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

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. Clarke

    Well, I also support President Obama. I am proud to do so, as an American and a women.

    October 19, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. yogi

    @ teve in PA
    Aren't newspapers supposed to be unbiased and just present the facts for us to read?

    Yes, many of them are including the Times, and that is after they carefully looked at the options they decided Obama is the choice.
    Your question "Does this pass the "makes sense" test?" is clearly answered: YES!
    Obama 2012!

    October 19, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Those seniors in Florida are from all over the country and they don't trust Romney/Ryan to support them in their retirement years because they've proven that "frankly they don't give a damn".

    October 19, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. daniel

    i love president obama,

    October 19, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Phil

    Differnce between these Newspapers and the rest of the media outlets. Newspapers are out of the closet Biased supporters, the rest of the media remain in the closet!

    October 19, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. daniel

    because he deserve to role againt, so he first choice.

    October 19, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. LJ1984

    @Claudia, In Houston, Tx

    I disagree with you on the seniors in florida comment. Not to be neagtive but one thing I have noticed is that a lot of senior people will vote agianst their best interest and vote for Ryan and Romney anyway. I listen to them all the time talk about irrelevant issues like Obama is a muslim and he can't be trusted. They really believe that if you are not a republican that you don't believe in God. This is sad but that is how they feel.

    October 19, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. NoweBama2012

    Good news! President Obama is leading! From behind! As usual! Yayyyyy

    October 19, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. NoweBama2012

    Good news! President Obama is leading! From behind! As usual! Yayyyyy

    October 19, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. troy

    If we take Florida, it will be a LANDSLIDE!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 19, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. K from AZ

    Figures, a commie newspaper supports 'comrade president'!

    October 19, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. tracey

    I cancelled my subscription today.

    October 19, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. sonia santiago

    okay woman am i the only one offended that the republicans think that those of us voteing for obama because we want to get free abortions. by the way I don't belive in abortion, but

    October 19, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Dave

    Interesting. I'm a Republican, but I have decided to vote Obama this year. I voted for McCain 4 years ago, but I cannot vote for Romney. McCain had proven he was a patriot; Romney can't even show us his tax returns. He made millions by outsourcing jobs to India/China and laying off Americans. He wants to send our troops into the Middle East while his own sons have not had to put on a uniform. And Mormons creep me out...all the secrecy and elitism of the Mormon leadership – yuck.

    Obama seems to be careful and deliberate with every decision. We are out of Iraq and we're getting out of Afghanistan. We are recovering slowly, but slow recoveries are often the best. It took us 15 years to recover from the Great Depression, so 4 or 5 years to recover from this one seems okay. This will be my first time voting Democrat, but unless the Republicans can find a more centrist candidate, I may be voting Democrat for quite a few years...

    October 19, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Fillo

    Politifact is quite slanted. If you look through their stories you'll see that whenever possible they give the benefit of the doubt to democrats. When it's a republican there is no room for error on any comment. When it's a democrat there's all kinds of leeway. The same comment that garners a "mostly true" for a democrat will earn a republican a "mostly false".
    I've seen it over and over. They're not MSNBC but they're not impartial either.

    October 19, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. I Voted Early In NC

    @Think Again, Thank you very much for you posts you are one tough lady.

    October 19, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. sonia santiago

    okay woman am i the only one offended that the republicans think that those of us voteing for obama we are doing so because we want free abortions, NO! and they are right we care about the economy , and we know that obama has really tried to do the right thing and he has been fought all the way... but inspite of that he is on the right road Im not going back...Fox news

    October 19, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Ordnry1

    Obama 2012!

    October 19, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Really?

    Reasonably sure footed on foriegn policy? Are these people even paying attention? Obviously not. LOL!

    October 19, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. anoel2005

    Governor Romney for JOBS !

    Pres.Obama hates the private sector and jobs is something Obama doesn't know anything about.

    October 19, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. design4u1

    When reading I see they did not mention the paper that switched to Mitt Romney.

    October 19, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. ExRepublican

    We love Obama...I love Tampa and thanks Tampa newspaper for the endorsement.
    I heard alot of people changing there mind because Romney is scaring people not to vote for him.
    Romney wife Ann said he had a nervous breakdown before when she was going to leave him.

    October 19, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Really?

    Newspaper endorsements mean nothing! NO ONE HAS EVER COME BACK FROM 7% BEHIND WITH ONLY 3 WEEKS LEFT UNTIL ELECTION! Mitt will win, book it!

    October 19, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. nc1965


    Where votes really matter. Obama leads in 8 out of 10.

    PA (20 electoral votes) – RCP Average 49.7 44.7 Obama +5.0

    OH (18 electoral votes) – RCP Average 48.4 46.0 Obama +2.4

    MI (16 electoral votes) – RCP Average 48.6 43.6 Obama +5.0

    WI (10 electoral votes) – RCP Average 50.0 47.2Obama +2.8

    IA (6 electoral votes) – RCP Average 49.3 46.0 Obama +3.3

    NV (6 electoral votes) – RCP Average 49.0 46.0 Obama +3.0

    VA (13 electoral votes) – RCP Average 48.4 47.6 Obama +0.8

    NH (4 electoral votes) – RCP Average 48.3 47.5 Obama +0.8

    CO (9 electoral votes) – RCP Average 47.9 47.7 Romney +0.2

    FL (29 electoral votes) – RCP Average 49.3 46.8 Romney +2.5


    October 19, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. annieL

    If it weren't for Obamacare's pre-existing conditions coverage, my 28-yr; old son with Type 1 diabetes wouldn't have insurance. His employer doesn't offer it and no insurance company would sell him an individual policy at any price. He needs four shots of insulin a day, plus the test strips and needles and checkups. He takes care of his health. He still has to pay $224 a month for coverage that only covers half his insulin but it's a lot better than the $440 he was paying for COBRA before he got this job. You people who want Romney to repeal Obamacare, all I can say is, I hope you and your loved ones never get diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, cancer or any other illness that insurance companies don't like to insure, and that you never lose a job with that group insurance because then you will be alone in a cruel world.

    October 19, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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