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. Ram215

    This newspaper will not go out of business if they favor him, buy green energy ptint presses and use green ink only. if they do all this Obama will bail them out for about 50 billion dollars and then they will go brankrupt like the rest of his failed bail outs.

    October 19, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. God Bless America

    I voted yesterday for President Obama :)

    October 19, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Sure there should be some in society exempt from taxes, but 47%?!!
    15 million individuals out of 300 million pay 60% of the fed income tax.
    My wife and I are two, just becuase we have higher degrees and work hard (~150k each income).
    We taxpayers have $14 trillion in debt on our heads. 60%*14T/15M = $560k.
    Somehow we're not paying our faiir share and the 47% owe society nothing?

    October 19, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Wow.. Really Hunter PSU? You're resorting to extortion like the CEOs to "buy" your daughters vote? Should probably change your handle to Hunter POS...

    October 19, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. California

    Orlando Sentinel endorses Romney

    ROMNEY / RYAN 2012

    October 19, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. rosco

    The mother of an American diplomat killed during a terrorist raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has hit out at Barack Obama for describing the attack as 'not optimal', saying: 'My son is not very optimal – he is also very dead.'

    During an interview shown on Comedy Central, Obama responded to a question about his administration's confused communication after the assault by saying: 'If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.'

    Speaking exclusively to MailOnline today, Pat Smith, whose son Sean died in the raid, said: 'It was a disrespectful thing to say and I don't think it's right

    October 19, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Cherry Stevens

    YUP... Wait till Mitt's Tax Returns surface... It's a wrap for Romney... He's trash... Left MASS with a 34% approval rating, and now Obama is up danm near 20points in Mass... Go figure... OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!! Save the middle class from a d third BUSH presidency..

    October 19, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Tom Paine

    As a democrat and previous Obama supporter, I'm voting Romney.

    October 19, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Mitt Romney has five sons , none of them did any military service or fought in Iraq or Afghanistan .

    What dose this have to do with taxes

    They paid there fare share !

    October 19, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. joe

    denver is a progressive city with smart people. to Bad orlando is not. Old retired white guys. Stand up America vote Obama Biden 2012

    October 19, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. tt

    Republican spent 270,000,000,000,000 dollars where that money go that's why everything is bad vote for Obama

    October 19, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Scott

    @Dominican mam 4 OBama, Thats old news his tax returns even other democrats have giving up on that. Whats the matter you running out of trash to say, you been spouting off for over two years now and you boy Obama is going down. Deal with Romney/Ryan 2012.

    October 19, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. NameIheaku

    Granted the US economy has not fully recovered it is President Obama that has the stronger methodology for a stronger America.Romney, no doubt is a successful industrialist,but he is very class conscious.He is just faking empathy.long live United States of America.

    October 19, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. tabeth

    Dear Americans,

    Please, you do not need to think twice to see that Barack Obama is the right choice for USA
    Republicans have tried to hurt Him, but God is with Him. They can't stand to see a Black doing good for USA...

    October 19, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Doug

    Liberal backs Liberal / Socialist backs Socialist and Progressive backs Progressive. When you are all three you get endorsed by the media. If you love your part (Democrat or Republican) more than your country (Obama and Romney) our country will fail. President Washington said this would happen. "Love of political party would come before the Love of our Nation"

    October 19, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Scott

    Come next month my family and I will proudly vote for Romney/Ryan.

    October 19, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. California

    Repeat it till the cows come home, it won't help.

    October 19, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. Ram215

    November 6, 2012...the great Obama Hudini will now perform his famous vanishing act...exit stage left!

    October 19, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. California

    Hussein Obama investing in China through Cayman Island accounts.

    October 19, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. ARMYCSM

    @Ram215 Calling people names is outdated. But as a republican't everything you stand for is outdated. This is why you people will be crying like little fishes in a couple or weeks. OH BTW, your momma and your grandmomma is stupid to rear you saying stupid things. If you would have had a dad you may have been something or somebody. Romney hates your kind...but loves your vote.

    October 19, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Jasons

    And they think Obama has shown he has the interests of a 'broad array' of Americans with his siding with Reid and Pelosi to secretly pass Obamacare/Pelosicare behind closed doors, over Christmas break, because Scott Brown was elected as a senator? The same Obama who just said losing 4 Americans and an ambassador is "not optimal". Wow. Amazing. This editorial board is hopeless.

    October 19, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Mark L M

    Well, with 1 trillion if welfare spending, you have to ask if Romney was speaking with fear, as Obama has been a vote buying machine during his term, where he racked up 6 trillion in deficit spending.

    I can't afford more government.

    October 19, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. California Gary

    Ok Anthony.......so you believed the unemployment numbers as long as they were over 8%.......but now that they have dropped below 8% the numbers are no longer believable? Have you not been paying attention as they have been slowly moving in that direction over the past year? This didn't happen over night, it was long slow but steady drop over a period of time. Get real man.

    October 19, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Getoverit

    Funny, nothing about Eva Longoria anywhere on CNN today.

    October 19, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. California

    Why Hussein Obama did you outsourced TAX PAYERS MONEY in the amount of $2 Billion+ to an off shore oil company (Petrobras) in Brazil that Soros has a big stake in?

    October 19, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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