Obama endorsed by newspapers in four key states
October 21st, 2012
05:47 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama endorsed by newspapers in four key states

(CNN) - President Barack Obama won newspaper endorsements in key battleground states on Sunday, with just over two weeks left until Election Day.

The Durango Herald in Colorado threw its support behind the president, as it did in 2008, arguing that Obama has performed reasonably well despite the obstacles he inherited when taking office.

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"Barack Obama is an imperfect president, of course, and to what extent he can achieve his goals for the nation remains to be seen," the paper's editorial board stated. "But he has and can articulate a vision for a better, fairer, more successful America. His opponent offers nothing of the sort."

CNN rates Colorado, with nine electoral votes, as a "toss-up" state on its Electoral Map. Both campaigns have aggressively courted Colorado voters, a state that went from red to blue for Obama in 2008.

Mitt Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, holds an event in Colorado Springs on Sunday night, while Vice President Joe Biden was in the state on Wednesday.

An American Research Group survey released before the second presidential debate showed Romney ahead of Obama in Colorado by four percentage points, 50%-46%, a margin that fell within the poll's sampling error.

The Durango Herald joins the Denver Post, the largest newspaper in Colorado, in its support for the president.

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In North Carolina, another heated battleground, the Asheville Citizen Times chose to back the president on its editorial page. The newspaper's editorial board wrote it was unclear where Romney stood on certain positions, such as health care and environmental policies.

"With Obama, we know what we are getting. He has consistently embraced the concept of community. Obama believes we are not just a bunch of individuals but a nation, and that we must work together to address the challenges we face."

North Carolina, the site of this cycle's Democratic National Convention, made political headlines this week after Romney's team moved staff members away from campaign operations there, saying they felt confident about winning the state.

Like Colorado, North Carolina also turned Democratic in 2008. Obama campaign traveling press secretary Jen Psaki said in North Carolina the Obama campaign has one of their best ground operations in the country.

"We feel confident in our operation there and we're continuing to compete for every single vote," she said Thursday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

An American Research Group survey released on October 1, before the start of the debates, showed Romney ahead of Obama by four percentage points, 50% to 46%, among likely voters.

The Akron Beacon Journal of Ohio also printed ink for Obama. With the race tightening up in recent weeks, Ohio as has seen increased attention as polls show the state could be a decisive factor in the final results.

While the editorial board criticized the president for lacking "political skills" and "address more directly the battered housing market," the board wrote that Obama has set solid measures in place.

"What is telling about a presidency is its tilt, its direction, spirit and priorities. Thus, to those who argue the president lacks a plan for a second term: Look at the foundation that has been set. He has used the levers of government to bolster the economy, investing in education, innovation and health care, understanding the essential role of the public sector in competitiveness," the paper wrote.

A Fox News poll taken after the second presidential debate indicated Obama had a three-point advantage over Romney, 46% to 43%. The state, with 18 electoral votes is rated as a "toss-up" on CNN's Electoral Map.

The Beacon-Journal, which also endorsed Obama in 2008, joins the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, in its backing of Obama. The Columbus Dispatch, however, endorsed Romney.

In New Mexico, the Santa Fe New Mexican wrote that Obama "earned" a second term. Citing the auto industry bailout and the killing of Osama bin Laden, and health care reform, the editorial board wrote that Obama has more to do in another four years.

"To Obama, government is not the enemy. It is not dispenser of all wisdom or wealth, either. Government is the safety net that catches the weak, the sick, the old and the very poor. It is also our collective will in action – building, defending and securing our nation."

With five electoral vote, New Mexico is rated as "leaning Democratic" on CNN's Electoral Map. Obama carried the state in 2008 by 15 percentage points. Recent polls show Obama with a consistent advantage over Romney.

The Santa Fe New Mexican endorsed Obama four years ago, as well.


Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • New Mexico • North Carolina • Ohio • President Obama
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If people followed this opinions, then it would be a good chance that Obama would win some of these states easily.

    October 21, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. Rick jennings

    Why didn't CNN point out that the Las Vegas Review Journal endorsed Mitt Romney today. Nevada is a key battleground state. Could it be because CNN is trying to re-elect Obama? I know, it's hard to imagine a national news network with a liberal bias.

    October 21, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  3. John Oboho

    Obama,endorsed by the newspapers,with credible reasons.When others endorse Romney,they should not fail to point out that they are endorsing him based on his record flip-flops;based on his lack of specifics in his tax plan;based on his consistent refusal to release his detailed tax returns.I think that would make a fine endorsement for Romney.

    October 21, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  4. Gila River Indian Community, AZ

    Arizona Native American Indians are so proud of President Obama and VP Biden!

    October 21, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  5. pee

    president barack obama,You will win this election.Nothing will change that.For you were scheduled to win both 2008 election,and 2012 election.Plus the latest phase you put up " Romneysia" is working so don`t stop it.If it wasn`t working they wouldn`t be talking about it.Once again, you are the President for the next four years.

    October 21, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  6. L.R.Long

    All these newspapers are looking at the big picture. Romney, after being a CEO and a governor, feels he deserves the presidency. Obama has earned a second term.

