Endorsements for Romney in Detroit, NY and Washington
October 25th, 2012
01:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Endorsements for Romney in Detroit, NY and Washington

(CNN) – Republican nominee Mitt Romney has received an endorsement from a newspaper in the heart of the auto bailout.

The Detroit News, a conservative-leaning paper, announced their endorsement of Romney in an editorial Thursday. The newspaper recommended Republican Sen. John McCain in 2008.

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The Michigan paper painted the choice on November 6 as "a big deal decision between two honorable men with starkly different roadmaps."

The newspaper touts Romney's solid resume in the private sector, likening the former Massachusetts governor with the current Michigan governor Rick Snyder as "a practical leader who shares his background as a business executive."

But, the News wrote, "Don't assume that it was a no-brainer for a conservative newspaper to endorse a conservative presidential candidate."

"We recognize and are grateful for the extraordinary contribution President Obama made to Michigan in leading the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler," wrote the Detroit News. "Had either of those companies been allowed to go under, Michigan's economic maladies would have become fatal."

Romney has come under fire for the now-infamous New York Times op-ed titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" he penned in November of 2008 advocating for a privately-financed, structured bankruptcy of the failing automakers.

Romney has said that he did not choose the op-ed's headline and notes that the Obama administration followed a similar plan by putting both companies through a managed bankruptcy though with government backing. The bailout of Chrysler and General Motors, started under former President George W. Bush and carried out by the Obama administration, is widely credited with saving the auto industry and is popular among Midwestern voters in Michigan and Ohio.

CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby recently reported talk of a possible late advertising push in Democratic-leaning Michigan and Pennsylvania but that a high-ranking Romney official admitted they will probably cede the Great Lakes State to Obama because Democrats "have done such a job of sticking a knife in us on the auto bailout."

The Detroit News wrote that while they have said in the past that Romney was correct in pushing for a structured bankruptcy he was "wrong in suggesting the automakers could have found operating capital in the private markets."

Still, the Michigan paper wrote, "Romney understands the industry, and will shield it from regulators who never tire of churning out new layers of mandates."

"While both poverty and dependency have increased on Obama's watch, Romney promises to replace government checks with private sector jobs and reverse the decline in middle class incomes," wrote the Detroit News. "It is heavy lifting, but we favor the candidate who is committed to it."

Romney also received the endorsement of two other conservative-leaning newspapers.

The New York Post wrote Thursday that Obama's "hope and change" have proved an ineffective fix for the ailing the economy, writing that though Obama claims he inherited an economic mess "he's done nothing to fix it."

"Borrow, spend, regulate and redistribute is not a prescription for sustainable growth, yet that has been the totality of his program," wrote the Post, ticking off a list of economic effects of "Obamanomics" - from rising national debt to the expansion of entitlement programs.

The Post wrote that Romney's debate performances showed a man with "experience, the temperament, the principles and the knowledge" to lead and takes issue with what it calls Obama's "core philosophy"–"equality of outcome, not equality of opportunity – and that is not how America is supposed to work."

The Washington Examiner endorsed Romney Wednesday, also citing a lack of economic results and unmet promises.

Romney, the Examiner wrote, will restore "pragmatism, balance and fairness to a business climate that has been chilled by Obama's ideological approach to regulation."

The Examiner cites Romney's healthcare law in Massachusetts as evidence the former governor is not perfect, but "whatever their doubts about Romney, Americans know exactly what four more years of an Obama presidency would bring."

"What Americans need now is not a savior or a messiah, but someone who knows how to take a troubled situation and turn it around. Romney is the man for the job."

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Penobscot

    Did you hear the Durango Herald in Durango, CO, endorsed Obama. Where is Durango, CO, you ask?

    October 25, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMNESTY DEAL

    All of these newspapers are republican leaning. Why am I not surprised? What's next! The Wall Street Journal endorses RobMe?!?! duh!

    October 25, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. McShannon

    The Detroit News has never supported any Democrat and like Franklin and Billy Graham would sell their soul and faith to give a Republican candidate some support.

    October 25, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Romney sure has the love of the over 30 white males with an NBA in banking .

    Is that Ann Nohart Coulter shaking Mitts hand in the photo ?

    October 25, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Skokie

    Fine - Freedom of endorsement. Don't be surprise is you hear LET THE DETROIT NEWS GO BANKRUPT.

    October 25, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. kakaraka

    No surprise. What do you expect from a conservative newspapers? This shouldn't be a news.

    October 25, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Pete

    In polls he'll get trounced in both Michigan,NewYork and Massachusetts by double figures and who cares about his endorsements,they don't vote do they unless they're people too!!

    October 25, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Newspaper endorsements don't mean squat for Romney or Obama because technology has put most of them out of business and resulted in job loss.

    October 25, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Lenny Pincus

    The Detroit News wouldn't exist if we had taken Romney's advice. Brilliant.

    October 25, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. truth hurts

    The New York Post wrote Thursday that Obama's "hope and change" have proved an ineffective fix for the ailing the economy, writing that though Obama claims he inherited an economic mess "he's done nothing to fix it."
    "Borrow, spend, regulate and redistribute is not a prescription for sustainable growth, yet that has been the totality of his program," wrote the Post, ticking off a list of economic effects of "Obamanomics" – from rising national debt to the expansion of entitlement programs.
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    MAKE A COMMERCIAL WITH THIS ROMNEY!!!

    Obama's plan for the future is based on Failurenomics. It didn't work over the last four years but he swears it will work over the next 4 years. Honestly America, he thinks we are complete idiots to fall for this a second time.

    October 25, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Sueb

    And you don't mention that today Colin Powell and the Washington Post endorsed Obama....this story is as fair and balanced as I would expect a Fox news story to be.

    October 25, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Coop

    "but someone who knows how to take a troubled situation and turn it around. Romney is the man for the job."

    That's right. Just ask Ampad and KB Toys. After Romney turned them around there was nothing
    left but over 100 million in his bank account.

    Ha ha ha ha ahha aaaaa.

    ...and all the jobs were gone.

    ha ha ha h aaaaa

    October 25, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. HUSSEIN OBAMA

    We can't afford 4 more years without a budget.

    October 25, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. gt

    even detriot knows it will be better with romney

    October 25, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    Mitt is a nasty idiot. I do not believe single stuff–all myth.

    October 25, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. jackson

    trash like that endorsement is why the detroit news only publish 3 or 4 days a week.

    October 25, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Jules

    Having lived in Michigan for close to 25 years, I had to switch from the Detroit News to the Detroit Free Press because their editorial stance was so one sided. The Detroit News has always been a conservative paper.

    October 25, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. Jules

    Colin Powell's endorsement of President Obama is much more important than 3 Republican newspapers.

    October 25, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and Florida will go for Mitt Romney. That will pretty much do it.

    October 25, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. JM

    Good, lee Iacocca came out last week and endorsed Romney. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012

    October 25, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. michaelam

    Republican rags endorsing a Republican used car salesman-and this is news?!

    October 25, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. LegalizeReason

    Romney, the shapeshifter, was also endorsed by the American Chameleon Society. Put him in front of rabid Second Amendment advocates and he sounds like he is ready to carry an assualt rifle and wear a bandolier, put him in front of the far right evangelicals and he sounds like Billy Graham, put him in front of a group of women and he sounds like an advocate of the Equal Rights Amendment. Put him in front of a right wing, unhinged Congress and right leaning activist Supreme Court and you have the downfall of America.

    October 25, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Willie Floyd

    Jules, you are so right!! Powell is the only Rep. in the country I trust. I have been eagerly awaiting his endorsement,

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 25, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. JEN

    i'm from New York and there is no way that Mitt will EVER get NY.

    October 25, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Wake up People!

    I keep telling "you people"(ha ha, I had to throw that in), I am from Detroit, and the racism is extremely bad in Michigan. I refuse to read the Detroit News and stick to the Free Press, it's much more balanced. It's going to be a tough race for Michigan. Case in point. The company I work for is an automotive supplier that has prospered thanks to the bailout. But the wealthy whites that own the company are voting rethuglican. They claim it's about abortion but I sincerely doubt it.

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 25, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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