January 17th, 2008
11:47 AM ET
10 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. Robert

    Shows how much the Obama camp values this endorsement..the link to it was on the Obama website for less than one hour. I don't think they want people to see it as it was bad for him and an obvious right wing hit job on the Clintons.

    January 17, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Christian

    You describe the editorial board of the Las Vegas Review-Journal as "conservative-leaning." So do you in turn describe as "left-leaning" the editorial board of The New York Times; Washington Post; L.A. Times; (etc etc etc etc)? Doubtful... Yet another example of the egregious misuse of power by the press. No integrity – no trust.

    January 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Ray

    I don't think thats an endorsement. Thats telling it like it is. You suck!!

    January 17, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Jason, CA

    This is a pro-republican newspaper hated by democrats. No wonder they back Obama.

    January 17, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Greg Jones Cleveland, Ohio

    Hillary will invade Iran !!!! GUARANTEED !!!!! Vote Obama.....Time To Take Back America.......organized crime can not prevail.

    January 17, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. John

    I am sorry GOP, your race is almost as exciting as watching water boil.........boring

    January 17, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. shaun

    In a perfect world the powers that be would have no power and there ideology on how things should be run and the people who are most qualified to run it wouldn't matter at all. But, since this is the imperfect world we live in, we must watch the most qualified, obvious choice get looked over by incompetent voices of failure which have proven their inability to lead, but are given opportunity after opportunity because of there numbers. People spawned from arrogance and greed, only seconds away from their demise by their own hands, by the trash they vote for because that trash looks like them. how do you fight against a system thats faulty, decayed, and hypocritical? Why ask for that system to fair? do you really think that system will be fair? Oh, Maybe to the ones that created it, but as for you, well, lets visit them playing banjos, eating tacos, or maybe go to church with them to show "them" that we care. Lets get the latino vote, or the black vote. How degrading it must be for their whole race to be labeled as a vote, while we are called the american people. We are who really matter..Our lives are what really matter. WE'll make you believe you have a chance, but come on, do you really think you have a shot. We'll sabotage your campaign and when the truth comes out about what we did, we'll blame you, and guess what, they'll believe us, and you will be the bad guy. you know you can't say or do anything that can be see as arrogant, because your not one of us. We can be jerks all day, but you..try it, and we'll show you that things have changed,but not that much...

    January 17, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. RRR

    This is another bunch of paper pundits talking about a candidate they have no knowledge of (Barak Obama). I believe Obama will be the ideal candidate!

    January 17, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Chris

    Folks, you should give Gov Huckabee a look.

    Didn't you see after the MI Primary how low class Gov Romney was preempting Sen McCain's speech after only 3 lines? That was bush league.

    Do you really want someone who is BUYING the presidency? He has not run a fiscally conservative campaign.

    Broken down over the length of their time as Gov...........Gov Romney actually raised taxes more in MA than Gov Huckabee in AR.

    January 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Jeffim Kuznetsov

    Repugs surely known who they can beat in November 08!!!
    That's is very obvious!

    January 17, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Tim, Minnesota

    News papers shouldn't be allowed to endorse any candidates. Yes, it's private property but they have an obligation to the public to report factual news as they claim. Does anyone not think that this conflict of interest won't interfere with the way the news is reported? Americans have had enough of the good ol boy bedfellows stacking the deck. I guess we'll have to get rid of the crooked politicians and the illegals at the same time.

    January 17, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. Ginny, Ca

    Why didn't the Las Vegas Review-Journal simply remain neutral on the Democratic candidates? They endorsed Obama and then smacked him down. What kind of endorsement was that? Like him or not, Obama took a blow from this newspaper. And, in my view, gained no bragging rights. Basically, the Review-Journal didn't like any of the Democratic candidates, but maybe Hillary and Edwards fared better than Obama, whose only attribute (according to the article) was that he's "likeable" and "knows how to speak to individual Americans".

