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. linda

    Romney is the most impressive and the most presidential one out of the group. He has everything that people should look for in a president. Romney was a Valedictorian in his graduating class at BYU, with a doctorate degree from Harvard, he received his MBA in business with honor also from Harvard. That tells you that he is very intelligent. He turned the corrupted 2002 olympic around, he turned many struggling business into profitable business, that tells you he knows how to create jobs and fix our economy, and he was governor of a state. with that experience it will help him to run this country. With all these qualifications, Romney will make a great president.

    Nevada, go for Romney

    January 18, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  2. History Buff

    History is filled with notable leaders who have the gift of speech in oration. Unfortunately and arguably, most have not served either his country or people, and for that matter, the world in the best fashion!

    January 18, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  3. curiosityhasme

    IF CNN ENDORSES ANY CANDIDATE AT THIS POINT, THEY WILL ALIENATE HALF OF THEIR LOYAL VIEWERS.

    I'M ALREADY FURIOUS WITH MOST OF THEM FOR THEIR BIASED REPORTING TOWARD OBAMA. I HAD ALWAYS HELD CNN INTHE HIGHEST ESTEEM. MSNBC'S CHRIS MATTHEWS MAKES THAT CHANNEL IMPOSSIBLE TO WATCH. NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE THE DAY WHEN FOX NEWS WAS MORE UNBIASED (FAIR AND BALANCED) TOWARD THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES.

    CNN'S BIAS HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED PROFOUNDLY THROUGHOUT THE BLOGS. DOUBT THAT THIS ENTRY WILL MAKE IT PAST MODERATION. CAFFERTY, DOBBS, AND WOLF BLITZER HAVE BEEN MY HEROES. THOUGHT THEY COULDN'T BE INFLUENCED TO THE POINT OF VIEWERS TURNING AWAY. BOUGHT THEIR BOOKS. ALWAYS FELT THEY WERE OPEN-MINDED AND FAIR-MINDED. WATCHING THEIR LOVEFEST WITH OBAMA HAS BEEN VERY UPSETTING.

    LEAVING THEIR VIEWERSHIP WILL BE LIKE GOING THROUGH A DIVORCE, BUT I CAN'T STAND THE OBAMA-WORSHIP THEY PROMOTE. IT'S ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU SICK. HOPE IT'S A RUMOR ABOUT CNN ENDORSEMENT, BUT IF THEY DO – THAT'S IT FOR ME.

    January 18, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  4. J, Ca

    Almost all the newspapers in NH endorsed Obama. Did he win?

    January 18, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  5. Kern Huerta

    I like Romney proven executive success. He proved himself in Salt Lake and as governor of Massachussets. I hope that his faith in Mormonism will not hinder his presidential bid.

    January 18, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  6. James Brown ( Independent )

    Smart people research the facts , and the facts are clearly showing Obama as the best person to lead this country. He has more time in elected office then Clinton , and he knows how to bring people together for the common good of the country.

    One of Obama's greatest assets is, he hasn't been in washington long enough to become tainted.

    There is no way that a Washington insider is going to find the solutions this country needs " WHEN THEY ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM".

    This is a solid endorsement .

    January 18, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  7. Marie

    Electability? Is this a Republican based newspaper? Hillary is the national leader in the polls. I know the Democratic voters in Nevada are smarter than this.

    January 18, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  8. jo jo

    The democrats have no leader.
    Hillary has done little in the Senate. Obama has done little in the Senate.
    Change and experience sound good though.
    Please spoon feed me more emotions....

    January 18, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  9. Mike, CA

    Everyone acts as if the President has unlimited power. A lot of people running are qualified to be President. People vote for candidates for all kinds of reasons. People might vote for someone simply because they like them. If a person has the right to vote, they have their own criteria with regards to who they will vote for.
    Senator Clinton just seems too divisive. Edwards seems a bit old with regards to this election. We've seen him run before and he's up against some formidable opponents. The times are different. Senator Obama will be an excellent President. I believe he is running at the right time.
    He's fresh and yes, he is exciting. What's wrong with having a politician the country can get excited about? He will end this war, he has good ideas a a detailed plan and more qualified people will be willing to work in his administration than in just about anyone else's. If he doesn't deliver on his promises, in 4 years, the public will vote again. People are moved by their leaders to do great things for their country. They want to work to make their country better when they believe in their leaders. When they believe that the leaders care about them and not partisan politics. Senator Obama will be that kind of leader. He will make a real difference in people's lives and the country will be better of and even thankful for putting him in that role. He inspires us to be better and while some say that all he does is make speeches... I should point out that so far, he's had the best judgment out of all the people running. People like the guy, what can I say?

    January 18, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  10. jerzee gal

    treborjant1975 now who's negative?

    hillary just learned that he IS electable. Now she whines over it. She really could care less when she thought she was going to walk away with this. She has woken up, she now knows, so maybe you can wake up too!!! She got knocked off her high horse!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Go OBAMA!!!!!!Run the country!!!!!!!

    January 18, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  11. jerzee gal

    If all the problems you say Obama has, has gotten no coverage, how is it every one knows about it??DUH!!!
    The problem for you Obama haters is he has no skeletons in the closet. An honest person, See you can't use anything against him because he already told everyone. You want an honest president or one who speaks and then says PSYCHE?? I,ll support OBAMA anyday over a manipulative lying, cry baby!!!!

    January 18, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  12. MrR0ng in Las Vegas

    It may have to do with the fact that both of these newspapers are owned by the Greenspun family here. I am a Romney supporter, but both of these newspapers are terrible.

    January 18, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  13. Economy Romney = JOBS

    Economy Romney turned the Olympics around and brought the world together.

    Economey Romney = JOBS JOBS JOBS

    McCain = MORE WAR

    I need a job not another WAR

    Bam Bam will whoop Hilarious butt.

    January 18, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  14. Jason, Amsterdam

    I Am after all these months still amazed how the media in the USA is treating Hillary and Obama. It is truely very interesting to see how Obama can do no wrong and Hillary is penalized for everything she says.

    I was reading an article this morning.
    And although Hillary and Obama have made peace with regards to the race issue, Hillary´s name is constantly being tied to those comments whereas Barack is only mentioned of how many meetings he did that day.

    What is wrong America?
    This is absurd.
    I am watching and listening from afar and am amazed at how your media is tactically manipulative towards the elecorate.
    SHAME

    Please feel free to take a look at the headlines from the past week from the different media including CNN. Look at the headers for Hillary, and then look at the Barack headers....

    It is not only sickening, but straight out biased.

    January 18, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  15. TLC

    I think any of the three top Democrats would be a good President. My choice is Barack Obama because of his ability to inspire voters to demand that politicians actually accomplish something, and the ability to bring diverse groups together, and negotiate compromises when it is pragmatic to do so. Hilary has the experience, but her hawkishness on war can't be trusted. Edwards is highly qualified in terms of his intelligence, but hasn't proven that he can get a broad base of support. A lot of the bickering is useless. I've known dogs with more intelligence, and small children with higher vocabularies than George W. Bush. He is extremely belligerent, and self-serving. We have become the United States of Texas under Bush. I hope for the sake of the country, another Hawkish Republican is not elected. Hope, not Fear!!

    January 18, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  16. Renee

    To treborjant 1975 This affiliation you talk about concerning Obama was address in the media and also talk about in a debate This is false Obama don't share the same belifs or believe that way. just because one have associates who believe different from you are you suppose to turn your back on them? or do you show them a better way. Ohama is about bring America together to head this country in equal justice.

    January 18, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  17. Renee

    Your Hillary Clinton who you feel is ready to lead.( FYI) just for your information her last debate she was totaly off It was reported on FOX News that when she was bashing President Bush about the O PEC Oil and that he was down in the middle East .asking for oil. Clinton try to do the same thing. also reported by FOX NEWS and this came from the a speaker from the White House Stated that " Hilliary Clinton is so eager to get elected she would say anything".. Research Hilliary and Bill Clinton.

    January 18, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  18. Steve

    treborjant1975,

    Billary is the divider and Obama is the uniter.
    He is by far the better candidate and will have my vote.

    OBAMA '08

    January 18, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  19. lach1313

    Treborjant,

    For all of your associations of Obama and his religious ties (which, when dealing with religion, you can take down ANYONE based on those associations), you have yet to back your claim that Senator Clinton, or anyone else, is more qualified or strong willed.

    I can relate to Senator Obama (though I am white and female) based on his convictions and where that has taken him. I like his plan, he has shown enough organization and leadership to put together an excellent campaign, run almost entirely through grassroots, small donation fundraising, and has the backing of some of the nation's most seasoned and well respected Democrats.

    Please, explain to me, without hurling apocalyptic epithets, why Senator Clinton is a good choice, not why Obama is a bad one.

    January 18, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  20. Mark

    Gov.Richardson, Barack needs the hispanic vote!!!
    please endorse Obama for President!!

    January 18, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  21. jim geminiano

    Get real America .! You are at war and your economy is depressed . Lot of you people are sick withou health insurance . Obama gives you False Hope and you swallow it ! Will America vote a for likeability 3 times in a row .? No wonder America is in such a mess .

    January 18, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  22. Azar

    Good choice. On the Democratic side, it is a very close race. Let's hope Obama or Edwards win.

    January 18, 2008 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  23. Wilhemina

    Go Obama! Tame the beast!...HOORAY!

    Listen to what America is saying to Clinton supporters, either you are arrogant or ignorant or both (like the Judge told OJ about his slickery). No one wants this scandalist pair to run our country. What country would take either of them as a threat, they are looked down on by every overseas government. No, no, no... to a impeached former President and his wife.

    My God, Hillary goes along with the status quo, about four thousand of our children have died in an "war of lies" that she bandstanded and voted for, have you heard her admit she was wrong, oh no! it was someone elses fault that she voted for the war, she has only the ability to find fault, point the finger, but it is her handwritting that voted for the war, do you think,? really, do you think when mothers look at what remains of their children they would vote for Hillary?.

    At least for our children who have died, and those that are injured for the life have some respect for them and this country!

    Goooo...Obama!!! ...Tame the beast!...HOORAY!

    January 18, 2008 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  24. shaun

    It's happening again folks. Right before the primary hillary clinton is trying to show the people how soft and gentle she is. In N.H she was on the verge of tears when talking about how passionate she was about being president. Today she chooses after 10 years to talk about bill cheating on her. Tommorrow it will be something else. This is getting pathetic. Doesn't anyone see through this crap. Hillary isn't genuine, she's a dirty politician that'll do anything to capture a vote, and by the tactics she's using, it seems as if she thinks we're all very stupid. The advantage she has is her husband. she can parade around as the softer more personable woman that's finally "found her voice" and her husband can be the viper which distorts what other candidates say, while threatning reporters that don't agree with him. I thought this type of politics was reserved for the republicans, but apparently the clinton machine is worse than them. I think karl rove jr's got a run for his money.

    January 18, 2008 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  25. wavey

    Thank you Reno Gazette Journal for your announcement of support of Barack Obama for President.

    Thank you so much for your endorsement of Obama for President. I am so proud of Obama. He is a man of integrity and character, and accomplishment and achievement.

    When he is President, all Americans will be able to hold their heads up again without the burden of a leadership style that includes a compromised and embarrassing character.

    Thank you for your example of political courage and integrity in support of a good man.

    January 18, 2008 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
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