Arizona newspaper backs Romney
February 24th, 2012
09:57 AM ET
10 years ago

Arizona newspaper backs Romney

(CNN) – Arizona's largest newspaper endorsed Mitt Romney Friday in a piece encouraging voters to support him in the state's GOP presidential primary Tuesday.

The Arizona Republic editorial said Romney would not be a "passion president," but called the former Massachusetts governor the "most prepared" of the 2012 contenders.

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

"There are better orators in American politics … And certainly there are Republicans who better project the passion for the office they seek," the piece read. "But there is eloquence in achievement."

Unlike the "unpredictable volatility of a Newt Gingrich" and "culture warriors like Rick Santorum," Romney's private and public background prove he is the most "prudent, responsible and electable of the four GOP candidates," according to the article.

The editorial board also pushed back against claims Romney is out of touch by pointing to his personal life, including his 42-year marriage and five sons.

"In a tie of enormous social upheaval, he is remarkable for maintaining a wholly unsensational personal life," the piece said.

The most recent polls indicate Romney has a double digit lead over Santorum and the rest of the field in Arizona, where early voting began on February 2. Twenty-nine "winner-take-all" delegates are at stake in Tuesday's primary.

Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Mitt Romney • Republicans
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Demswin2012

    People of Arizona... Boycott this newspaper!
    They claimed they were Bi-partisian! What!!!!

    February 24, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. bnfl

    Romney 2012

    February 24, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hispanics and seniors would be hurt under Romney, or any other GOPer, so I wonder how solid his support is.

    February 24, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Did everyone get to see the Wisconsin republican representative commit voter fraud by voting for an absent representative?

    February 24, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Anyone seen the new commercial as to why they should visit AZ? Can't remember all the players but maybe they should have kept the old governor hag, who came to visit and stayed, out of it.
    If this is what the peopled of AZ look like after spending time under all that hot sun then maybe we don't want to visit much less stay!!!

    February 24, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wonder why there was no mention of Ron Paul? Maybe because he doesn't have a chance to win anything because his zelots don't vote.

    February 24, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Arizona newspaper backs Romney
    Well button my buttons I guess I'll eat some eggs and hominy!!!

    Who cares!

    Obama 2012

    February 24, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Four and The Door

    And Mitt Romney continues his trek to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Not a minute too soon. America needs responsible management of the federal government.

    February 24, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    They also thought Herbert Hoover was well-prepared: they cited his business experience having been able to organize relief efforts to Europe following WWI, as well as his stint as Commerce Secretary. How did that work out?

    February 24, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Just Say No To Flipper

    "Most prepared"? LOL! Flipper the Elitist Robot's "preparation" was being a psychopathic corporate predator, followed by six years of unsuccessfully running for president. Oh yeah, and one term in Massachusetts implementing Romneycare.

    February 24, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Ever notice how the GOP gripes about the 'liberal media' except for Faux News and any newspaper that is insane enough to endorse them?

    February 24, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Anonymous

    "Did everyone get to see the Wisconsin republican representative commit voter fraud by voting for an absent representative?"

    There have been a lot of voter fraud reports, and reports of voting in illegal locations, involving Republicans. Once again, they will project onto the rest of us what they so much enjoy doing themselves. Sort of like their "gay bias".

    February 24, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. PJ/TX

    @Wire Palladin, S.F.
    I saw it, and the guy who committed the fraud, when asked about it, said something about how the "bathrooms are
    part of the floor" so guess he voted for someone on a "break". I was wondering, if the "bathrooms" are part of
    the floor, why isn't there a voting "button" in there. I'm confused.

    February 24, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Larry in Houston

    Vote Democrat 2012 – 2016 – 2020 – 2024 – 2028 Straight Ticket

    February 24, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    So, in other words, the GOP has finally come up with their own Michael Dukakis? All we need now is a tank for him to hop into.

    February 24, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. neastsider

    The only value this newspaper has is to line the bottom of bird cages.

    February 24, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |