Ohio newspaper endorses Romney
February 5th, 2012
03:09 PM ET
11 years ago

Ohio newspaper endorses Romney

(CNN) – One of Ohio's largest newspapers, The Columbus Dispatch, endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday, about a month before the state's primary.

"American voters need someone who offers an alternative to the failed policies of President Barack Obama," the editorial read. "Romney is the candidate best able to do that."

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The editorial board cited Romney's experience in the private sector at Bain Capital, as well as his time running the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. His business experience, the board wrote, would prove effective in reducing the country's debt and deficit.

But above all, the board argued Romney was the most best-suited candidate to challenge Obama in November, especially in comparison to Newt Gingrich.

The former House speaker would not be a "sound choice" for Republicans, the board wrote, pointing to his 1997 ethics violation in the House, as well as his partnership with Nancy Pelosi in a commercial against climate change in 2008.

The board also hit Gingrich over his personal history, calling it an "easy target for ridicule."

"This alone would make Gingrich the Obama campaign's ideal challenger," the editorial read.

As for Rick Santorum and Ron Paul, the paper said the two candidates are unable to appeal to the Republican base.

"Santorum is more socially conservative than many Americans and lacks the executive experience of Romney," the board wrote. "Paul will be seen as an outlier unsuitable to the office."

While it supports Romney, the editorial board said the former Massachusetts governor has some work to do in addressing a few issues, notably his role in signing a health care bill as governor that has come under fire by some Republicans as being a model for President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform.

In defense, Romney has repeatedly said that the Massachusetts bill was tailored for his state alone, and argues he would repeal Obama's health care reform law as president.

If he can clear those hurdles, the paper said Romney is the only who candidate who could face the president in the fall.

"Republicans should offer the voters of the United States a chief executive who is experienced at and unafraid of the often-unpopular job of turning things around. Romney fills that bill."

Ohio, a battleground in the November general election, holds its primary along with nine other states on March 6, also known as Super Tuesday.

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  1. Indy

    "American voters need someone who offers an alternative to the failed policies of President Barack Obama," the editorial read. "Romney is the candidate best able to do that."

    That is a pretty weak statement and the so called "failed policies" "Failed President" blanket bumper sticker is not going to fly with people that are smart enough to get past the Republican lie machine. There are policies from the Obama administration that are working to save us from the failed policies that brought the economy to a halt under the last Republican administration. The Republicans are the ones with the failed policies of trickle down economics and de regulation and forty years of proof compared to fours years of Obama guiding the sinking ship he was handed.

    February 5, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. theoneindependent

    Geez, I knew I moved away from Columbus for a reason, Thank God. I guess if your a republican Romney being a wishy washy flip floppper with no plan at all is better than a disgraced republican, a complete nutcase and a religious zealot. Gonna be landslide... Obama 2012....

    February 5, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Get Real

    Newspaper endorsements are worthless. DDN will endorse or has already endorsed Obama. The DDN also predicted that there was no way the repubs would win any part of the Congress back in 2010, in fact they predicted that the Dems would clean sweep the Country and Ohio. Guess what DDN, WRONG!!!!!!

    February 5, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Ian in Ohio

    Dispatch is a joke. The last Democrat they endoresed was....wait, they have never endorsed a Democrat.

    February 5, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Ivywoods

    If I lived in Columbus, I would cancel my subscription to this rag paper...idiots...

    February 5, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. GrogInOhio

    It's exactly this kind of idiocy from the Columbus Dispatch that had me cancel my subscription to it when they endorsed McCain/Palin. It makes no difference how clownish the Republican candidate is, the Dispatch will endorse them.

    February 5, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Marry

    American voters need quite a few new people, who offer an alternative to the failed policies of the failing, obstructing, do nothing GOP/TP Congress! What was their approval rating again?
    The President is fine, he has class, experience, and is more than willing to work on intelligent solutions for the problems of ALL people. Well, I have to admit, I am afraid, he is not really sooooo concerned about the 0.5% of the super-rich – but like Romney said, they can take care of themselves. That is the only thought the President and Romney may ever have in common…

    February 5, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Dan

    Any "newspaper" that is writing their editorials from Republican party talking points is an embarassment.

    February 5, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Solarcooked

    Let me be the first.........Go Obama!

    February 5, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    "American voters need someone who offers an alternative to the failed policies of President Barack Obama,"

    Failed policies? Like 23 straight months of private sector job growth, the Dow at an all-time high, unemployment down to 8.3%, bin Laden swimming with the fishes, troops out of Iraq, avoidance of a Great Depression, renewed standing in the international community, manufacturing is up?

