Four days before the important Arizona Republican Primary, the Arizona Republic
announced its endorsement of Mitt Romney. It published an editorial piece in its paper and encouraged Arizona Republican voters to cast a ballot for the former governor.
The paper labelled Romney as the “most prepared” and stated that he is the “most-skilled” when it comes to job creation among his GOP opponents. However, the paper did warn that Romney would not be a “passionate president.”
“But there is eloquence in achievement,” wrote the editorial. “And, for the task at hand, as defined by Republicans themselves, the real-world achievements of Mitt Romney far surpass those of virtually all the lifelong politicians against whom he is competing.”
The piece went onto describe Romney’s past, his education credentials, his father, former Michigan Governor and Republican presidential candidate George Romney, and his accomplishments at Bain Capital.
“The office-supply supermarket chain Staples was born under Romney's guidance, growing from concept to more than 1,100 stores nationwide,” added the paper. “Romney applied those same skills when he salvaged the woeful organizing committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics, which languished $379 million short of revenue benchmarks when he took it over in 1999. Despite enormous security costs prompted by the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the '02 Winter Games finished $100 million in the black.”
It also took aim at former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his “unpredictable volatility” and the “culture warriors” such as former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. The editorial did not challenge Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
On Tuesday, the states of Arizona and Michigan will hold their primaries. A total of 59 delegates will be at stake – 29 in Arizona and 30 in Michigan.
According to Real Clear Politics
averages, Romney holds an 8.2 percentage point lead over Santorum. The latest NBC News/Maris poll
found that he has a 16-point lead over Santorum.