Florida's largest paper again backs Obama
October 19th, 2012
03:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Florida's largest paper again backs Obama

(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.


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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. For Obama

    Great news!

    October 19, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    This is excellent news!! For Romney!!!

    October 19, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Iamnotfooled

    THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT 1. Tax Cuts to Help America’s Small Businesses Hire and Grow Cutting the payroll tax in half for 98 percent of businesses: The President’s plan will cut in half the taxes paid by businesses on their first $5 million in payroll, targeting the benefit to the 98 percent of firms that have payroll below this threshold.A complete payroll tax holiday for added workers or increased wages: The President’s plan will completely eliminate payroll taxes for firms that increase their payroll by adding new workers or increasing the wages of their current worker (the benefit is capped at the first $50 million in payroll increases).Extending 100% expensing into 2012: This continues an effective incentive for new investment.Reforms and regulatory reductions to help entrepreneurs and small businesses access capital. 2. Putting Workers Back on the Job While Rebuilding and Modernizing America A “Returning Heroes” hiring tax credit for veterans: This provides tax credits from $5,600 to $9,600 to encourage the hiring of unemployed veterans.Preventing up to 280,000 teacher layoffs,while keeping cops and firefighters on the job.Modernizing at least 35,000 public schools across the country,supporting new science labs, Internet-ready classrooms and renovations at schools across the country, in rural and urban areas.Immediate investments in infrastructure and a bipartisan National Infrastructure Bank, modernizing our roads, rail, airports and waterways while putting hundreds of thousands of workers back on the job.A New “Project Rebuild”, which will put people to work rehabilitating homes, businesses and communities, leveraging private capital and scaling land banks and other public-private collaborations.Expanding access to high-speed wireless as part of a plan for freeing up the nation’s spectrum. 4 more sections available. See what is for you. WOMEN & MEN HERE ARE THE JOBS–GOOGLE–THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT-BLOCKED BY REPUBS 9- 2011 There are four more parts.

    October 19, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Jason

    Let see what the silly right wingers have to say now about this. Even though this endorsment doesn't mean the president will win the state but I know the right wingers on this blog will be talking crap about it as usual. Obama haters you got only 17 more days until you pee your pants after Obama is re-elected.

    October 19, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. NOTADEMOCRAT

    No surprise here.., The Tampa Bay Times is well know for its liberal slant.

    Since the 70's. journalists tend to lean left. But the Tampa Bay Times, which started PolitiFact in conjunction with the Congressional Quarterly, is a traditionally liberal paper. And PolitiFact's stories are wriiten to damage Republicans far more often than Democrats despite the fact that PF tends to choose about as many stories dealing with Republicans as for Democrats

    October 19, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    More good news for the Obama campaign. Thank you Tampa Bay Times for not only endorsing President Obama, but for REMINDING those who see Willard as an "instant fix", that the president has faced very difficult times and has, in spite of hatred, jealousy and non cooperation, handled his job extremely well and deserves a second term.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 19, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. yogi

    Just plain common sense. Everyone should read the endorsement of Obama by The Times, there is only one clear choice: Obama four more years.

    October 19, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    And I was starting to think all my fellow Florida residents must be senile or have dementia to vote for romney the tax cheat and lyin Ryan the teaparty extremest who vow to cut your bought and paid for Medicare and soc sec give more tax cuts to big oil and the wealthy that don't need it and repeal obamacare which will cover many of your grandchildren up to age 26.vote for Obama and keep your Medicare and soc sec.

    October 19, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Go Floridians! Don't let the Repubtea party mess with Medicare!

    October 19, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Steve

    Endorsement based on specific..way to go...

    October 19, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. dachozen1

    Forward!!!

    October 19, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. dachozen1

    FORWARD!!!!

    October 19, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. PTNY

    Be sure the front page of that paper say's...

    ObamaCare cures Romnesia!

    October 19, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. Patrick

    Salt Lake Tribune and Denver Post today as well. Not exactly liberal papers:)

    October 19, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Steve in PA

    Aren't newspapers supposed to be unbiased and just present the facts for us to read? If yes, then why do we place so much significance in which candidate they choose to support? I would think that newspapers, or any media for that matter, would be required to remain unbiased and not render support to any candidate. Does this pass the "makes sense" test?

    October 19, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. rosoc

    HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) – Workers at LG Chem, a $300 million lithium-ion battery plant heavily funded by taxpayers, tell Target 8 that they have so little work to do that they spend hours playing cards and board games, reading magazines or watching movies.

