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'Wash Post' and 'SF Chronicle' Endorse Obama

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'Wash Post' and 'SF Chronicle' Endorse Obama

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In an editorial posted online tonight, The Washington Post, a day after the final presidential debate, endorsed Barack Obama for president.

The Post editorial page has been more aligned with the Democrats' domestic agenda but closer to McCain on the Iraq war and some other international issues.

Indeed, it opens its editorial with, "The nominating process this year produced two unusually talented and qualified presidential candidates. There are few public figures we have respected more over the years than Sen. John McCain. Yet it is without ambivalence that we endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president."

Earlier today, the San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Obama. In E&P's exclusive count of all editorial endorsements Obama has taken an early lead by a 3-1 margin (another update tomorrow).

Here are excerpts from the Post and Chronicle editorials. For continual updates on endorsements and links, go to The E&P Pub*


"The choice is made easy in part by Mr. McCain's disappointing campaign, above all his irresponsible selection of a running mate who is not ready to be president. It is made easy in larger part, though, because of our admiration for Mr. Obama and the impressive qualities he has shown during this long race. Yes, we have reservations and concerns, almost inevitably, given Mr. Obama's relatively brief experience in national politics. But we also have enormous hopes.

"Mr. Obama is a man of supple intelligence, with a nuanced grasp of complex issues and evident skill at conciliation and consensus-building. At home, we believe, he would respond to the economic crisis with a healthy respect for markets tempered by justified dismay over rising inequality and an understanding of the need for focused regulation. Abroad, the best evidence suggests that he would seek to maintain U.S. leadership and engagement, continue the fight against terrorists, and wage vigorous diplomacy on behalf of U.S. values and interests. Mr. Obama has the potential to become a great president. Given the enormous problems he would confront from his first day in office, and the damage wrought over the past eight years, we would settle for very good. "

It closes:"Any presidential vote is a gamble, and Mr. Obama's r?sum? is undoubtedly thin. We had hoped, throughout this long campaign, to see more evidence that Mr. Obama might stand up to Democratic orthodoxy and end, as he said in his announcement speech, 'our chronic avoidance of tough decisions. …

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