    January 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. AJ, IL

    That is okay. I'll take this Obama endorsement from a conservative newspaper. Mitt would make a good VP or Presidential cabinet member. This newspaper likes profitability only versus solving America's problems.

    January 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. jkk


    January 17, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. Betsy

    I would love to see a younger president chosen than in the past. Barack Obama has my vote.

    January 17, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. George

    Its not surprising when Romney gets an endorsement. I'm sure he has, at some point during his incessant political pandering, said something that everyone agrees with. That man does not have a set of principles or ideas, merely a political strategy to say whatever his specific audience wants to hear...

    Flip. Flop.

    January 17, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. Derek, IA

    I'm sure the paper would have rather condemned all Democrats in all walks of life than semi-endorsed one for president.

    January 17, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. Mark, Brown Summit NC

    As a former resident of Nevada, I was always amazed by the Democratic Party strength in spite of the media being outright flaming conservative. I can only guess its Union Labor against Farmers. That is what most Nevada residents are into, just those two factions. Not too much of a Bible Belt atmosphere. much of the commoner population is Cowboys and Indians.
    I was very proud to be one of them and miss that State. It is truly still the wild west!

    January 17, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. Carl,Mesa,AZ.

    Mitt Romney has my vote .
    Why, because I don't like any of the other Republicans' running for president.


    January 17, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. randy

    Well at list the endorsed him any endorsedment is good one at people get to know more about obama. I will say that obama will make a good president period .the clinton should go back to lil rock.

    January 17, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. linda

    I will vote for Romney. He is the best candidate out there. with his leadership skill, his experience in the private sector, and his impressive education, he is going to make a great president. I don't see any candidate out there with everything that I am looking for in a president, Romney is the only one.

    January 17, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. Steve

    George, I disagree. Romney has deeply held convictions about this country and the values most Americans share. (For that matter, I think all the candidates do.) I have had personal interactions with Mitt outside of the political arena, and I can tell you he is very intelligent, capable, well-spoken, etc. He has just the experience and abilities this country needs.

    Regarding the “flip flopping”, that complaint is so overblown. I would not likely vote for a candidate who had not ever changed a position. That’s what intelligent people do—over time they learn, gain experience, broaden their horizons and perspective and they often change their opinions accordingly.

    And of course he adapts his message to the audience. Another thing intelligent people do.

    January 17, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. pam , s.c.

    i will from now on read the las vegas review journal monthly instead of daily . haha

    January 17, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. Wilhemina

    Utah, Nevada, Wyoming are consider Mormon country, I would not be surprise about Romney's win in Utah, Wyoming; however, he might be surprise of how many angry escapee's from the Mormon culture who reside in Nevada will not vote for him. On Barack, the journalist sounds like he is channeling Hillary.

    Gooo... Obama! Tame the beast....HOORAY!

    Clinton supporters, you are either arrogant or ignorant or both (like the Judge told OJ about his slickery). No one wants this scandalist pair to run our country. What country would take either of them as a threat, they are looked down on by every overseas government. No to a impeached former President and his wife, My God, have some respect for your country!

    Gooo...Obama!!! Tame the beast...HOORAY!

    January 17, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. Steven Rinehart

    My friends who work for McCain's campaign tell me that McCain considers Huckabee to be a "useful idiot" who he only propped up in Iowa, New Hampshire and Michigan to try and take down Romney. Who would really vote for Huckabee? He doesn't know the difference between economics and evolution. I think we need a new party, the "Jesuscrats" for all the fools whose only issue is making sure someone from their congregation gets elected.

    Ann Coulter said yesterday in her column that after researching Romney's record in detail, the only thing she can see he's flip-flopped on is abortion, which is less than the rest of the candidates, and even then only in whether his views ought to legislated. She's thinks he's the guy for the GOP, and Coulter is as Bible-thumping a Christian as anyone I've ever seen.

    January 17, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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