Nevada paper goes for Romney over Obama
October 20th, 2012
05:37 PM ET
1 year 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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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Nevada
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. rschlimgen

    Why is a "news"paper supporting either candidate. That is very journalistically unsound, and does not sound the least bit unbiased.

    October 20, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. tee27

    And still will not win the state and that`s a fact

    October 20, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    They DID NOT support Obama in 2008 so what makes you think he would do it now???? They got behind Romney in 2008 and LOST and they're getting behind him again and will lose. Second, why would you endorse someone and then have many reservations about the decision??? Pah-Leeezzzeee!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The ONLY Trusted Way Forward!!

    October 20, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. anonoymous

    I cant wait until nov 7.....

    October 20, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Ken

    "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."
    In other words, he will say ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING in order to get elected. AND YOU WANT THIS??

    October 20, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Mugs

    SHOCKING *High Sarcasm*

    October 20, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. NameTerry

    Who cares what candidate a newspaper endorses. How many people read newspapers anymore per capita. And why do journalists endorse anyone? I think It's difficult to take any news show or paper or online site that reports news to endorse a political candidate seriously on other matters. Journalism is a powerful weapon. Report the good the bad and the ugly and inform people. Isn't that journalism. I'm disappointed that CNN is reporting this although I know that in political races there are a lot of mind games played just ad in polls numbers released. It can hinder or help a candidate. Report the news. That's what I like to see. Not opinions. If I want opinions I get and give them on social networking and in person to person interaction but in this case this is mine to CNN.

    October 20, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. 1nsite

    So they endorse a man who keeps changing positions? One who is different from a few months ago when he wanted the nomination. Can you even tell how he'll be if president? Makes a lot of sense. NOT.

    October 20, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. NikoEsquire

    Yes, this sounds like a praiseworthy endorsement alright: "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." What they fail to realize is that his"willingness to shift positions" is a sign of desperation for a campaign that's flailing about to find its footing. I would not trust Romney no further than I could throw him.

    October 20, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    People are simply facing the reality. Another term, will be exactly like the first one.

    October 20, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. dachozen1

    That's funny!! The reason why the paper endorses him is due to his ability to shift positions to what is popular at the moment???

    October 20, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. Pete

    What do you want with Adelson and other crooked contributors in that state.Only Las Vegas keeps that state together and the other is legalized prostitution,but most politicians are just that aren't they!!Romneys going to need Adelsons help if he get called on this ponzi scheme because his partner Allan Stanford is in prison for 110 for the ponzi scheme plus racketeering charges so Romney and Tagg are on their own because they probibly sold Stanford out to stay out themselves but the monies not recovered so the Romneys are responsible so far and who has 9 billion,not even them!!

    October 20, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    An endorsement for Mittens from the land of Adelson? Knock me over with a feather ...

    October 20, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. Againstbiasedcoverage

    What kind of nonsense is this.Who cares about these endorsements.Let the people vote!
    This is unnecessary including the after debate political anaylsis from "experts"including CNN.

    October 20, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. JanetS

    True professional journalists do not endorse political candidates. To do so, especially citing such a vague basis, is an offense to Edward R Murrow and atruth use who strive to honor the profession. The fact that this was reported as "news" rather than the biased opinion of a two-bit backwoods paper a sad testimentto the decline of CNN.

    October 20, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. works4me

    And the republicans haven't failed to be part of Team USA? All this time, as they swore they would, they were only concerned about Team GOP. If you can't see this through all of the smoke you'll get what you ask for. A rich snob who believes he's entitled to be President... nothing more.

    October 20, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. JG-Texas

    If Romney wins I am all for Dems blocking anything Republicans offer, can't stand the GOP anymore and those that vote for Romney get what they deserve.

    October 20, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. Anthony

    If Romney wins, he will need to close a trillion dollar deficit, and pay for 700 billion a year from his tax cuts and military spending. The tax cuts cost 5 trillion over 10 years, and Romney wants a 2-trillion increase in military spending over 10 years, so the total cost is 7 trillion, or 700 billion a year. Given that the discretionary spending (other than defense) in the whole federal budget is 650 billion, this is simply impossible. Defense and mandatory spending, the bulk of which is Social Security and Medicare, will need to slashed to accommodate the tax cuts and increased military spending. If seniors know about this, there is no way Romney will win Florida.

    October 20, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. Private Ryan

    So where are the stories about Pres Obama and his 5 newspapers endorsements yesterday... Mainly in Salt Lake City. Utah... Morman country!

    October 20, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. notinthislife

    " But the paper did so somewhat hesitantly." @CNN – Now that is what some 'SPIN' looks like.

    October 20, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Private Ryan

    Obviously this newspaper has not done their homework for if they knew the truth they would have endorsed Our president instead.

    Name one of Obama's failures please
    Why did they not name all of his accomplishments? Do they not know what this president has done for our country!

    I can't buy this story at all. Romney's goons with all their cash flow, have bot off this newspaper Period.

    October 20, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. I Voted Early In NC

    This endorsement made me laugh. Can anyone take this endorsement with a grain of salt and I will gamble on that.

    October 20, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. Iamnotfooled

    Sure Sheldon Adelson (casino billionaire) = Romneys main contributor – 34.2 Million . I bet he's behind it.

    October 20, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  24. Wondering Wanda

    One more group supporting America's return to our Vomit from 8 years ago. The children of Isreal were lead out of bondage–many wanted to return because in order to be free they had to endure some hardships which they did not want to–so they spend forty years wandering around until all the those over a certain age died off–with exception of a year–slowly progress is being made–the recession is world wide–America is not an island–therefore we are interlocked with others in the same condition–the people railed even after watching the enemy swolled by the Sea.

    Billy G taking an ad is the cream on the vomit

    October 20, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. keeth

    SLC Tribune in the heart of Moron Country supports Obama. Listen to the people of Utah and Massachusetts who know Romney best.

    October 20, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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