LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada's largest
newspaper, is endorsing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ahead of Saturday's GOP presidential caucus in the state.
The newspaper, in its Sunday editions, wrote that the race for
the Republican nomination now is down to Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
"Nevada Republicans should attend their caucuses with two
questions in mind. Who best represents their party? And who has the
best chance to defeat President Obama?" the Review-Journal wrote.
"We believe Mitt Romney is the answer to both of those
The Review-Journal acknowledged that Romney lacks Gingrich's
political experience, but noted he has spent a lifetime in the
"His greatest strength is his command of economic issues and
his understanding of what the private sector needs to create
jobs," the newspaper wrote.
The newspaper also praised his pro-growth views, saying he wants
the U.S. to develop all its energy resources, including oil, coal
"He wants states and citizens to have more freedom to
innovate," the Review-Journal wrote. "And perhaps most
importantly, Mr. Romney is a Washington outsider, not a capital
The Review-Journal wrote that Gingrich's tenure as House speaker
was brief and that he resigned from office in 1999 under pressure
from his party.
"He burned bridges and became a divisive figure for much of the
electorate," the newspaper wrote.
The newspaper wrote that Rep. Ron Paul lacks the kind of broad
support needed to win the nomination, while former Sen. Rick
Santorum's focus on social issues is out of step with the country's
need to deal with the economy and growing debt.