Swing states: how candidates fared in battle for newspaper endorsements
Newspaper endorsements in the swing states represented, in many cases, the same kind of thoughtful grappling with the candidates and their plans that millions of voters have engaged in.
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Iowa: Des Moines Register – for Romney
The Register says its editorial board had a "vigorous debate over this endorsement" that circled back repeatedly to the economy: who could get it moving while also improving the health of federal budgets. It concluded that Romney "emerges as the stronger canadidate" as an accomplished turnaround executive and as a governor who worked across partisan lines.Skip to next paragraph
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"Romney could be assured that Democrats would work to defeat him as hard as Republicans worked against Obama if he were to adopt the reactionary agenda of the most extreme elements of the Republican Party," the Register concludes.
But it argues that Romney, after tacking to the right during the primary elections, "has recalibrated his campaign to focus on his concern for the middle class."
Wisconsin: Wisconsin State Journal – for Romney
The State Journal, giving its endorsement just the weekend before the election, argues that Romney best understands how businesses create jobs, and hence that he's "more likely to get the private-sector going strong again."
The paper laments that Obama didn't embrace the bipartisan Bowles-Simpson plan for deficit reduction. "Romney has an impressive record of success in the private and public sectors. He's a numbers guy who focuses more on results than ideology," the paper concludes.
Ohio: Akron Beacon Journal – for Obama
The Akron paper praises the Obama-directed rescue of automakers General Motors and Chrysler through government-assisted bankruptcy. And it says the Obama stimulus package helped dampen the severity of recession.
"What is telling about a presidency is its tilt, its direction, spirit and priorities. Thus, to those who argue the president lacks a plan for a second term: Look at the foundation that has been set.
“He has used the levers of government to bolster the economy, investing in education, innovation and health care, understanding the essential role of the public sector in competitiveness," the Beacon Journal says.
And, citing the Race to the Top program in education and elements of health-care reform, it says Obama has "governed more from the middle than many give him credit."