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28 Newspapers (And Counting) That Endorsed Obama In 2008 Change Their Minds In 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012 18:00
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28 EDITORIAL BOARDS FROM NEWSPAPER ACROSS AMERICA ENDORSE MITT ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT…
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#1 – The Des Moines Register: Obama’s “Record On The Economy The Past Four Years Does Not Suggest He Would Lead In The Direction The Nation Must Go In The Next Four Years.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney Offers A Fresh Economic Vision,” The Des Moines Register, 10/27/12)
  • The Des Moines Register : Obama’s “Best Efforts To Resuscitate The Stumbling Economy Have Fallen Short. Nothing Indicates It Would Change With A Second Term In The White House.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney Offers A Fresh Economic Vision,” The Des Moines Register, 10/27/12)
  • Before Endorsing Mitt Romney, The Des Moines Register Last Endorsed A Republican Presidential Candidate In 1972. (Editorial, “Mitt Romney Offers A Fresh Economic Vision,” The Des Moines Register, 10/27/12)
#2 – Quad-City Times: Obama’s Presidency Is Plagued With “Flagging Leadership.” “[Health care reform is] just one example of flagging leadership on an issue that defines the Obama presidency. Sadly, others exist.” (Editorial, “Ready For Change,” Quad-City Times, 10/28/12)
  • Quad-City Times : “The Change That We’d Hoped Would Elevate Our Economy Wound Up Woefully Short.” Editorial, “Ready For Change,” Quad-City Times, 10/28/12)
  • Quad-City Times : “The Presidential Gambit To Place Health-Care Reform Ahead Of Economic Recovery Jeopardized Both.” (Editorial, “Ready For Change,” Quad-City Times, 10/28/12)
  • Quad-City Times : Green Energy Companies Obama Chose “Stumbled Despite Receiving Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Taxpayer-Funded Grants.” “The president’s green energy initiatives were intended to launch a U.S. alternative energy boom. Earlier this month, A123 Systems joined the succession of green energy firms that failed after being selected by the Obama administration for preferential grants. Beacon Power. Abound Solar. EnerDel. Solyndra. All stumbled despite receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded grants.” (Editorial, “Ready For Change,” Quad-City Times, 10/28/12)
#3 – Reno Gazette-Journal: Obama “Has Shown Little Understanding Of How His Failures Are Affecting The Nation, And He Hasn’t Offered Any Tangible Proposals To Change Course.” “A vote to re-elect Obama promises four more years of the same. (Editorial, Nevada Needs A Change Now; Elect Mitt Romney President,” Reno Gazette-Journal, 10/20/12)
  • Reno Gazette-Journal : “But the United States, and Nevada, cannot afford four more years of the same. The change Obama promised four years ago is needed right now.” (Editorial, Nevada Needs A Change Now; Elect Mitt Romney President,” Reno Gazette-Journal, 10/20/12)
  • Reno Gazette-Journal : Obama’s Pursuit Of “An Overreaching Health-Care Reform Plan” Wasted Time And Political Capital, Violated His Transparency Pledge, And Furthered “The Partisan Divide (Editorial, Nevada Needs A Change Now; Elect Mitt Romney President,” Reno Gazette-Journal, 10/20/12)
#4 – Orlando Sentinel: “We Have Little Confidence That Obama Would Be More Successful Managing The Economy And The Budget In The Next Four Years.” “We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years. For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.” (Editorial, “Our Pick For President: Romney,” Orlando Sentinel , 10/19/12)
  • Orlando Sentinel : “Economic Growth, Three Years Into The Recovery, Is Anemic.” (Editorial, “Our Pick For President: Romney,” Orlando Sentinel, 10/19/12)
#5 – Sun Sentine l [Fort Lauderdale, FL] : Despite Obama’s “Promise Of Hope And Change,” “We Have Little Reason To Believe He Can Turn Things Around.” So while we endorsed Obama in 2008, we recommend voters choose Republican Mitt Romney on Nov. 6.” (Editorial, “Sun Sentinel Endorses Mitt Romney For President,” Sun Sentinel, 10/26/12)
  • Sun Sentinel : After Four Years Of The Obama Economy, “Growth Is Sputtering,” “Family Incomes Are Down,” And “Poverty Is Up.” (Editorial, “Sun Sentinel Endorses Mitt Romney For President,” Sun Sentinel, 10/26/12)
