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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ohio Papers Split on Prez Race, Plus Other Endorsements

UPDATE  Even more updates: L.A. Times goes for Obama.  In newly-tight AZ:   Arizona Republic for Romney but Arizona Daily Star for Obama.  Charlotte Observer in N.C. for Obama. Akron Beacon Journal in another key swing state (Ohio) goes for Obama.  The Santa Fe (N.M.)  and Asheville (N.C.) papers also went for Obama.  This chart on endorsements from the top 100 papers finds a virtual tie so far--but Obama far ahead in circ of the papers, 2.8 million to 2.2 million.

I've been charting prez endorsements for years, and yesterday noted three big ones for Obama out of Denver, Tampa and, yes, Salt Lake City.   Now, in key swing state, more from the Plain Dealer in Cleveland.  On the other hand: The Columbus Dispatch, usually reliably GOP, has just backed Romney.  See excerpts below.

In other endorsements:  The Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ backs Obama today.   But the Tampa Tribune picks Romney, balancing the recent choice of the Tampa Bay Times for Obama.   The Fort Worth Star-Telegram backs Romney. So does in Texas the Houston Chronicle.  Surprisingly, both of those papers backed Obama in 2008.  Doesn't matter much in solid red Texas, but still intriguing.

The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. chooses Romney.

The Plain Dealer: "He has led the nation back from the brink of depression. Ohio in particular has benefited from his bold decision to revive the domestic auto industry. Because of his determination to fulfill a decades-old dream of Democrats, 30 million more Americans will soon have health insurance. His Race to the Top initiative seeded many of the education reforms embodied in Cleveland's Transformation Plan. He ended the war in Iraq and refocused the battle to disrupt al-Qaida and its terrorist allies. He ordered the risky attack inside Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden."

The Dispatch:  "As a career businessman and former governor, Romney brings a wealth of executive experience in the private sector and the public sector that dwarfs that of Obama. From working both sides of the government/private-sector equation, he understands how that relationship can aid or impede prosperity. His election would be an immediate signal to the private sector that someone who knows what he is doing is managing the nation’s economic policy. The effect on business confidence would be dramatic and immediate, and business confidence is the vital ingredient needed to spur investment and hiring, the two things that the United States so desperately needs."

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