    Mittens himself said in an interview with Laura Ingraham, in answer to her statement that the economy is improving (week of January 16, 2012):

    "Well, of course it’s getting better. The economy always gets better after a recession, there is always a recovery. […] It just happens to be the truth."

    Yet, all the GOP talking heads are saying that the economy has gotten worse under President Obama – ALL FACTS TO THE CONTRARY.

    Only a fool will vote Republican in November. All Democrats, Independents and thinking Republicans will vote for Obama/Biden.

    February 5, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. DMW

    I am a Registered Democrat but I have to agree with the Ohio's newspaper endorsement. Times are desperate in America. Millions are out of work despite the drop in unemployment. Romney not only talk the talk, but he walked the walk. His experience at creating jobs and turning around companies to profitability are undisputed. Look it doesn't matter whether the right person is Republican or Democratic. In the end its getting us back to work and the debt brought down. I know what Romney did for Massachusetts. I live and vote there.

    February 5, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. TheTraveler

    "Republicans should offer the voters of the United States a chief executive who is experienced at and unafraid of the often-unpopular job of turning things around. Romney fills that bill."

    Too bad he's unable to convince the the rest of the us ...

    February 5, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Ohio Voter

    Everyone in Ohio knows that the Dispatch is a joke.

    February 5, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. lee

    I'm a native of Columbus and after reading the headline I guessed that the endorsement came from The Columbus Dispatch. Why? Because it's always been a pro-White, pro-Rich people, pr0-hate newspaper.

    February 5, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. logicnLA

    Obviously the "liberal elitist media" in Columbus must not be listening to Romney. He has at one point or another been Obama! Many of his positions have mimicked the same things championed by the President ad the nes he's opposed, like bailing out GM have proven to be the wrong decision. Id it had been up to Romney GM would now be part of Nissan, Volkswagon, Toyota or Tata Motors!

    February 5, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. John in Brooklyn

    Yeah....but they also endorsed Kasich...so what the heck do they know?!

    February 5, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Matt

    The Wolfe family's publications ALWAYS endorse republicans. No surprise here.

    February 5, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. RR

    The people of Columbus need an alternative to the failed paper called the Dispatch.

    I had a subscription, and I cancelled my subscription to this rag.

    February 5, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. John in Brooklyn

    Ummm.....Print journalism....about is timely and tuned into the 21st century as, well, the GOP!

    February 5, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. bob

    The Columbus Dogpatch ALWAYS endorses gopers. Big deal.

    February 5, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Name Jerry Paris

    I'm a democrat and I am thinking about voting for a republican but if mitt Romney gets in then I will vote for Obama not to mention everyone I know says the same cause the last time a rich republican was in office he just about ruined the country. If Romney keeps making mistakes in he speech now just wait till Obama gets on stage with him there is no way that Romney will win.

    February 5, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. joe

    now watch the liberal political machine do a hatchet job on the newspaper that dared endorse romney.

    February 5, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. justin

    You people realize that all these main stream news stations and the white house is lying to you right. 8.3% unemployment?, try 15.1 at least. Its called the "U6 unemployment" and it shows you the real numbers not the half truths the government shows you to make themselves look good. All of you people have to realize that when a person runs out of unemployment benefits they take them off the unemployment list that they show the public so it looks like the number decreases. when in actuality those people are just not counted anymore, even thought they are still jobless. Wake up people, do research on your own. Go actually look up these numbers and verify what they are saying, you will see they are hiding the truth. Don't just wait for the idiots here and places like fox to tell you. cause all you get are lies from them.

    Also sure why not re-elect Obama I mean he is only the president who brought indefinite detention to Americans without even needing a trial or evidence.
    No trial, no evidence, no problem as far as he's concerned. they will just lock you up as long as they "think" you are guilty of something. ( which includes, political rivals, protesters, militia members, and anyone that they suspect of terrorism. which if you read the list's is basically everyone. I mean that actually put in a memo that people that buy more than one weeks worth of groceries could be considered terrorists. This is out there people in there own writing. How more obvious does it have to be.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE. before its to late and you cant do anything about it anymore.

    February 5, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. amy

    no one reads newspapers anyone. dispatch endorsed mccain in 08 and obama took columbus in a rout

    February 5, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Stop the Insanity

    I knew which Ohio paper wrote the endorsement before I read the article. No big surprise, they are such a corporate tool for the Republicans. Luckily more and more people don't agree with their point of view (can you say Issue 2 Defeat?)

    February 5, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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