16 Newspapers Endorse Obama on Sunday, 2 for McCain

Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 09:30 am
UPDATE: 16 Newspapers Endorse Obama on Sunday, 2 for McCain
By E&P Staff
Published: October 12, 2008

Barack Obama picked up at least 16 newspaper endorsements this weekend, including six in swing states Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Missouri. John McCain, as far as we know, gained just two.

The Wisconsin State Journal and The Sun of San Bernardino had backed Bush in 2004. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch called Obama's opponent, John McCain, "the incredible shrinking man" who had made a horrific pick for his running mate.

Backing Obama: In Ohio, The Blade in Toledo and the Dayton Daily News; the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Tennessean of Nashville, the Wisconsin State Journal. the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times, and in California the Fresno Bee, Sacramento Bee, Contra Costa Times, The Herald of Monterey, and The Sun of San Bernardino (which had picked Bush over Kerry), plus the New Bedford Standrd-Times in Massachusetts.

Joining the Obama team in battleground states were the Muskegon (Mich.) Chronicle, the Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Express-Times and Springfield (Ohio) News.

McCain registered two pick ups: The Wheeling News-Register in West Virginia and the Napa Valley Register in California.

E&P is charting every endorsement and the circulation size of each paper (see new chart on Monday). So far Obama leads by a 27-11 margin with at least 300 to go. (In 2004, Kerry edged Bush by about 220-205.) Send us any pick you see, to: [email protected]

Here are excerpts from some of the papers.


Sen. McCain's campaign has been as disappointing as his move toward party orthodoxy. More than his opponent, he has run a relentless stream of commercials that have been discredited by nonpartisan fact-checkers. (Last week, all his ads were negative.)

He has articulated no vision for the country other than to suggest that it should believe in him as an individual, as a war hero of independent judgment.

His selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate was stunning. She is shockingly lacking in presidential qualifications. Some of Sen. McCain's most enthusiastic supporters have been forced to admit this. Her defenders say her resume compares well with Sen. Obama's, but it does not.

Alaska is tiny in population and atypical in its issues. And she'd been governor for only a year and a half when she was tapped. At any rate, as some interviews have shown, she's no Barack Obama.

Sen. McCain presents her as a fellow "maverick." Nonsense.


For voters pondering the presidential election, there is one key question: Is John McCain or Barack Obama better suited to lead this country in a time of great uncertainty?

The terms of the question help reveal the answer. In this election, Americans are picking a future, not a past. That makes Barack Obama the better choice for president of the United States.

By electing Obama, voters will make a clear break from the policies of the past eight years.


Over the past nine months, Mr. Obama, the junior senator from Illinois, has emerged as the only truly transformative candidate in the race. In the crucible that is a presidential campaign, his intellect, his temperament and equanimity under pressure consistently have been impressive. He has surrounded himself with smart, capable advisers who have helped him refine thorough, nuanced policy positions.

In a word, Mr. Obama has been presidential.

Meanwhile, Mr. McCain, the senior senator from Arizona, became the incredible shrinking man. He shrank from his principled stands in favor of a humane immigration policy. He shrank from his universalcondemnation of torture and his condemnation of the politics of smear.

He even shrank from his own campaign slogan, "County First," by selecting the least qualified running mate since the Swedenborgian shipbuilder Arthur Sewall ran as William Jennings Bryan's No. 2 in 1896.

In making political endorsements, this editorial page is guided first by the principles espoused by Joseph Pulitzer in The Post-Dispatch Platform printed daily at the top of this page. Then we consider questions of character, life experience and intellect, as well as specific policy and issue positions. Each member of the editorial board weighs in.

On all counts, the consensus was clear: Barack Obama of Illinois should be the next president of the United States....

John McCain has served his country well, but in the end, he may have wanted the presidency a little too much, so much that he has sacrificed some of the principles that made him a heroic figure in war and in peace. In every way possible, he has earned the right to retire.

Finally, only at this late point do we note that Barack Obama is an African-American. Because of who he is and how he has run his campaign, that fact has become almost incidental to most Americans. Instead, his countrymen are weighing his talents, his values and his
beliefs, judging him not by the color of his skin, but the content of his character.

That says something profound and good " about him as a candidate and about us as a nation.


In the hurly-burly of a presidential campaign, voters can get caught up in distractions from attack ads to zingers delivered during debates.

We must not forget that we are hiring for the most important job in the nation, and that the basis for our decision must be which candidate will best execute the Office of the President of the United States and preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
In the view of the Register, that candidate is Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

McCain has the experience and the ability to lead this country in a time of enormous challenges and uncertainty, and his policy proposals in several areas are superior to those of his dynamic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.


America is at a pivotal point in its history " a difficult time that demands talented leadership to renew our nation's spirit and pull us together to meet the incredible challenges ahead.

The right leader for the time is Barack Obama.

The Wisconsin State Journal endorses the dynamic and youthful senator from Illinois for president.

Far more than his opponent, Obama represents a new direction. He has shown he can inspire and lead people to action. And his relatively short time in corrupt, self-absorbed, terribly-failed Washington, D.C., may actually be a key strength. Obama is not stuck in the status quo of the Capitol crowd or its long-failed Congress.

Obama doesn't just give pretty speeches. He speaks to people's best instincts, encouraging them to shine.

Obama is best-equipped this election to make America feel good about itself again. That's a powerful feeling " one that could go a long way toward invigorating our economy and national sense of purpose.

Obama is convincing in his call for a new kind of politics in Washington. His life story and history-making bid for the White House also have forced the rest of the world to view America in a new and more positive way.

An Obama presidency will immediately give America more clout and credibility around the globe. It will immediately win over and win back allies and friends.

As much as other nations may fear American power and influence, they fear our potential decline even more.

American must not decline. America must remain a beacon of freedom, democracy, innovation and prosperity.

And that's why voting for the first-term senator is worth the risk.

THE BLADE of Toledo:

AS THE nation wavers precariously at the precipice of economic ruin, American voters must decide who has the knowledge, steadiness, judgment, and inspirational qualities to lead us effectively out of that morass, for the next four years and beyond.

For guidance in arriving at this momentous decision, the election of the next president of the United States, we can look to the sober lessons of history. Without exaggeration, the country faces a transformational election on Nov. 4, not unlike that of 1932, which prefaced Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal and a long slog out of the Great Depresssion....

We believe the person best equipped by temperament and intellect to firmly grasp the reins of government and guide it safely forward in these uncertain times is Barack Obama.

Like another member of Congress from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, Senator Obama initially rose to prominence on the strength of soaring oratory. Over the past 18 months of the grueling campaign, his background has been thoroughly inspected and dissected by the press and a political opposition dedicated to keeping him from the White House.

The man who has emerged is young (47) but well-educated and accomplished, both as a state legislator and a member of the United States Senate. He is somewhat professorial but not stodgy, and in our direct contact with him he proved to be one of few politicians at his level with the capacity to actually listen to others and appreciate what they have to say.

During the campaign, Senator Obama also has shown himself to possess steely self-control, a single-minded focus, and endearing good humor in the face of specious attacks on everything from his biracial origin to his boyhood upbringing to his acquaintances during his political career in rough-and-tumble Chicago.

His calm and deliberate demeanor is particularly important because steadiness at the helm of government will be necessary to extricate the United States from its current crisis of confidence, both in politics and economics...

America needs a new direction, not just because the current administration's economic policies - not to mention its war-bound foreign policies - have contributed to our current problems, but because we have lost our way in terms of the proper relationship between government and the people and, more importantly, the responsibility we owe each other. Americans who view the future with optimism do not - even in the face of terrorism - give up the basic freedoms our revolutionary forefathers died to secure.

Sen. John McCain, by nature, has shown himself to be incapable of providing the American people with an optimistic vision of the future. Firmly rooted in the failed politics and policies of the past, he cannot guide us on a path he does not see.

Senator Obama already has demonstrated that he is a man of the future in the way he has inspired a new generation of voters to become involved in the political process and to actively strive for a better tomorrow.

As a president from another era suggested, Americans should ask themselves: Am I better off than I was eight years ago? Four years ago? The answer is obvious and, therefore, the option on Nov. 4 is clear.

