12/18/2011 11:49 am ET Updated Dec 18, 2011

Mitt Romney's Sunday Media Blitz: Fox News Interview, Des Moines Register Endorsement

Mitt Romney's media blitz continued on Sunday, with a key endorsement from Iowa's most influential newspaper and a national morning show interview.

Romney picked up the endorsement from Iowa's largest newspaper, The Des Moines Register. The paper's endorsement, which went to John McCain in 2008, will likely boost Romney's polling numbers ahead of Iowa's January 3rd GOP caucus.

He also sat down with Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace, marking an end to Romney's 18-month absence from Sunday morning news shows.

Romney's campaign had noticeably limited the amount of the candidate's national press interviews, igniting backlash from members of the media, including Wallace. In late October, Wallace said that Romney was dodging the invitation to appear on his Sunday news show.

However, Romney has ramped up his media appearances during the past month, with a testy interview with Fox News' Bret Baier and additional appearances on Neil Cavuto and Mike Huckabee's respective shows. Romney also reportedly sat down with Fox News executives in early November for an off-the-record meeting.

During his interview with Romney, Wallace said he was going to persuade the candidate to "get personal." Romney, who has been criticized for failing to emotionally connect with potential voters, discussed what he described as the toughest moments of his life: his wife's battles with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Romney's wife, Ann, has taken to the campaign trail in recent weeks in what has been reported as the campaign's attempt to soften and humanize the candidate's image.

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