Florida's largest paper again backs Obama
October 19th, 2012
03:50 PM ET
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Florida's largest paper again backs Obama

(CNN) - The Tampa Bay Times, Florida's largest newspaper, announced on Friday it was again endorsing President Barack Obama, saying he is stronger than Romney on a range of economic, foreign policy, and social issues.

But the paper said it "would like the president to present a sharper vision for a second term."

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The Times, which was formerly known as the St. Petersburg Times, split its list of recommended candidates. Besides Obama, it backed Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in his re-election bid, plus four Republicans and one Democrat seeking re-election to Congress. Rep. Bill Young, one of its recommended candidates, is the longest-serving Republican in the House.

Obama has "capably steered the nation through an incredibly difficult period at home and abroad, often with little help from Congress," the paper said, and "conditions would be far worse without the president's steady leadership."

Romney, they opined, represents "the failed policies of the past."

The paper touted Obama's economic stimulus, health reform law, and handling of foreign policy, including his selection of former presidential rival Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state.

"Although he came to the job with limited foreign policy experience, Obama has been reasonably sure-footed," the Times wrote.

"The Republican's saber-rattling about the violence in Syria and Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon is particularly concerning," it said, in a critique aimed at Romney. "This nation has neither the resources nor the appetite for another discretionary military adventure. Obama's mix of diplomacy, coalition-building and tough economic sanctions remains the smarter approach."

Obama is also the paper's preferred candidate on women's issues, Medicare, and same-sex marriage, the paper wrote, as well as on handling the federal budget.

"[T]he president at least proposes some specifics to bring the nation's finances into better order," the paper wrote. "He would end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years. He relies on artful accounting, and he will have to make a more serious attempt. But the president's bottom line is right: Reducing the deficit will require a combination of spending cuts and additional revenue. "

In 2008, the paper backed Obama in the general election, touting his "approach to creating a fairer tax policy and expanding health care," position on Iraq, Afghanistan, energy, and his response to the economic crisis "with an appropriate mix of caution and sound principles grounded in reality."

Earlier in the day, Colorado's largest newspaper, The Denver Post, said Obama had made "demonstrable – though hardly remarkable – progress" as president and again backed him. He was also backed by Utah's largest paper, the Salt Lake Tribune.

The posted the endorsement online and said it will run in Sunday's newspaper.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. cnnmembuh

    A sharper vision? No, if we're plagued with four more years of this, I hope he continues to bumble around aimlessly so that he can do the least amount of harm.

    October 19, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Dan

    In 1984, all we heard from the whiny Democrats was that Reagan didn't do enough. They kept using 1981-1984 numbers. Americans knew Carter was to blame for 1981. When they looked at the last 2 years of Reagan's term, they knew Reagan turned the country around and we were recovering.

    Today, all we hear from the Republicans is that Obama didn't do enough. They keep using 2009-2012 numbers. Americans know Bush was to blame for 2009. Look at the last two years of Obama's term and it's easy to see Obama turned the country around and we are recovering.

    October 19, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Really?

    Sure footed on foriegn policy?

    Russia (tell Putin to wait until after the election O says)?

    He's a reactionary president. How about some prevention instead of only reactions? Even with the 4 years of foriegn policy he now has, he still comes across as an amatuer!

    MITT 2012 – Book it!

    October 19, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Woman in CT

    Really? I hope you are right. My vote is with Romney/ Ryan. Obama doesn't deserve a second term.

    October 19, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. suzibee

    THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    I fail to understand how so many can actually think our President has not done all that he can WITHOUT the help of the Republicans in Congress who's main goal by their own admission was to see him fail...he has steered us through an unspeakable mess that was served up by the Republicans from the previous 8 years – this is not old talk – this is the TRUTH! how can you NOT see this????!!! OBAMA!!!!!!!!! He has had a JOBS BILL in Congress that will not pass because of the Republicans!!! Is that helping our country?? NO! So, ask yourself "Do the Republicans really care about this country, or themselves? That's what I thought – now vote OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    @really? – really?
    Wow! Just when you think the rethugs can't get any more dumb down you come up with this dribble of what? Really?
    You poor man/woman. This is what happens when you listen to limberger too much and you watch faux news. Reality dissolves from the brain.
    Your cowardly candidate said that he wouldn't spend money or time to find and kill binladen and never mind going in to Pakistan. The President said during a debate with mccain that he would not only find him in Pakistan or wherever but that he would kill bin laden. BOOK THAT ONE!

    October 19, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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