Obama endorsed by newspapers in four key states
October 21st, 2012
05:47 PM ET
6 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.


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. us_1776

    You missed quite a few other big major newspapers that today also endorsed President Obama.

    Los Angeles Times (CA)
    Tampa Bay Timesa (FL)
    Charlotte Observer (NC,SC)
    Salt Lake Tribune (UT)
    and several others.


    October 21, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    They think he has performed badly, but they still endorse. What stupidity.

    October 21, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Any one who has brain will endorse THIS PRESIDENT. Obama–please do the best in tomorrow Debate. My blessings and GOD'S BLESSINGS on you. Watch. OHIO Election. I was told mitt Romney son is manipulating ballot boxes and all computer system. Yes, on Obama12.

    October 21, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Romney will not let his time slip through his hands , It's his time , he has been chosin to lead he sheep into the pasture !

    I'm doing this for Daddy !

    October 21, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. nina

    good stuff....glad those newspapers are endorsing the president as he has proven over & over again he is for all americans and especially the middle class and those less fortunate.
    maybe those newspapers will report the growing concern about the fact that the romneys own the voting machines that will determine the outcome of this election race.
    hard to believe in america that this is legal right? the world is watching however....expecting deja-vu like in 2004 bush/kerry where kerry was up 6% in ohio on election day but by the morning...bush came ahead by 2%....investigation launched with key witness called to testify who had close connections to bush & was main IT guy for the machines, mysteriously killed later in 2008.
    maybe someone will blow this story up b4 election day....but i doubt it

    October 21, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. 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???

    Well at least smart normal people see through romney the tax cheat toilet paper position on ever issue if he has any position of any detail except president Obama failed with no help from the gop goofball party that wants the economic to fail for their own agenda to get the white house while we all suffer because of the gop and romney the tax cheat and lyin ryans incompetence . Enough is enough and the gop goofball party of me first will lose on Nov 6. America first ,not the gop idiot party .

    October 21, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Mike

    President Obama has for an amazing job during his first term. There literally would be no auto industry if he did not intervene the way he did. He clearly stopped the economy from hemmoraging jobs in 2008 (right after he took office) and the economy has produced positive job growth since then. Romney would like to have people believe that his policy of using the same prescription of what caused the financial crisis is what the country needs.

    President Obama got Osama Bin Laden. He also ousted a dictator (Ghadafi) without the loss of a single American soldier. The war in Iraq is over (which cost trillions and was started based on weapons of mass destruction which did not exist) and the American troops have come home. President Obama has walked softly and has carried a big stick –restoring the international opinion of the United States (Romney was dubbed 'Blunderer in Chief' by newspapers of America's closest ally).

    Needless to say, it is not surprising that anyone with half an intellect would endorse President Obama over the republican alternative.

    Obama 2012

    October 21, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Are you kidding me?

    Fair and objective assessments.

    October 21, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. Morning1Su,

    I fear Mitt Romney would enter us in another war. He knows how to blabber his mouth off, but let others go into the trenches without his sons. Wish he would retire for good. He has no clue of what it takes to be president. He needs to rest and spend time with his wife and grandchildren. Forget about the goal of being President to make his father proud.

    October 21, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. lynette

    Romney offers nothing but a BUSH strategy. Everyone who works for Romney's campaign worked for BUSH! If Romney could he'd have women in more than a binder.

    October 21, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. johnmayer

    What a joke of an article. Newspapers should not be endorsing any candidate. They should provide unbiased reporting. Figures CNN would post this article.

    October 21, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. Old Artillery Man

    The Charlotte Observer in Charlotte NC today endorsed Obama.

    October 21, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. Diane Livingston

    What about the Florida newspapers that have endorsed Romney?? Where is the fair and balanced reporting on this subject??

    October 21, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Thank you to all the newspapers supporting the president.

    October 21, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. norma jean

    I have a new respect for the news mediias.......,particularly in these four states for finally.....publicly. speaking out about the start of this whole presidency...... The Repubs have made it harder than it needed to be ..but this administration had a situation that has rarely if ever accured with the iincredible deficitit faced from DAY ONE!!!!. Our president has been verbally "tared and feathered " for not doing more than he has done {whichi,actually has been pretty good}Add to that McConnell and his buddies with their "One Term" edict and it's been a rough go no matter who was in the White House!!!!!

    October 21, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. louis perez

    obama 2012.

    October 21, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Nyckid

    Our President needs help from the Republicans. Party doesn't come first. Country does. Once we all voted for Pres. Obama it was time to pull together until the next election. Not time for treasonous obstruction. Of course the economy tanked. You can't screw a President without screwing the people of the country. The Norquist pledge?!? What happened to the Pledge of Allegiance... There is only one flag not two!

    October 21, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  18. Name Arthur J. Barnes

    The Editorial Boards of these newspapers provide proper directions,simply,we're all in this together.Conseqiuently why not offer the best solution for what we're about to face.Sorry but the only conclusion to be drawn,Mr.Romney just don't fit. May God bless our country!!!

    October 21, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  19. Namedd

    Not suprised most networks are in the tank with Obama too . According to CNN and msnbc he walks on water

    October 21, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. severely progressive

    Too bad studies show polls miss 40% of Latinos since none of the major polls offer Spanish language options. Dont count your chickens R's. Shameful news: Due to voter suppression and machines with no paper trail, international elections watchdog group Is sending 44 members to observe American election. USA!USA!

    October 21, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  21. Martin

    Why is it that newspapers need to endorse a particular candidate anyway? The print media likes to think of itself as the most reliable and respectable source of truthful and unbiased reporting. By endorsing a candidate, don't they lose their objectivity?

    October 21, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. alex alvarez

    You mean the media is endorsing Obama? How shocking!!! My fellow American's, please take a really hard look around to see how the media is trying to help the president get elected. That's what they do in Russia and Cuba, state controlled media. This is a dangerous practice and places the country at risk. When there is only one side to the story and the people are kept in the dark, the government can do anything and get away with it.

    October 21, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  23. RIck

    I am proud of my president. Historically and factually, it is evident that any president since Reagan was going to have a hard time with the nation's economy. George H. did and well as Clinton. George W. simply dropped the ball over and over. And with what Mr. Obama inherited, I have a great respect for his actions and tasks taken. Remember, oh spoiled American society, our cry for "I want everything and I want it now" is a far cry from the realities of our nation. It took us a long time to get here and it has and taken us longer to recover from what we stepped into in ' 08. Mr. Obama understood that coming in and seems to be the only candidate that understands that now. Kuddos to you Mr. President. You have my vote this time around as well.

    October 21, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. Larry in Houston

    The party's over for somebody, come Nov – 6th – this may be like 1980 – polls aren't the real deal – the Voters are the real deal – If there was no internet / no social media / no twitter / and the only thing was a telephone – this election would have been bought off – like it has been for the last 50 years, with people like adelson / coke brothers / trump / and the list goes On. The People's Voices will be heard, through the voting booths.

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

    October 21, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. Big Daddy

    Wow. The population of Durango, CO plus Asheville, NC is less than 100,000 people; newspaper circulation can't be far from that. I didn't even bother to look at the other two... you call this national news? Even international,? A pathetic, desperate attempt to cloud the picture for voters. Disgraceful, shameful, unprofessional. Thank goodness most folks have correctly lost confidence in the "news." Consider yourself to blame.

    October 21, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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