The conservative Detroit News on Thursday formally endorsed Gov. Mitt Romney based on the greater potential they see in his stated plans, and the failure of President Barack Obama to move the economy forward in the way he has talked about since being elected to office.
In the lengthy endorsement, the paper’s editorial board wrote that they carefully considered the past performances and proposals by each candidate during the campaigns, but decided on Romney because they believe he offers the “best hope of changing the nation’s fate.”
“President Barack Obama came into office in 2009 riding a wave of hope and change,” editors wrote. “Unfortunately, he has not delivered on the nation's yearning for change nor on the specific promises he made to fix what is broken. The president is asking the country to be patient, but his plan isn't producing results that would merit more patience, and the president hasn't spelled out what he would do differently in a second term.”
Editors compared Romney’s proposals and record as governor in Massachusetts to current Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder when making the endorsement. They find both to be “less partisan than the typical politician, and not bound by rigid ideology.”
Romney’s record in business also played a big role, despite his opposition to the auto bailout.
“Don't assume that it was a no-brainer for a conservative newspaper to endorse a conservative presidential candidate,” editors said. “We recognize and are grateful for the extraordinary contribution President Obama made to Michigan in leading the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler.”
They said, however, that Romney is a “car guy” because of his father’s success running American motors, and later as governor of Michigan, and that while he was wrong about rescuing the auto industry, the rest of his business experience is exactly what the government needs.
“As a businessman, he established a reputation as a turnaround expert, rescuing failed companies and returning them to profitability, allowing them to create jobs and economic opportunity for their communities,” editors said. “The federal bureaucracy is nothing if not a turnaround project.”
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