(CNN) - The New York Times on Saturday endorsed Barack Obama, citing the president's policies in health care, the economy, foreign affairs, civil rights and his choices of two Supreme Court justices among the reasons for support.
"In the poisonous atmosphere of this campaign," the editorial states, "it may be easy to overlook Mr. Obama’s many important achievements, including carrying out the economic stimulus, saving the auto industry, improving fuel efficiency standards, and making two very fine Supreme Court appointments." – Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker
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Obama appointed Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court during his first term.
The editorial page, which has not backed a Republican for president since its endorsement of Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, levied blame on Congressional Republicans for erecting barriers to the president's policies, which the editorial says kept the country out of a second Great Depression.
"Mr. Obama has impressive achievements despite the implacable wall of refusal erected by Congressional Republicans so intent on stopping him that they risked pushing the nation into depression, held its credit rating hostage, and hobbled economic recovery."
The editorial also applauded the president's leadership in passing health care reform in 2010 that it says takes the country one step closer to universal health care coverage, the final piece in the "social contract."
In addition to discussing the president's achievements at length, the editorial took aim at GOP challenger Mitt Romney, who "has gotten this far with a guile that allows him to say whatever he thinks an audience wants to hear."
In its criticism, the editorial aligns Romney with the Republican Party, the policies of which it outright rejects, "including reckless budget cuts and 30-year-old, discredited trickle-down ideas."
The editorial says electing a President Romney would roll back health care reform and invite a conservative Supreme Court appointment that could endanger voting rights, women's rights and marriage rights for gays and lesbians.
In contrast, Obama, "would appoint justices and judges who understand that landmarks of equality like the Voting Rights Act must be defended against the steady attack from the right."
The Times' endorsement of the president didn't go without noting the page's criticism of Obama during his first term, in particular his approach to governance.
"We have criticized individual policy choices that Mr. Obama has made over the last four years, and have been impatient with his unwillingness to throw himself into the political fight."
But the editorial says the president's recovery from his first debate performance assures them he is ready to govern again.
"[H]e has shaken off the hesitancy that cost him the first debate, and he approaches the election clearly ready for the partisan battles that would follow his victory."
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No surprise one of the most liberal newspapers supports most liberal candidate. This isn't even "news".
Romney/Ryan 2012 for a chance to recover from four years of economic DISASTER!
Great comments on the presidents' accomplishments. I am always glad to hear someone recall the pledge the Reps. made to make him a 1 term president at the cost of the people. His infrastructure jobs bill is still setting in "dysfunction junction". Would be nice to know what the unemployment rate might have been by now.
stupid as it can me ny times,i am going for MIIITTTTTTTTTTTTTT,
Great comments on the presidents' accomplishments. I am always glad ro hear someone recall the pledge the Reps. made to make him a 1 term president at the cost of our country. His infrastructurs jobs bill is still setting in "dysfunction junction", Wonder what the unemployment rate would be by now???
Just heard on CNN Marc Rubios' daughter was injured in an auto accident. So very sorry-my son was in a very serious wreck, and it's a horrible thing to face. Hope she will be ok-will have her in my prayers.
Hahaha...A dying financially crippled liberal subsidiary of the DNC endorses the community organizer by repeating his same lame bumper sticker talking points. It's sweet watching these elitist east coast liberals pushing as hard as they can to make their paper even less relevant than it is now.
What a surprise! Gosh that only makes what, 40 years in a row.
Coincidence? NYT hasn't endorsed a repub for Prez since 1956, and we haven't had a national budget surplus since 1956. The liberal mentality of spending freely and kicking the can down the road has been part of a repub and dem political methodology ever since. Google treasury debt annual to connect to our gov'ts own "wall of shame".
a liberal paper endorses a democat. this is news why?
No big surprise here but who really care who they support.
Thank goodness The New York Times is not as dum as The Orlando Sentinel who endorsed Romney. These Florida folks are crazy if they vote for Romney. When they start getting their vouchers and see it doesn't stretch as far as they thought, they will be sorry. It will be too late then.
They'll endorse him in another four years, too.
The New York Times sees the writing on the wall. This President has done more, even with republicans working against him and being handed one of the worse economies since the Great Depression than any other President.
Just sayin', if the media would ever go predominantly conservative, maybe we wouldn't be in the boat we are in. The NYT went liberal in 1956, and so did our spending policies. We don't have a lot of major media telling us over the last 50 years to keep spending to less or equal to what we make. And now we can't fool anyone much anymore that we are on life-support. Oh, maybe this election will be the last time we are fooled. But after four more years of stagnation and tribulation, 2016 is gonna be payback time one way or another. Either we start paying back our debt, or we start getting the payback ourselves in a new, deeper recession.
Look at California. Ranked 50th by business in support for economical growth. 33% of the welfare recipients in our nation. Budget shell games that have led to enormous debt. Proposition to raise taxes despite voter wishes. Possible passage of higher taxes no matter what if new Dems are elected. Expensive bullet train to nowhere. Intel building plants outside Silicon Valley in other states to avoid miserable California regulation. Disaggregation of haves and have-nots by earnings and race into polar dysfunctional geographical areas, i.e. the coastal areas and the inner urban areas. California is sighing, crying, dying. And no one is listening. The Dems are cannibalizing their own.
Thanks New York times, it's about time to see a major news operation with some convictions to say an do the right thing I believe in in this election cycle. For your editorial board to make this endorsement of president obama tells me that you are not just looking at what you believe too just be public opinion -but have a well though out position in this very important election. Again I say thanks for your journalistic professionalism .
I wishe the man could stay for at least 8 more years!!!!!
A wise action by a most decerning news magazine.....as always NYT, you've lived up to my measure of you.... Bravo. Obama all the way! The world can't afford a mormon George W.B.
Not a surprise – a surprise would be if the Times actually sought out the truth and made it part of their
ALL THE NEWS FIT TO PRINT.
I would like the Obama Campaign make an ad that summarize all the Endorsement from major newspaper. That will be cool!!!
cause was more presidential than watching 4 Americans die at the hands of terrorist... I mean a video demonstration.... Well done NY
Yawn... It is not news when the NYT backs a Democrat, again, as every election since 1956. .. Yawn...
The New York Times will need Obama to bail them out within the next four years.
Just went to NYT home page and noticed there is no coverage of Benghazi cover-up in all their "Top Stories". WTF?!? No wonder they give their endorsement to a Democrat, again.... See no evil, hear no evil, report no evil.
Thank you New York Times. I am voting for our President Obama. He hasn't finished all he wants to do, and I want him to have that chance to complete them. The Jobs Bill, for instance. It needs to be passed by Congress, if only the Republicans will get out of the way, since they don't want the Jobs Bill passed. After all, it would help the President, and they certainly don't want to help our President. They'd rather we all stayed out of work.
I am shocked, shocked I tell you! This is breaking news! The NYT has endorsed a democrat. What is happening in this world? This is such an important story. Everyone thought that the NYT would endorse Romney. Thank you CNN for covering this earth shattering story.
Well Duh. The NYT would endorse jack the ripper if they thought he was a liberal Democrat.