The Des Moines Register, the left-of-center and most influential newspaper in Iowa that endorsed President Barack Obama in 2008, endorsed Mitt Romney on Saturday. The Register called the Republican the “stronger candidate” who could “forge compromise” to pull America’s economy “out of the doldrums.”

Romney is the first Republican the paper has endorsed for president in 40 years when it supported Richard Nixon.
“We need Iowa to help get America back on track. I am honored to have the @DMRegister’s endorsement,” Romney tweeted from his @MittRomney account shortly after the paper published the endorsement.

The paper noted their “discussion repeatedly circled back to the nation’s single most important challenge”:

[P]ulling the economy out of the doldrums, getting more Americans back in the workforce in meaningful jobs with promising futures, and getting the federal government on a track to balance the budget in a bipartisan manner that the country demands.

The paper came to the conclusion that Romney’s business and executive background made him the best candidate to tackle these challenges and “unlock this nation’s economic potential.”

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