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. mcskadittle

    oh our candidate looks bad, blame the media! oh our candidate said something really stupid, blame the media!

    Please Grow up

    October 19, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. kemikal

    It is quite entertaining to hear individuals simply repeat what's heard from Republican party politicians instead of finding out the facts for themselves. You're statements are just as empty as Mitt Romney's tax plan! Just because he is the "Republican" nominee, does not mean he has the best interest of Republicans at hand. If he wins, you will find out oh so fast how much he cares for Americans; especially those that are poor. His tax plan aims to kill Capital Gains Tax (Hmmmmmm, isn't that the 14% tax rate he paid). So, should Romney become POTUS, his effective rate of taxes will be 0%. MORONS!! Close your eyes and open your ears!!

    And RAM215 thinks Pres. Obama is an empty suit....WOW! Romney has no plan for all of America, just his very rich friends!

    October 19, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. matt

    lets see....do I vote for an anti-entrepreneurial Socialist who ONLY knows how to re-distribute....OR.....do I vote for someone who at least ACKNOWLEDGES the fact that 1775 to 1945 was NOT a Socialist model ?....you know the smaller govt+free markets model Liberals claim "doesn't work"....which just happened to be in place during our rise to a world super power...yes THAT model.

    October 19, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. HunterPSU

    Sighting slow recovery of economy...GDP decreasing last two years...Unemployment stagnant, debt running wild, problems in the middle East and no leadership, Afghanistan Surge not working, and divided nature of the country....HunterPSU endorses Romney... I did give a high level of consideration to the mispoken comment made by Romney on the 47% but even though that comment made it close on my endorsement all the negatives attached to B.O. pushed me over to Romney.

    October 19, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. PJ

    @Ram215: "Obama was an empty suit..........."???????????
    Big talk from an empty head.

    October 19, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Dean

    The Denver Post is a bastion of partisan hacks.

    October 19, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. mcskadittle

    I just read a comment that said Obama and moderator were colluding because she had the transcript from the rose garden. As if she didn't know the question ahead of time and wasn't prepared.

    I cannot believe all of the conspiracy nuts that are in your party

    October 19, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. matt

    47% remark....well lets, see: welfare (+) disability (+) food stamps (+) section 8 housing (+) social security (+) medicaid = 47% of the population....HOW ABOUT THAT ? The ugly truth hurts doesn't it?

    October 19, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. HunterPSU

    Spoke with my daugher last night...She is voting Romney and lives in colorado...Amazing what a little leverage college tuition and no debt has when considering who butters your bread...If she wants loans she can vote for B.O.

    October 19, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Core republican Values

    The republicans WANT to dismiss 110,000,000 Americans as worthless. I'm voting for the guy who says he represents ALL Americans!

    October 19, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. scott

    Total federal and state "welfare" spending topped $1 trillion last year, marking a nearly 30 percent increase since the start of the Obama administration - according to a new congressional report which documented spending across more than 80 benefit programs for low-income families. Where are the jobs Obama, or is the goverment going to take care of everyone. You aree a disgrace to this country, do the honorable thing and step down ya loser. Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 19, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. scott

    Total federal and state "welfare" spending topped $1 trillion last year, marking a nearly 30 percent increase since the start of the Obama administration - according to a new congressional report which documented spending across more than 80 benefit programs for low-income families. Where are the jobs Obama, Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 19, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. DoseOfReality

    This will be the next news paper to go out of business.......

    October 19, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Mike H2O

    Most of Romneys advisors were advisors for Bush... What does that tell you... More of the same that got us into this mess...

    October 19, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    It has been reported that a Newspaper in Orlando Fla that is liberal that endorsed Omama last time has switched to Romney so what else is new. Romney is going to be elected.

    October 19, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Anthony

    How funny it is that the unemployment rate gets magically better right before the election.

    October 19, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Ram215

    @ kemikal –

    Maybe we should give Obama 60 years to fix our economy!

    I guess Obama will get us on the right track...Welfare State of America!

    Quoting Matt "welfare (+) disability (+) food stamps (+) section 8 housing (+) social security (+) medicaid = 47% of the population....HOW ABOUT THAT ? The ugly truth hurts doesn't it?

    Matt your Right!

    October 19, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. WhereIsPalin

    Anyone but Obama??..........Be careful what you ask for.

    RYAN / romney 2012. Bye bye middle class

    October 19, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. spike

    They say Obama keeps a wide variety of Americans interests on his mind. Maybe so but thell that to the 17 million former middle class people who are now on food stamps. Tell that to the average american family who's net worth has declined 40% over the past 3 years. Tell that to the millions of unemployed americans who Obama does not care about. Why else would he give work permits to the 1-1.5million illegal immigrants he recently amnestied. He choose votes from illehgals over the unemployed. Some people may awaken from their sleep if they paid more attntion to his actions than his empty words.

    October 19, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Facts don't Lie

    Be careful, the right wing and GOP might be crying CONSPIRACY on this like they do everything else.

    October 19, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Ram215

    What are people that blind that they don't see that this so called president is stupid. Is he still out there on the stump promising Obama Phones again!

    October 19, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Cherry Stevens

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!! Were up 2 to 1 in the early voting states and they are all BATTLEGROUND'S... 4 more MF years!

    October 19, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. jw

    The republicans have no one to blame but them self. they pick their politicans knowing that they were commited to partisian groups like grover norquist, and the tea party obstructionist. they are going to lose because they are not with majority of american people. and by the way where the hell are the jobs they promised in the 2010 elections?

    October 19, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Howard

    After Romney is elected on November 6th ... we can get rid of Obama, Biden, Reid, Pelosi ... and all the unelected Czars ... appointed bureaucrats ... Obama cronies ... Obama media stooges ... Obama celebrity stooges ... and, finally return America to its former greatness !!!

    October 19, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Where are Willard's tax returns?

    October 19, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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