Paul trumpets small-town newspaper endorsements in N.H.
In a tight campaign, even the smallest bit of good news counts. Ron Paul’s campaign is claiming three recent newspaper endorsements in New Hampshire’s scarcely populated “north country.” A local newspaper chain that owns weeklies in Littleton (pop. 6,000), Lancaster (pop. 3,300) and Berlin (pop. 9,300) decided to back the Texan following his third place finish in Iowa.
“[Paul’s] prediction that the United States can no longer afford the economic cost of our overseas commitments makes many Republicans uncomfortable, possibly by the very truth of the assertion,” the editors of the Salmon Press wrote.
“Powerful leaders like Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan change the political landscape,” the editors concluded. “This is what Ron Paul would do for our country and why we support him.”
McCain defeated Romney in this area of the state in 2008, though Romney has campaigned several times in the region during this election.
Meanwhile Newt Gingrich took out a full-page ad in the New Hampshire Union-Leader, the state’s largest daily, calling Romney a “timid Massachusetts moderate.” It’s an odd media buy given that the Union-Leader, which endorsed Gingrich, is already attacking Romney nearly every day–sometimes in front-page editorials.
Ron Paul and his wife Carol leave the stage after addressing supporters at his Iowa Caucus night rally in Ankeny, Iowa, January 3, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Lott