  • Sun Sentinel : Obama “Failed To Focus On Job One: Jobs.” “The president had enormous opportunity when he took office, with Democrats controlling both houses of Congress. But he failed to focus on Job One: Jobs.” (Editorial, “Sun Sentinel Endorses Mitt Romney For President,” Sun Sentinel, 10/26/12)
#6 – Naples Daily News: “It Is Not Worth Risking The State Of Our Economy For The Next Four Years To See Whether His [Obama's] Learning Curve Really Is Behind Him.” (Editorial, “President Of The United States,” Naples Daily News, 10/28/12)
  • Naples Daily News : “Obama Failed To Attempt The Same Reality-Driven Statesmanship” That Bill Clinton Did With Republicans After 1994. (Editorial, “President Of The United States,” Naples Daily News, 10/28/12)
#7 – Florida Today: Obama “Failed To Satisfy” Our Expectations. We also believed Obama would reach out and build new coalitions in Washington to resolve issues mired in partisanship. Four years later, Obama has failed to satisfy three out of four of those expectations.” (Editorial, “We Recommend Mitt Romney For President,” Florida Today, 10/27/12)
  • Florida Today : “Byzantine” Obamacare Was “Confusing And Ill-Timed.” “But Obama’s signature achievement was confusing and ill-timed. The byzantine Affordable Care Act worsened uncertainty for business during a recession and will compound the costs of workplace benefits for four out of five working-age Americans.” (Editorial, “We Recommend Mitt Romney For President,” Florida Today, 10/27/12)
#8 – Pensacola News Journal: “Four years ago, we recommended Barack Obama be elected. He offered himself as someone who could bridge the wide chasm between Democrats and Republicans. However, after four years, the situation has worsened.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney For President, Pensacola News Journal, 10/28/12)
#9 – The Daily Tribune [Royal Oak, MI]: Obama’s Leadership “Is Less Than Inspiring.” (Editorial, “Romney The Leader America Needs To Create More Jobs,” The Daily Tribune, 10/12/12)
  • The Daily Tribune : “‘Obama’s Wars’ depicts an administration riven with division over policies in Iraq and Afghanistan, perhaps overly focused on political ramifications and not a little bit of cynicism in explaining policies to the public.” (Editorial, “Romney The Leader America Needs To Create More Jobs,” The Daily Tribune, 10/12/12)
  • The Daily Tribune : “‘The Price Of Politics’ reveals the president’s strategic and leadership blunders during last year’s debt-ceiling negotiations.” (Editorial, “Romney The Leader America Needs To Create More Jobs,” The Daily Tribune, 10/12/12)
  • The Daily Tribune : “Now we have reports that security requests from our embassy in Libya were denied by the administration prior to the killing of our ambassador and three other Americans there last month.” (Editorial, “Romney The Leader America Needs To Create More Jobs,” The Daily Tribune, 10/12/12)
#10 – The Daily Herald [Chicago, IL]: “Where Is The Hope?” But four years later, where is the hope? Where is the confident swagger and leadership to uplift the nation’s mood?” (Editorial, “The Case For Mitt Romney For President,” The Daily Herald, 10/28/12)
  • The Daily Herald : Obama’s Reelection “Tone Is Division And Damaging.” “More pointedly, we are disappointed in the tone of Obama’s relentless insinuations that wealthy Americans refuse to pay their fair share. That tone is divisive and damaging for the nation and for our economy. It creates villains and victims, and unfairly so.” (Editorial, “The Case For Mitt Romney For President,” The Daily Herald, 10/28/12)
  • The Daily Herald : “When The Economy Was Wracked, He Chose Instead To Focus On Health Care Reform.” (Editorial, “The Case For Mitt Romney For President,” The Daily Herald, 10/28/12)
#11 – Houston Chronicle: “Obama’s Deeds Have Failed To Match His Words.” Four years later, President Obama’s deeds have failed to match his words, much less his specific vows to cut the national debt by half and bring the nation’s unemployment rate to 6 percent.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” Houston Chronicle, 10/21/12)
