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Alaska's Biggest Paper Endorses.Obama

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Alaska's Biggest Paper Endorses.Obama

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Alaska's biggest paper, The Anchorage Daily News, has endorsed Barack Obama for president, despite -- or at least partly because of -- its state governor's presence on the opposing ticket.

While praising Palin's energy and bright future, the paper's editorial adds, "Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time."

The paper has drawn national attention with many hard-hitting probes of the governor's background and tenures in elected office.

In another major move on Sunday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram endorsed Obama, meaning three of the top five Texas dailies have switched from Bush in 2004 to Obama this year. The others are the dailies in Houston and Austin. That makes at least 33 papers nationwide that have switched from Bush to Obama. See our full tally on our site.

The Anchorage editorial is at www.adn.com. Here is an excerpt.*

Alaska's founders were optimistic people, but even the most farsighted might have been stretched to imagine this scenario. No matter the outcome in November, this election will mark a signal moment in the history of the 49th state. Many Alaskans are proud to see their governor, and their state, so prominent on the national stage.

Gov. Palin's nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency -- but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. …

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