New York newspapers flip for Romney
November 4th, 2012
03:08 PM ET
9 years ago

New York newspapers flip for Romney

(CNN) – The New York Daily News and Long Island's Newsday endorsed Republican nominee Mitt Romney for president, switching from their 2008 pick of then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

In an article published in the newspaper's opinion section Sunday, the Daily News' editorial board dissected the nation's economic hardships down to the dollars and cents of an increasingly expensive subway ride to a $3.90 average for a gallon of gasoline.

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"Paychecks are shrunken after more than a decade in which the workplace has asked more of wage earners and rewarded them less," wrote the Daily News. "The decline has knocked someone at the midpoint of the salary scale back to where he or she would have been in 1996."

In the last presidential election, the Daily News threw their support behind a "historical figure whose intelligence, political skills and empathy with common folk positioned him to build on the small practical experience he would bring to the world's toughest job."

But the hope with that came with Obama's candidacy in 2008 went "unfulfilled," wrote the Daily News, ticking off what the paper deems as failed accomplishments; the 2009 stimulus plans, Obama's signature health care initiative, a growing national debt and failed attempt to reach a fiscal deal with Congress.

Newsday agreed writing, "Had Barack Obama done the job of president with the same passion and vision he displayed in seeking it, he would likely deserve another term. He did not."

"Obama's failure to accelerate the improvement of the economy is the dominant reason Romney is the right choice, but it's not the only one," wrote the Long Island paper's editorial board, also pointing to a rising national debt and Obama's failure to break the partisan divide in Washington, to name a few.

Comparing the candidates' plans for economic recovery, "Romney's approach is the stronger," wrote the Daily News, touting the GOP standard bearer's tax proposal, energy plan and Medicare reform.

Newsday wrote that its "decision to endorse Romney is not an easy one," noting the devastating aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and Romney's plan to shift relief efforts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to states "is a great risk" as well as a number of "distinct achievements" under the Obama administration including the bailout of the auto industry.

Still, while both papers agree the Republican candidate not perfect, Newsday cites "Romney's potential to put America back to work" as reason for their support, and the editorial board at the Daily News wrote it is "compelled to stand with Romney" in this crucial economic time.

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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Mark Sentesy

    Both newspapers, alarmingly, completely misunderstand basic economic systems. The Daily News accuses Obama of allowing the deflation of real wages in relation to the costs of living. This is a baffling and idiotic statement. Why? Politics has nothing to do with the decrease in the real value of workers wages.

    First, Obama can't legislate anything except minimum wage. Second, it is the system of wage-labor that decreases the real value of wages. How? To make profits, business always try to reduce labor costs.

    Politicians can do nothing about this: let's say a politician raises wages through legislation, businesses will either simply raise prices, which ultimately the workers have to pay, or the business will close, and the new unemployed people will compete with other workers for jobs and drive wages down.

    Newsday accuses Obama of failing to accelerate the improvement of the economy. First, to accelerate economic growth the government would have to spend much more–something the Republicans have resisted with their calls for austerity–and in addition they have prevented a vote even occurring on Obama's jobs bills. Second, and more importantly, acceleration of growth does not fix the underlying problem of the real value of wages in relation to the costs of living (see previous paragraph).

    November 4, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. fg54

    @Amanda Wolf
    Be careful you might get choked with your hatred. 'RA RA RA, SI SI SI, OUI OUI OUI' – WTF, are you drunk, hyper high or more likely all of the above?! Never seen a post more pathetic and incoherent than yours.

    November 4, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. Intelligence

    Finally, a smart newspaper, and in New York. Maybe their is hope for New Yorkers after all. May take time, but Rome wasn't build in a century either. OMG! Obama Must Go! Save us Romney! Now this is a real President (and forefather) who won't baby us and treat us like idiots because we can't do for ourselves like adults.
    At least his middle name isn't Hussain. No respect for the white house having that Beyonce have her butt sitting in the actual table of the situation room. How insulting is that? What a nightmare Obama has been. I hope they have the elementary schools named after him (Hussain) in New York or wherever he has more servants following him. He is like the Anti Christ like in the movie "The Omen." God save us! Your idiots if you are that dumb to vote for him and you get what you deserve (handouts at other peoples expense). No shame whatsoever...

