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. Sarah

    These 2 newspapers are moromonic – they give the press a very BAD name – by endorsing Mitt Romney the biggest LIAR to ever run for President!

    November 4, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. shoremanbrian

    Won't be buying flip-flop paper anymore

    November 4, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Sarah

    So these 2 SO-CALLED newspapers are endoring Mit LIAR Romney – whose economists say has a tax plan that will RAISE taxes on the middle class, and will ADD Trillions to the national debt! They are endorsing Mitt Romney who had one of the WORST job creation records when he was Governor, the same Mitt Romney who has most of his money planted in secret accounts on other countries around the world, the same Mitt Romney who as a businessman CLOSED down American businesses and shipped American jobs Overseas – the same Mitt Romney who has proven to be the biggest LIAR to ever run for President! This is why the Press is not respected by the Americans people, and has turned into a joke!

    November 4, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. pcalif

    Those papers were always Republican leaning. Remember, money will buy anything in this election and the Romney campaign admits as much.

    November 4, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. drachenx

    Its 2012, who the heck reads the newspaper anyhow? I buy them so my dog has a place to "go".

    November 4, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. shoremanbrian

    Daily News just flippped & Flopped...........Who GOT to Them......$$$$$$$$ & promises from someone gauranteed to someone has me scratching my Head...........such a dishonest endorsement.utterly ridiculous. I wll not be purchasing a flip flop paper anymore,let alone vote for one!

    November 4, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Chris in Pennsylvania

    If you read the Daily News and Long Island Newsday endorsements, they make a lot of sense to me. I'm an independent that voted for Obama in 2008, but candidate Obama was much better than President Obama. It's a harsh reality, but he just hasn't done enough.

    November 4, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Amanda Wolf

    No, it makes no sense, rather many aged owners of ny newspapers have sold out to the richest nominee: romney, plus in such a large state, there are thousands of journalistic sources of "news" like the false faux news (fox news) and the murdock family magnates, plus NY is donald trump
    's state , he owns chains of fast food restaurants. romney, ryran, rove and trump, only had to threaten their managers (middle class small
    workers to fire them 🙁 What minor employee would "refuse" not to vote "determinedely for the repuke nominee?

    President Obama is saving us all Americans from slavery !!!!


    OBAMA 2012:))))

    November 4, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Britannia

    The people at these newspapers don't appear to have one economist between them. It will take longer than four years to turn the economy around following an 8-year stint at wrecking it!

    November 4, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. toni

    mitt is biggest con man i have ever seen. the 47 % comments was the worst ever. he then started lying about what he really meant to say. mitt is the salesman that calls you on the phone, gets all your information then says i will never use it. the next day you check your bank account all your money is gone. the republican party is trying to steal this election just like they did for bush.

    November 4, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Linda

    Perhaps its cynicism but could these papers have decided that by going against the tide they might increase circulation or advertising? There is no logical reason for a Romney endorsement and the justification used by both of these papers is very weak. Unless of course the editorial board has always been conservative and jumped on the historical election wagon in 2008 without believing in the policies in order to be perceived as PC. Either way I hope LI and NYC voters use their wallets to tell these papers how they feel about this.

    November 4, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. J

    I am glad some posts are hitting the nail on the head. Romney economics doesn't add up. People with that much money can't understand or care about the plight of the ordinary American.

    November 4, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. hopeismyname

    I am completely at a loss that people would hear the tapes of the "47% comments" and America that gullible that it can forgive and forget? I am dismayed that this man can say one thing one week and another the next yet people seem to lap it up......clearly it is no longer a matter of saying what is right or true but rather what is popular and paid for. I am saddened to see that a used car salesman can buy America's conscious

    November 4, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. OBAMNEY2012

    You Gary Johnson supporters are wasting your votes! A vote for him is a vote for Obama! Romney/Ryan 2012!.....just kidding! 😉

    November 4, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. hopeismyname

    I m sorry – I meant conscience

    November 4, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Obama's failure to accelerate the improvement of the economy” really
    Don’t fire the good and smart driver get rid off the speed bumpers (tea party) fired the GOP congress

    November 4, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    They see the handwriting on the wall.........that if Obama is reelected, things will pretty much stay as they are.

    November 4, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Karen

    What is wrong with people, excuse me the independent voters... You expected a 4 year turn around from 8 years of being in the hole? And now you think Romney the man that flip flops and says what ever just to get in the white house will be able to put us on course. Sorry but I'm one if the 47% and a female who love making my own choices with my body. Wake up people! Go Obama!!!

    November 4, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. Juanito

    Romney is a leader and will lead the country back to prosperity. The middle class will make more money again and the poor will have more opportunities.

    November 4, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. dzerres

    And newspaper wonder where their readers are going. Although I read my local rag via the internet I refuse to pay for this kind of tripe. Weak logic and yet the still go with the great unknown – must be because the owners see themselves more as a Romney 1% rather than their readers who are the 99%. Very sad but these newspapers are bringing on their own slow demise. I wish newspapers would just stay away from political columnists and endorsements and just stick to the news.

    November 4, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    The NY what newspaper? Economynis doing better than four years ago and numbers don't lie.

    November 4, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. peety

    There's something a little strange about this Romney guy!

    November 4, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. g

    romney said he would reverse everything obama did–back to 2009 in a week

    November 4, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. geggyg

    Why do the newspapers put part of the blame for higher fares on the subways to Obama , arent subway fares decided by the city and maybe some state govts, Do they want Pres Obama to subsidise the subways , wouldnt that be fed govt intrusion into local and state decisions, plus putting the deficit up . Arent repubs against both these things .

    November 4, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Facts don't Lie

    The REAL papers in the NY area are what counts. I am not surprised that a tabloid like the New York Daily would endorse Romney.....but was surprised that a London paper also owned by Rupert Murdoch endorsed Obama....maybe they are a bit smarter across the pond than we give them credit for.

    November 4, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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