Cleveland Plain Dealer (redacted) Romney
March 3rd, 2012
06:41 PM ET
11 years ago

Cleveland Plain Dealer (redacted) Romney

Cincinnati, Ohio (CNN) - Mitt Romney is racking up the newspaper endorsements in Ohio. His campaign is also doing a fair amount of redacting as well.

Hitting the inboxes of political reporters across the country Saturday was an email from the Romney campaign touting the endorsement the candidate received in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"Ohio always looms large in presidential politics, especially among Republicans," the endorsement reads in the Romney campaign email.

"Beginning with Abraham Lincoln, no GOP candidate has ever been elected president without Ohio's electoral votes. In any Republican strategy to unseat President Barack Obama this November, Ohio is a must-win state."

The emailed endorsement continues: "Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, is the only remaining Republican contender capable of that."

Hold on a second. The newspaper endorsement in the Romney email left out a paragraph. Here it is:

"As Ohio Republicans prepare to vote in Tuesday's primary, they need to remember the ultimate prize: winning in November. Doing so requires more than energizing the conservative base," the endorsement reads as it appears on The Plain Dealer's website.

The redacted section continues: "The GOP needs a nominee who can appeal to swing voters and disaffected Democrats, because neither party can rely on its hard-core enthusiasts to carry this key swing state."

But wait, there were other redactions. The Romney campaign email also snipped out questions about the candidate's "core beliefs."

"Consistency is certainly a problem for Romney. The one-time moderate has adjusted his positions on so many issues - including abortion and gay rights - that his core beliefs are a mystery.

The Romney campaign has selectively edited editorials before. And it has not gone unnoticed.

The campaign's redactions from an endorsement in The Detroit News last month were met with the ire of the newspaper's top brass.

Nolan Finley, the newspaper’s editorial page editor, said he contacted the Romney campaign after media reports highlighted the campaign’s abridged press release.

"We would prefer – if they are going to excerpt pieces of the editorial and not the complete editorial – that they would have indicated that they were excerpts," he told CNN. "This was such a long cut and paste that I think it did create some confusion as to whether this was the whole editorial or not."

But even the most positive endorsements can come under the knife.

The campaign emailed out another endorsement it received Saturday from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The newspaper said it "wholeheartedly" backed Romney. Even though the endorsement was caveat free, campaign staffers found a few sections it opted to snip out before emailing its version to reporters.

The Romney campaign maintains it sends out only portions of the endorsements to comply with copyright laws and links to the full editorials.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. JPO

    Liar! liar! Pants on fire!

    March 3, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Independent from FL

    Just like a win is a win, an endorsement is an endorsement. Get over it!

    March 3, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Larry L

    They need to simply tell the truth. Romney's ads should read "I'm a male, white, I've got a lot of money, I'm not as crazy as Santorum, not as old as Paul, and not as dishonest as Gingrich. You don't care about leadership you just hate Obama. Vote for me!".

    March 3, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Brad

    The way this article reads you would think the newspapers weren't endorsing Romney at all. Isn't it a good thing that he is racking up the endorsements? Why can't CNN (and in this case Jim Acosta – who I think is generally a good reporter) give Romney credit without also slipping in a quick jab?

    March 3, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Romneys a fraud and not fit to be president of USA, maybe moon base!!!

    March 3, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    No illegal aliens up here, just real ones and they work for free!!

    March 3, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. Donkey Party

    Romney is about as honest as he is "conservative".

    March 3, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Wendy

    Lol team romney now decides on what will be all the news that is fit to print. what say you new york times?

    March 3, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. Wendy

    Willard must have loved it when his kindergarten teacher started to hand out paper and scissors and paste

    March 3, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Tired of republican lies

    Figures...Pay for, lie, copy and paste, and cheat your way to win an election...pffftttt

    March 3, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Just Say No To Flipper!

    More classy stuff from Rmoney; aking things out of context is a traditional GOBP tactic. This is yet another debunking of his "best organized campaign" we keep hearing about but see no evidence of. You can add this stunt to the pile of his other "well-organized" lies, gaffes, and missteps. It's also more evidence of Rmoney's general political cowardice, like avoiding comment on the Rush Dumbo smears until Rmoney could get his talking points from his campaign manager (or maybe Ann). Oh yeah, and then he failed to condemn the actual defamatory comments Dumbo made, and instead criticized only the choice of words.

    March 3, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  12. RINO Bil

    Yeah, all that's nice, but Romney needs to grow a pair and show some leadership. His response to the Limbaugh-Fluke blow-up certainly was not inspiring.

    March 3, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    You can't tell just part of the story. The whole thing has to be there. In this day and age, people are going to find out that there is some editing of some kind. If you can be happy with the happy part and take the bad along with it, don't take it at all.

    March 3, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  14. Informer3

    We all have a voice and our voices must be heard. I wrote a book and I am having trouble getting it published in this country because it is not politically fashionable. It is 100 percent historically factual, but it is being censored. I was not born yesterday. I served this nation for 20 years and in Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom. I completely dissagreed with the Iraq war.

    March 3, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. Informer3

    It was a war fabricated for Bush to get re-elected. The same spineless reactionary response by you, the Media is what got us into that war because it was politically fashionable and you just could not wait to be "embedded" in a Safe war. Did you every wonder why if we were going to war for WMD why we did not attack in MOPP4?

    March 3, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. Stephen in VA

    Over the past few years the (R) leadership has seemed to set out to make Satan look like a rank amateur at misdirection and false rhetoric. Compared to that, the redaction without annotation seems hardly newsworthy.

    March 3, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  17. Wendy

    What is it about republicans and that pesky press? fox noise is excluded of course. nixon and palin and w bush? And now mr and mrs romney too?

    March 3, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  18. dnick47

    Core beliefs? Only one that I know of: Joseph Smith (19th century free love advocare) was the real Messiah; notesus of Nazareth. The rest is up for grabs and alteration as the wind blows. There are no core beliefs.

    March 4, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  19. Wendy

    Romney is looking to be our next editor-in-chief and ann wants those reqorters whom she will allow to stay on the bus to write rave reviews about those panera pastries.

    March 4, 2012 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Just remember that most of us think this is a car of clowns but remember 2000? The drunken village idiot from Texas was appointed president and the country tanked for the next eight years.
    Democrats need to wake up in November or we can end up with the economy genius who likes to fire people and straps his dog to the top of his truck or the stone age sanatorium who will send women's, heck everyone's, civil rights back to the time before Jesus.

    March 4, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |