January 17th, 2008
06:48 PM ET
14 years ago

Romney and Obama 2-for-2 with major Nevada papers

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - For the second time in as many days, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have scored endorsements from a major Nevada newspaper.

The Reno Gazette-Journal, Nevada’s second-largest newspaper, announced on its Web site Thursday night that it was endorsing Republican Romney and Democrat Obama in a pair of editorials that focused on electability in November.

The paper's editorial board complimented Romney for getting voters to cross party lines to elect a Republican governor in heavily Democratic Massachusetts.

“Romney’s most remarkable feat,” the board writes, “was his stewardship of the Salt Lake City Olympics. He showed that he could bring disparate groups together, clean up a mess left by his predecessor, and to put on possibly the most successful games ever.”

Obama, the editorial board believes, “embodies the political and ideological perspectives that the party projects. He represents the platform of political unity and workable populist economics that he and party members believe will reinvigorate the economy and solve many of the other problems the nation is facing.”

The article describes Hillary Clinton as “struggling under the cloud of her husband,” and says John Edwards does not connect with the Democratic Party’s base.

It's the third contest for Democratic candidates, who are locked in a fierce battle for Nevada. Republicans, however, are paying little attention to the state. The Gazette-Journal blames this development on state GOP officials, who it says have “[made] a mess of the process.”

- CNN Nevada Producer Alexander Marquardt

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Mitt Romney • Nevada
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. C.Lo

    We have to recognize that Obama is the man of the situation. Please Hill, don't be crying on Bill's shoulder!


    January 17, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  2. Danielle

    The Des Moines Register endorsed Hillary in Iowa..and that didn't get her anywhere. I wouldn't be too worried about newspaper endorsements.

    HILLARY '08!

    January 17, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. treborjant1975

    I would NEVER consider voting for a candidate that has direct affiliation with the despicable people named below! Maybe Obama supporters should learn a little more about their candidate!

    Let’s discuss Obama's spiritual advisor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago; and the other clergymen revered by Obama, Rev. J. Alfred Smith Sr., senior pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif.; and Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Roman Catholic priest in Chicago.

    After reading an article (see URL below) associated with Obama and these sorry excuses for humans…I’m speechless! Why has this not once (that I’ve seen, read or heard) been brought up in the media? They cover everything else! If Hillary farted in the wrong direction the media would be putting some negative spin on it! But yet, not a peep about this?? A perfect example of the media’s bias toward the Obama campaign. It’s appalling! If this is the company Sen. Obama chooses, whom he respects and looks toward for spiritual advice, there is a real problem here and how dare he say that race should not an discusses as an issue?? And the media should be ashamed of themselves for the lack of coverage, no matter how “inspiring” Obama may come across. Tisk Tisk!


    January 17, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  4. Jen, New York, NY

    It wasn't brought up because maybe it's not true. Don't believe everything you hear or read. Use the brain as a filter.

    January 17, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  5. Elizabeth

    Source: THE ASSOCIATED RESS 1/15/08: "The plaintiffs are the Nevada State Education Association, its president, Lynn Warne, and five others. Debbie Cahill, the deputy executive director of the teachers' union, is a Clinton supporter and a member of the campaign's Nevada Women's Leadership Council.

    Two senior partners of the law firm handling the suit, Kummer, Kaempfer, Bonner, Renshaw and Ferrario, have donated to Clinton in the past. Also, Clinton ally and former Rep. Jim Bilbray is an attorney at the firm.

    The state Democratic Party unanimously approved the caucus rules last March, and the Democratic National Committee signed on in August. Four of the six plaintiffs are members of the committee that approved the rules."


    January 17, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. B D

    These 2 are definitely the best to win their respective nominations.

    I could easily see either of them as President.

    January 17, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  7. jay

    Bill Clinton is a major issue for the Hillary Clinton campaign, and has become even more so as Bill continues playing his high profile, attack dog role in just about every big primary contest.

    Let's say America elects Hillary President. The question is, who is the ultimate decision maker? Hillary, of course... until she gets into trouble, like she did before the NH primary when it seemed that all was lost, then Bill sort of takes over in his testosterone-fueled way. He can get on any TV or radio news show he wants, any time, and he isn't at all shy about expressing his opinions, outrageous though they may be. Nor does he defer to his wife or her advisors when he does so. He is definitely not a second fiddle kind of guy.

    I think the speculation of Bill "retiring" to a seat on the Supreme Court or an ambassadorship now looks ridiculous (or heading up the WH intern program, heh heh). As Sens. Biden and Edwards both pointed out, Bill Clinton would have a major policy role in Hillary's White House. Now this is fine to a lot of voters, but it does create problems. Who is the ultimate authority? When people present their ideas to Hillary, or to her cabinet members, will they worry that Bill might be the one who makes the call? Who gets their eye contact in the White House conference room? Biden has already said there is no way he could be Sec'y of State in a Hillary Clinton White House, because of Bill's presence. OK there are many qualified candidates for that and other positions, but how many will be turned off by the same? Bill will be the 800 lb gorilla, he takes on whatever he pleases and will be "Co-President of the United States". Not First Husband!

    There have been any number of corporations where the founder stepped down but never seemed to go away, creating problems for his (yeah, usually it's "him") successor because it was never clear whether a "final" decision was really final... maybe the old man could be convinced! Starbucks and Gateway are recent examples.

    Finally, Bill Clinton did a good job when he was President, but we should remember one thing... he was awfully lucky to US President during 1993-2000. The Internet era started in 1995 with the launching of Netscape, and created a massive worldwide boom for the remainder of his two terms in office. Balancing the Fed. budget was easy under those conditions. The Soviet Union was finished, China's and India's economies hadn't really started booming, and Bin Laden hadn't figured out how to attack the American mainland yet. We weren't bogged down in a foolish war in Iraq. Whoever gets elected this time around will not be so lucky. Leadership will be important.

    January 17, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  8. Hugh

    I'm not a democrat, and definitely not a fan of Senator Clinton, but let's all stop throwing mud and focus on where the candidates stand on the issues.

    January 17, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    I am in full support of Romney, but I am absolutely mesmerized by the movement and excitement of Obama. He can cause change in unchangable people.

    I do believe that either one of them could reach across aisle for the good of their country and are in the political race FOR THE COUNTRY, NOT THE HISTORY BOOKS (as the Clinton's clearly are)!

    If Romney does not win the Rep nomination, I hope Obama does for the Democrats and for the first time ever in my life (which is more Pres elections than you think), vote for a Democrat for President.

    If Hillary wins the Dem nom, I will in no way vote for her.
    Let our country be united once again, with Romney or Obama.

    I agree with the Reno Gazette-Journal 100%!

    January 17, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Pfunk

    IT's funny, whenever a black man is being real (and yes i said real sue me, i'd love to see you try) he's racist. I was there during the 90s watching everything clinton wasn't doing for the community, quoting rhetoric about how the economy was doing so well. Minorities lost jobs, lost welfare, and started to lose hope. And when i say minorities i don't just mean ethnic groups, i mean economic minorities. Jeremiah Wright, is a pastor of a church, leave the church out of this. And to connect Obama to a pastor, who's racist attitudes are disputable to say the least is dumb as hell. And I hate to say an obvious attempt from the clinton camp to bring race where it doesn't belong. If Obama is racist, i feel sorry for his caucasian mother and cousins. By the way, its one thing to say Obama takes advice from a "racist" minister, its another thing to say he shares the same sentiments about caucasian-americans, when you have no substantial evidence at all. But i guess the words of Hilary Clinton are substantial enough.

    January 17, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  11. Yiannis

    Ignoring the hate mongering which treborjant and other angry Hillary supporters regularly engage in, I would say that the best endorsement was that of the Boston Globe, which tackled Hillary's perceived experience.

    They said that Hillary's knowledge of the way Washington works, leaves her tied to the restrictions of the old ways of the beltway, while Obama's distance from the establishment leaves him open to the government's possibilities.

    Any thinking man would take that argument seriously.

    January 17, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  12. Bonnie

    As Obama has had a free ride with mainstream media, nothing surprises me anymore. Not even the fact that his church's pastor honored Louis Farrakhan recently. With the exception of Sean Hannity, one article by Richard Cohen, and a minor mention by Lou Dobbs, the fact that Obama has a twenty-year association with this African-centric, racist organization is the most obscene, over-the-top, and in-your-face insult to America to date. I'm convinced the Democratic Party is completely doomed when the majority have no problem with this, and tolerate this blatant double standard. Americans must be turning into giant pods by night, as this mindset and acceptance of Obama's faith leader is right out of invasion of the body snatchers. Don't you think in twenty years, Obama has had ample time to distance himself from this organization? There are other churches, folks. The fact that has not cut all ties with his mentor speaks volumes. No wonder we have racial division and hatred in this country with hypocrisy like this. What in the world is going here? This entire country is going to hell in a handbasket in a freefall.

    January 17, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  13. mike

    treborjant1975- ah, sensationalism anyone. drama was your specialty, aye? oh my god a black person talks poorly about the clintons. Oh my God. It is the end of days, the appocalypse , the rapture. Repent Repent .... blah blah blah.. GROW UP. Lets talk issues and stop being so passive aggressive...

    January 17, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  14. Bimmer

    Is it true that CNN will endorse OBbama one day before the Nevada caucuses?

    January 17, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. Revelations

    Antichrist. Period.

    January 17, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  16. BD

    These 2 are definitely the best to win their respective nominations.

    I could easily see either of them as President.

    January 17, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  17. treborjant1975

    Barack Obama has as much substance as a hot air balloon! He'll ruin this country if elected. Actions speak louder then words, no matter how elequantly spoken. Get real!

    January 17, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  18. gm, springboro, oh

    Senator Obama had the judgment to be against the Iraq War from the very beginning, even when it was very popular to support it. That position could have cost him his Senate bid, but he stuck with it. He takes positions based on principles, not poll tested positions. He has the impeccable judgment to keep us safe. That's why along with getting us out of Iraq, his first priority is going to be to refocus our attention on Afghanistan and capturing Bin Laden, which now should have been done years ago.

    Senator Obama has proposed the most comprehensive, detailed, and economically responsible stimulus package to help the American People and this economy. It's the exact opposite of Bush's proposal. It's an investment of $120 billion that provides immediate relief by putting money in the hands of workers and seniors, stems the rising tide of the foreclosure crisis, and covers state budget shortfalls.

    When he finished school, he could have easily taken a job on Wall Street and become a millionaire. Instead, he took a $12,000 a year job to be a community organizer, helping people who'd lost their jobs in the poor neighborhoods of Chicago. He has great judgment and great experience helping real Americans.

    It has been proven in national poll after national poll, most recently by USA Today and Gallup, that Senator Obama is the most electable Democrat in the race today. He's the only Democrat beating all 5 Republicans, and unlike Hillary and as Obama's win in the Iowa Caucuses clearly showed, he strongly attracts Independents and Republicans. This has been proven nationwide. We want to support a winner and he's clearly our best shot. 50% of Americans have said that under no circumstances would they ever vote for Hillary.


    After watching Bush shred the constitution for the last 7 years, it'll be wonderful to have someone with the experience of being a constitutional law professor as President. The chief responsibility of the President of the United States is to enforce the law – no candidate knows the law better than Obama.

    We can make world history by making Senator Obama the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, as Iowa made world history by making him the winner of the first-in-the-nation caucuses . . .

    "An Obama win in Iowa will be the biggest political story coming from America in a generation, in decades, that will be covered on the front pages of every major newspaper in the world on January 4th".
    -Chris Matthews (Hardball-MSNBC: 12.26.07)


    7. After 7 years of Bush, we need a President with brains. Senator Obama is the 'anti-Bush'. He was president of the Harvard Law Review, the oldest and most prestigious pupil operated law review in the U.S. To be it's president, you have to be absolutely brilliant, and Senator Obama is brilliant.

    8. After 7 years of being lied to by the President and other politicians, we deserve a President who not only tells the truth, but has an outstanding reputation for lifelong honesty, as does Senator Obama. We deserve an honest President.

    9. It was Senator Obama who led the successful landmark effort in the United States Senate to pass the most comprehensive ethics and lobbying reform bill since Watergate. That bill strictly banned gifts and meals from lobbyists, and the use of corporate jets. He has the experience, both as an Illinois State Senator and as a United States Senator, of working throughout his entire political career for transparency and honesty in government.

    10. There isn't another candidate in this race, Democrat or Republican, that offers
    Americans any more of an opportunity for real change and real hope and for a real breath of fresh air than Barack Obama. This country hasn't seen a leader come along like this since John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, and we may not see another leader like this again in our lifetime. We should seize this momentous and historic opportunity.


    January 17, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  19. Bonnie

    America is turning into giant pods by night as Obama has induced an invasion of the body snatchers. How else can you explain the unbelievalbe double standard that mainstream media gives this guy? To overlook his association with a racist, African-centric church and a pastor who honored Louis Farrakhan is not only shocking, it is sickening. Why have you sold us out MSM? Are you all that afraid of Al Sharpton? I guess you all do work for hatchet men. Is there anybody left in the media that has honor and dignity? And we trounce corporate America? MSM is corporate America! Big Brother is not only watching, programming Americans' thoughts, but playing us all for a bunch of fools. And guess what? We are. Never thought America would sell its soul to the devil; Maybe Huckabee is the answer.

