Des Moines Register Endorses Romney
Likely cue to Midwest's mood; Obama gets NYT's nod
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff | Suggested by cfbailey
Posted Oct 28, 2012 6:28 AM CDT
Mitt Romney waves to supporters before a campaign speech, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Land O' Lakes, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(Newser) – The Des Moines Register has meted out its presidential endorsement, and it's going with a Republican for the first time since Nixon. While acknowledging deep divisions both in the nation and its editorial board, the Register, which also endorsed Mitt Romney during the Republican primaries, looks with an eye toward who can "forge the compromises in Congress" needed to fix the economy, and decides the challenger emerges the stronger candidate.

The LA Times calls the endorsement "notable because of the Register's long history of supporting Democrats," but more importantly, "it may offer a window into the mood of heartland voters in a state that is a crucial battleground." Team Obama, meanwhile, won one in a state that is decidedly not swinging: The New York Times comes out swinging for the incumbent today, dismissing Romney as a candidate with a murky, "regressive" economic plan who "has gotten this far with a guile that allows him to say whatever he thinks an audience wants to hear." While dinging Obama on "individual policy choices," the Times decides he is "clearly ready for the partisan battles" that lie ahead and "we enthusiastically endorse" him for a second term—with hope that "his victory will be accompanied by a new Congress."

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Oct 31, 2012 10:29 AM CDT
I checked in online at the Register and they are getting a lot of blowback from their misguided endorsement, by some pretty prominent citizens, too. The publisher must be a REALLY good Republican. It was her final decision.
Oct 28, 2012 10:44 PM CDT
Ya gotta wonder what the're thinking, but then they enjoy a deep fried stick of butter for a treat.
Oct 28, 2012 10:13 PM CDT
The last time the "Register" endorsed a Republican, it was Nixon. That went well, huh?