Ron Paul wants to “Restore America,” Mitt Romney wants us to “Believe in America,” Newt Gingrich wants to have a “21st Century Contract with America” and Rick Santorum wants us to “Join the Fight.” All Idahoans should want from the Republican candidate they support in next week’s March 6 caucus is a proven fiscal conservative who will stop pounding his three competitors today in order to concentrate on taking back the White House in November.

Our endorsement is not based upon the nebulous criteria of “electability” or of “having a chance” — after all, no candidate currently has as many as 10 percent of the delegates needed for nomination, so the race is really just beginning. Roughly 225 delegates have been selected with more than 2000 remaining.

While difficult to choose the best candidate, we have no such problem identifying the worst. Newt Gingrich, a former Georgia congressman and Speaker of the House, is the only speaker reprimanded for misconduct while in office. He was also fined $300,000 by the Republican-majority house and only three days following his final congressional election victory, he quit. He also found time to bounce a number of checks — probably more excusable if one of them hadn’t been for more than $9,000, made out to the IRS.

Rick Santorum is an interesting candidate; seemingly coming out of nowhere to win the Iowa Caucus and bouncing back a month later to claim victories in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota. Unfortunately, Santorum appeared stronger when not in front of the microphone 24/7, where he has had the chance to stumble over himself on numerous occasions. The area in which he has been most consistent we also find most problematic; despite what he would have you believe, Santorum is not a theologian and his continued tendency to use his own beliefs as the country’s litmus test on what is right, moral and “Christian” is troubling at best and dangerous at worst.

We’re happy that Ron Paul actually took the trouble to visit the Magic Valley — and his outlook on the country, the economy and the role of the federal government is in many ways the clearest and most refreshing of any of this year’s candidates. However, a Paul presidency is likely to propel us back into an isolationist position, and although somewhat appealing as April 15 approaches, his proposal to rescind the 16th Amendment, eliminate federal income tax and abolish the Internal Revenue Service is neither practical or advisable. Of course, the havoc raised by his tax plan would be less worrisome to those who would enjoy the legalized marijuana he also proposes.

We believe that Mitt Romney is the best choice for Idaho, the best choice for Republicans, and the best option in bringing conservatism back to the White House in the person of the 45th President of the United States. He has listed creating jobs and restoring American competitiveness as his highest priorities, and although implementing those priorities is way easier said than done, at least he has the priorities right. And despite his bungled statements about both the “very rich” and the “very poor,” his clarifying remark — “My energy is going to be devoted to helping middle-income people” — is exactly where the next president’s energy ought to be focused.

We encourage you to participate in next week’s caucus, and we encourage you to support Mitt Romney.

(16) comments

Honyb50

I have supported Govenor Romney for months and I do agree with you. He is the best choice for us.

SKC_ID

Mitt Romney has been actively running for President for 5 years. Who knows how long he has had his eye on the Presidency before that? Yet even with all that time to prepare, the best he can do when speaking off the cuff is "my wife drives a couple of Cadillacs" and "I know some NASCAR team owners"? How can he possibly understand the problems of someone who can't afford a used car to drive to work? How can he relate to someone who can't afford one home, yet alone to buy Malibu beach property for millions and tear it down because it isn't big enough? How can he think he should pay less than 15% taxes on those millions? He simply cannot relate to anyone who is not extremely wealthy.

dlux511

First, I'm really tired of sound bites used by the media to
either endorse or villify a candidate. I love it when a candidate does not allow the media to have control of a debate by confronting someone asking "tabloid" questions.
My choice for the republican nominee is Rick Santorum. He lost a re-election race for the senate in Pennsylvania by speaking the truth about the threat of radical Islam to America. Telling the truth should be a major consideration in choosing a candidate. So much of what is thrown into the mix these days is "tabloid" and reminds me of a junior high popularity contest. Go Rick!

Farmgirl1

I too do not agree that a newspaper should endorse any candidate. A newspaper is to be unbiased in the reporting. If an individual editor wishes to state his or her own opinon, then that name should appear with the statement. I do not agree that Mitt Romney is the best choice. I have listened to the debates and read each candidates' background and I am leaning more toward Rick Santorum. But whoever I choose to vote for is my own choice and I do state that everyone should follow my belief and I do not tell everyone in my family or in the organizations to which I belong how to vote. To vote one's own beliefs is what makes this country great.