    January 17, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  20. Tracey

    Um, I read that article and how can you even take it seriously.

    "Nation of Islam, an anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic and anti-gay group."

    Really? If that's the case, Evangelical Christians are anti-gay as well.

    This is a bunch of bull. Who cares who his so-called "spiritual advisors" are. I'm an Obama supporter but not because of his religious or spiritual beliefs or some ridiculous bias towards him created by the media (yes, even I acknowledge that). Its because I think this is the only man who can truly unite this country to bring about change. Romney or Huckabee would be more of the same and Hillary is too tied up in Washington politics to make any real changes.

    CNN, I know your'e getting emails, comments and letters. PLEASE start reporting NEWS and not this tit for tat garbage that appears on the ticker. Its really making everyone look like children.

    January 17, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  21. Bob, Florida - RFO

    Keep the faith!

    Go Obama '08

    January 17, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  22. Matt, KS

    Obama is definitely the right choice. On the issue of corporate influence in DC he is way ahead of his time. On the issue of Iraq he has a sensible exit strategy. And on energy/economy issues he represents the paradigm shift we need.

    I just can't ignore the nasty post from the Clinton supporter about the preacher from Obama's church in Chicago. Who cares? Please! Is that your idea of an issue facing the American people? Is it really relevant to Obama as a candidate?

    People are turning to Obama as an alternative to negative attacks, insinuations, swift-boat garbage that the Clintons thrive on. I want to hear about issues facing the federal government. We've all had about enough of these idiotic issue-less campaigns. After decades of two-family rule, it's time for solutions.

    January 17, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  23. treborjant1975

    The facts are pretty clear about Rev. Jeremiah Wright. So, for those of you mesmerized (Jen New York, NY, whose "filter" is definitely clogged!) by Sen. Obama's elequantly spoken warehouse of useless rubish information, may I suggest just taking a step back to look at who is REALLY most qualified, positioned, strong willed and ready to lead on day one, even if your choice is not Sen. Clinton, ANY of the other candidates fit the role (based on the facts, record, etc. , not just some smooth spoken speech) more completely them Barack Obama and his spiritual advisidor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright who has been described as, "The black liberation theologian has a record of giving racially inflammatory sermons and has even said that Zionism has an element of ‘white racism.’ ". Not someone whom I'd choose to represent me and the country I love!

    January 17, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  24. rw

    Well, I don't know who the media is speaking to, but plenty of people in my neck of the woods like Bill as an extension of Hillary in the White House. Talk about making history: the first female president and the first first-gentleman (who was a former president)!! Both Clintons have clout and have earned the respect of the international community, and together they add up to an incredible amount of experience – which is what we need given the state of the economy, conflicts, threats, etc.

    Edwards doesn't connect with the party base??
    Obama and Romney for unity? Unity is exactly what we do not need. Look at the unity between the dems and the reps when Bush was making the case for the Iraq war. We don't need unity, we need a strong opposition. What the h-ll is wrong with people.

    January 18, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  25. curiosityhasme

    Obama is he only person that can unite this country? Are you kidding? He is the most devisive candidate in the race, either side. With all his talk of uniting people – who is he trying to convince? You or me? Obviously he has convinced you, but I see right through his empty rhetoric. Look at the company a person keeps to know their true character. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., his mentor, is a pure racist. It is simply mind-boggling the seemingly intelligent people who have relinquished their power to this guy. This guise of a church is as far removed from Christ-centered as you can get. I can understand why Democrats will defect to the Republican Party in droves. Lightweights impressed with his philosophical blah, blah,blah fall right in step behind this Pied Piper proving they have minds like robots. They have no conscience. Political leaders who endorse and are supporting him with knowledge of his church affiliation are no better. This Black Trinity United "Christian" Church in Chicago makes Hillary Clinton's Methodist upbringing seem like a backdrop for Mother Teresa. It makes Romney's Mormonism look like Pentecostal Sunday School class in the little church in the dale It also makes McCain's stint in a POW camp something close to martyrdom. And Mike Huckabee's Baptist theology? Did I hear someone say Billy Graham? The fully compromised lack of objectivity of MSM toward Obama and his long-standing membership in this sham of a church simply means GOP '08.

    January 18, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
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