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With a little over a month left before the politically important New Hampshire primary scheduled for Jan. 10, Newt Gingrich won the endorsement of the state’s largest newspaper on Sunday.
“Newt Gingrich is by no means the perfect candidate. But Republican primary voters too often make the mistake of preferring an unattainable ideal to the best candidate who is actually running,” the Union Leader’s editors wrote. “In this incredibly important election, that candidate is Newt Gingrich. He has the experience, the leadership qualities and the vision to lead this country in these trying times.”
David Bositis says that the Union Leader is a very right-wing publication that had run out of right-wing options since Rep. Michele Bachmann, Gov. Rick Perry and Herman Cain have each “flamed out,” and Gingrich is simply the latest alternative to Mitt Romney, whom voters still haven’t warmed up to.
Bositis also isn’t confident that Gingrich, who has a strong background in governing, will be able to maintain his frontrunner status, once voters learn more about him. And what many already know is for them troubling, he adds, pointing to Gingrich’s role in a government shutdown during the Clinton administration, a House ethics investigation and a history of marital infidelity.
Cain recently announced that he’d received endorsements from 13 “key New Hampshire GOP political leaders, including a former U.S. Attorney and current and former New Hampshire State Representatives,” but according to Bositis, he was likely never under consideration for the Union Leader endorsement, in large part because he appears to know so little about foreign policy, “which is a significant weakness in a presidential nominee.”
The influential Iowa-based group, the Family Leader, also has decided it won’t endorse Cain because of “a narrative of questions versus clarity on the key issues of life, marriage, foreign policy, and presidential readiness."
And despite Cain’s claims that he can woo Black voters away from President Obama in a general election campaign, few others agree and the Republican Party is not going to nominate a candidate “whom Obama can wipe the floor with next year.”
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