(CNN) - The Tampa Bay Times, Florida's largest newspaper, announced on Friday it was again endorsing President Barack Obama, saying he is stronger than Romney on a range of economic, foreign policy, and social issues.
But the paper said it "would like the president to present a sharper vision for a second term."
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The Times, which was formerly known as the St. Petersburg Times, split its list of recommended candidates. Besides Obama, it backed Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in his re-election bid, plus four Republicans and one Democrat seeking re-election to Congress. Rep. Bill Young, one of its recommended candidates, is the longest-serving Republican in the House.
Obama has "capably steered the nation through an incredibly difficult period at home and abroad, often with little help from Congress," the paper said, and "conditions would be far worse without the president's steady leadership."
Romney, they opined, represents "the failed policies of the past."
The paper touted Obama's economic stimulus, health reform law, and handling of foreign policy, including his selection of former presidential rival Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state.
"Although he came to the job with limited foreign policy experience, Obama has been reasonably sure-footed," the Times wrote.
"The Republican's saber-rattling about the violence in Syria and Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon is particularly concerning," it said, in a critique aimed at Romney. "This nation has neither the resources nor the appetite for another discretionary military adventure. Obama's mix of diplomacy, coalition-building and tough economic sanctions remains the smarter approach."
Obama is also the paper's preferred candidate on women's issues, Medicare, and same-sex marriage, the paper wrote, as well as on handling the federal budget.
"[T]he president at least proposes some specifics to bring the nation's finances into better order," the paper wrote. "He would end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years. He relies on artful accounting, and he will have to make a more serious attempt. But the president's bottom line is right: Reducing the deficit will require a combination of spending cuts and additional revenue. "
In 2008, the paper backed Obama in the general election, touting his "approach to creating a fairer tax policy and expanding health care," position on Iraq, Afghanistan, energy, and his response to the economic crisis "with an appropriate mix of caution and sound principles grounded in reality."
Earlier in the day, Colorado's largest newspaper, The Denver Post, said Obama had made "demonstrable – though hardly remarkable – progress" as president and again backed him. He was also backed by Utah's largest paper, the Salt Lake Tribune.
The posted the endorsement online and said it will run in Sunday's newspaper.