New York newspapers flip for Romney
November 4th, 2012
03:08 PM ET
8 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. anonoymous

    Too bad the state is going to Obama and that's all that really counts....Obama 2012

    November 4, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. bill pike

    it's all about economics and obama has zero experience in the business world which means he never created one job. He has been on acorn's and government payrolls his entire adult life so why would he understand how to build any business. He attacked bush for $1.80 a gallon and he DOUBLED THE COST OF GAS, attacked bush about spending AND HAS PLACED US IN MORE DEBT THAN ALL THE EX PRESIDENTS COMBINED, and the beat goes on. If you want a socialist then vote obama–look up FRANK DAVIS his mentor and you will know why.

    November 4, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. kakaraka

    Where were these phony newspapers when Bush was driving the economy in the dish. These guys have a short memory. Given the terrible mess created in 8 years and left to President Obama by Bush, these guys want the President to clean it up in less than 4 years. What a yahoo! Worst, they want a candidate who wants to go to the same failed policies of Bush. These guys must have been drinking something. It's beyond common sense their assertment.

    November 4, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. RBS

    Totally illogical. This is surrender to the GOP's Taliban insurgency strategy. Sow chaos to make the government look inept, then harvest the disillusionment. Obama's inability to break the GOP's partisan firewall is more a reason to get rid of the Republicans than Obama. The more shamelessly entrenchant the Republicans get - the more they refuse to help solve our enormous problems in order to maintain their own partisan advantage - the more power they reap, thanks to this sort of logic. Logic, it ain't.

    November 4, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Private Ryan

    Uneducated indeed.

    November 4, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Rachelle a free-market economy like the US's the President does NOT control the price of gasoline. Such ignorance bespeaks the devolution of mass intelligence. In simpler terms: Dumbin' it down America.

    November 4, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Hotdog

    Romney's potential to put American back to work! What potential? He has not put forth a plan with any specifics regarding this matter. Besides, how is he more able to put America back to work than the POTUS. If any one in their right mind think that our unemployment problem can be corrected by waving a wand is not being honest with themselves. We were losing a total of 700K jobs per month under G.W. Bush and people believed him when he said our economy was doing just fine. Unfortunately, job growth does does not occur at that rate. Where were these people when jobs were being out sourced to China? Why is it that they did not say any thing at that time?

    November 4, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. R.U. Kidding

    That 's the last time I ever buy a news paper from either of them. Oh wait, I never do anyway because neither is very good.

    November 4, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Unreasonable

    Curious what is their basis of their optimism regarding Romney?
    The whole crux of his "economic plan" is tax cuts, mostly for the likes of himself (hundreds of thousands of cuts for millionaires and dollars and pennies for the poor). Never mind that the government is already operating a trillion dollar deficit so the tax cut is an unfunded hand-out if no material cuts are on the table.
    On the other hand, Mitt has never maintained a consistant positon on any matter, which means he is a "pig in the poke".
    I suppose his supporters can support him gambling the future of this country as well as their own in the hope that the gamble pays off and Romney's boat raises their own. The only constant about Romney in his known life is he will do what is best for Romney.

    November 4, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Cyril Egbefo

    I bet you, if Gov. Mitt Romney were to be a contenstant in America Got Talent show, Piers Mogan would have BUZZED him due to his Flip Flop attitude. Ask Piers for his opinion on this. XXX for Gov. Romney.

    November 4, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Frank Torres

    As a New Yorker and Long Islander,I am saddened to see these papers get it all wrong in supporting a canidate who is a major flip flopper and an elitist with no clue what it's like to be a middle classer. I'll be cancelling my Newsday subscription!

    November 4, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain: Republicans block everything then blame YOU nothing gets done!

    Shrinking paychecks coincide with the Bush tax cuts. Reelect President Obama to ensure these unnecessary and irresponsible tax breaks for the wealthy end. There is NO correlation between the rich paying less and job creation; nonetheless, Mittens continues to support this lie.

