DES MOINES, Feb. 4 -- With Iowa's precinct caucuses a little more than a week away, the state's largest newspaper Sunday endorsed Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., for the Republican presidential nomination. A Des Moines Register editorial said the other GOP contenders have not made a persuasive case that they would make a better president, and called Dole 'consistently conservative' with experience and proven governmental ability.
It isn't the first time the Register has endorsed a Dole candidacy. 'We recommended Dole for the Republican nomination in 1988, noting that he was a mixture of 'mainstream conservatism and Main Street pragmatism,'' the endorsement said. 'That's still true in 1996.' Dole's Iowa campaign director, Darrell Kearney, said he was pleased by the Register's endorsement. 'I think a newspaper is a mirror or reflection of the thoughtful attitudes of its readership, and Iowans understand Bob Dole is the right leader for America,' Kearney said. 'It also keeps the momentum going in the right direction.' Iowa Republicans attend caucuses a week from Monday. Recent polls show as many as 20 percent remain undecided.