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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  1. mirrorlogic

    The real problem is endorsements from papers don't matter when airways fro tv and radio are paid up for - all smashing a lopsided message; only politically savvy can see through the established money votes = and it seems Florida is a bit shy of having enough political savvy votes.
    FLORIDIANS don't buy into paid for votes – say NO to Willard Mitt

    January 29, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  2. Walter

    Thankfully, endorsements mean nothing. I'm also grateful that Conservatives are finally realizing that a vote for Gingrich is a vote for Obama. Independents will choose Obama over Gingrich by 70% of more. Gingrich is a sure defeat for the Republican party.

    January 29, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. John

    i I lived in Tampa for 10 years, and thought the Tribune not a really bad paper. But apparently in just a few years things have changed and now they are brainless. I too would like to move forward the exploration of space, but moon colonies with statehood (no less)? You know that was pandering at its most obvious, and that Gingrich would throw them under a bus as fast as they supported him and then a new need with new votes came before him.

    January 29, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  4. Shelby

    “Sure, he can be grandiose. His personal life has been, to put it kindly, complicated."

    newt's personal life has been, to put it realistically, beyond shameful.

    I, as a right-leaning Independent, would never vote for gingrich who stated "I like Callista" in the last debate! ; said his first wife, Jackie, "is not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of a president"; and newt has admitted he's got problems with women:
    "I read Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them and I found frightening pieces that related to...my own life." - Newt Gingrich,  The Washington Post, June 12, 1989

    I can't imagine what this paper was thinking in endorsing a candidate that Conservative women can't stand and won't vote for because of his sordid misogynist behavior / history.

    January 29, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  5. pooh2

    “innovative problem-solver" And if he does not find a problem, he creates one.

    January 29, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. David

    Let them fight it out and destroy one another.

    January 29, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  7. Patricksday

    "Christians" are scared of just about everything especially a Book of Mormon. Will Mitt put his hand on the Holy Bible or the Book of Mormon? But he wont win anyway.

    January 29, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  8. JaneMiami (twitter)

    Brilliant people are often difficult and complicated...but they are brilliant. No time for neophytes. Romney's reading from the Cliff notes on foreign affairs. World is too dangerous right now. Vote Newt.

    January 29, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  9. Mike Johnson

    I support Gingrich and I also like Romney .. but what worries me about Romney is that the republican establishment like McCain supports him ... and that means that he probably is not going to rattle the foundation of Washington, which needs to be done. For the best shot to get America back on track ... vote Gingrich.

    January 29, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  10. Mike from Calgary

    Sure beats someone who does leveraged buy out to fire workers, loot their Pension Funds and sends the $40M to to the Mormon Temple. One Massachusetts had a close look at him as Governor, they ran him out of town to Dire Straits music "WE WON"T GET FOOLED AGAIN"!

    January 30, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  11. Newt is a Marathon Man

    Regardless of the outcome this Tuesday in Florida, expect Newt to keep fighting for the nomination all the way to the convention. Mitt is not a conservative and will have a tough time in presenting a contrast to Obama in the fall.

    January 30, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  12. David

    Go Romney!

    January 30, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  13. aaron

    wow, florida is very stupid. not as bad as SC or Iowa tho, but pretty close.

    January 30, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  14. Story Reader

    Newspapers should not be able to endorse a candidate. Period.

    January 30, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  15. cgs

    HaHa because the Tampa Tribune is really on Obama's side. Of course they want Newt!

    January 30, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  16. Enitan

    This endorsement says a lot about this newspaper. A joke and fourth class to say the least

    By endorsing the biggest hypocrite, an adulterer who was thrown out of the House in Washington by his own peers for lying says that these country has indeed gone to the pots.

    Family Values My A-

    January 30, 2012 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  17. Johnny

    I agree! What Mitt know is firing people. Remember? He said he likes firing people?
    Btw if he believes in America? Why he invests his money in cayman island? Just so fishy!
    I'd rather vote Newt than Mitt!

    January 30, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  18. Mark Ballenger

    Newt Gingrich is a carpetbagger. He's not from Georgia, he's from Pennsylvania. And he doesn't even mention his home state; therefore, he's telling people he's from Georgia just to get the southern vote. And conservative? 3 marriages. And left two of his wives, when they were sick. Will he leave the presidency if the U.S. economy gets any sicker. will he leave us americans high and dry and in the loop?

    January 30, 2012 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  19. Sonya

    It scares me that newt could become the next president. He has no clue how to manage his life let alone run this country. His priorities are all wrong. Instead of wanting to pass an executive order than can help americans, the first executive order he wants to pass within 2 hours of being sworn in is to move the american embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem....WTH.....who runs this country? Is this really his first main concern? He wants to infuriate the Arab world even more? Or is this Alderson $ talking?

    January 30, 2012 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  20. waitwhaaat

    Florida is so stupid, I wonder why we haven't revoked their right to vote.

    January 30, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  21. NoTags

    Endorsements, endorsements, endorsements! Anyone who bases their voting decision on a newspaper, or other person's opinion shouldn't be voting.

    January 30, 2012 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  22. Oh Wow!

    "the CITY's (of Tampa) second-largest newspaper that leans conservative" and this is somehow worthy of CNN's lead headlines?! George Mason University is right–the news crews are desperately trying to push this horserace longer by ripping the qualified candidate (Romney) at every turn while promoting the joke candidate.

    January 30, 2012 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  23. Malebranche

    How refreshing the republican party, where corruption investigations and sly nods to the racists count as pluses.

    January 30, 2012 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  24. Fran

    Who owns the newspaper?

    January 30, 2012 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  25. TJeff1776

    All the Demos I've talked to ALSO wish Gingrich to be the Repub Nominee. Would be the largest landslide victory ever witnessed in favor of Obama.

    January 30, 2012 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
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