Historically, Ohio has had a critical role in presidential elections and appears poised once again to be a key in deciding who sits in the Oval Office for the next four years. This is an awesome responsibility, and one that cannot be taken lightly. For the future of Ohio and America, there is only one reasonable choice for president: Barack Obama.
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cicerone imposter
Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 11:10 am
Those endorsements for Obama will not change the makeup of the numbers we have seen in the polls.
Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 11:12 am
@cicerone imposter,
cicerone imposter wrote:

Those endorsements for Obama will not change the makeup of the numbers we have seen in the polls.
true, pretty much meaningless.
Bi-Polar Bear
Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 11:26 am
the outcome of this election is still a crapshoot.
cicerone imposter
Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 03:50 pm
@Bi-Polar Bear,
Yes, because we still don't know about the Bradley effect, but my guess is that there are many more white folks who will cancel out those "unknowns" during this election. I see this because the younger generation doesn't have all those past hangups about blacks, and they vote on current events rather than things that happened generations ago. Also, the electoral votes seem to favor Obama by a huge margin, and unless something "big" happens between now and November 4th, that's the only unknown that will let McCain win.
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 09:16 am
By Dexter Hill and Greg Mitchell - E & P
Published: October 17, 2008

The Obama-Biden ticket maintains its strong lead in the race for newspaper endorsements, picking up 17 more papers in the past day, including the giant Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune on Friday afternoon (see separate story), and the Denver Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Salt Lake Tribune, Kansas City Star, Southwest News-Herald (Ill.) and Chicago Sun-Times tonight.

This brings his lead over McCain-Palin by this measure to well over 3-1, at 58-16, including most of the major papers that have decided so far. In contrast, John Kerry barely edged George W. Bush in endorsements in 2004, by about 220 to 205.

The readership of the 53 newspapers backing Obama now stands at well over 7 million. He gained two biggies yesterday in The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle, and today picked up the Modesto Bee in addition to the larger papers.

The Columbian in Washington was an unexpected win for Obama, since the newspaper endorsed President Bush in the 2004 election. The Salt Lake Tribune also backed Bush. Obama has now picked up at least 10 "flip-flops" of this type, McCain none.

The Kansas City Star declared: "Despite his age and previous health problems, McCain chose a vice presidential candidate who is so clearly unqualified for high office that the thought of her stepping into the presidency is frightening. That irresponsible decision casts serious doubt on McCain’s judgment at this point in his political career. And over the past eight years, Americans have come to know, all too well, the high price of carelessness and ineptitude in the White House."

The Mountain Valley News in Colorado added to McCain’s endorsement list, bringing his total to 16 newspapers. The daily circulation of his newspapers now stands at 1,502,163.

Please send any endorsements you see or make to:
[email protected].

For frequent updates on the media and the campaign go to:
The E&P Pub

Here is the latest chart. As always, we include in brackets who the paper went with in 2004 with B=Bush and K=Kerry.

16 newspapers total
1,502,163 daily circulation

Napa Valley Register: 16,283
The San Francisco Examiner (B): 80,000

Mountain Valley News (Cedaredge): 2,000
The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction) (B): 31,349
The Pueblo Chieftain (B): 49,169

The Washington DC Examiner (N/A): 100,073

The Baltimore Examiner (N/A): 50,000

Boston Herald (B): 182,350
The (Lowell) Sun (B): 44,439

Foster’s Daily Democrat (B): 22,547
Union Leader (Manchester) (B): 51,782

New York Post (B): 702,488

The (Findlay) Courier (B): 22,319

Amarillo Globe-News (B): 44,764

(Spokane) Spokesman-Review (B): 89,779

Wheeling News-Register (B): 12,821

57 newspapers total
over 7 million circulation (we are still counting)

Arkansas Times (K): 34,000

The Argus (Fremont) (K): 26,749
Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek) (K): 183,086
Daily Review (Hayward) (K): 30,704
The Fresno Bee (K): 150,334
La Opinion (Los Angeles) (K): 114,892
Los Angeles Times (N/A): 773,884
The Modesto Bee (K): 78,001
The Monterey County Herald (K): 28,933
Oakland Tribune (K): 96,535
The (Stockton) Record (B): 57,486
The Sacramento Bee (K): 288,755
San Bernardino Sun (B): 54,315
San Francisco Chronicle (K): 370,345
San Jose Mercury News (K): 234,772
San Mateo County Times (K): 25,982
Santa Cruz Sentinel (K): 23,290
Tri-Valley Herald (B): 29,759

Cortez Journal (K): 6,700
The Denver Post (B)
The Durango Herald (K): 8,870
Gunnison Country Times (N/A): 4,000
Ouray County Plaindealer (K): 3,000

The Washington Post (K): 673,180

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (K)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin (K): 64,305

Chicago Tribune (B): 541,663
Chicago Sun-Times (K):
Southwest News-Herald (K)

The Storm Lake Times (K): 3,200

Kansas City Star

The Boston Globe (K): 350,605
The Standard-Times (New Bedford) (K): 30,306

The Muskegon Chronicle (K): 41,114

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (K): 255,057

Santa Fe New Mexican (K): 25,249

el Dario La Prensa (): 53,856

Asheville Citizen-Times (K): 50,160

The (Toledo) Blade (K): 119,901
Dayton Daily News (K): 116,690
The (Canton) Repository (B): 65,789
Springfield News-Sun (K): 24,684

Mail Tribune (Medford) (K): 30,349

The Express-Times (Easton) (B): 44,561
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (K): 214,374

Chattanooga Times (K): 71,716
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) (K): 146,961
The (Nashville) Tennessean (K): 161,131

The Lufkin Daily News (K): 12,225

The Salt Lake Tribune (B):

Falls Church News-Press (K): 30,500

The Columbian (B): 44,623
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (K): 129,563
The Seattle Times (K): 220,883

The Charleston Gazette (K): 48,061

The Capital Times (Madison) (K): 16,335
Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (B): 87,930
Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 09:22 am
The phrase that lingers in my mind: "McCain: The Incredible Shrinking Man."
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cicerone imposter
Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 10:38 am
BBB, Whether people want to believe it or not, newspaper endorsements have huge impacts on voters, because many are too lazy to study the candidates and issues themselves - me included. Many of the initiatives proposed come with many mixed messages based on TV ads; especially on Prop 8 in California on outlawing gay marriage. Their ad says, if Prop 8 fails to pass, they will teach our children in grade school that it's okay for boys to marry boys. With newspaper endorsements, those kind of lies are revealed to be untrue, and explains why the should or shouldn't vote for it.

I have already sent in my absentee ballot last week before the newspaper endorsements.
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Reply Sat 25 Oct, 2008 12:46 pm
SATURDAY ENDORSEMENTS Updated: Obama Picked in Hartford, Charlotte, St. Pete -- Cincy Goes for McCain
By Greg Mitchell - E & P
Published: October 25, 2008 10:25 AM ET updated all day

Due to the volume of endorsements this weekend, E&P will not be updating its ongoing complete tally of editorial endorsements for president, which has proven so popular, until Monday. But in this space we will be highlighting and listing some of the picks that arrived this weekend (some posted online Friday). So return often for updates.

Check out our running list, updated Friday, here. Obama still leads by almost 3-1 in all editorial endorsements. Updated with the latest from today his lead stands at 141 to 55.

Perhaps most tellingly, the Democrat has now gained well over 30 papers that endorsed George Bush in 2004. That year, Bush and Kerry split the 418 endorsements almost straight down the middle.

The Hartford Courant will endorse Sen. Obama this weekend, making it the newspaper’s second endorsement of a Democratic presidential candidate in its 244-year history. The pro-Obama editorial will appear on the newspaper’s Web site late Saturday afternoon and in the print edition on Sunday, E&P has learned.

The St. Petersburg Times in key swing state Florida also endorsed Obama in an online posting today (see excerpt below). So did the Charlotte Observer in another key state, North Carolina. Both of those papers, however, went for Kerry in 2004. The Berkshire Eagle in Massachusetts will endorse Obama tomorrow.

The Cincinnati Enquirer in yet another key state, Ohio, came out for McCain. It backed Bush in 2004.

In another battleground state, however, the York Daily Record in Pennsylvania has switched to Obama after backing Bush in 2004. Another switcher: The Florence (Ala.) Times Daily.

The Hartford endorsement selects the Democratic candidate because of his leadership qualities. It calls America “starved for a leader who can restore pride and once again make the nation a beacon for the world,” and argues that Obama is the candidate who could do it. The editorial projects that the Illinois senator would govern from the middle and maintain a calm temperament if elected president.