  • Houston Chronicle : “We do not believe four more years on the same plodding course toward economic recovery is the best path forward for Texas or the nation.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” Houston Chronicle, 10/21/12)
#12 – Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “[Obama Is] Right, And ‘Fundamentally Different’ Is What The Nation Needs. For That Reason, Romney Should Be Elected President On Nov. 6.” Economic recovery must be spurred to a faster pace, and a change to Romney’s leadership would do that.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney: New Leadership For More Economic Growth,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 10/20/12)
#13 – The Tennessean: “Barack Obama was elected in 2008 with a call for hope and change. Perhaps the change he spoke of could only come with the help of Mitt Romney.” (Editorial, “Time For Another Change,” The Tennessean, 10/17/12)
  • The Tennessean : Obama Suffers From An “Inability To Possess Leadership To Break The Partisan Gridlock In Congress.” “President Obama’s steps to get spending under control and reduce the debt are too tentative, and again hark back to his inability to possess the leadership to break the partisan gridlock in Congress.” (Editorial, “Time For Another Change,” The Tennessean, 10/17/12)
  • The Tennessean : Obama’s Lack Of Leadership And Inability To Forge Bipartisan Consensus For Health-Care Reform Was A “Sad Failure.” And like it or not, that failure is ultimately the responsibility of President Obama. It is he who should have insisted that the bill have bipartisan support.” (Editorial, “Time For Another Change,” The Tennessean, 10/17/12)
#14 – Los Angeles Daily News: We “Urge Voters To Say ‘Enough’ To A Democratic Administration Whose Sincere Best Has Turned Out Disappointing.” Mitt Romney is that seasoned leader.”
#15 – Long Beach Press-Telegram: “His [Obama's] Inexperience In An Executive Position Has Been Exposed. His Naivete About His Chances Of Getting Much Of His Program Through A Deeply Partisan Congress Has Been Cured The Hard Way.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney For President,” Long Beach Press-Telegram, 10/26/12)
#16 – The Reporter [Vacaville, CA]: “But, try as he [Obama] might, he has not been able to enact policies that might significantly grow jobs and restore the nation’s economy.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney For President,” The Reporter, 10/28/12)
  • The Reporter : “Mr. Obama may have great ideas, but if he can’t get them through Congress — and there’s no reason to think anything on that account will change after Nov. 6 — they are worthless.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney For President,” The Reporter, 10/28/12)
#17 – The New York Observer: “The United States simply cannot afford another four years of weak leadership.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” The New York Observer, 10/16/12)
  • The New York Observer : Obama’s Class Warfare Rhetoric Is Not That Of A “Friend” OR A “Leader,” But A “Politician.” “Class warfare might be a successful strategy for cobbling together 270 electoral votes. But it’s not the way to unite a divided nation. The president comes to town on a Monday, takes our money, shakes our hands and tells us how much he values the CEOs and innovators of New York. And then on Tuesday, he turns around and refers to business leaders as fat cat bankers whose success was created by the sweat of others. That’s not a friend. That’s not a leader. That’s a politician.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” The New York Observer, 10/16/12)
  • The New York Observer : Obama “Squandered An Opportunity To Bring Positive Change To Washington-And What Change He Did Bring Will Burden Future Generations.” We continue to rack up debt, buy services we cannot afford and allow unfunded liabilities to continue to grow. This has to end.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” The New York Observer, 10/16/12)
#18 – The Vancouver Columbian: Obama “Has Fallen Far Short.” But the best leaders break the worst logjams. Obama has not.” (Editorial, “President Of The United States: Mitt Romney,” The Vancouver Columbian, 10/14/12)
#19 – Billings Gazette: “Obama has failed to lead America forward from the stagnation that followed the great recession.” (Editorial, “Romney Offers New Leadership America Needs,” The Billings Gazette, 10/12/12)
  • Billings Gazette : “As President, Obama has failed to bring people together.” (Editorial, “Romney Offers New Leadership America Needs,” The Billings Gazette, 10/12/12)
  • Billings Gazette : “Obama has proven time and again to be indecisive.” (Editorial, “Romney Offers New Leadership America Needs,” The Billings Gazette, 10/12/12)
  • Billings Gazette : “Voters may well wonder if Obama even knows what it means to get spending under control.” (Editorial, “Romney Offers New Leadership America Needs,” The Billings Gazette, 10/12/12)
#20 – Pasadena Star-News: “Instead of following through on his hope-and-change message, Obama keeps telling us the limits of hope and change.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney For President,” Pasadena Star-News, 10/26/12)
#21 – Casper Star-Tribune: “Obama’s Term In The White House Has Been Quite Possibly The Most Disappointing Presidency In The History Of The United States.” Obama’s term in the White House has been quite possibly the most disappointing presidency in the history of the United States.” (Editorial, “After Four Years Of Failure, It’s Time For A Change,” Casper Star-Tribune, 10/14/12)
  • Casper Star-Tribune : “Obama’s four-year term has been a failure – even by the standards he said we should judge him by when he first took office.” (Editorial, “After Four Years Of Failure, It’s Time For A Change,” Casper Star-Tribune, 10/14/12)
  • Casper Star-Tribune : “Obama has failed. And voters shouldn’t reward failure with another term in office.” (Editorial, “After Four Years Of Failure, It’s Time For A Change,” Casper Star-Tribune, 10/14/12)
  • Casper Star-Tribune : “American can’t have another four years of fumbling.” (Editorial, “After Four Years Of Failure, It’s Time For A Change,” Casper Star-Tribune, 10/14/12)
#22 – Bluefield Daily Telegraph: “As the economic crisis continued to grow – and millions more were still without work – Obama chose to ignore the emergency at hand and instead came to a Kroger store right here in Southwest Virginia to stump for his controversial health care reform package.” (Editorial, “President Of The United States, Republican Mitt Romney,” Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 10/23/12)
  • Bluefield Daily Telegraph : “When we needed a president and a Congress who would fight to lift us out of a painful recession, they were too busy working to pass a health care law that many Americans still oppose or simply don’t understand.” (Editorial, “President Of The United States, Republican Mitt Romney,” Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 10/23/12)
  • Bluefield Daily Telegraph : The Obama Administration Has “Waged A Deplorable Crusade To Kill Coal Mining Jobs” Through Its “Politically Motivated Environmental Protection Agency.” Yes, the war on coal is real. It’s very real. And it has to be stopped.” (Editorial, “President Of The United States, Republican Mitt Romney,” Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 10/23/12)
#23 – Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise: “Four years later we realize ['Change We Can Believe In'] was all made up.”(Editorial, “Romney For President,”Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, 10/21/12)
  • Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise : “He’s Had Four Years To Change The Course Of Things But Has Only Made Them Worse.” Obama has had four years to change the course of things but has only made them worse.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, 10/21/12)
  • Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise : “Where’s Your Plan, Mr. President?” “President Obama makes a weak case for re-election. He says his policies need four more years to kick in. This from a commander-in-chief who hasn’t passed a federal budget in three years, hasn’t submitted a comprehensive energy bill in four years, and hasn’t given voters an inkling of where America might be headed through 2016. Where’s your plan, Mr. President?” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, 10/21/12)
#24 – Journal And Courier [Lafayette, IN]: “We just don’t believe he’s [Obama's] earned another four years.” (Editorial, “For President – Mitt Romney,” Journal And Courier, 10/26/12)
