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Two large Ohio newspapers split endorsements between Obama, Romney



Published: Sun, October 21, 2012 @ 1:33 p.m.

Two large Ohio newspapers split endorsements between Obama, Romney

Associated Press

COLUMBUS

Two of the biggest newspapers in the pivotal battleground state of Ohio split on their endorsements today in the presidential race.

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland supported a second term for Democratic President Barack Obama. The Columbus Dispatch backed Republican Mitt Romney.

The Obama and Romney campaigns each quickly sent out releases highlighting the endorsement that went their way. Both campaigns have focused major portions of their resources and candidates’ time on the state, considered likely to be crucial to determining the election winner.

The Plain Dealer endorsed Obama for a second term, after also endorsing him in 2008. Its endorsement praised Obama’s leadership on issues such as the auto industry bailout, health care overhaul, education and war on terror. It said the auto plan was “unpopular but gutsy,” and it worked, especially for Ohioans in places such as Toledo and Lordstown.

The Dispatch said the United States needs a new direction. Its endorsement editorial stated (http://bit.ly/VqiLx6 ) that it warned four years ago about Obama’s lack of experience, and says the result has been economic stagnation, massive unemployment, record-setting debt and government intrusion into the private sector.

The Vindicator has not yet issued its endorsement in the presidential race.


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1redeye1(4909 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

TOS I agree that the D party has caused the demise of this area. Just look at the paving job on I 680 to see how they wasted a boatload of money. They were only worried about giving their union buddies work. So I too will be voting for Mitt Romney, I would vote for anyone other then BO.

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2georgejeanie(955 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I can see the good Obama has done for the Valley. Every time I come back for a visit, the cesspool gets a little dirtier, in so many ways More corruption, killings, no tax base,terrible schools, Boardman being over run with hoodrats, buses nobody in their right mind would ride to that beautiful WRTA bus station., an airport with 1 to 3 flights a day, how can they justify keeping that airport running? The inner city looks like it has been totatly destroyed by the hoodrats except for the drug trade. Wow, Obamanomics have really worked with his Democratic minions in control of the Valley. Then look at the areas where Republicans have control and you see prosperity instead of devastation.

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3WilliamP(69 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

The real problem with Youngstown is that it's full of people from Youngstown.

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4JoeFromHubbard(1313 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Columbus is a thriving area, Cleveland is not.

Free money goes where it is well managed, government money goes where it is directed.

Recipients of handouts don't have the same level of appreciation as those who earn their money.

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5mnascar(36 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

If you alway do what you've always done, Your always going to get what you've always got!

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6southsidedave(5028 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Well that makes sense, Cleveland has a very large percentage of people living in poverty, and has lost many jobs (oh if you want to count the Casino and soon to open Medical Mart).

On the other hand, Columbus is adding jobs to its region.

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7DSquared(1441 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank God for John Kasich or else all of Ohio would look and smell like Northeastern Ohio!

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8uselesseater(229 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Cleveland clearly is that 47% Romney was referring to. Lowest per capita earnings city in the country for decades running.

Not a handup group, but a handout. A gimme, I'm entitled.

Go figure, the Obama phone lady is Cleveland resident. That sums it up.

Obama said all sorts of crapola about business cheats and Wall Street pre election in 2008. When in office we found all this fraud and crime. That is what the bailouts of the banks were, gambling losses on bogus loans and derivatives (which continue to lose and amass even larger).

Who was indicted? Who was sent to prision? The head of? No one. All the head honchos remain free birds with their ill gotten gains.

That enough should be a reason to show the guy the exit door come election day.

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9jojuggie(1602 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

This was in our local newspaper recently:

Mitt Romney is a man who has been successful in all facets of his life, and yet he is reffered to constantly as a "millionaire" as if that makes him a bad person. When did we stop applauding success? This is a byproduct of Obama's influence as he has created class warfare.

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10jojuggie(1602 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Douglas Manchester and his partner John Lynch gave their 143-year-old newspaper a new slogan — "The World's Greatest Country & America's Finest City" — ran a front-page editorial that declared their plan to reshape the city's downtown waterfront their highest priority, and forecast doom if President Barack Obama wins re-election.

Manchester, who became wealthy building hotels during the dawn of San Diego's downtown renaissance and insists on being called "Papa Doug," bought The San Diego Union-Tribune last year and its most serious competitor, the North County Times, this month. As he and Lynch eye expansion to Los Angeles and other major cities, they are frank about seeking to use their new platforms to advance their agenda — and they think they can make a profit while they're at it.

Lynch calls the editorial viewpoint pro-family, pro-military and pro-America.

"We think our country is on the edge of real, real danger, and you have to stand up, and that was a huge part of why we bought this," said Lynch, vice chairman and chief executive officer of U-T San Diego, the newspaper's new name.

The editorial page named Obama the worst U.S. president and predicted a second term will result in "Arab terror states" attacking Israel, "death panels" rationing health care, income tax rates between 60 and 70 percent for many Californians and an attempt to get taxpayers to pay for late-term abortions. It warned of an effort to erase "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency.

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11AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Newspapers should never endorse a candidate. They should be biased and report the true news. Not the news they want you to believe.

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12JulietZavon(18 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Candidates present different views, but the real test is in Washington where gridlock paralyzes Congress. Gridlock hurts us all. Gridlock comes from “gerrymandering” that lets politicians create congressional districts that are “safe” for incumbents. Legislators from “safe” districts know their party will win the next election. There’s no incentive to work in a bi-partisan way if you’ll be elected without it. Ohio voters can tackle gridlock: Vote Yes on Issue 2 to eliminate gerrymandered “safe” districts. By making elections more competitive, legislators will have to earn re-election by working to find solutions. They won’t earn it with gridlock. Vote Yes on Issue 2.

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13JoeFromHubbard(1313 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Actually, Juliet, gridlock has the benefit of tying the hands of an errant Congress preventing it from creating too many ill conceived, knee jerk reactionary laws.

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