On Sunday the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, one of the most influential newspapers in Texas, endorsed Mitt Romney for President:
The slow U.S. economy and its discouragingly high unemployment overshadow the other important issues in this election. Economic recovery must be spurred to a faster pace, and a change to Romney's leadership would do that. . .
Romney is an agent of change whose primary campaign thrust has been the economy and his plans and qualifications to improve it.
On this front, he is highly qualified, both by business experience and public service.
No one should doubt that his economic recovery plan -- a 20 percent cut in tax rates, additional tax breaks for upper-income individuals and reducing the budget deficit, all with no increase in taxes on the middle class -- is but a loose sketch of a policy approach.
Details will have to be developed through working with legislative leaders from both parties who thus far have not made much progress on the nation's fiscal problems.
Romney has laid out a consistent theme focused on encouraging business innovation and growth, reducing government spending and its economic footprint and educating and retraining people to take new jobs.
That theme is a winner, and Congress will be receptive when Romney brings it.
Governor Romney is expected to easily win Texas. The Star-Telegram's endorsement is more a reflection of the sentiments of Texans at large than an indication of disappointment in President Obama. Most Texans never believed he could get the job done in the first place. His on the job performance has not disappointed them. It's merely confirmed what they believed when he was first elected in 2008.