April 16th, 2008
09:25 AM ET
15 years ago

Two major Pennsylvania newspapers back Obama

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(CNN)— Two major Pennsylvania newspapers united behind Senator Barack Obama Wednesday, sharing the view that he represents the change America has needed for the past eight years.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cited Obama’s ‘vision’ for reforming healthcare and ending the war in Iraq make him the most viable Democratic nominee.

“So forget all the primary skirmishing. Sen. Obama is every bit as prepared to answer the ring of the 3 a.m. phone as Sen. Clinton,” the Post-Gazette writes. “Forget this idea that Sen. Obama is all inspiration and no substance.”

The Harrisburg Patriot-News, the largest papers in central Pennsylvania, pointed to Obama’s ability to unite the country and particularly get young voters involved is monumental.

“Young people are the future,” the Patriot-News writes. “And they see and sense something in Obama that coincides with their hopes and aspirations for themselves and for the kind of world they want to live in.”

Both papers painted Hillary Clinton as the candidate of the past, and Barack Obama as the candidate of the future.

“Obama offers the prospect of cooperation, while Clinton offers the virtual certainty of more confrontation and political gridlock.”

Five of the state’s largest newspapers have now endorsed the Illinois senator’s candidacy. Pennsylvania’s largest newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, backed Obama’s White House bid in January.

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