Ohio newspaper again backs Obama, though with 'less enthusiasm or optimism'
October 20th, 2012
08:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Ohio newspaper again backs Obama, though with 'less enthusiasm or optimism'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama again secured the endorsement of Ohio's largest newspaper, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer gave it with far less enthusiasm than in 2008.

The paper said Obama has fumbled and "often been his own worst enemy," but he has the potential to continue economic growth after leading "the nation back from the brink of depression."

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"Much of what beset America during Obama's first term lay outside his direct control," the Plain Dealer opined. "The bobsled slide into recession was in full motion when he took office. The economic calamity has been global; recovery, sporadic and weak. Obama's attempts to reach across the aisle politically were met with unbending resistance, even belligerence."

Obama's failings and lacking "vision for the many challenges that still confront America" in this campaign almost led the paper to endorse GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"This litany of missed opportunities, as much as the grim economic statistics that have become America's unacceptable new normal, left us sorely tempted to endorse Gov. Romney this fall," the editorial board wrote. "Like President Obama, he is a man of public achievement and private honor. He was born to wealth and power, but used those advantages well: building a prosperous business; rescuing the 2002 Winter Olympics; being a leader in his church and serving as an effective governor. It is the track record of a man who gets things done. No wonder so many frustrated Americans appear eager to elect him."

"But which Romney would they elect?" it continued. "The rather liberal one who ran for the Senate in 1994? The pragmatic governor? The sharply conservative candidate of this year's GOP primaries? The reborn moderate of recent weeks?"

On the other hand, Obama made the "unpopular but gutsy" decision to further bail out automakers Chrysler and General Motors, significant players in the Ohio economy. "Romney," the newspaper wrote, "urged the companies to file for traditional bankruptcy - at a time when private-sector credit was frozen even for healthy firms."

The paper has endorsed Republicans and Democrats over the past five decades. Most recently, it threw its weight behind Obama in 2008, former President George W. Bush in 2000, former President Bill Clinton in 1996 and 1992 and former President George H.W. Bush in 1988.

The paper opted not to endorse a candidate in 2004, when Bush was seeking re-election and was challenged by Sen. John Kerry.

With 18 electoral votes, Ohio is the second-largest battleground state on the CNN Electoral Map and has been squarely in the eyes of both campaigns this year.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Iamnotfooled

    On the other hand, Obama made the "unpopular but gutsy" decision to further bail out automakers Chrysler and General Motors, significant players in the Ohio economy. "Romney," the newspaper wrote, "urged the companies to file for traditional bankruptcy – at a time when private-sector credit was frozen even for healthy firms."

    That's all I need to know -that and the other "gutsy call " that he made that got the murderer of 3000 Americans and a war that killed and maimed our soldiers. I trust Obama to make good sound decisions. And Stick to them!

    October 20, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. Hammerer

    Is that the reason for the $15 million Obama borrowed from Bank of America?

    October 20, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. Todd

    If it was Mitt Romney's choice Ohio's car industry would have been kicked to the curb....People what more
    do you all want from Pres. Obama?

    October 20, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. Wondering Wanda

    I think Ann's concern is well founded–She worrys about his mental health–you can see the rage and the strange flat glint in his eyes–looks like medicated mental halth issues to me–kinda reminds me of the gipper

    October 20, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. Bea Oates

    Obama will finish what he started, just like Reagan for second term. Mitt Romney own father would not vote for his son since the Republican has change so much!

    October 20, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. George

    Of coarse why would thy be enthusiasm for this man when he has hurt their industries and jobs such as coal production which he has already shut down one hundred of them this year. And he wants to sign on to after the election to more natural gas shutdowns of fracking by the E.P.A. which will affect more jobs in Ohio along with Pennsylvania and West Virginia and other places such as New York are interested also in more natural gas production. So he will hurt jobs, buisnesses, and put up your electric rates for his failed global warming faulty science of the U.N. also. And have more gun control by them and regulate the internet and have a oil rig tax also from the U.N. he wants to sign on to. He is against our nation and our people. Pray to God and vote him out of office . Sincerely ;

    October 20, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. Pacman

    I really don't get the questions about Obama's "vision for the many challenges that still confront America". His plan and vision are what he's been trying to implement for the last two years. The same plans that Republicans have stonewalled and refused to endorse or even to compromise with (unless you call a compromise throwing his plans away). They sound remarkably like Mitt's "get rid of loopholes" with an added "also let the Bush tax cuts expire for people making over 200K". Its the same plan thats been working well so far, but also the same plan that he's never been able to implement fully because of crazies in the House and Senate who refuse to let the government ever do anything.

