Nevada paper goes for Romney over Obama
October 20th, 2012
05:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Nevada paper goes for Romney over Obama

(CNN) – Another swing state newspaper weighed in with an endorsement in the presidential race on Saturday.

The Reno Gazette-Journal threw its weight behind Republican nominee Mitt Romney, saying "Obama cannot avoid the consequences of poor decisions and misplaced priorities." But the paper did so somewhat hesitantly.

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"It wasn't an easy decision. A recommendation against an incumbent can't be taken lightly," the paper wrote.

But in the two debates so far this month, "the president has shown little understanding of how his failures are affecting the nation, and he hasn't offered any tangible proposals to change course."

Obama's primary failing was his focus on the health reform law, the Gazette-Journal opined. Meanwhile, the economy, and Nevada's in particular, struggled.

In that vein, Romney has his work cut out for him, should he be elected, the paper noted.

"As president, Romney's most important task will be to convince a recalcitrant Congress - including unhappy Democrats who will want to emulate the Republican blockade of the past few years - that there are good reasons to work with him," the newspaper said. "We're hopeful that his willingness to shift positions is the hallmark of a consensus builder who can work across party lines to govern the country effectively and not political expedience."

Excerpts of the endorsement distributed by the Romney campaign largely left out the paper's skeptical words of Romney. Among them: "The Republican candidate has shown a troubling willingness to shift his position on key issues, and the Romney who sat down with the Gazette-Journal's Editorial Board in January did not appear to be the same one seen on the primary campaign trail, and that Romney seemed to be different than the one we saw at the two presidential debates held thus far."

It previously endorsed Romney in his 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination. This year's editorial noted that the paper considered Obama a "gamble" four years ago.

The Reno Gazette-Journal is the smaller of two daily papers in Nevada which has its circulation data tracked.

Major newspapers in Colorado, Florida and Utah announced their endorsements of Obama on Friday, and on Thursday, Romney picked up the backing of a significant Florida paper.

– CNN's Janet DiGiacomo contributed to this report

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson filed a $60 million libel suit against the National Jewish Democratic Council for repeating reported claims that his casino business condoned prostitution at its operations in Macao. The filing was first reported by the New York Times. The suit ensures that Adelson, one of the chief benefactors of Mitt Romney, and the allegations

    The Reno Gazette-Journal spent the last week crunching federal ... casino magnate Sheldon Adelson to oppose Obama and support Romney

    October 20, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. marty

    The Reno-Gazette can't see for looking!!!

    October 20, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. Danceswithtrees

    Looks like people want JOBS and an economic recovery over Obama's "small ball" campaign of Big Bird, binders, and Romnesia. Romney's simple 5 point plan lays out the framework for a coming robust economy. Like he said "We don't gotta live like this.":

    October 20, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. synoptic12

    In the upcoming election, to determine whom shall sit as the new President of the United States, can only be viewed by the extended context of ideas that each candidate brings to the table. More so than this, are the enduring principles that has placed this nation into a position of power, as given us by the Almighty. To remove, or dismiss the foundation as prepared by our 'founding fathers', as given to them by One unseen, and to exploit, and set into place false principles; such as the DOMA act, will only further confuse, and bring discord to this nation. There is dissent in the upper chambers regarding such acts as moving in the wrong direction; i.e. (Section 3). These inconsistent, changeable laws are being compelled by worldly, convoluted, and reprobated minds; then setting such statutes as common law. The law is defined as 'a rule of conduct having divine origin'. This is truly at the heart of the matter, to be determined in the coming days. Either follow the Light, or wallow in the way of the broad road, as many have been accustomed to.
    We certainly are in harms way, when no one will step to the forefront, to address the cornerstone, as set in place by One. As we have searched both candidates, seeking to understand their diversified views, we can without doubt give Mitt Romney our affirmation to lead the U.S. under God. Clarity in presentation, given by Mitt Romney, as to ensure to uphold the Spirit of life, is that which we seek.

    October 20, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  5. big. H

    Obamba. Should. Be. Our. Next. President. Its. A. Lot. Racist. People. Out. There. And. They. Just. Want. A. White. Man. In. The. White. House. And. They. Pay. The. Price. Who. In. There. Right. Mine. Would. Vote. For. Mitt. Romney

    October 20, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  6. eciam

    Nice Pic of Romney Flying off to the Cayman Is, to check on his Shell Company and his Swiss Bank Accts!
    What does a Tax Dodger and a Draft Dodger have in common?
    Both Are.......................

    October 21, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    Interesting bias here CNN. the Romney endorsements by newspapers get full coverage but the three majors backing Obama 2 in battle ground states. I do not see you giving the same impressive coverage.In the poitical ticker world and blogs.Tthey all deserve the same coverage.Pretty please!?
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    October 21, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
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