    November 4, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Some one needs to tell them about Romney being charged with violating the federal Ethics in Government law by improperly concealing his multi-million dollar windfall from the auto industry bail-out.

    November 4, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  5. Geegee

    Some one need to tell them about Romney being charged with violating the federal Ethics in Government law by improperly concealing his multi-million dollar windfall from the auto industry bail-out.

    November 4, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. Alan

    You Obama supporters should wacth the movie called Obama's America 2016. I doubt you would hold the same opinion of Obama. If Romney wins chance are things are going to get better, if no well throw him to the curb in four years. Half of you New Yorkers are not smart enough to know what the consitution is for, the other quarter that knows what the consitution is for, don't know whats in it. So if your not smart enough to know what the consitution is or whats in it and why the consitution exists, then you should not be votong in the first place.

    November 4, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  7. jm

    Get I won't be reading those periodicals, hey by the way, isn't paper dying

    November 4, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Romney is obviously the better candidate... Open your eyes, people! Almost 16 trillion dollars in debt, coupled with 23 Americans unemployed and 45 million more on food stamps... This president promised so much more. And for all of you who say that Mitt Romney is George W. Bush, you need to do some more research and stop watching MSNBC. George Bush was not fiscally conservative, Mitt Romney is. A more accurate comparison can be made between President Obama and George W. Bush. Romney will work with Republicans and Democrats alike. President Obama will continue his destructive partisan politics strategy. No, the Republicans are only part of the problem with this gridlock. The democrats controlled the House AND the Senate for Obama's first two years in office. But instead of hearing and listening to the voices of the Republicans (in the minority). he instead shoved his new legislation down their throats, with zero votes from the right. Unprecedented. Then, when the Republicans take control, the President expects to be welcomed with open arms? Face it, a community organizer is not a good choice as the leader of the free world... This is a man who was propped up by his party as the face of a new generation. His policies have failed, his plan has failed. Mitt Romney will be the next president of the United States. And he will be a good one.

    November 4, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  9. Helmuth Wiegert

    Let it be known that most Canadians ( if we could vote ) love Obama. Romney seems to be a second Bush ... a war mongro.

    November 5, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  10. Lost

    Mittens could care less about the price of a subway ride or what people pay for gasoline. He's really just the "Prop", the empty chair, empty suit, ....and empty heart.

    November 5, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  11. diane

    The last four years have broken my heart, because I was naive enough to trust media until this president was elected. I've always been irritated by what is *politically correct*, but never thought the country could be ruled by such a superficial notion. Will the media now become as virulently conservative as they have been liberal if Romney is elected? I think not. Can i ever listen to a news story or read an article without analysing it for manipulative indicators? NO. Some of us are educated enough to apply critical thinking to information input, but the standards of education and the press are not changing for the better, not at least right now. Obama was my first vote in a lifetime of avoiding the political system in this country due to Kennedy's death (why bother?) and Nixon's high crimes (They're all crooks.) So i will read the endorsements, watch the news, get online for objectivity and remain cynically detached from the blood sport people call politics. Maybe I'll vote again someday, but this has been a totally negative experience.

    November 5, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  12. drzahidimran

    To be taken seriously the editorial board should have highlighted any plan by Romney than relying on his rhetoric. The infamous "Day One", promises can only be possible for Almighty and not by any mortal. With God all things are possible but Romney has only demagoguery to offer. Do we want someone in White House who could not invite his In Laws to his Mormon Wedding! If it was a Muslim wedding (no such restrictions in Islam) these media pundits would be in frenzy.

