The Washington Times - December 6, 2011, 10:37AM

Former Vice President Dan Quayle endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president on Monday, saying he is best equipped to defeat President Obama, who “is a darling of the fawning media.”

“Mitt Romney has what it takes to be a great president of the United States, and that is why I enthusiastically endorse him for president,” Mr. Quayle said in an op-ed in the Arizona Republic.


The former Indiana senator and congressman, who served as President George H.W. Bush’s right-hand man from 1989 to 1993, said Mr. Romney possesses the four qualities he’s looking for in the next GOP nominee for president: leadership, character, conservative philosophy and electability.

“He has demonstrated he is capable of making tough decisions and turning things around,” Mr. Quayle said. “He is a man of integrity. He understands budgets and financial markets. He balanced budgets and met a bottom line. He is strong on national defense and has a deep love of the principles that make America great.”

The endorsement comes after Mr. Romney has watched another candidate, this time Newt Gingrich, sprint by him in national polls.

While Mr. Romney still enjoys a significant edge in New Hampshire, he now trails Mr. Gingrich by double digits in South Carolina and Iowa, where the nomination race kicks off Jan. 3.