In a close election such as this one, newspaper endorsements can provide the type of independent validation of a candidate that is important to an undecided voter. Over the past few weeks, a growing number of major newspapers have provided such independent validation of President Obama's bid for re-election.
These endorsements tend to make three basic points: (1) that President Obama has offered strong, steady leadership in bringing our country out of the economic and foreign policy messes that the Bush-Cheney Administration left us with, (2) that the Obama Administration has an impressive track record of accomplishments on keeping our nation safe, improving the economy, supporting the middle class, expanding access to health insurance, promoting equality, etc., and (3) that Romney bounces between promoting a reactionary redux of the Bush-Cheney years and changing his positions so often that no one really knows what he believes. In summary, they provide a compelling case for re-electing President Obama.
In a previous post, we highlighted endorsements of President Obama from a number of newspapers. Below are excerpts from more endorsements, including from Utah's largest newspaper, and papers in states as varied as Pennsylvania, California, West Virginia, Texas, and Michigan.
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In considering which candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago. Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney’s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.
Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.
[Obama] has confronted two inherited wars and the deepest recession since the Great Depression. He brought America's misguided adventure in Iraq to an end and arrested the economic downturn (though he did not fully reverse it) with the 2009 fiscal stimulus and a high-risk strategy to save the U.S. automobile industry. He secured passage of a historic healthcare reform law — the most important social legislation since Medicare.
Just as important, Obama brought a certain levelheadedness to the White House that had been in short supply during the previous eight years. While his opponents assailed him as a socialist and a Muslim and repeatedly challenged the location of his birthplace in an effort to call into question his legitimacy as president, he showed himself to be an adult, less an ideologue than a pragmatist, more cautious than cocky. Despite Republicans' persistent obstructionism, he pushed for — and enacted — stronger safeguards against another Wall Street meltdown and abusive financial industry practices. He cut the cost of student loans, persuaded auto manufacturers to take an almost unimaginable leap in fuel efficiency by 2025 and offered a temporary reprieve from deportation to young immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents. He ended the morally bankrupt "don't ask, don't tell" policy that had institutionalized discrimination against gays in the military.
The nation has been well served by President Obama's steady leadership. He deserves a second term.
We believe President Obama has demonstrated a better grasp of the essential issues and offers a better vision for the United States. Voters should give him a second term in the White House.
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No candidate has all the right policies — that includes Barack Obama. But having weathered the challenges of the last four years, we believe he is in a better position to guide the nation over the next four years — and has earned from voters the privilege to do so.
But President Obama has moved the needle on many important topics. His aggressive support of stimulus spending helped the nation avoid another depression. He made it clear that our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would not continue as nation-building missions that run counter to the wishes of people in those countries. His support for the alternative energy sector was wise, despite the occasional failures that inevitably accompany any such investment effort.
His support for Middle East democracies has allowed voters in countries there to select new leaders without heavy pressure from the United States. And his groundbreaking, though tepid, support for same-sex marriage is the farthest a sitting president has gone to recognize the rights of gays and lesbians, which is long overdue on the national stage. Finally, Obama’s health care reform was a giant step forward in a country in which far too many people lack access to suitable medical care — although far from the universal health care this country needs.
America doesn't need an Etch A Sketch president whose positions change with the type of audience he's speaking to. It also doesn't need a president who makes foreign-policy speeches suggesting the nation needs to become entangled in even more foreign disputes. Families are tired of seeing their sons and daughters in the armed forces venture into harm's way for causes that no longer seem as important, especially with the nation continuing to struggle to end an economic crisis. If anything, polls show, most Americans think the troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere can't come home soon enough.
In that regard, Obama deserves more than the grudging credit Republicans are giving him for being the commander in chief who finally got Osama bin Laden. America is safer as a result of that. America will be healthier, with more people insured, as a result of Obamacare. More Americans are employed, although not nearly enough, because of Obama's saving the auto industry and promoting policies that are creating jobs. What Obama has already been able to accomplish in the face of unrelenting partisan opposition suggests he could have a remarkably successful presidency if given a second term
BARACK OBAMA is the better candidate in the presidential race. A vote for him is an investment in a strong future, which is why The Inquirer endorses his reelection.
The Obama we are endorsing is the man who oversaw and expanded the bailout of the auto industry that was initiated in the final weeks of the George W. Bush administration. We are endorsing the Obama who knew that bailing out an industry that provided more than 2 million industrial and related jobs and 3.6 percent of our gross national product was the right thing to do.
We are endorsing the man who stood up to naysayers in Congress, and Mitt Romney who placed his opinion, "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt," in the national spotlight, because what was on the line was more than a financial crisis, it was a way of life in Michigan that would have been wiped out, sending shock waves into every other industry and business and into government services such as police, fire and education. There's no way Michigan or the other industrial states would be in the slow, but steady recovery they are experiencing today if GM and Chrysler had been forced to liquidate.
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The American people must demand leadership from the president on down. It must demand that elected officials reach out to each other and create solutions to our problems that will help all Americans, not just the 1 percent or the 47 percent.
Hoping for change is not enough. Flip-flopping on issues in an effort to get elected is not enough. Following the tenets of political parties is not enough.
Action is what we need. Now.
By contrast, the president understands the urgency of the problems as well as anyone in the country and is committed to solving them in a balanced way. In a second term, working with an opposition that we hope would be chastened by the failure of its scorched-earth campaign against him, he is far more likely than his opponent to succeed. That makes Mr. Obama by far the superior choice.
Voters often say they want their elected leaders to keep their promises and, at crucial moments, show real political backbone. President Barack Obama deserves a second term largely because he has delivered on both of these fronts.
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While some critics on the left say he should have gone further, by breaking up banks and launching an ambitious New Deal-style jobs program, it should be remembered that even Obama's modest "stimulus" package was fought tooth and nail by Republicans in Congress. As has been well documented, the Republican strategy was to block all of the president's efforts at economic recovery, even if it kept unemployment high for an extended period. As a coldblooded political strategy, it has worked, and millions of Americans have paid the price.
Charleston (WV) Gazette - Obama: For President
We think Obama is a brilliant statesman who has uplifted America after the debacle of the Bush-Cheney epoch.. . . .
Aside from the economy, Obama has brought major advances to America. Some of them:
• He won a huge stride toward universal health insurance for all. His Affordable Care Act will cover 30 million more Americans who had no protection against disease or accident.
• He ended the Bush-Cheney bungle in Iraq -- a needless war started on untrue claims, costing more than 4,000 young American lives and costing U.S. taxpayers $1 trillion -- and now Obama is winding down the second Bush-Cheney war in Afghanistan.
• He advanced human rights by ending the military's ban on gays and supporting equality for the outcast minority.
• He has decimated the al-Qaida terror network and killed its worldwide leader.
• He extended fairness to Hispanics by halting deportation of young Latinos who were smuggled into the United States as tots.
• He provided air cover so the "Arab spring" popular uprising in Libya could topple ruthless dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
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We endorse the Obama-Biden ticket to keep the nation moving toward these goals.