Florida paper backs a Gingrich presidency
January 29th, 2012
06:49 PM ET
11 years ago

Florida paper backs a Gingrich presidency

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) – The Tampa Tribune endorsed Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who the newspaper said is an “innovative problem-solver with rock-hard conservative credentials,” over Mitt Romney, whom it called the “safer choice.”

Sunday’s endorsement from the city’s second-largest newspaper that leans conservative comes two days before Florida’s primary election in which Romney is favored to win.

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Despite potential areas of weakness from the former House speaker, the editorial said Gingrich is the best Republican candidate to “take the fight” to President Barack Obama.

“Sure, he can be grandiose. His personal life has been, to put it kindly, complicated. But he has proved his ability to effect change – in a hurry. And this is what the nation needs,” the editorial read.

The editorial page editors said they believe Gingrich has learned from the “painful experience” of facing ethics violations at the end of his two decades in Congress, which are the subject of a Romney television ad released in Florida on Sunday.

While Gingrich and Romney both vow to repeal Obama’s health care law, the Tampa Tribune raised the question of Obama’s plan being based partly on the Massachusetts health care system implemented when Romney was governor.

“There are important differences in the plans, but it takes some explaining. Gingrich would be able to attack the looming entitlement without apology,” the paper said.

On Saturday, Gingrich picked up the endorsement of former presidential candidate Herman Cain. The two will campaign together in Tampa on Monday.

Romney received the endorsement of the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday.

In 2008, The Tampa Tribune endorsed Arizona Sen. John McCain over Romney in the 2008 GOP presidential primary.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. works4me

    I would think a newspaper of this size would be better educated. Newt is the leader to the party of no character, no pride and no standards. I'll cancel my subscription in the morning!

    January 29, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Oooopss

    Too little, too late.

    January 29, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. JT

    To little to late. A newspaper endorsement can't erase a 15 point deficit.

    January 29, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Since when did the Berkeley Barb move to Tampa .

    January 29, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Bill in Florida

    Meaningless. The Tampa Trib is a dying newspaper overshadowed by the Tampa Bay Times.

    January 29, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. DavidE7

    The reasoning of the Tampa Tribune is sound. A vote for Romney is a vote for the status quo.

    January 29, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. donna

    Nice to see newspaper endorsements of top candidates, and toilet paper endorsements for Ron Paul!

    January 29, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. TheTraveler

    “Sure, he can be grandiose. His personal life has been, to put it kindly, complicated. But he has proved his ability to effect change – in a hurry."

    Yeah, we know what "in a hurry" means. Just look at the furor over PIPA and SOPA.... yeah, just ram it right down our throats.

    "Gingrich is the best Republican candidate to “take the fight” to President Barack Obama."

    Well, bring Newt on then. I'll love to see Obama and his team tear this slimy POS to little bitty pieces over his "complicated" personal life. I'd vote for Obama for no other reason than I refuse to see a dirt bag like Gingrich in the Oval Office.

    January 29, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. The User

    Florida? Or a news paper in Florida? One newspaper is not all of Florida...especially one in Tampa LOL!

    January 29, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. clarke

    doesn't really mean anything.

    January 29, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. A Texan

    Democat dream ticket !!!!!--- a Mitt/Newt ticket in November............

    January 29, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. Oh the irony!

    What the fudge!!!

    January 29, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. lloyd roberts

    Personal life, complicated to put it mildly, painful experience facing ethics violations. On and on and on. Who writes or reads this paper? Surely people that want to destroy America. This paper is endorsing a national tragedy.

    January 29, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He has ideas, but Gingrich has far too much bagage to rfeally be effective even if elected. The one Republican I might have considered voting for dropped out. It was nice to know you Jon Huntsman.

    January 29, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  15. gimmesometruth

    Good! Still some integrity in the political process.

    January 29, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Gingrich's baggage is "too heavy" to "take the fight" to President Obama no matter how much he paste that phony smile on his face. Newt is old and so worn out that even his womanizing days are so over until now to please he has to shop at "Tiffany's".

    January 29, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. WLAJFA

    The news media, including CNN, has been engaged in a coordinated news Blackout waged against Ron Paul. Why? What are they afraid of?

    January 29, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. fandancy

    I'll bet the Enquirer endorses Newt, too.

    January 29, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. bluebird2

    Delicious to have almost comic options. On one hand shallow and plastic and on the other, a person so vulgar in his own hubris he devolved into a punchline. Having said this, between the two. Romney has a warped idea of job creation, his only one of any real value with Bain was staples. The average wage put employees well under the national poverty level with limited health care benefits. " A pox on both their houses!"

    January 29, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  20. Larry L

    Florida residents can rest assured both Romney and Gingrich will work toward handing Social Security and Medicare over to Wall Street so the fat cats can get even fatter. I have yet to hear one of them suggest that we remove the cap on earnings currently applied to Social Security which means only the first $106,000 of income is taxed. This would fix Social Security forever. Their work to do away with the changes accepted in healthcare insurance will only mean seniors and the working class will soon be unable to afford decent insurance – leaving the options associated with quality care to the rich. When corporations control healthcare they'll always pick profits over quality healthcare.

    January 29, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. PTBarnumboy

    I'll be more careful next time I'm in Tampa. Looks like they have some crazy people running loose.

    January 29, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. timz

    The type of change that Newt effects is most definitely NOT what this country needs. He's had plenty of help, but nobody is more responsible for the current dysfunctional political climate than Newt.

    January 29, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. anagram_kid

    As an independent and supporter of President Obama, I would like to thank Mr. Gingrich for all the negative representations he has exposed concerning Mr. Romney and the GOP/TP. His efforts will ensure President Obama will be re-elected. Please Floridians, keep this person in the race. Thanks!

    Obama 2012 – Because he still has so much to correct after the Reagan/Bush/Bush (Cheney) catastrophes

    January 29, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. lucy

    Go get them Newt. You are the best choice and a real people candidate. M.R. has too much money to even know what it feels like not to have it.

    January 29, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  25. MikeDeAng

    "the newspaper said is an “innovative problem-solver with rock-hard conservative credentials,” over Mitt Romney, whom it called the 'safer choice.' "

    A 'conservative leaning' newspaper. Give me a break. Nothing 'leaning' about them, they're full tilt extreme and the fundamental problem with the GOP party today....they're not willing to governor by compromise, which is the height of ignorance and futility. The GOP party has become so radicalized they have lost their relevance.

    January 29, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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