Citing competence, Alabama paper endorses Romney
March 7th, 2012
02:33 PM ET
11 years ago

Citing competence, Alabama paper endorses Romney

(CNN) – One of Alabama's largest papers endorsed presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday, arguing he would bring a level of business and government competence unparalleled in the GOP field to the White House.

Romney was an "extremely successful businessman and was a very competent governor who accomplished much of his agenda by working across party lines," the Birmingham News said, explaining he has engaged in "shape-shifting... to appeal to conservative primary voters who believe he is too moderate."

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"So, it's not unfair to wonder who the real Romney is," the paper continued. "We expect we'll find that out in the general election, and that Romney will prove to be a strong candidate."

Romney has to his credit experience leading the 2002 Olympic Games and as governor of Massachusetts, where he led in education reform and health care, the paper wrote.

The editorial detailed detracting characteristics against Romney's rivals. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania not only lost his last Senate race, but has "side-tracked the debate onto social issues, a place that won't do the party any good in the general election."

Of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the paper said: "Gingrich is a smart man with plenty of ideas, some of them good, but his impulsiveness and recklessness in his political and personal lives are high hurdles to overcome."

And Ron Paul, it wrote, is not a serious candidate and a "libertarian in Republican clothing."

The paper endorsed Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain in their parties' primaries last cycle, then eventually backed McCain in the general election. This cycle, it said Republican voters should "vote for whom they believe is the strongest candidate - the man they believe can defeat Obama."

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    BTW, how many MILLIONS did Obama waste trying to get the Olmpics to come to Chicago???
    You were correct when you cited Mitt Romney's reason for the more than one billion in federal dollars. Security. But, the SLOC had promised that it would totally privately funded, and MItt Romney came on board at least a year prior to 9/11.

    They probably did spend millions trying to bring the Olympics to Chicago. It was all private money. What are you whining about it for? Just making noise. Here, I'll throw you bone to chew one. AIG still owes more than $180 billion from TARP, while they pay their employees billions each year in bonuses.

    March 7, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:

    He got wealthy in the Private Equity business by being successful rebuilding broken American companies.....
    Yeah, I've heard that before. But, those are just words. Mitt Romney cited, "I created 100,000 jobs while I was at Bain." He cannot offer any proof of that. None. None of Romney's claims are backed up by facts that his hand made a differrence.

    March 7, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Indy

    Lets give Mitt some credit because he truly was competent at making money off investors and while Obama was a community organizer Mitts was sending all his American made money offshore, maybe he was competent enough that he knew Bush and the Republicans were destroying the economy, and he didn't want his money anywhere in the US while a Republican was in the Whitehouse.

    March 7, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    Well according to the liberals and Democrats Obama COPIED Romney's healthcare plan, something OBAMA is claiming as HIS major accomplishment. Isn't that plagarism? Theft of intellectual material?? Yes, Obama is VERY good at taking credit for the work and ideas of others.
    And? You really need to check out that web search I gave you for homework. Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed giving the Obama administration carte blanche to copy his MA health care law, especially the individual mandate because without it the law is inefffective. Romney even helped them reassemble the same team of industry experts that he used. Mitt was doing his civic duty to provide liberals with conservative solutions. Romney just never expected the liberals to actually follow his suggestions.

    March 7, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. A Kickin` Donkey

    Sorry but the word COMPETENCE and the Republican Party don`t go together. George W. Bush competent? Palin competent? 2008 McCain competent? Bachmann, Perry, Santorum, Cain . . . competent? NO. Republicans relish in incompetence.

    Mr. Romney`s skills are NOT RELEVANT for the challenges America faces. A President can not downsize & off-shore America to improve its P&L statement BECAUSE being President doesn`t allow one to exploit people the way being a businessman does. The man was 47th out of 50 Governors on the topic of Job Creation. That`s not the definition of competence that we citizens are looking for.

    March 7, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Competence? That's what gets the righties excited? A "C" average?

    March 7, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. canuck41

    Romney has the most character when compared to his opponents. Look at how he congratulated each of his opponents in there victories last night! Did any of them congratulate him?? NO!! he is successful, classy, proven, and will no doubt win this nomination. Then we can all celebrate the ouster of Obama when Romney sends him packing it back to the Chicago suburbs baby!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. steven harnack

    I think that the people Romney has fooled are the moderates. Just because he doesn't rant and rave like Santorum and Gingrich doesn't mean that he thinks any differently than they do. Any one of them will have us in a war by March of 2013. Since they are all petty people the only attacks that they make on each other are about petty things. On the issues that matter they are lockstep.

    March 7, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. canuck41

    only a bunch of liberal left wing activists as well as Libertarians posing as Republicans on here lately! Hey hollywood stars sorry Romney is out front so far. One guy in Hollywood knows the right guy to support. Jon Voight knows whos best!! ROMNEY 12

    March 7, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    "he is successful, classy, proven, and will no doubt win this nomination."

    And yet after you LSD groupies post the same talking points, you can't offer any examples except for "BBBBBBUUUUTTT the OLYMPICS!" and reference to his years as vampire capitalist at Bain, destroying jobs and leeching off the taxpayers while paying a lower effective tax rate than the "regular" Americans he clearly despises.

    March 7, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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