The Courant chose not to back the McCain campaign this election season because it has not succeeded in breaking from policies of the Bush Administration. “ Republican Sen. John McCain has failed to persuade us he could wake the nation from this seven-year nightmare” of the loss of 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001, 4,000 American troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the greatest economic threat since the Great Depression, the endorsement reads.

The editorial also faults McCain for his choice of running mate. “With so many capable people to choose from, Mr. McCain’s pick of a governor with such a thin resume was disappointing. It’s a wonder how Mr. McCain can make his Democratic rival out to be too green to be commander-in-chief when his Republican running mate is so vulnerable on that point,” writes The Courant.

The Enquirer declared: "McCain offers up his compelling biography as a war hero, his admirable candor and his centrist independence in an increasingly polarized political environment. A McCain administration would chart a wiser course on the economy than one led by his Democratic opponent, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. McCain's campaign has recently found a sharp focus on economic and tax issues, allowing voters to draw clear distinctions with policies Obama would pursue.

"And as president, McCain would fill the need for some semblance of partisan balance in Washington, keeping what promises to be a more heavily Democratic Congress from running roughshod on business policy, unions, free trade, health care and more."

The St. Petersburg Times excerpts follows. For more coverage on the media and the campaign, go to our new blog:
The E&P Pub
With enthusiasm, the Times recommends Barack Obama for president. Obama's inspiring message of hope and change resonates throughout America.

It can be seen in the enormous numbers of new registered voters, the enthusiasm of younger citizens and the excitement among those engaged in the political process for the first time. The hunger for a new leader with fresh ideas has combined with the realization that old assumptions and Washington responses are no match for today's sobering new realities. This is an opportunity to turn to a leader from a new generation, someone who has the intellectual depth and inspirational qualities to confront the complicated issues at hand and create a shared vision for a brighter future for all Americans " regardless of their financial or social status...

As the election draws nearer, McCain's proposals sound more dated and his actions appear more impulsive. He continues to push for making all of Bush's tax cuts permanent and adding some of his own in the face of a soaring deficit. His call for across-the-board spending freezes lacks imagination, and his campaign against pork-barrel spending is commendable but hardly the cure to the nation's deteriorating fiscal health. McCain's market-driven health care proposal costs too much to accomplish too little. His energy policy boils down to building nuclear plants and "drill, baby, drill!" While he proved to be right about the benefits of a military surge in Iraq, his refusal to consider a timetable for withdrawing troops suggests an open-ended commitment the nation cannot afford and the public will not accept. His response to the economic crisis bounced from brainstorm to brainstorm while failing to offer reassurance or clear direction.

McCain was the victim of sleazy campaign attacks in the 2000 Republican primary and bitterly denounced them. But now his campaign has tried to raise doubts about Obama by resorting to the same sort of racially charged innuendo and scare tactics. His warnings about socialism and redistribution of wealth are signs of desperation from a campaign out of ideas.

While Obama's campaign has taken some unfair shots at McCain, the Democrat has remained far more focused and confident. His judgment and demeanor serve him well, and his lack of experience in Washington has been offset by an ability to attract smart, seasoned advisers ranging from Biden to former Secretary of State Colin Powell to investor Warren Buffett. While Obama at times can seem aloof, thoughtful consideration in the White House would be welcome after a president who relied on gut instinct above all else.

There are some hard realities. The economic crisis, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other factors not yet known may make many of the details in campaign policy papers irrelevant. Obama also rarely stands up to the leadership of his own party. For example, he is too willing to pander to old-school union opposition to free trade. He has to learn to say no to the Democrats who control Congress and the special interests that control them.

A generation ago, the nomination of an African-American for president would have been unimaginable. Now Obama stands on the brink of history, and his election would send a powerful message to the world about how far Americans have come on issues of equality and opportunity. But voters should look beyond skin color in selecting the next president. They should look for the candidate who best represents their hopes and aspirations, who can meet the nation's difficult challenges with sophisticated responses, who can inspire us and unite this country as he turns the page and leads America in a new direction.

For president of the United States, the Times recommends Barack Obama.
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