    November 5, 2012 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  13. Greg

    Anamda, the only reason the pres is saving anyone from slavery is because so many people are unemployed even slaves can't work. But I am sure OBama's housekeepers are working with our money. BHO promised that unemployment would be at 5.5%. He promised it and we are nowhere near that. He said he would cut the deficite and it has doubled. The 47% better hope Romney gets in because when this counrty can't pay it's debts, healthcare and unemployment are going to be the first to suffer. So pray for a Romney victory and get the rich and previliged Obama family out of the white house for good. I hope I never have to see his sorry face again.

    November 5, 2012 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  14. Marry

    @ J
    They are not interested in the plight of the ordinary American. YOU PEOPLE can fend for yourselves! Of cause makes it harder after the GOP have "harvested" the country again but they will "trickle down" on you. So be happy and vote – or else! We will fires you – just like Jeep will (NOT!!).
    Threats and lies, misrepresentation and slander, changing simple "talking-points" – that is the way of the party of "NO" for you today.

    November 5, 2012 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  15. tangotwo

    Clearly, Obama supporters have lost all objectivity. Romney has a history of success Obama has none. His entire life has been one of false pretense. The last four years have demonstrated his lack of leadership and vision. He has a poor understanding of America's role in the world and our ability to prevent econimic collapse levereging capitalistic ingenuity. Say what you will but he is not the person to assume the mantra as the Leader of the free world. As a side note, his second term, if elected, will probably be preoccupied with the largest cover up since Iran Contra. He won't be able to get anything done as his administration will be fighting off impeachment. Romney is the only logical choice..

    November 5, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  16. dan

    NY Daily News should print details of Romney's tax plan and how he will fund Medicare since they claim to know the details that the rest of the country never heard.

    I let along use the NYDN to line the bottom of my bird cage rather read it.

    November 5, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  17. snowball-roaster

    Probably Romney will win, but his policy for a better economy with less tax for those who live on the better side of life will not work but will divide the nation much more than ever before.And those from the poors and from unemployed workers who trusted him will be very disappointed. In the end they will see, that there is no remedy and that America will decline.

    November 5, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  18. Patrick Lewis

    The Economists's non-ringing endorsement of Obama was the most comprehensive thing I've read in a while. These rags? I'd pay attention when they are handicaping Dancing with the Stars, but not much else.

    November 5, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  19. MaryAnn

    People expected the President to fix the mess deep mess we were in for eight years in four years . Really people????? No one could have done that! The President has done a great job with the mess he was given. If you are upset about the situation we are in blame the real man that put us here, not the man that has been working to dig us out!!! Oh and while you're at it, look at the representatives that refuse to work with him because of their bigotry. It's amazing to me how many people don't have common sense. Mitt Romney has not given a clear path, he has flipped flopped through this entire campaign and he gears his message to whichever crowd he is in front of to win the votes. Look at his character, can you really trust this man to make decisions on behalf of you and your family? I can't and honestly feel he really doesn't give a damn. I guess that 47% is much more important to him now.

    November 5, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Every New Yorker reads the Daily News for the pictures.
    Third grade reading level stories, in other words who cares.
    Long Island is the "Red" part of our state.
    Obama 2012.

    November 5, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  21. Erik

    Regardless of what you think of these endorsements, I think it's misguided to think that the editorial boards of these newspapers were somehow bribed or forced to endorse Romney. New York will never go to Romney no matter who the newspapers endorse. Putting political pressure on these papers or threatening or bribing them will never deliver NY to Romney. It would be a waste of resources or "favors" to strong arm the Daily News and Newsday.

    November 5, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  22. Increase Powers

    The Daily News editorial page has always been Republican; its 2008 endorsement of Obama was an anomaly. These editorial boards are basically following the perceived self-interest of their wealthy owners, not the interests of the American people. Romney has offered zero policies that will encourage job creation. Indeed, the Ryan/Romney obsession with deficits at the wrong time would send the country back into recession.

    November 5, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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