According to the paper’s editorial board, Rubio met with them twice and “displayed an impressive grasp of public policy detail, reeling off four-point plans on foreign policy and other issues. He proposes overhauling higher education and promoting vocational training, helping workers threatened by automation acquire skills rewarded by a new economy.”
The board met with each major Democratic and Republican candidate except New York businessman Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz . Rubio is polling in third place among Iowa Caucus voters behind Trump and Cruz respectively, a recent CNN poll reported.
In 2012, the Register endorsed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. However, Romney narrowly lost the Iowa caucuses to former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Romney won the Republican nomination later on.
The Register also endorsed Hillary Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.