  • Journal And Courier : “Where’s The Plan? … In All Of That Campaigning, That Plan Didn’t Emerge.” “But here’s the rub: Obama has had four years. What improvements he’s overseen are largely incremental. Instead, lectures become excuses. And the excuses wear thin. Eventually, Obama’s words, meant for Romney, blow back: Where’s the plan? Where does this White House administration see America in four years? In all of that campaigning, that plan didn’t emerge.” (Editorial, “For President – Mitt Romney,” Journal And Courier, 10/26/12)
  • Journal And Courier : “At this point in a re-election bid, armed with a story of accomplishment, an incumbent should be prepared to ease into a second term. But even Obama must sense that compelling story isn’t there.” (Editorial, “For President – Mitt Romney,” Journal And Courier, 10/26/12)
  • Journal And Courier : Obama “Can Dish Out Blame” But Either He “Doesn’t Have The Clout Or The Willingness To Work The Halls To Recruit Allies In Congress.” “That said, we’ve watched Obama in the job. It’s become increasingly clear that, while he can dish out blame for recalcitrant factions on the other side of the aisle, he either doesn’t have the clout or the willingness to work the halls to recruit allies in Congress. (Editorial, “For President – Mitt Romney,” Journal And Courier, 10/26/12)
  • Journal And Courier : “He [Obama] spent so much time and political capital to pass a health care bill – one that actually wasn’t his, but came to bear his name – at the expense of focus on the serious business of improving the economy.” (Editorial, “For President – Mitt Romney,” Journal And Courier, 10/26/12)
#25 – The Joplin Globe: “Systemic, long-term change is needed in Washington, but after four years with President Barack Obama setting the nation’s course, that change has not come.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney For President,” The Joplin Globe, 10/27/12)
#26 – The Shreveport Times: “We Have Little Confidence Obama Will Be More Successful Managing The Economy And The Budget Going Forward.” “It is true that in 2008 we endorsed the change promised by Obama, but the reality today is – four years later – we have little confidence Obama will be more successful managing the economy and the budget going forward. Indeed, we feel change is needed again. And we believe Romney fills that ticket.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney: Our Choice For President,” The Shreveport Times, 10/26/12)
  • The Shreveport Times : In Pursuing Obamacare, Obama Did Not “Give Our Economy The Focus Of His Full Attention.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney: Our Choice For President,” The Shreveport Times, 10/26/12)
#27 – Cape Cod Times: “It was the vision of hope and change that convinced us four years ago to support then-Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. John McCain. Today, there is little hope in how another four years of an Obama administration would swiftly and effectively lift our country out of its economic doldrums, and there is little change in how Washington operates.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” Cape Cod Times, 10/28/12)
  • Cape Cod Times : “The White House, quite simply, has been ineffective much of the time.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” Cape Cod Times, 10/28/12)
#28 – Worcester Telegram & Gazette: “President Barack Obama has had ample time to transform the ‘hope and change’ of the 2008 campaign into positive results. The results have been deeply disappointing, and the tenor of his re-election campaign gives us no cause to hope a second term would offer anything better.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 10/28/12)
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette : Obama’s “Prescriptions … Have Fallen Disappointingly Short Of What Is Needed To Restore America’s Economy At Home And Rebuild Our Standing Overseas.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 10/28/12)
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette : Obama’s “Good Intentions, Repeated Promises And Lofty Rhetoric Are No Substitute For Sound Economics And A Foreign Policy Grounded In Realism And Strength.” Editorial, “Romney For President,” Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 10/28/12) 




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