October 18th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama wins backing from two big papers in key states

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/18/art.endorse.cnn.jpg caption="Obama scored two endorsements from papers in key states."](CNN) - Barack Obama scored endorsements from The Denver Post and the Miami Herald Saturday, two major newspapers in key battleground states.

In an editorial posted on the paper's Web site and set to run in its Sunday edition, the Denver Post praised the Illinois senator as "the right man to lead America back to prosperity."

"In unsteady times, it may seem obvious to gravitate toward the veteran politician, but in this campaign, it's been the newcomer who has had the steady hand," the paper's editorial said.

The Denver Post also praised Obama's history as a community organizer and said it well prepared him to lead the country through its current financial woes.

“Republicans love to mock Obama's history as a community organizer," the paper said. "But here was a man with no money to offer, no patronage to dispense, no way to punish his opponents. All he could do was to work with people from all walks of life, liberals and conservatives, business people and the unemployed, and bring them together in common cause for a better community. Could there really be better preparation to reunite a worried and divided America to again pursue our "more perfect union"?

The Miami Herald lauded Obama's handling of the nearly two-year long presidential campaign and said he offers "pragmatic solutions for problems instead of relying on ideology and worn-out slogans."

"Sen. Obama represents the best chance for America to make a clean break with the culture wars and failed policies of the past, and begin to restore the hope and promise of America as the world's greatest democracy," The Herald wrote.

The Denver Post endorsed President Bush's reelection bid in 2004 while the Miami Herald endorsed Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign.

With polls showing a tight race in both Colorado and Florida, the Obama campaign will certainly welcome any extra support in those states. But on the whole, newspaper editorials haven't shown to make much of a difference on the presidential level, CNN Senior Correspondent Candy Crowley said.

"They don't really tend to move voters one way or the other," she said. "I think they take the editorial page for what it is."

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