Seattle Times supports Romney as ‘default choice’ ahead of caucuses
March 1st, 2012
10:16 PM ET
11 years ago

Seattle Times supports Romney as ‘default choice’ ahead of caucuses

(CNN) – Call it a “nonendorsement” endorsement.

The Seattle Times, the largest daily newspaper in the solidly blue state of Washington, on Thursday picked Mitt Romney as the “default choice” for Republican voters in the state’s upcoming contest on Saturday.

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“The former Massachusetts governor has the most potential in a thin field to represent his party in head-to-head competition with Democratic President Barack Obama,” the editorial read.

While the editorial board complimented Romney as the most “practical” GOP candidate and the one most likely to engage in “clarifying discussion” about big issues, it wasted no time in pointing out the candidate’s flaws.

Describing Romney as “his own biggest impediment,” the editorial mentioned the candidate’s opposition to the auto bailout, as well as statements he’s made on his own wealth. It argued the candidate “does not excite voters,” saying he has “precious little gift for connecting with voters on a human level.”

The board also characterized Romney’s primary win in his native state of Michigan on Tuesday as one he barely “squeaked out” and hit the Republican for “studiously” avoiding discussions on foreign policy.

But compared with the other three GOP candidates still in the race - Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich - the editorial said the former Massachusetts governor was the most experienced with his “business credentials and service as an elective executive.”

“The expectation is for Romney and Obama to have an authentic, meaningful conversation about the future of the United States,” the editorial read.

The newspaper endorsed Obama in the general election in 2008 but said the president "has to make the case for another four years in the White House."

- CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Washington
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Bill

    It goes to show how biased and liberal the left wing media is. Where in the endorsement did the paper say "default choice"? The left wing media can no longer just report the news, but instead insert their biased views into everything that considered a positive for a GOP politician. I wonder if the left wing media will report that Obama is the "default nominee" of the Democratic Party? That's essentially what he is.

    March 1, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    I find all this endorsement game somewhat obnoxious especially when newspapers editors get involved. They have a right to vote as individuals but as a newspaper they must remain neutral towards any particular candidate.At anyone particular point in time thier collective view may be X and as we all know a day in politics is a long time. We are 8 months away from the real presidential election and that's a decade in politics, almost.
    I am so naive I thought it was voters who democratically decided who ever is elected to do whatever. QED things that cannot vote like newspapers and TV shows should stick to thier primary purpose of reporting candidates Honestly, reasonably, without bias, and pointing out the twisting/ bending speaking of half truths and countereing thier outright lies. Stay out of endorsements.

    March 1, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  3. Beverly - NYC

    Wonder how the Romney team will spin that ringing endorsement, default choice, is not what I want in a President.

    March 1, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  4. Tired of republican lies

    A seriously faulted choice...smdh

    March 1, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. gt

    who cares.... the west coast is so far from the heart land ..its like another country....the heartland dont care what they think...

    March 1, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  6. cali girl

    I find this a stupid move. If you don't like the candidate then walk away. There is no law that says you have to endorse anyone.

    March 1, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. Spokane son

    I wouldn't call WA "solidly blue". Definitely in Seattle but not Eastern WA. I think Spokane would be happier if it were part of Idaho.

    March 1, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  8. alkarrk

    Seattle Times is smart to recognize Mitt is the only one with a chance. And they're right about him not connecting, too. Romney's a bit of a nerd. He's the type that is always collecting the data, analyzing, can't sleep until things are fixed. A huge contrast to Obama, who everyone loved and came off as a rock star. Well, I for one am done with the rock star–he doesn't know how to lead. Romney has been successful in everything he's done. I'm even starting to like him. Mitt 2012!

    March 2, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  9. Wobbly Walker

    Romney would be the best candidate to fix the economy. That's my number one concern as I've seen friends and family lose jobs and homes. It's so disheartening especially with young kids involved. In the end I think Santorum will be the VP to get the extra votes needed to win the presidency and then still young enough to run fir president afterwards.

    March 2, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |

    has anyone seen JED and ELLIE MAY

    March 2, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  11. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Default Candidacy . . . exactly.

    I particularly love it that those rabid, " My way or the highway". 70 or so "Tea Party" House members and those fringe elements in their district WILL BE FORCED to support the Massachusetts Moderate behind the precusor to the Affordable Care Act [which TeaPublicans derrissively labeled "ObamaCare"]

    Romney`s anemic so-called "win" in Michigan tells it all. the GOP base does not support him, nor can lunch-pail-carrying union voters trust him. Obama saved the auto industry, Romney would have liquidated it. Sooner or later, all those midwestern voters [in Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illionois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, etc] will voter their pocketbooksa and not their latent bigotries.

    They can not bring themselves to back a Romney. Mitt is Unfit.

    March 2, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  12. William Richardson

    Wow , I didn`t even know the Seattle Times was still in business . Who reads let alone cares what they think , no Mitt for me . 2012 Ron Paul or no one at all !

    March 2, 2012 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  13. Voltaire

    He knows he can not hold an intelligent discussion on foreign policy so not bringing it up can hide his ignorance on that topic at least.

    March 2, 2012 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  14. Marie MD

    Ouch! That's like picking the banana with the least amount of bruises to eat 🙂
    Three hundred million people and the teapublikans can only come up with these losers. What a county!

    March 2, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  15. Anonymous

    It would be nice to see at least one paper tell the truth:

    "After considering the performance of the GOP over the last decade, and noting the party has proposed no new policies or initiatives beyond those proven to have failed in the past, we can only conclude that the party is simply unfit to govern at this time. The current field of candidates also confirms this is a party in name only, and does not in any way shape or form represent anyone beyond a very narrow range of special interests such as the wealthy, extreme social conservatives and neocons. Therefore, we can only endorse the dissolution of this divisive party and also endorse the creation, from the old party's ashes, of new party, devoted to scientifically and mathematically sound policies, including the fiscal prudence the current party has abandoned. None of the current candidates are fit to govern, and the same holds true for the party itself."

    March 2, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  16. diridi

    None of the GOP guys have any guy says, I can take young people from Obama, the other says, I can ship jobs overseas after completely bankrupting Bain-Capital....ha, ha, ha.,,

    March 2, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  17. GI Joe.

    Is that like picking the last kid for a T-ball game because no one wants to hurt his widdle feelings?

    March 2, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  18. Faith-Isn't-A-Preacher

    The GOP wanted their candidates vetted. All the candidates are getting vetted. Many in the party aren't pleased with the people's choice, but isn't it supposed to be the people's choice?
    If the GOP doesn't call the race soon they'll be some significant rifts in the party and a lot of their campaign fund will be lost. Those funds are needed to go up against Obama's Oligarch. It's naive to think they are just running against Obama, a figure head of the 'International' Progressive movement.

    March 2, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Victor

    Boy, he's going to have to edit that endorsement even more than the previous ones he got.

    March 2, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. Harry

    Has he been watching too much Palin footage? She does the finger-point better than he does and he should start being more seen and less heard unless he ends up like her.

    March 2, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Kurt

    How come John Kerry didn't get the flack Romney gets about his wealth? Wasn't he a billionaire? Or do I just have a bad memory?

    March 2, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Boo

    Romney is equivalent to an alien from another planet. He's just plain creepy

    March 2, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |