Citing 47% remark, Denver Post repeats Obama endorsement
October 19th, 2012
11:55 AM ET
1 year 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. Ram215

    the last debate was fixed to favor the OBama camp. Question how did Obama know that Candy Crowley had the transcript? Not so fast Mr. Obama! I smell rotten cheese in the air and its comming from Chicago!!!!

    October 19, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. BLKMANinAmerica

    Nice from the Mile Hi State......................kindv'e missing the view of those Rockies.

    October 19, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Ram215

    Obama was an empty suit when he took office...and still an empty suit!

    October 19, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. gt

    if you want more taxes..no jobs...moral decay vote..obama..simple

    October 19, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
    ***************************************************
    And Romney will have us back to 1860. I'm sure you remember those days, codger.

    October 19, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. joan

    The only reason why Romney is even so close in the race is because the middle class not paying attention. That is the sad part of this dilema. Romney /Ryan two notorious liars is masterful of pulling the wool over these people eyes. He is banking on those people who don't follow his history to go vote for him.

    October 19, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. kate

    Romney=more taxes for the middle class. Romney=more tax cuts for the wealthy. Romney=more cuts in care for women's health. Romney=wrong foreign policy. Romney =more wars. Romney=cuts in S. Sec and medicare and medicaid for seniors. Romney=govern by his religion.

    October 19, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Ram215

    People are seeing the true Obama for what he is a cheat, liar and a not true policy to get America back on track. in the last 2 debates Mr. Romney danced all over Obama!

    October 19, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    The owners of the media, are following party lines in their reporting, and we can no longer believe anything we see or hear in any of the media.......none. They have ALL become partisan.

    October 19, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. joan

    You guys leave Candy Crowley alone, she was not trying to endorse Obama, as a matter of fact I she is more in with Mitt Romney. She was trying to move the debate along. Anyone who is smart and was watching would have seen that. Mitt
    thought he had one over Obama so he was ready to dig in and stay on the topic and time was running out. Plus you guys don't like the truth but it was also a fact that Obama did mention ACT Of Terror in the Bengazi speech. You all can twist it anyway you want but the speech was about Bengazi.

    October 19, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Ram215

    Obama legacy "I done well in my last four years creating a welfare state of 1.5 mil Americana" Hugo, Putin can you top that!

    October 19, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.
    -------------------------------------------------
    He most certainly is NOT.
    He is not the same man today that he was yesterdayand a diferent man than he was the day before that. Mitt Romney is a politcal chameleon who has and will continue to say WHATEVER the American voter wants to hear in order to sucker them into voting for him. The budget that he supports and Ryan has proposed is indeed extreme, and was the same extreme and implausible budget that the ENTIRE Republican Party turned their backs on earlier this year.
    President Obama has implemented steps that saved us from a complete and second financial Depression. The fruits of his policies may not bearing as fast as ther fickle, amnesiac, impatient American electorate would like BUT it is coming to fruition nonetheless.
    President Obama is building our nation's future on solid rock, not quicksand. The results his efforts are netting are steady. People need to realize that four short years ago we were on the brink of a complete collapse of our nation. It is beyond ridiculous after this man has managed to effectively address so many different "hot plates" simultaneously to keep us from going under to expect to recover from a catastrophe of such multi-faceted magnitude in the space of less than 4 years.
    Thank you for your endorsement of our President Denver Post.
    Obama 2012.

    October 19, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. New Citizen

    I am one of the 47% and will never never vote for Romney because that remark. Who does he think he is? I work and work and work, unfortunately, my salary is not as big as his but for him to say in that fundraising is arrogant and divisive. There is something that is not good about Romney. In fact, I don't trust him at all because he will always say what you want to hear and could quickly change his mind.

    October 19, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Ram215

    Mr OBama we need Jobs! oh wait forgot Biden can't remember how letters Jobs have!

    October 19, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. incredulous

    Interesting to see the anger and venom towards this newspaper. Where's the anger at Romney's 47% remarks?

    October 19, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Ram215

    Is the 47 % all you have? get real!

    October 19, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. ms michaele

    screw obama and all the democrats,as far as i am concerned they all can drop dead like flies,one by one

    October 19, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. fred

    obama campaign is getting really desperate. They are now begging anyone who endorsed them to repeat it...LMAO

    Please vote for me,,,,Please,,,,Please,,, Please....Ha, Ha, Ha!

    October 19, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Canuck

    @Ancient Texan

    You and Texas deserve each other.

    October 19, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. NauticalMan

    Romney was not the moderate we elected after his first year in office here in Massachusetts. The Democratic legislature basically ignored him the rest of his time in the Governors office as he went far to the extreme right of the Republicans in the State Senate and House. He put much effort and money into trying to get more Republicans elected, to no avail that I recall.

    October 19, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Thomas

    So much sniveling from the pro Romney GOP posters here .

    Fox Bush Rove Romney Tagg,

    say it three times real fast

    October 19, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Ram215

    Mr. Obama send Mr. Biden down to Sesame, Big Bird can help him understand their is 4 letters in JOBS not 3.

    October 19, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. joan

    Candy Crowley has to studied up on the issues in order to be good at moderating. You think that she just come into this like a dumb dumb. That is what all these news people should be doing, know the facts and make the correction on the spot.
    The Media has been slack in that regards and getting worse over the years. No one keep anyone honest anymore. Except for Anderson Cooper (at least he is trying). Folks without the leverage in the media and if somone like Romney and Ryan take over the highest office in the World this could be the beginning of dictatorship. You watch out......

    October 19, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Ram215

    Keep Biden on the stump for Obama...what a circus!

    October 19, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. scott

    @ Joan, you need to wake up and pay attention, I am part of the middle class and I am paying attention, to say that we the middle class are not is mighty ignorant. Obama since day one has done nothing but destroy this country, from Soloyndra thru fast and furious and now Libya he has made one mistake after another. A lot of financial experts have said that Romney plan is far superior to fixing the ecomony then Obama's. What has Obama done so far this campaign has he talked about improvements? All he does is run Romney and Ryan into the ground. Thier is an old saying if you have nothing to say that is good, run the other guy down. Obama is good at lying and distroting the facts. He has had four years of pratice doing it.

    October 19, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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