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Romney has recaptured the frontrunner spot in the race for the GOP nomination in recent days as former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich fortunes decline.
Writes the Register:
Sobriety, wisdom and judgment.
Those are qualities Mitt Romney said he looks for in a leader. Those are qualities Romney himself has demonstrated in his career in business, public service and government. Those qualities help the former Massachusetts governor stand out as the most qualified Republican candidate competing in the Iowa caucuses.
Sobriety: 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. He may be accused of being too cautious, but choosing words carefully is a skill essential for anyone who could be sitting in the White House and reacting to world events.
Wisdom: Romney obviously is very smart. He graduated as valedictorian at Brigham Young University and finished in the top 5 percent in his MBA class at Harvard, where he also earned a law degree. Romney also exhibits the wisdom of a man who listened and learned from his father and his mother, from his church and from his own trials and errors in life. He does not lack self confidence, but he is not afraid to admit when he has been wrong.
Judgment: Romney disagrees with Democrats on most issues, but he offers smart and well-reasoned alternatives rather than simply proposing to swing a wrecking ball in Washington. He is a serious student of public policy who examines the data before making a decision. His detailed policy paper on the economy contains 87 pages of carefully crafted positions on taxes, energy, trade and regulatory policy, complete with 127 footnotes.
In a half-page in Sunday’s Des Moines Register, Dole wrote:
A number of my friends are currently candidates seeking the GOP nomination. But the time has now come for us to decide who among them can defeat Barack Obama in 2012. I’ve made my decision, and I believe our best hope lies in Governor Mitt Romney. I’ve run for president myself and twice I had the deep honor of finishing first in the Iowa caucuses. I have many friends in the state. Some of them even call me the president of Iowa. When I say that Mitt Romney is the kind of man that Iowans should support, I know whereof I speak.
Haley told The Washington Post:
When I met with the other candidates, we had good conversations. It was all good policy. They all had good attributes that made you like them. What really came down to everything was just really my frustration with Washington – with the fact that they can’t seem to come to a decision, they can’t seem to balance the budget, they can’t seem to find the first dollar to cut. There’s just no leadership there whatsoever. And the only way I’ve ever been able to describe Washington is chaos. I just didn’t want anybody else related to Washington.… But it was a matter of me sitting down and saying, ‘I’ve got to ask you some tough questions,’ and making sure that all those other things that you don’t hear in debates, all those other things that really matter, that you get your answers so that you can sleep at night so that you know, yes, this is definitely the right person.
Haley’s endorsement, however, comes at a time when her support among conservatives in South Carolina is dropping and her embrace of the more-moderate Romney may add to her woes.
The latest polls show Romney closing on Gingrich in Iowa, holding a strong lead in New Hampshire and passing the former speaker nationally.