Major Ohio Newspapers Split on Presidential Endorsements

By Sewell, Dan | The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV), October 22, 2012 | Go to article overview

Major Ohio Newspapers Split on Presidential Endorsements


Sewell, Dan, The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV)


Two of the biggest newspapers in the pivotal battleground state of Ohio split on their endorsements Sunday in the presidential race.

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland supported a second term for Democratic President Obama. The Columbus Dispatch backed Republican Mitt Romney. Another major Ohio newspaper, the Akron Beacon Journal, also endorsed Obama for re-election.

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.

While saying this year's endorsement comes with "less enthusiasm or optimism" than four years ago, the newspaper criticized Romney for shifting positions and "tendency to bluster on foreign policy."

The Plain Dealer's editorial board wrote that it was "sorely tempted" to endorse Romney because of missed opportunities and "grim economic statistics" under Obama.

"But Romney's frequent changes raise questions about his core principles and make his lack of policy details all the more troubling," the newspaper wrote.

"Obama has shown that he favors engagement over bluster, and practical solutions over easy bromides," The Plain Dealer wrote. …

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