first sentence, I was not too surprised to read the rest of your comment, suggesting that Newt might "get down on the left's level." Have you been living under a rock for the last 20 years?

    January 19, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |