Citing 47% remark, Denver Post repeats Obama endorsement
October 19th, 2012
11:55 AM ET
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Citing 47% remark, Denver Post repeats Obama endorsement

(CNN) – The editorial page of Colorado's largest newspaper backed President Barack Obama Friday, writing the Democratic incumbent had made "demonstrable – though hardly remarkable – progress" since they first backed him for president in 2008.

"Obama…has shown throughout his term that he is a steady leader who keeps the interests of a broad array of Americans in mind," the editorial from the Denver Post read, providing a sharp contrast with Obama's rival Mitt Romney, who the paper excoriated for his remarks on the 47% of Americans who rely on the federal government for financial support.

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"[T]hough there is much in Mitt Romney's résumé to suggest he is a capable problem-solver, the Republican nominee has not presented himself as a leader who will bring his party closer to the center at a time when that is what this country needs," the paper wrote, adding, "His comments on the 47 percent of Americans who refuse to 'take personal responsibility and care for their lives' were a telling insight into his views and a low point of the campaign."

In its endorsement, the Denver Post also noted Obama's foreign policy achievements, including ending the war in Iraq and ordering the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, saying the president "he has demonstrated himself capable in a tough situation."

They qualified the national security praise by writing Obama and his administration "owes the American public a thorough explanation of the troubling events surrounding the murder of four Americans in Benghazi last month."

While Romney's record in Massachusetts may point to a centrist Republican, the Post wrote the GOP nominee has changed since his days governing the Bay State.

"From running to the far right on immigration and women's health in the primary and then saddling his campaign with Rep. Paul Ryan's extreme and unrealistic budget, the Romney of this election cycle is not the man elected in Massachusetts," the editorial read.

Colorado is considered a key battleground in November's election, with nine electoral votes at stake. The state went for Obama over Sen. John McCain in 2008 by nine percentage points.

Polls show a dead heat in the state between Obama and Romney. An American Research Group survey taken after the first presidential debate, but before the second matchup between the two candidates, showed Romney at 50% among likely voters and Obama at 46%.

A second poll from CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac University, taken October 4-9, showed Romney at 48% and Obama at 47%. Results from both surveys were within the sampling error.

Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. Thomas

    Orlando Sentinel endorses Romney

    ROMNEY / RYAN 2012


    Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh proclaiming, The Orlando Sentinel, is in line with the directive of its cost-cutting owner .
    Look at the new owner of the paper.

    Romney / Limbaugh 2012

    October 19, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Victoria

    Obama should be elected again so he can finish his promise about making the United States a better place . These things take time, that's why its so sucky now but in time it will get better 🙂
    Plus Romney wanted girls to get vajayjay shots 😛

    October 19, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. On StreetWise

    People, get out and VOTE! If you believe that we have a representative republic... you're deluded. We now have a virtual effective plutocracy and all this country need now is to elect, or buy, a president and a right-winged Supreme Court to cement into a full blown fascist oligarchy, in the R/R team at the helm, an all pure Libertarians’ aristocrat ideology philosophy, backed up with the Rove/Grover team with his trusted financial adviser, Grover Norquist and his "Czar of Propaganda" Karl Rove. Remember, Romney & Ryan are just the Bush’s 3.0 plan.

    Vote like your life depend on it... and it just could be our best and last opportunity to save our democracy!

    GOP= Greedy Oligarchy Plutocracy!

    October 19, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Dee

    I am a life long Republican. I voted for McCain but I just cant vote for Mitt Romney and live with myself. Obama has not fixed all our problems, but things do seem to be getting slowley better. I was always taught that patience is a virtue and Mitt Romney really doesnt seem to have any of that.

    October 19, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. TruthsBeTold

    @Ancient Texan
    Did you really just mention Class Warfare? How funny.
    There are many different types of class warfare. Some are violent and some are not.
    Basically class warfare is a one-way street that can change direction at any time.

    If the wealthy use their money to buy influence and get politicians elected, who, in turn, pass legislation that only benefits the wealthy, then that can be considered as class warfare against the middle-class and the poor. To paraphrase Warren Buffet, "Class warfare is being waged and the rich are winning."

    If the middle-class and the poor use the power of their vote to elect officials who see to it that the wealthy pay a little more and the middle-class and poor pay a little less, then the direction of the street has changed.

    You claim you are part of the 47% yet you want the direction of the street to be running against you? Doesn't make much sense to me.

    October 19, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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