    The real question for him is "How do you plan to work with/around people who's solution to the recession is "Change Nothing" and who refuse to listen to any other ideas?"

    October 20, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. John

    A sad but very accurate description of Mitt Romney......

    October 20, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. sayer

    Obama 2012! The only trusted way forward.

    October 20, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. Milton K. Wiah

    Mitt Romney is a successful business man though not like Bill Gate. But would wonder how he made
    decision when he was running these companies. That is the problem I have with this man and I think
    many people have the same problem.
    I have not seen someone like Mitt who changes his position on every issue.

    October 20, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. Thomas

    The paper said Obama has fumbled and "often been his own worst enemy," but he has the potential to continue economic growth after leading "the nation back from the brink of depression."

    Hey, it's halftime America !
    You want to put in a rookie quarterback who trained under GW Bush back in the game ?
    If you do put in Mr. Romnisia and hedge agents America .

    October 20, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. Dbo

    They even noticed, the Bain way. No thank you.

    October 20, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  13. Charles Bowen

    Not to criticize CNN . But this is just another Republican Right wing clapp trap .... You Garnish your indorsement by listing obamas supossed short commings most of which are directly attributable to either a republican obstructionist bent in the House or Bush's left over problems. And you portray Romney as the Lord and Savior. It is obious to even a republican,yes even a head in the sand what would jesus do Republican could see through this obvious Bias. Keep Up The Good work your are turning opinion against Romney and thats good for the workin man... For Honesty I would Never trust CNN.... Have a Great Day America. Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    October 20, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. Adam

    "But which Romney would they elect?" I'm glad Mitt's biweekly changing of stances isn't only noticed by Obama supporters.

    October 20, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. donna

    How can you not back team Obama-Biden with quips like this one?? : "I don't blame that baby for crying," said Vice President Joe Biden at an event in Florida. "That baby knows what's in store for him or her if Romney wins."

    October 20, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  16. Larry in Houston

    18 electoral votes & it's the 17th state to enter the Union.

    When the early settlers had their Thanksgiving Turkey around the Plymouth Rock area, (Mass) they went West, and crossed the OHIO – thus, the town they call : "the first Organized settlement in the Northwest Territory" was in OHIO.(then the rest is history)

    May the Best Man Win – 2012
    Hillary – – 2016 ( with a 'surplus' in – – 2018 )

    October 20, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  17. John Oboho

    In Australia,Romney has 9 points,Obama 91 points in opinion poll.In Canada,Obama is an overwhelming favourite when compared with Romney,& the Brits would not vote a twit who knew nothing to appreciate thier dilligence,while he deluded himself in self praise.So much for American exceptionalism,to have scales put in thier eyes by fox..

    October 20, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  18. Golden Girl

    Whatever CNN. The paper gave him a whole hearted endorsement! That's the important thing.

    October 20, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  19. Leo

    Romney will say anything, do anything to be elected. He is the weather vane candidate. Which ever direction the wind blows, he aligns. I watched very republican primary debate, and I must say this man must think we are stupid, that we will not remember what he has said, and that he can just adopt completely opposite positions thinking no one will notice? Excuse me? Words matter. Your public positions matter. I was totally against Reagan, but I respected the man because he stood by his words and his positions. Romney could not begin to fill Reagan's shoes. Obama, flawed as he is, understands me, fights for me, and has a backbone. In life, we do not trust people who give us a forced, fake smile and will say anything to please us. Wake up America and do not fall for Romney, the ultimate snake oil salesman.

    October 20, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  20. Robert from Ohio

    I'm from Ohio and I'm voting for Obama. He's the right person to continue to move this country forward.

    October 21, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  21. Brandon Kearney

    A direct quote from the Salt Lake Tribune editorial board: "Romney's domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust."

    October 21, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  22. Namekeith

    CNN is trying there hardest to keep this race close so they can get more ad money. Its so obvious. At least try and not make it so obvious.

    October 21, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  23. JimB

    The reality is that the paper endorsed the president. CNN makes it look insignificant. The reality is that Obama has done a good job and remains a transformative leader against the racist elements in our society and against a GOP that said "no" to everything. The headline discounts the fact that in the final analysis the Cleveland paper sees Obama as the best choice. Romney is a problem because of the people with whom he would surround himself – Bush II.

    October 21, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  24. Mary

    What kind of an endorsement is that? I'd rather not have their endorsement at all if they have to undercut it with negativity. Geesh!

    October 21, 2012 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  25. Terence Fallon, Jr.

    "Delusions of False Hope"

    Delusions of false hope served from a silver tongue with “lost” ears gathered by the kitchen table begging for scraps like well trained dogs.

    -Terence "Tee" Fallon, Jr.

    October 21, 2012 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
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