The most influential Iowa newspaper endorsed
presidential nomination, saying the former Massachusetts governor offered "sobriety, wisdom and judgment."
editorial board, which endorsed Romney's arch rival
in the 2008 presidential contest, argued that Romney's resume -- a combination of work in the private sector, being governor of Massachusetts and righting the nation's 2002 winter
– make him preferable to the other top candidates in the hunt –
. Gingrich's lack of discipline when he was speaker of the House and potential to alienate voters and Paul's isolationist policies make Romney the super choice, the editorial board argued.
"Mitt Romney is making his second bid for Iowans' support after an unsuccessful run in 2008. We did not endorse him then, but this is a different field, and he has matured as a candidate. Rebuilding the economy is the nation's top priority, and Romney makes the best case among the Republicans that he could do that,"
. "He stands out in the current field of Republican candidates."
The paper also argued that voters ought to think hard about Romney's rivals' attacks that Romney is a flip-flopper on issues when it is most convenient to him.
"Though Romney has tended to adapt some positions to different times and places, he is hardly unique. It should be possible for a politician to say, "I was wrong, and I have changed my mind," the paper wrote. "… Voters will have to decide for themselves whether such subtly nuanced statements express Romney's true beliefs or if he's trying to have it both ways."