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. Wilhemina

    The Clinton Doctrine is not a clear statement in the way that many other United States Presidential doctrines were. However, in a February 26, 1999 speech, President Bill Clinton said the following, which was considered the Clinton Doctrine:

    It's easy ... to say that we really have no interests in who lives in this or that valley in Bosnia, or who owns a strip of brushland in the Horn of Africa, or some piece of parched earth by the Jordan River. But the true measure of our interests lies not in how small or distant these places are, or in whether we have trouble pronouncing their names. The question we must ask is, what are the consequences to our security of letting conflicts fester and spread. We cannot, indeed, we should not, do everything or be everywhere. But where our values and our interests are at stake, and where we can make a difference, we must be prepared to do so.
    Later statements "genocide is in and of itself a national interest where we should act" and "we can say to the people of the world, whether you live in Africa, or Central Europe, or any other place, if somebody comes after innocent civilians and tries to kill them en masse because of their race, their ethnic background or their religion, and it's within our power to stop it, we will stop it" augmented the doctrine of interventionism.

    The Clinton Doctrine was used to justify the American involvement in the war in Yugoslavia. However, President Clinton did not intervene to stop the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 which he has admitted was one of the greatest mistakes of his administration.[citation needed]

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    January 18, 2008 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  2. mike

    Treborjant1975, are you a control freak like Hillary. you are trying desperately to push this story and obama has denounced this man for saying what he did. I appreciate you love your candidate but how many more times are you going to push that issue. People hear you and obama knows Jeremiah Wright is reitring , so he denounces his comments and moves on. Kep trying though hillary supporters you might find something on obama with substance and/or not lies. NEXT

    January 18, 2008 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  3. Cheryl

    People need to look carefully into Obamas past- where he went to school, what religion he is etc. I think you will be surprised we need to know someone before electing them to office. Romney is rich he has enough money for all the ads etc. Please look beyond all this media and celebrity endorsement at the persons past! For me that is EXPERIENCE= HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!08

    January 18, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  4. Cheryl


    January 18, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  5. treborjant1975

    It would seem apparent that Obama has a much darker "private life" than what has been brought forth. Not only this spiritual advisor misfit, but the corruption surrounding the real estate transactions and Obama's connection to that Rezko guy...too many stones being left unturned. Shady shady, shady...and people plan to vote for this guy! I'm praying that Hillary (or anyone, for that matter!!) can pull off this election!

    January 18, 2008 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  6. randy

    We all know that the are just trying to promote there newspaper that,s all

    January 18, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  7. Chaunda,IN

    Obama supporters, I think Obama is a nice enough guy but it is true that the leader of his church is a nutball who consistently spews anti semic rhetoric a lot. Unlike some of you I was aware of this guy before Obama's rise to fame and though Obama has somewhat distance himself from the craziness, he does hold this man "in high regard" by his own words and "great fondness". Look him up if you think I am stretching the truth. Rev Jerimiah Wright. And if you think the republicans will not exploit Obama asociation to this guy you are delusional.

    January 18, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  8. Jared C.- in Korea

    Mitt is the man! He has the experience, leadership, and morals we need to lead our country. We support you overseas.

    January 18, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  9. democracy

    Why does Obama want to give so much money to poor people. The last thing middle class Americans want to hear is how we need to yet again feel sorry for poor people and illegals. I know their unions have endorsed him Nevada, but it reallys seems like this is going to destroy his chances in the general election and we're just going to end up with another Republican in the White House. I liked it when Bill Clinton was president and he tightened up welfare and forced people to work.

    January 18, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. garfield

    All you Obama haters are just goin to have to suck it up. He's gettin the nomination. We won you lost. And when he's president there is going to be some major payback!

    158 years.

    January 18, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. Ray

    I like how these papers wait until the last second to side with someone. Besides, the first paper to side with Obama really did not side with him. More like put him down.

    January 18, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. Kim

    Hey folks – no need to worry. New polls out today from Reuturs and Mason-Dixon show Clinton ahead of Obama 6 to 9 points. She is going to win tomorrow – the only hurdle left to get over is South Carolina and no doubt she will loose that state to Obama, but after that it's clear sailing to the White House. Go Hillary.

    January 18, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. John

    Obama for President not because he is the first person of color to be a viable candidate but because of his new Idea's the old idea's have brought America to what is setting it's self up to be the worst mess in our history. So he doesn't have a grasp of the minutia I am sure he will include in his cabinet the best brains available from whatever political persuasion they come.
    Forget comparison to the JFK clan Obama will be his own man.

    GOBAMA 08

    January 18, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. rw

    CNN, why do you practice such a blatant exercise in censorship? Is it that it is established policy to censor posts that do not follow your "party" line, or is it that you have 18 year old flexing their muscles at curving freedom of expression?

    January 18, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Richard

    Willard Mitt Romney is a complete fake. He doesent care about the American people. He only cares about coporate America and outsourcing jobs to China.

    January 18, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Dan, NJ

    History Buff,

    Have you ever heard of Abe Lincoln, FDR, JFK, or MLK? Stop buffing history and start learning about it.

    January 18, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. MIKE, NC

    I am voting for MITT ROMNEY!!!!!

    Mitt has not been in Washington for years like John McLaim, Clinton and Obama.

    Mitt has held executive positions as a Govenor and in private business, Obama, Clinton and John McLaim have only worked in Washington they do not have a clue about private business or the American economy.

    Mitt is a conservative that’s why the media hates him; John McLaim is a liberal just look who he associates with Kennedy, Feingold, the gang of 14, ect. and that’s why the media loves John McLaim.

    Mitt is against amnesty for illegal aliens; Obama, Clinton and John McLaim are for amnesty for illegal aliens.

    Mitt is for tax cuts, Obama, Clinton and John McLaim are against tax cuts and want to raise our taxes.

    Mitt is for conservative judges, Obama, Clinton and John McLaim are for liberal judges.

    Mitt wants to free Americans and American business from the federal government Obama, Clinton and John McLaim want big government and are responsible for big government we have.

    Mitt will fight to protect this country and build a strong military; Obama, Clinton and John McLaim stood by when al-Qaeda attacked our interests in the 1990 and the 1980s.

    Mitt Romney is the right change for America

    Vote for Mitt!!!

    January 18, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. big doug

    I think it is great that these newspapers have gotten it right. Especially on the GOP side of things.

    John McCain did his duty 40 years ago in Vietnam. He was unlucky enough to get shot down and captured by the enemy. I respect him for surviving the hell that he and many other brave soldiers went through. All of them should have our sincere gratitude.

    That being said, we are now choosing our next President.
    Mr. John “ITS NOT AMNESTY, THEY HAVE TO PAY A SMALL FINE” McCain could never win the Presidency. McCain would even lose his home state of Arizona where they just repudiated him by enacting the harshest anti-illegal alien law in the nation.

    In 1987 Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to what they estimated to be 1 million illegal aliens. It was in reality 3 times that number. Now John McCain and the Democrats estimate that 12 million illegals are here now. Logically they are again greatly underestimating the real number. Under the McCain plan, all of the illegals would be able to bring their entire families to the U.S. All of them would immediately be eligible for government assistance such as food stamps and healthcare. Last year in the Senate, John McCain lead a few misguided Republicans and almost all the Democrats in a failed attempt to pass the amnesty bill. It just barely failed. The Democratic Presidential candidates all support the amnesty bill. That bill will pass in 2009 unless we stop them.
    The media is doing its best to help the Democrats via John McCain. The Democrats would love to see a John McCain nomination.

    A vote for McCain or Huckabee is a vote for the Democrats and economic failure.
    Mitt is the answer.

    January 18, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Richard, you don't know Mitt Romney at all. You couldn't be more wrong.

    January 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. Simon Morganstern

    Mr. Romney has stated many times that he is not a casual member of the Church of Latter Day Saints. He has described himself as "NOT a cafeteria Mormon," meaning he stands by all of the official teachings of his church.

    Not only was Romney a dedicated missionary for the church for two years, he has also served in the official capacity of a bishop of the LDS church. He is also directly related to one of the first twelve apostles who founded the church along with the first prophet Mr. Joseph Smith.

    Of course, this does not disqualify him for any office, but any voter should consider this information as part of Mr. Romney's platform. This is not a smear, these are simply facts.

    I do not believe the official teachings of the LDS church are healthy for America despite Mr. Romney's economic acumen.

    Therefore, supporting Mr. Romney in this election would be a mistake in my opinion.

    January 18, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. David

    Go Mitt! I will be voting for you.

    January 18, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Nate

    I am not a fan of either of these endorsed candidates since they are CFR members. but Mitt is better off campaigning in NV than the lost cause of SC. Obama should win both unless we get a NH scam again.

    January 18, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Sidney

    SIMON..... why do you bring religion into this forum? I can't even tell you the other candidates chosen faith. Can you tell me the last 5 Presidents affiliation ? I can't I voted based on their politcal views and if I thought they were trustworthy. From what I've seen and read the mormans don't have any weird stuff about them, they don't practice poligamy. So what is exactly your beef?

    January 18, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Jeffim

    Hey, CNN.
    MSNM reported that Clinton picked up an endorsement from another Major Naveda Newspaper.
    Did you forget to mention it?

    January 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Robert

    Obama is 2 for 3 as the Las Vegas Sun endorsed Hillary. Will CNN correct this headline?

    January 18, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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