Two large Ohio newspapers split endorsements between Obama, Romney

Two large Ohio newspapers split endorsements between Obama, Romney

Associated Press


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 ( ) 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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