Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the former front-runner who now trails Rick Santorum in many polls, got a boost today with the endorsement of The Detroit News
The nod from the second-biggest newspaper in Romney’s home state comes even as the former Massachusetts governor has fallen behind the former Pennsylvania senator there. It comes just days before the Great Lakes State’s primary election on Tuesday and on the morning of another presidential debate in Arizona tonight.
The News declares in its endorsement: “State Republicans should go to the polls Tuesday with two missions: Pick a presidential candidate capable of leading this nation to prosperity and stability and choose a nominee who will give the GOP a fighting chance of defeating President Barack Obama this fall. On both counts, Mitt Romney is the best choice in the Michigan primary.”
Romney has the best resume of the four remaining candidates, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Congressman Ron Paul, the newspaper says, adding: “He has not only successfully run a state, but also has deep experience in turning around private companies. America today is the ultimate turnaround project.”
His free-market vision and plans to create jobs are arrows in his quiver, the newspaper opines.
The News doesn’t give Romney a clean bill, noting: “We disagree with Romney on a point vital to Michigan — his opposition to the bailout of the domestic automobile industry. Romney advocated for a more traditional bankruptcy process, while we believe the bridge loans provided by the federal government in the fall of 2008 were absolutely essential to the survival of General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Corp.”
However, the editorial is quick to add: “The issue isn't a differentiator in the GOP primary, since the entire field opposed the rescue effort.”
After listing other issues and Romney’s pluses and minuses, the newspaper insists: “Mitt Romney stands alone among the Republican primary field as the candidate capable of winning the White House, and more importantly, of leading the nation to a prosperous future.”
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