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NY 'Daily News' Endorses Obama -- Had Backed Bush in 2004 -- and So Does 'Detroit Free Press'

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

NY 'Daily News' Endorses Obama -- Had Backed Bush in 2004 -- and So Does 'Detroit Free Press'

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One of the largest circulation papers in the nation, The Daily News in New York has endorsed Barack Obama in an editorial.

It had backed George Bush and is at least the 12th paper that went for the GOP candidate in the last election that has now come out for Obama. Those papers range from the huge Chicago Tribune (which had not backed a Democrat for president in its history) to the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico. Also, Cleveland's Plain Dealer -- which had sat out the 2004 contest -- endorses Obama on Sunday.

The Detroit Free Press in battleground state also backed Obama on Sunday.

Here is an excerpt from each. E&P has a full listing of all endorsements elsewhere on this site along with several other related stories.*

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The need for a fresh start in America has grown markedly in the two years of this presidential campaign, and became imperative as the crippled financial system punishes workers, families and retirees in the country.

The U.S. is in want of leadership that repairs a damaged economy, restores faith in government as an engine for the common good and returns competence to the White House after the spectacular failures of the Bush administration.

Barack Obama holds the greater promise of accomplishing the mission than does John McCain. The Daily News endorses the 47-year-old Democrat, the first black American to win a major party nomination, for President.

DETROIT FREE PRESS

McCain, 72, a surprise victor in the Republican primaries, has been a disappointing contrast to Obama almost from the start of the general election campaign.

His run for the presidency was launched with not only his compelling personal story but McCain's strong credentials as an independent Republican legislator. But since late summer, the campaign has been marked by stunts and gimmicks, gaffes and shifts that call into question McCain's temperament and, most of all, his judgment. …

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