    President Obama's policies have resulted in 32 straight months of private sector job growth; the Dow has doubled in the last 4 years; housing starts are up; housing values are rebounding; my 401K has regained all it lost under Bush's failed policies.

    I'm voting for continuing to move forward; I'm voting for President Obama and a straight Democratic ticket!

    November 4, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. N Hardin

    Too bad these papers are managed by people so ingorant that they buy iinto Romney's total lack of detail... Not a big fan of the stalemarte in DC, but given a llittle analysis, a thiinking person can see the serious problems with Romney's incomplete tax plan and "North American" energy policy. Romney's non-policies are words with no viable plan.

    November 4, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Petra

    New Yorkers are not as gullable as the rest of us. New Yorkers knows that President Obama has their back. Look at even in a time of crisis, Mit the liar want to dismantle FEMA and he said " send back to States and the Private Sector", if FEMA was not functioning, people in New York will get no assistance from the Federal Government.
    NY, NJ, PA, and other states know that the best candidates is Obama/Biden team.
    Stay strong you storm victims-President Obama under his command will make sure you all build back and build back stronger and we your fellow Americans will assist in every way we can. Together we will persevere!
    Vote Obama/Biden November 6 2012!!

    November 4, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Maria L Washington

    This seem like a trick of the times, you wash my back and I will was yours. Just like a marker being call in, this come after the mayor gave Obama his vote. that's why I don't buy News paper today, you can't trust everything they say.

    November 4, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. n

    Idiots for Romney!

    November 4, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Petra

    Did you see the News later-the real News-our economy is improving! Instead of losing jobs, we are creating jobs!!
    Mit the liar even if he sign and notarized a document pronouncing to do XY or Z, bet you bottom $ that he will say that it was he who sign. Mit Romney cannot be trusted!! Look how he is attacking and lying in his campaign and then he acts like the victim. Mit you make me sick!
    Please go and sit in a corner!

    November 4, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. cheska

    If you think you were wrong last time.Do you think you're right this time?

    November 4, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. REGinAZ

    The Subterfuge v The Reality: Republicans claim Obama is taking $700B out of Medicare v actually it is $700B out of Medicare expenses; Romney says he will restore $700B to Medicare v the reality is Romney wants to repeal Obamacare which would restore $700B to Medicare expenses for Special Interests; Republicans claim Obama will have a trillion dollars added in taxes v actually Obama plans to raise taxes only for those earning over $250k and in the mean time Romney wants to cut taxes and drastically cut regulations, greatly benefiting the few and resulting in his numbers not adding up; Republicans say repealing Obamacare is a positive v the reality is that it is already providing benefit for many, most don’t want it repealed, the Republicans served their own interests in refusing bipartisan cooperation to develop healthcare reform and now they want to leave the people dependent on those who fought it and don’t want it, to come up with something of value; the Republicans fault “big government”, government spending and the deficit as the evil v the reality that while those things are good to get under control they didn’t cause our problems and concentrating there is a distraction from what did cause our problems – that consistently being aggressive exploitation by the few, allowed by permissive politicians seeking the support of “the money” and just costing the majority greatly.

    November 4, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Emma in Baltimore

    If Romney wins, they'll look at today as "the good ole days."

    November 4, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Bob

    "Romney's approach is stronger"??? Stronger, in the sense that it will reverse things, i.e. send the economy back down the toilet, I agree.

    November 4, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. queen

    obama still tryin to fix the miss bush left give the man some credit rich people only want romney so he can money in their pocket i think we are a little better off now

    November 4, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Al-amin skogo

    In aur nation there are so many challenged partaining a party candedate normination b/c of our leaders selfishness an injusties but we are always pray

    November 4, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Marco a constantino

    They have to change their support t show a difference , New York Times declared support Obama !

    November 4, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Jan

    "Romney's approach is stronger" ??? What approach? Show me the money, as they concrete plan has been forthcomig, just a lot of pandering.

    November 4, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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