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Major US Paper Endorses Romney, Went for Obama in ’08

While the Sun Sentinel took a chance with Barack Obama in 2008, it is switching sides and endorsing Romney this time.
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On Friday, Oct. 26, The Sun-Sentinel, South Florida’s paper of record, formally endorsed Mitt Romney for President of the United States.

Why?

Because it really is the economy, stupid.

While the Sun Sentinel took a chance with Barack Obama in 2008, it is switching sides and endorsing Romney this time. After acknowledging the tough economic environment Obama inherited, the Sun Sentinel‘s editorial board doesn’t find a healthy plan for moving forward, and says that instead, “the president falls back on the tired talking point of increasing taxes for the wealthy.”  While agreeing that everyone wants the tax code to be fair, the problem is in seeing “how raising taxes is going to kickstart jobs in the private sector.”

Most fundamentally, this south Florida paper believes that President Obama squandered the best opportunity anyone could have been presented with to clean up the mess.  In its paper today:

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.

Instead, he tackled the nation’s health care system, something most people agree needs fixing. No one wants to see people with pre-existing conditions denied health coverage. Insurance costs are taking too big a bite out of family incomes. And employers want their work family to have access to health care beyond the emergency room.

But the way this president went about solving the problem — throwing the ball to Congress with little direction, refusing reasonable compromises, settling on a solution that satisfied few — left this nation bitterly divided and shook our confidence in his ability to solve tough problems.

In these uncertain times, we need a leader who will chart a clear course, sweat the details and get the job done right.

We believe Romney’s past performance is a predictor of his future behavior. He’s proven himself to be a successful businessman. He rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from scandal and mismanagement. He worked with a Democrat-dominated legislature as governor of Massachusetts to close a $3 billion budget deficit — without borrowing and raising taxes.

So despite the some disagreements with some of Romney’s positions on social issues, “with our nation facing another fiscal cliff in January — when Congress again addresses the debt ceiling, tax hikes and spending cuts — social issues are not Job One.”

The Orlando Sentinal endorsed Governor Romney for president last week, and it too had endorsed Obama in 2008.  The Tampa Tribune also endorsed Romney.

However, the Tampa Bay Times, which is the largest Florida daily, has repeated its 2008 endorsement of Barack Obama for president.

In dropping Obama for Romney, the Sun-Sentinel becomes the second largest Florida daily to give up on the president in 2012. Last week, the Orlando Sentinel also endorsed Romney, although it endorsed Bill Nelson, a Democrat, to remain as U.S. Senator.  Similarly, The Tampa Tribune threw its support behind Romney, but supported Democrat Bill Nelson for the U.S. Senate seat.

Last Sunday, The Tampa Bay Times, the largest Florida daily, again endorsed Obama in 2012, just as it did in 2008.  Its editorial states:

We wish the economic recovery was more vigorous, and we would like the president to present a sharper vision for a second term. But Obama has capably steered the nation through an incredibly difficult period at home and abroad, often with little help from Congress. The next four years will not be easy for whoever occupies the Oval Office, but Obama has been tested by harsh circumstance and proven himself worthy of a second term.

The Miami Herald also endorsed Barack Obama for president.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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22 Responses to “Major US Paper Endorses Romney, Went for Obama in ’08”

  1. Debbie Hall says:

    Which is amazing to me since most economists, including Ben Stein, say Obama's plan is better. Weird.

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    Ben Stein is a Republican who worked for Nixon and Ford.

  3. Ralph Delia says:

    It seems to me that they are playing to their audience for some reason.rd.

  4. I voted for Obama now I will vote for Romney.
    Florida will vote for the best person Romney.

  5. Marjorie C. Moidel says:

    Well, the New York Times, has endored Obama! A much larger and more influential paper than the Sun Sentinel. As a Floridian, most people I know personally, endorse Obama. Romney stretches the truth–no one believes him.

  6. Edward Lobel says:

    Jean Pierre Katz, you are certainly entitled to your own opinion, but the true fact is that the best person is Obama. Willard is not a business person, never created a job, (the company actually was founded and started by Mr. Bain!) was a terrible governor (Obama is ahead of willard by about 25 pints in willards "home state of Massachusetts where he is best known!) he NEVER worked accross the aisle. He vetoed 855 bils of which almost 800 were over ridden by the democrats. He raised taxes 550 times, he has NO history with Israel and even though he talked a good game of I'm strong and will nuke Iran so they won't get nukes, in real life he is not so strong and stands behind Obama 100% on Obama's Iran policy! Again the list goes on and on, so as you can see coupled with my response to you yesterday, Obama is far better than willard.

  7. Edward Lobel says:

    Judy, are you sure you are a woman? No woman in her right mind would vote for this slime bucket!

  8. Obama is the guy who invited the muslim brotherhood to sit in the front row when he made his Cairo speach, therefore legitimizing them to carry out their successful dominmation of governments in the Mid East.He thinks they are moderates but they want an Islamic caliphate to dominate the world and destroy democratic principles as well as dominate the US and destroy Israel. He has neglected the Iranian influence in Venezuela where iran has involved itself in narco terrorism and may have mobile guided missile systems in place in the near future and Venexuela has helped iran by having goods shipped there and then on to iran. With the fiasco about Benghazi and emerging discoveries about the failure to support the foreign service workers there while drones were overhead no American is safe with obama in command. America needs a change, america needs Romney.

  9. Rc Fowler says:

    They were dead wrong and un-American to ever support Barack Obama–its good they have changed their position!

  10. Rc Fowler says:

    How is Ben Stein relevant?

  11. Rc Fowler says:

    Ms. Scangarella–Edward Lobel is a fool and poor excuse for a human being–its so obvious Barack Obama does not support or care about women or anyone else, as he is a sociopath and those who support and believe in him are profoundly mentally ill!

  12. Rc Fowler says:

    You as an Obama supporter–do not care about taxes being raised!

  13. I like the fact that Lori is the member of a "pro-truth" group. Talk about using words that are nonsense as in NO SENSE. What ever else she might have to say that puts a big question mark before her ability to use language in a meaningful way. Is she a reporter or just another piece of the repartee that passes for facts these days?

  14. Liad Bar-el says:

    Rc Fowler, I enjoy reading your point of views and I support this one 100%. Concerning Edward Lobel, he has to protect his family. He may not even know it but he and his family are in the process of converting to Islam. Edward lives in Michigan which has the highest number of Muslims outside of the Middle East and Europe. Shariah Law has already been instituted and little by little everyone will have to convert. Those who convert will be required to attend to all the born Muslims when they bow down to pray towards Mecca and raise their butts for the converts to kiss. Everyone in Michigan is hoping that Obama will win so that they can kiss his butt when he bows down to head of the Michigan Muslim Brotherhood. Everyone who lives in Michigan are called Mesheganers which is the root word in Hebrew for Meshugatners (crazy people). Sorry, Edward, Holt Michigan may be a one horse town but it will soon become a one Arab mule town.

  15. Moshe Novick says:

    Honest Abe said; You cannot strengthen the poor by weakening the wealthy.

  16. Moshe Novick says:

    Honest Abe said; You cannot strengthen the poor by weakening the wealthy.

  17. Charlie Hall says:

    Liad Bar-el You might want to avoid embarrassing yourself in the future. The country with the largest numbers of Muslims is Indonesia. #2 and #3 are Pakistan and India, and #4 is Bangladesh. None are in the Middle East.

  18. The "TIPPING POINT" HAS BEEN REACHED….I HOPE!!

  19. The "TIPPING POINT" HAS BEEN REACHED….I HOPE!!

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