TRSID29

"despite what he would have you believe, Santorum is not a theologian and his continued tendency to use his own beliefs as the country’s litmus test on what is right, moral and “Christian” is troubling at best and dangerous at worst."
Excuse me, what makes you the litmus test on what is troubling and dangerous for morality in America, or for what is Christian. Barak Obama is 180 degree's opposite from Rick, and is implementing his beliefs into the framework of America at a startling pace. The difference between Rick and Obama is that Obama campaigned solely on implementing his "change” and by the fact the Morality in America today is past the toilet and in the sewers; Rick's beliefs are by far the least of my worries.
If there is anything that worries me is the fact that the establishment republicans and media outlets have given us nothing but duds. Also remember it was the media who was critical of the best conservative president we ever had, Ronald Reagan. Keep your opinions to yourself and give us the news.

BurleyMan

I'm not surprised. The media has been pushing Romney every step of the way.

1Idahoan

Romney has proven himself to be about as Liberal as the rest..
Just look at some of the things he has voted for and worked for. Ron Paul is the only one in the pack who is Conservatine to try to keep the Constitution and run the country accordingly.

Ardee

No doubt Romney will get the job done and do.it with the interest of the American people

Jim_Bob
Jim_Bob

"No doubt Romney will get the job done and do.it with the interest of his pocket book" There Ardee, fixed it for ya!

jdyreson

Of course they support Nitto, all good little Mormons and Liberals do. Its a matter of duty for them.

Ardee

thank you sir and my pocket book too

Amazed

You know, the truth is President Obama is going to take the golden ring again. The problem with the current Republican field is that none of them can stay clear of the total right side of all things. And for some weird reason they (Republicans)have decided that men know what is best for woman in the area of reproductive rights. Woman should require a vasectomy before the first date because the last time I read up on the subject it takes two (that's one of each). Next, what ever happened to the platform of "jobs" that took the 2010 elections for them? Obama has made some errors in his first four but come on folks, turn on the light. I don't think the mid-western bible belt has any lead on running the world. Thanks for the rant....

Jim_Bob
Jim_Bob

The thing I find most fascinating is the ability of the people to be so divided by political party and the absolute ignorance with everything else going on around us.
Our supposed representatives and senators do not have our best interest at heart anymore. The only thing they care about is money. Their money. Look at mitt, he isn't concerned about the very poor because we have a safety net in place for them. The same safety net conservatives would love to pull. So if he's not concerned about the poor, who is? Not obama, not gingrich and defintely not santorum. It makes absolutely no difference who you vote for. We will get another corrupt elected official that will do exactly as his pocket book tells him. Anyone that feels any different is just being blind. Corporations rule our america, we have transformed into a horrible plutocracy where whoever has the most money gets to prepare legislation. Corporations are people, remember republicans? These multi-billion dollar companies are buying and selling our politicians like they are stocks. Its clearly evident by the lack of morals and values in government today. The lack of accountability is another issue entirely. Insider trading runs rampant on capital hill and "we the people" are too stupid to do anything about it. We feel that our votes count and they don't. We need a complete reboot of our political system to be able to remedy this horrible situation and we need the american people to realize their is a problem that we can fix if we can just put party alliance aside and work together.

They say dream big right?

Dwoody
Dwoody

So, the Times-News endorsed the lesser of four evils. Watch what happens once Romney wins the nomination. He’ll revert back to the politics he embraced when he was in Massachusetts. You gotta pander to the extreme right to win the Republican nomination and then you’re way outta step with the rest of the country. I was worried for awhile about Obama’s chances in November. Not so much now that his likely opponent is a bigger flip flopper than John Kerry ever was. And look what happened to him.

Dwoody
Dwoody

So, the Times-News endorsed the lesser of four evils. Watch what happens once Romney wins the nomination. He’ll revert back to the politics he embraced when he was in Massachusetts. You gotta pander to the extreme right to win the Republican nomination and then you’re way outta step with the rest of the country. I was worried for awhile about Obama’s chances in November. Not so much now that his likely opponent is a bigger flip flopper than John Kerry ever was. And look what happened to him.

IdahoHeathen
IdahoHeathen

Apparently much of Mitt Romney's LDS family disagrees with the Times News. Five of Romney's relatives have endorsed Dr. Paul and THREE of them will be speaking in support of him at tomorrow's Idaho Caucuses. http://www.romneys4ronpaul.com

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