Newspaper endorsements roll in on both sides
October 28th, 2012
01:27 PM ET
10 years ago

Newspaper endorsements roll in on both sides

(CNN) – With nine days to go until Election Day, more newspapers are throwing their support behind either President Barack Obama or Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the race for the White House.

While a few papers have switched parties from their pick in the last election - like Iowa's largest newspaper, the Des Moines Register, which flipped to Romney on Saturday - many of the endorsements announced Sunday follow partisan suit with the paper's last presidential endorsement.

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In battleground Ohio, Obama picked up the endorsement of The Blade in Toledo, whose editorial board also picked him in 2008.

In neighboring Pennsylvania, Obama received the endorsement of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, as he did in 2008.

"In ordinary times," the editorial board wrote, "the remedy might be to scrap the Democratic administration and vote in Mr. Romney's Republican alternative." But, the paper argues, these are "extraordinary times," and Americans need a candidate "whose heart - unlike his challenger - has not wavered nor his principles changed."

Obama also picked up a recommendation on Sunday from a newspaper in the heart of the auto bailout, the Detroit Free Press, which listed a series of Obama's accomplishments over the last four years - including the Chrysler and General Motors bailout, the Affordable Care Act, and an improving economy. That editorial board also picked Obama in the last election.

Pennsylvania is generally considered a Democrat-safe state, but Republicans have recently indicated they see the state's 20 electoral votes as in play. The same is true for Michigan, a state with 16 electoral votes that has historically leaned toward Democrats; Republicans have recently suggested a push for support in the state.

Raleigh, North Carolina's News & Observer, Kentucky's Lexington Herald-Leader and Minnesota's Star Tribune chose Obama in 2008 and also picked the president this time around. While Kentucky is a solid Republican bet, North Carolina, once considered a toss-up on CNN's Electoral Map, now leans toward Romney. Minnesota, with 10 electoral votes, leans toward Obama.

For his part, Romney picked up the endorsement of Virginia's Richmond Times-Dispatch, whose conservative editorial board picked Republican Sen. John McCain in 2008. The paper writes that Obama's re-election campaign has rested on "misleading assertions" to dog the Republican challenger.

Romney, the Times-Dispatch wrote, "has succeeded as a family man, governor, entrepreneur, Olympic leader. He is a man of character, a problem-solver, a turnaround specialist. He has earned our enthusiastic endorsement. America needs President Romney."

The GOP nominee also received the support of The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California, which threw its support behind McCain in the last election. California, however, is expected to be in Obama's column on November 6.

Oklahoma City newspaper The Oklahoman, which supported McCain in the last go-around, endorsed Romney on Sunday. The editors wrote that after an intense Republican primary, Romney "goes before all voters as America's best hope to create jobs, cut deficit spending, reduce the national debt, restore American exceptionalism, reform entitlements and achieve North American energy independence."

Finally, a newspaper in Obama's home territory, Illinois, switched its endorsement from "Illinois' favorite son" in 2008 to his Republican rival in 2012. The Daily Herald in suburban Chicago announced Sunday it would back Romney, yearning for the "inspiration" that came with Obama's campaign in 2008.

"Four years later, where is the hope?" the paper wrote. "Where is the confident swagger and leadership to uplift the nation's mood?"

"A moderate Republican Mitt Romney offers a new approach to what we all can embrace - the politics of hope, of working together for the common good," the Illinois paper wrote. "This time, we believe he offers the best hope for all Americans."

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Newspapers shouldn't endorse anyone because they all are in need of subscribers whether Democrat or Republican because the majority of Americans now get their news instantly via internet and not in the next days newspaper. Maybe that's why so many newspapers have gone out of business, they keep shooting themselves in the foot.

