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.’"