    October 21, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. b

    This country has always been divide and always will be its OK for the poor and middle class to fight the wars but for what ever reason please don't step on the haves red carpet because they have everything they don't have any needfor God never mind Jesus came from out amongst the poor remember the Pharisees if u are not carefully God will let u go spiritually blind

    October 22, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  8. Dillweed

    Yeah! , some voices of reason in a crazed campaign. Rawmoney has yet to tell us how he will finance his tax cuts, and I think I know why. The news would not be good so why say it. He has a 5 point plan that is nonsense since he and Ryan can't describe what it is. But golly, it must be 5 points! ;-) I'm aghast at the level of plain old deceit that Rawmoney and Lyin Ryan are willing to go to win the office. It's very sad. Rawmoney is a horrible GOP candidate. There really is no choice but to vote Obama in for the next 4 years. Rawmoney could easily trash this county to an even further extent than GW Bush did. At least in 2008 McCain had scruples. Rawmoney and Lyin Ryan have none that are visible.

    October 22, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  9. vivek

    The verdict is clear. Romney & Ryan can pack their bags and go home

    October 22, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  10. tracy

    Thank you all for endorsing President Obama. He's had a very long, a hard fought 4 yrs. Through so much disrespect and opposition, he remains focused on the middle class and less fortunate. Love You Mr. President!!

    October 22, 2012 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  11. Bald_Eagle1776

    As an independent, I will vote for Obama for the following reasons:
    1. He truly supports the middle class and will not abandon it in favor for tax cuts for the super rich.
    2. He is truly trying to encourage our comapanies to bring jobs back to the USA.
    3. He truly supports women and other minorities.
    4. He ended the wars in Iraq and is about to do so in Afghanistan. He is not about to start another foreign war recklessly.
    5. He understands the value of a college education and is trying his best to support it.
    6. He saved the banking industry that had been wrecked by greed and a lack of oversight from the previous administration and restored the automobile industry.
    7. He created jobs and made for the deficit that was started as a result of the financial debacle.
    8. He is transparent about his own taxes.
    9. He is for control of assault rifles such as AK47 while not wanting to buy guns used for sports, lesiure and defense.
    10. His budger proposals make sense instead of the fanciful one being proposed by Romney.
    11. He tracked down and took care of OBL–something Republicans talked about for 8 years and could not do.

    October 22, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  12. Name

    At least our news papers have some common sense

    October 22, 2012 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  13. joe

    Obama 2012!

    October 22, 2012 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  14. REDFIRESTORM

    perception is 90% - nice touch (wink)

    October 22, 2012 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  15. Worldpolitks

    Obama has done quiet well under very trying circumstances. Animosity towards Americans in general amongst nations receded during his 1st term, fast tracked the withdrawal of American soldiers from combat roles in Iraq, seems on track to withdraw soldiers from Afghanistan, stabilised the economy(thanks Tim Giuthner), Showed respect towards small so-called insignificant nations around the world, avoided expanding conflicts around the world notably in the middle east, Putin is refusing the european based missile shield even more coz of Romneys comments and has said Obama is quiet honest but does not trust presidents who might come after him. Bin Laden has been removed and no terrorist attack on U.S soil. Obama treats/connects with every people/race seemingly without effort. And those who are fair would admit that what Obama had to go through during his first term as President at the hands of the republicans was unprecedented, i remember telling myself if i were him i might have quit coz of unreasonable blocking of every idea he put forth, the undermining etc... If Romney were to become president and do well he should thank Obama coz he has done a lot of cleaning and led the foundation for America's rebound although hatred towards americans in general might pick up again.

    October 22, 2012 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  16. Private Ryan

    Well there you go. Some very intelligent endorsements here from very intelligent heads of newspapers

    Obama/Biden come Nov 2012!

    October 22, 2012 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  17. Rev Patrick Wagerfelix

    For those who continue to support this President, we say, THANK you.
    We thank you for your ability to reason. We thank you for not being prejudiced against a person, in spite of. We thank you. We pray that we all, (Christians & Muslims, Jews & Gentiles) continue to move forward, in the name of love.
    Onward Christian Soldiers, Marching On To War!
    God bless America!
    SHALOM!

    October 22, 2012 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  18. fernace

    Thanks for the vote of confidence & voice of reason! Obama knows that while we are a country of 300 million+ individuals, we are a nation, a large community of humans who have suffered from the last administrations policies & 4 years of continued obstruction & gridlock by GOTP, whose only goal has been to get him out of office! If there had been some compromise on the right, we could be much further along in our recovery now! The imbalance of priorities is what has slowed progress, not Obamas "failed policies"! We need these people to start working for the betterment of the nation, not kick us when we're down! Stop the madness, such as protecting the 1% Bush admin tax cuts & Norquists tax pledge! These measures do nothing but hamper recovery! Romney/Ryan are simply doubling down on what put us here in the 1st place & then some! Obama Nov 6!!

    October 22, 2012 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  19. Worldpolitks

    His record is quiet descent: Stabilised economy; Outta Iraq; On course for Afghan withdrawal; Hatred for Americans down compared to Bush years; Successful at talking other foreign Leaders out of War; Bin Laden gone; No terrorist attack on American soil despite being called a virtual incompetent on security issues; Genuinely anti rascist. Come on folks, and remember all his initial plans that were frustrated and compromised by the replubicans on the economy. By the way why don't republicans boast that they really have been a successful antagonistic force in everything the president did!

    October 22, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  20. allhaileris

    Obama did not "inherit" any mess. He knew what was happening, he asked for the job saying he could handle it. A majority of the people took him at his word. It's not like we all went to Obama begging him to be president. His socialist policies and those of the modern Democrat party have prevented any real recovery from happening. It's as simple as that. We need to put conservatives in control...not neo-cons, or establishment Republicans...but real conservatives who put our people first. Unfortunately there aren't many of those left. Republicans are mostly in the pocket of globalists, and/or the religious right.

    October 22, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  21. BinaryTooth

    Wow! Big news. Liberal media endorses the most liberal president ever. Obama is a child.

    October 22, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
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