    October 28, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. iampraying

    Fact Check comments:
    Times-Dispatch wrote, "has succeeded as a family man, governor (the state lost 45,000 jobs under him and was 47/50 in GDP? growth), entrepreneur( I love to fire people made 15.3 million from the Auto bail-out w/Elliott Mgmt Co), Olympic leader( used federal money to do so). He is a man of character (He cries he is being attacked when he attacks, characteris of a bully), a problem-solver ( Change the message sooth the crowd), a turnaround specialist (very good at FLIP FLOPPING). He is lying about Jeep moving to CHINA-Truthfulness doesn't seem to be part of his morals.

    October 28, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. iampraying

    . The editors wrote that after an intense Republican primary, Romney "goes before all voters as America's best hope to create jobs, cut deficit spending, reduce the national debt, restore American exceptionalism,
    If you are a part of the top 2% this could be true–Where are the NAtive Americans? BE heard–stop letting these "people" control your destiny–fight for your rights that have been denied you forever–they will come after your gambling money or allow someone to take-over your companies–than you will be back to the hard times-without hope

    October 28, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question is who listens to these endorsements other than those that follow the race closely.

    October 28, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. whocares

    Who gives a rats tail about what someone at a newspaper writes about his or her own selection for the election? It is the news papers business to REPORT, not make their own news. The American public, I hope, can make up their own minds with and from statements from the candidates, and b y reading about the platforms of the parties. Oh – well so far, I haven't really seen a newspaper, or heard a TV station actually give the platform of either party. Maybe that is where they should go, and write the information that is there. After all, either candidate is responsible to the party, and the voters to carry out those platform if elected.

    October 28, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Why would anybody wait so long to offer endorsements? Many people have already voted.

    October 28, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Name

    We want to go forward, not backward to the bush era.

    October 28, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Name

    Romney is saying everything to sound like obama,he is even using his line of change.

    October 28, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. B.Deol

    Speaking about newspaper endorsements, it is pertinent to point that San Jose Mercury News Grp., wide circulation in northern California including Silicon Valley, has endorsed President Barack Obama for another term. In its endorsement, Mercury noted that President inherited a mess from President Bush and the worst economic crisis in 80 years. President Obama averted a big recession and successfully repaired some of the damage. The newspaper group pointed out that Obama has kept many of his promises, including health care and financial reforms, winding down the wars and hunting down Osama bin Laden. And he has been straight with the American people. The newspaper further pointed that Romney has not been honest. It's not just his changing positions on so many issues; it's the calculated deception that's alarming. The newspaper warned that Romney's economic platitudes and foreign policy bluster portend a return to the Bush era.

    October 28, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Ron L- Mich

    How can anyone support Mr. Romney??? Talk about a complete lack of character and spine this man has shown...
    Where shall I begin:
    He first supported a womens right to chose – then became a severe conservative Pro Life person
    He believed the car industry should be allowed to go bankrupt using the private sector (that is in a panic at the time) to guarantee loans. This would have not happen and there would be no GM, no Chrysler, and about 1,000,0000 fewer jobs,
    He says he is going to cut tax rates 20% across the board and restructure the tax system making sure the rich pay no more than they pay today which equates to the eliminaton of deductions that benefit the middle class.
    He claims he has been successful in business and knows how to turn this economy around – when Bain bought a company and could not turn it around they sold it,kept all the money to themselves and fired the employees with no severence pay, or insurance!!! So, how does that relate to running the government?
    He was a successful Governor able to reach across the aisle and work with Democrats – He is losing in the polls to President Obama by 30+ points in that state and signed over 600 vetoes at that time!!!
    He is going to increase spending on the military – at the same time he is going to cut the deficit
    He is going to cut the deficit – If you read his plan it does not address the deficit until he wins a 2nd term!!
    He clearly stated he believed 47% of the American public do not take responsibilty for their lives and are government dependent!!
    I could go on but I think you get my point... How can ANYONE believe a word he says!!!
    I DON"T, he is one of the most AMORAL politicians I have seen in my lifetime and will say anything to win!!
    He lacks the CHARACTER to be the President of the United States

    October 28, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. DPV300

    "Romney, the man of charter"

    – Sure, dodged military draft, offshoring jobs over sea, hide money in foreign banks, dared not release his tax return, destroys Americans' jobs and companies, cheat, lying and cannot keep content in one sentence consistent, belong to a religious cult.......

    October 28, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. nickp91

    The Des Moines Register hasn't endorsed a candidate for President for decades

    October 28, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. abed manassara

    I can't believe Chicago picked Mitt. He seem more like a dictator, Obama speaks,looks,acts like a president vote Democratic. One love. Abed:)

    October 28, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Dan J

    Obama, the incumbent from Illinois, lost a major endorsement from his home state. That's gotta hurt.

    October 28, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. melsystech

    Republicans in the house blocked all Presidents agendas for moving America forward, was these news papers involved?

    October 28, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Sorensen

    The Des Moines Register. 600 miles of corn in all directions. Surprise, surprise!

    October 28, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. Willie Floyd

    Didn't the Register endorse Nixon?? Seems I read that somewhere-if so-their choices aren't so great!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 28, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. Name CA girl

    Newspaper editorial boards certainly are well-read and have access to politicians that the general public does not, so it would seem quite appropriate they endorse candidates, especially not that the Supreme Court has allowed corporations to tell their employees how to vote!!
    The most striking endorsement for me was the Salt Lake City paper's support, enen after hosting the Olympics, of Obama because Romney has taken too many stands on issues that his true views and intentions are anyone's guess.

    October 28, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. coco1

    Obama received an endorsement from the Salt Lake City Tribune noting that there were too many Mitts. Who knew and from what I have been reading none of the big news groups have found it unusual for an Obama endorsement coming from the heart of Morman country and a historically Republican state. It is newsworthy.

    October 28, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. atc333

    Romney's successes as Governor were because of the Mass Democrats, not in spite of them. Unlike the GOP in the House and Senate blocking all of Obama's legislation simply because they chose to put Politics first, to"Make Obama a One Term President", and not work towards rebuilding the Nation's economy, the Democrats in the Mass. Legislature chose to put their State and their Citizens first,.

    Just as most of Romney's claims, as the newly minted "Moderate Mitt", suddenly "The Mitt for all Reasons", it is an illusion.
    Romney claims to have worked "Across the aisles,"yet his Mass. Record shows he vetoed over 800 Bills presented by the Legislature while he was Governor. What does that tell you about his "Ability to work with others? Sorry, the truth is, for Mitt and the GOP, it is, and always has been "my way or the highway:"
    "47% Mitt? is alive and well, simply hanging back until after January 1, 2013 to make his presence known once again."Moderate Mitt" is nothing but a campaign tool, to suck in those who have not been listening to what "Severely Conservative Mitt" has been saying for the past 2 years to win his Party's nomination.

    October 28, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. wondering wanda

    Romney is stealing the President's lines–He must really be afraid–He has a lots of IOUs to pay back that is why he is resorting to stealing lines, acting as if he has won- he might but America would be like a pig's mudhole–when has a bully been so highly regarded? If his pants caught on fire everytime he lied– WOW can you image that?

    October 28, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. luke,az

    Romney is the worst presidential nominee that the Republican party could have chosen. This man has no core convictions at all. President Obama deserves four more years just for killing Osama Bin Laden during his administration, period.

    October 28, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  23. geggyg

    This story cant be correct there cant be any newspapers supporting Romney , dont the repubs keep saying that Obama and the dems have all the media outlets in their pockets as some sort of conspiracy theory, and that the repubs cant get their message out to the American people

    October 28, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. Phyllis G Williams

    The Lord Jesus gives the sweetest jokes as Mormons are voting for the President, and several Christians are becoming Mormons. I find it very amusing.

    October 28, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  25. Becky D.

    Don't really beleive any newspaper endorsements as their editorial boards are unable to be unbiased the rest of the time so i'm not willing to give them credence in an election year. Prefer to do the research mysef which is why I will be supporting Mitt Romney!

    October 28, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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