January 17th, 2008
11:47 AM ET
12 years ago

Nevada’s biggest newspaper endorses Romney and (barely) Obama

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) -
The conservative-leaning editorial board Nevada’s biggest newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, has endorsed Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama, but the latter very half-heartedly.

On Thursday, the Review-Journal’s editorial board praised Romney’s business background saying, “Mr. Romney has extensive experience in the private sector, which is unusual for far too many politicians.”

“[E]ach GOP candidate can make - and has made - a reasonable case that he's best suited to ensure the party again embraces the ideas and concepts that made this nation a beacon of freedom and economic opportunity," reads the editorial. "But in our opinion, the viable candidate most likely to lead Republicans in such a direction is Mitt Romney.”

The Review-Journal’s Wednesday endorsement of Barack Obama, however, is far less glowing, the editorial board seeming to perceive Obama as the lesser of three evils.

After a lengthy criticism of Hillary Clinton and a one-sentence swipe at John Edwards’ “anti-capitalist populism,” the article asks, “Is Barack Obama, then, the ideal Democratic candidate for president? Hardly.”

The editorial criticizes his lack of experience and dismisses his message of change. “His policy recommendations - when he can be convinced to get any more specific than "I represent change" - are the opposite of "change." They're old-line, welfare-state solutions that haven't spent enough time in the microwave to appear even superficially appetizing.

Of the four paragraphs that actually address Obama directly, only one compliments him. “Barack Obama is, at least, likeable,” adding, “he is a good politician, in the non-insulting sense that he knows how to speak to individual Americans and give them the feeling he cares about their concerns.”

Where the last line of the Romney endorsement urges caucus-goers to support Romney, Obama’s concludes by telling readers they’re “better off” backing Obama if they don’t want to see “a re-run of the horror movie ‘It Came From Little Rock.’"

- CNN Nevada Producer Alexander Marquardt

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Mitt Romney • Nevada
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Ernie Puto, Rosemont,, IL

    The editorial board seems unusually creative in it's writing. Are there really newspaper people that are that talented still?

    January 17, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Rico

    What do they teach in School these days.
    Betsy dear Bill Clinton was the same age when he ran.

    January 17, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. mr.fair tax


    January 17, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Marvin, Dallas, TX

    OK so the paper is Racist but are willing to hold their noses and recommend the best candidate. Obama

    January 17, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. LisaMpls

    This newspaper sounds like a joke.

    January 17, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  6. Tony C.

    Mitt Romney it is! He is a younger version of Ronald Reagan, America's best president ever.

    The rest of the cadidates are a joke. McCain, Giuliani, Clinton, Edwards etc are professional politicians with no executive or business background to manage the world's largest enterprise: the U.S. government.

    Huckabee belongs in the pulpit where he should go back. Has not run a business or managed a for profit enterprise ever. Other than Huckabee's social conservatism, he is a Democrat in disguise.

    Let us hope and pray for a Romney presidency. I am Catholic and a conservative; Romney has my VOTE!

    January 18, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  7. Jared C.- in Korea

    Mitt is the man! He has the experience, leadership, and morals we need to lead our nation. Romney will get the job done. We support you overseas.

    January 18, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  8. Robin Dicken Springfield, Illinois

    Why is CNN systematically ignoring Ron Paul?? Ladies and Germs, hold on for a few more days and YOU WILL FIND OUT!! There's going to be a lot of heads rolling when it is exposed that a hidden agenda by the MSM (Mainstream Media) has been to discredit Congressman Dr. Ron Paul. I could tell you more, but that wouldn't be any fun! Mark my words, IT'S COMING!!! My thanks to the brave reporters, Jack Cafferty, Wolf Blitzer and Tucker Carlson who have carefully brought attention to Ron Paul. As for the rest, well good luck with that.

    January 18, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  9. Alex N.

    Obama takes my vote. Perception is greater than color in this race.

    January 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Gene

    Mitt Romney is a breathe of fresh air. He has experience, energy and a handle on what is best for America. If anyone can turn things around for the better, it looks like he has the best credentials. And it looks like he helped raise a wonderful family, which tells me a lot about a person's priorities.

    MITT IN '08!

    January 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. LJ Westover

    With our new president, Mitt Romney, at the helm, we will be entering a new era of executive leadership. Instead of the same professional politicians fighting among themselves with little experience in the real world, a new type of leaders will emerge, one that the founding fathers I'm certain envisioned, peers that have first proven effective and trustworthy in the real world, not only those who can convince voters with their rhetorical speech and vague promises. I'm excited with a future led by people like Mitt Romney.

    January 18, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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