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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


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.


1NachoCheese(163 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

One unsurprising move, another perhaps pleasantly surprising. Just look at the shambles that Northeast Ohio is in, Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown in particular - they represent the best Obama and the democrats have to offer over decades of destruction to the communities. Now take a look at places like Columbus, Cincinnati, and their surrounding areas - where the regions as a whole have continued to thrive and improve DESPITE pockets of democrat influence and destruction. If you want to evaluate based on results, then pay no attention to what the likes of the Plain Dealer has to say, for look at the poor results it has begotten, rather look to other parts of the state that have been smart enough to break the chokehold the democrats have had on Ohio for some time now - they are better off for that decision, and will continue to be a step ahead of the dunderheads in NE Ohio who won't let go of the failed ways of the past.

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2theotherside(333 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Yeah right Nacho. From the same people who brought you Senate Bill 5, the desire to let Detroit go bankrupt, the likely sale of the Ohio Turnpike, the obscene gerrymandering of the entire state causing a ballot referendum, not to mention all the fun Taft brought to Ohio government. If it wasn't for the obstructionist Boehner, Obama's policies would be working. Boehner, McConnell, and the rest of the party of no simply thought it swell to take the stimulus funds. All the while hitting Obama over the head with it. But that's just more example of the typical GOP hypocrisy they are so historically fond of. As far as choke holds go, I'd say the republicans are strangling Ohio with their gerrymandering debacle, but Issue 2 will rectify that little bit of GOP injustice.

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3WilliamP(69 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

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

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4mnascar(36 comments)posted 1 year, 11 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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5pwhite1027(106 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Gerrymandering is illegal and a lease is not a sale. Facts are simple things.

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6southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 1 year, 11 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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7uselesseater(229 comments)posted 1 year, 11 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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8Ianacek(909 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

No voter has to choose between Romney & Obama - Tweedledum & Tweedledee . There is a credible third choice . Governor Gary Johnson & his Vice Presidential Candidate Judge Jim Gray are the rare 3rd party candidates you can actually imagine doing the job with distinction .

"Mainstream" candidates talk about knowing how to create jobs ( mostly in China ) - Johnson actually did it (a) Personally , by building one of New Mexico's largest construction companies from scratch (b) As 2 term New Mexico Governor ( working with a Democrat legislature ) by a record number of spending vetos , which allowed the private sector to grow .

Others talk about protecting civil liberties ( even after signing the National defence Authorisation Act last New Yewar ) . ACLU gives Gary Johnson the highest score in its candidate survey .& promises to get America out of the pointless wars it is involved in .

The presidential votes for R & O will be close . For those voters who think it makes little real difference which one is elected , a vote for Johnson & Gray , even in small numbers , will send a message if it is larger than the margin between R & O .

Those who think a vote for R or O actually would make a substantial difference & they haven't heard too many lies should follow there intention. For others, there is a choice .




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9AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 1 year, 11 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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10JulietZavon(18 comments)posted 1 year, 11 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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