By Kasie Hunt & Philip Elliot, Associated Press

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.

Comments (2)
  1. Jerry Frey says:

    No matter the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, the country will be more polarized than ever. Republican ideologues hate President Obama while Democrats have no capacity for trenchant leadership.

  2. andyme says:

    To Jerry Frey, I believe the word “trenchant” could be used to described both sides. What we need to ask ourselves are we getting leadership and who can best provide that going forward. The “divider in chief” as set his own table.

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