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Romney Gets Endorsement From Iowa’s Largest Newspaper

By Kasie Hunt & Philip Elliot, Associated Press
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s largest newspaper, The Des Moines Register, announced its endorsement of Romney on its website Saturday evening.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

It was as much an endorsement of Romney as it was an indictment of his competitors.

“While other candidates have pandered to extremes with attacks on the courts and sermons on Christian values, Romney has pointedly refrained from reckless rhetoric and moralizing,” the newspaper wrote.

The paper does not have a track record of predicting winners in Iowa. In 2008, the paper backed Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Four years earlier, it backed Sen. John Edwards’ unsuccessful bid and in 2000 editors backed McCain and Democratic Sen. Bill Bradley. All came up short.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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