DES MOINES - The main newspaper in Iowa, the Des Moines Register, on Saturday endorsed Mitt Romney in the Republican US presidential race, less than three weeks before the state holds the first nominating contest for the 2012 election on Jan. 3.
The newspaper said Romney stands out in the field of Republican candidates who are trying to become their party's nominee who will attempt to stop Democratic US President Barack Obama's re-election bid.
"Mitt Romney is making his second bid for Iowans' support after an unsuccessful run in 2008," the newspaper said on its website in an editorial that will run in Sunday's newspapers.
"We did not endorse him then, but this is a different field, and he has matured as a candidate. Rebuilding the economy is the nation's top priority, and Romney makes the best case among the Republicans that he could do that."
In an editorial entitled "Mitt Romney is the best to lead" the newspaper said the former Massachusetts governor possessed the qualities of wisdom, sobriety and judgment.