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The Tennessean endorsed Mitt Romney today — “the first time, to our knowledge,” that the Nashville-based paper has endorsed a Republican candidate for president, editorial page editor Ted Rayburn tells me.
The editorial says:
Gov. Romney: This endorsement was not an easy decision. You owe the American people more details about how you will keep taxes low, preserve social programs and build up the military, all while reducing the debt. You must be your own man, and not kowtow to special interests whose millions helped propel you to the Republican nomination.
Be the man who governed Massachusetts, and you’ll reunite America.
A Romenesko reader in Nashville wonders what role the Tennessean’s relatively new editor, Maria De Varenne, and new columnist Frank Daniels III played in this endorsement; both are on the newspaper’s editorial board. De Varenne tells me she is a registered Republican, while Daniels says he has a “pox on both parties” attitude.
“We’re neither liberal or conservative,” Daniels says of the editorial board. “We are very moderate.”
* Tennessean endorses Romney: Time for another change (tennessean.com)
* Frank Daniels III: Parsing our choice for president (tennessean.com)
* Al Gore, Boy Reporter (nashvillepost.com)
* New poll shows Romney up 9 points in Tennessee (nashvillescene.com)