Citing 47% remark, Denver Post repeats Obama endorsement
October 19th, 2012
11:55 AM ET
2 years ago

Citing 47% remark, Denver Post repeats Obama endorsement

(CNN) – The editorial page of Colorado's largest newspaper backed President Barack Obama Friday, writing the Democratic incumbent had made "demonstrable – though hardly remarkable – progress" since they first backed him for president in 2008.

"Obama…has shown throughout his term that he is a steady leader who keeps the interests of a broad array of Americans in mind," the editorial from the Denver Post read, providing a sharp contrast with Obama's rival Mitt Romney, who the paper excoriated for his remarks on the 47% of Americans who rely on the federal government for financial support.

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"[T]hough there is much in Mitt Romney's résumé to suggest he is a capable problem-solver, the Republican nominee has not presented himself as a leader who will bring his party closer to the center at a time when that is what this country needs," the paper wrote, adding, "His comments on the 47 percent of Americans who refuse to 'take personal responsibility and care for their lives' were a telling insight into his views and a low point of the campaign."

In its endorsement, the Denver Post also noted Obama's foreign policy achievements, including ending the war in Iraq and ordering the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, saying the president "he has demonstrated himself capable in a tough situation."

They qualified the national security praise by writing Obama and his administration "owes the American public a thorough explanation of the troubling events surrounding the murder of four Americans in Benghazi last month."

While Romney's record in Massachusetts may point to a centrist Republican, the Post wrote the GOP nominee has changed since his days governing the Bay State.

"From running to the far right on immigration and women's health in the primary and then saddling his campaign with Rep. Paul Ryan's extreme and unrealistic budget, the Romney of this election cycle is not the man elected in Massachusetts," the editorial read.

Colorado is considered a key battleground in November's election, with nine electoral votes at stake. The state went for Obama over Sen. John McCain in 2008 by nine percentage points.

Polls show a dead heat in the state between Obama and Romney. An American Research Group survey taken after the first presidential debate, but before the second matchup between the two candidates, showed Romney at 50% among likely voters and Obama at 46%.

A second poll from CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac University, taken October 4-9, showed Romney at 48% and Obama at 47%. Results from both surveys were within the sampling error.


Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    It's nice to see a newspapper not owned by Sheldon Adelson,.

    October 19, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. ga.democrat

    So true.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 19, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. KingArthur

    The Clinton-foretold economy recovery is underway. Give Obama 4 more years and our country will be GREAT AGAIN! Remember it took G.W. Bush 8 years to trash our economy and the Budget. He left our country in the toilet for Obama to clean up so it is not easy to do with a do-nothing congress blocking him all the way

    October 19, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Patrick

    Folks..The Denver Post has traditionally been a CONSERVATIVE paper.

    October 19, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Patrick

    And the latest PPP poll in CO shows Obama plus 3.

    October 19, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. cali girl

    Thank you President Obama for being a President to 100% of the American People.
    Sheriff of Nothingham Robmey and his sidekick Eddie Munster want to tax the poor and middle class to fund their own fat cat friends' wallets.

    October 19, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Phil

    Liberal papers follow liberal party leaders. Co among many other states lack open mindedness. CO is a mess that needs change. Not sure what Crack the Paper has been smoking

    October 19, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. TheVoice2

    That is because Mitt Phony's motto is "make me President now, I'll give you details later"

    Honestly, I don't even know what he stands for, he was a moderate, then a severe conservative, now he is eluding to moderate again. He has supported abortion, a few months ago he said he will repeal Roe v Wade, now he said he would let the legislative process deal with it. He won't govern 47% of Americans, he cares about 100% . What the hell does he stands for? Basically the 1%.

    October 19, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Give Obama 4 more years and our country will be GREAT AGAIN! "

    At which point, just like in 2000, America will have the equivalent of a massive embolic stroke, elect a GOPer and we'll start all over with "well, now that we have a suprlus or things are going well, we can cut taxes in a way that eviscerates the government's revenue stream because tax cuts create jobs and the economic growth they create will pay for them."

    October 19, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. TheVoice2

    Mitt Phony has been bragging about Massachusetts but he didn't run for a second term because he was 47th in job creation and his approval rating was at 36%. I am suprised the Obama campaing hasn't attached his record in Mass.

    October 19, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Meka

    Let's not forget Romneys remark on Mortgage Loans!
    Romney's Words "LET THE MORTGAGE LOANS GO INTO FORECLOSURE, iNVESTORS WILL BUY UP THE PROPERTIES-THEN RENT THEM OUT.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 19, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Canuck

    Hopefully the 47% comment will kill Romney's presidential bid at the polls and deservedly so.

    October 19, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Mete Krop

    Was it not Denver post that declares victory for Obam just minutes immidiately after the first Omama/Romney debate of October 16. Heeeee

    October 19, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Lisa

    Finally someone with common sense!

    October 19, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Canuck

    @TheVoice2

    Great post. I don't especially care for Obama, but I can't see how Romney has so much support.

    October 19, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. doug sams

    How the unemployment there in Colorado? 2008 4% 2012 over 8%. How that working for ya?

    October 19, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Ram215

    Since Newspapers are dying in sales and circulation...Mr. Romney is not the news maker, so the paper is routing for the Obama Camp.

    Canuck must be on of the 47%

    October 19, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. sayer

    Colorado for Obama!

    October 19, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. California Gary

    Colorado is where Mr. "Coal" Romney stood in front of those coal miners and pretended to care about them......you remember, the guys that were told they had to appear at the rally, but lost wages in the process (no wonder they looked so "happy" back there). So if anyone knows how phony Romney is.....it's the good people of Colorado.

    October 19, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Ram215

    Obama Mama doesn't have a leg to stand on...no policy, same old same old Change because all hope went out during the first debate. Also, with his failed policies!

    October 19, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Anne

    Yeah, Denver Post and Candy Crowley.. rescuing Obama. Get the transcripts Candy! And Bill Clinton yesterday: " It is true, we’re not fixed." so, why the endorsement?

    October 19, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Ancient Texan

    Canuck- I'm one of the 47%( too old for the labor force) and I will NOT vote for Obama even with a gun at my head. HIs Class warfare and devisive attitude have set this nation back to 1960s.

    October 19, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Name Bill Jordan

    It's really unfortunate that the Denver Post has based their opinions on ideology instead of reason. Obama has failed at almost every level and it's doubtful that any corporate board would hire him as their CEO based on his dismal record although we Ameeicans are considering putting him back as the chief office of the biggest corporation of all, the USA.... And the Denver Post agrees- most of us in CO don't agree with the liberal Denver slant- it's sad that this paper has forgotten about reporting and has become an opinionated tabloid-

    October 19, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Ancient Texan

    Oops. I said I was of the 47% and would not vote for Obama...Upset the CENSOR.

    October 19, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Data Driven

    This is excellent news!! For Romney!!!

    October 19, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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