    They say it's been going on for months.

    "There would be up to 40 of us that would just sit in there during the day," said former LG Chem employee Nicole Merryman, who said she quit in May

    October 19, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. marci

    Surprise, surprise. Tampa Bay Times has ALWAYS been left leaning and their right arm, Politifact follows suit.

    October 19, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. n

    There you have it folks, Obama is the smart choice going forward and what's the name of the paper who endorsed Romney? Oh, that's right Something Sentinel? Soldier standing watch, must be sleep walkers.

    October 19, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Nick

    Okay, so we have a guy who has been in the job 4 years and poverty is up, welfare spending is up, unemployment is up, deficit is up, energy production is being blocked, taxpayer funded green projects are failing all over the place – and Tampa thinks he deserves another 4 years? Not me, I'll take my chances on the guy who actually has done something besides academia and community organizing all his life.

    October 19, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    My husband was laid off three years ago when his American company shut down the local office due to the global recession and a projected downturn in worldwide sales of its telecommunication products. Fortunately for us, he was able to find work 4 months later.

    However, during those 4 months (and the first 2 of his new job), we had to carry our health insurance using COBRA. We have three young children, so continuing coverage really wasn't much of a choice. We also have a mortgage, which was only a couple hundred dollars more than our insurance payment.

    If it weren't for unemployment (which was only $400 a week) and the 65% COBRA premuium subsidy provided by President Obama's stimulus bill, our family would have been hard-pressed to make ends meet. From everything I've heard and read about Mittens, he would not have done these things; instead, his policies would have encouraged investors to circle like vultures, hoping families like mine would lose their house so the could buy it on the cheap and rent it back to us. And our children? Pffft! We're all just moochers to him.

    I'm voting once again for President Obama, along with a straight Democratic ticket, because he has shown through words and actions that he cares about the Middle Class and 100% of Americans.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 19, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The sharper vision is needed. It is better than Romney's which is so fuzzy it makes me think I am lookiing backwards.

    October 19, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    @Nick: "Okay, so we have a guy who has been in the job 4 years and poverty is up, welfare spending is up, unemployment is up, deficit is up, energy production is being blocked, taxpayer funded green projects are failing all over the place – and Tampa thinks he deserves another 4 years?"

    In spite of your lies and your obvious addiction to Fox and Druggie Limbaugh, I would hope you could accept that President Obama is digging us out of the hole Repubs dug – and whose policies Mittens wants to put back in place.

    Stop your whining, turn off Fox, and start doing something to HELP your country.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 19, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Bill Mitchell

    Think about this. The budgets Obama has submitted to Congress over the last 2 years have received ZERO VOTES. Not one, not even from a Democrats. THAT is how BAD the budgets were.

    And yet this idiot newspaper proclaims that Obama provides the economic leadership we need?

    Idiocy.

    October 19, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. Ah...I See.

    NOTADEMOCRAT

    No surprise here.., The Tampa Bay Times is well know for its liberal slant.

    Since the 70's. journalists tend to lean left. But the Tampa Bay Times, which started PolitiFact in conjunction with the Congressional Quarterly, is a traditionally liberal paper. And PolitiFact's stories are wriiten to damage Republicans far more often than Democrats despite the fact that PF tends to choose about as many stories dealing with Republicans as for Democrats

    ---------------

    I appreciate that you disprove yourself with your own words, just like Mitt. You say Politifact is close to equal on checking against Reps and Dems but say that Reps are hit more heavily and therefore they must be biased left. Could it not be the case that Republicans have lost their way or are plainly prone to more lying and hypocritical reasoning? History already shows that Abraham Lincoln's party was the liberal party against the Whig's party of WASPS which we know rebranded to the Democratic party and the idealogies of both parties finished switching during Nixon's Southern Strategy.

    I didn't live in the country long, but the one thing I picked up other than needing a thick skin was that if you seem to have the same problem with everyone you meet, maybe the problem is YOU!

    October 19, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. California Gary

    The Salt Lake Tribune? States don't get any more conservative, or more Morman for that matter, than the state of Utah. For their major newspaper to endorse Obama is quite a big deal. For that matter, Colorado is not exactly teeming with liberal hippies.........but they chose Obama as well. That should mean something to those people who are still capable of rational thought.

    October 19, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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