November 6, 2012
Hopefully, it will be the candidate who believes in “we the people” not “we the government.” The choice is clear on this one.
Hopefully, it will be the candidate who believes that “life begins at conception” not the one when asked this question four years ago said, “that’s above my pay grade.” That was a cowardly response back in 2008.
Hopefully, it will be the candidate who believes that the definition of marriage is “male and female” and not the one who wants to redefine this institution. The fabric of our society rests on this truth: God instituted the marriage covenant between Adam and Eve.
Hopefully, it will be the candidate who views Israel as a friend and not the one who has yet to visit this country since his inauguration. Israel is the only democracy and “free” society in that region of the world.
Hopefully, it will be the candidate who loves the United States and not the one who goes around the world on an “apology tour.” The U.S. is greatest nation on earth because it has blessed many other nations for the last two-hundred-plus years.
Hopefully, it will be the candidate who believes the U.S. is a Christian nation and not the one who stated just the opposite. Hopefully, tonight, our nation will choose a leader who we can, once again, trust.
November 5, 2012
A Florida newspaper that endorsed Obama in 2008, The Pensacola News-Journal, is endorsing Mitt Romney for president. The paper writes:
As he did in 2008, Mitt Romney is campaigning that “Washington is broken”: that Congress and the president can neither legislate nor lead effectively. We believe he has the experience and temperament to start the repairs. If elected, we urge him to gather key Democrats on Nov. 7 and start to find solutions to our problems. If there are effective Democrats in the current Cabinet, keep them in place. The country hungers for statesmanship. Romney prides himself on his bipartisan leadership in Massachusetts that led to education and health care improvements. He must deliver that to Capitol Hill as quickly as possible.
Also, we continue to be frustrated at the millions of unemployed – about 20,000 of our neighbors in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties – and the growing number of people on food stamps, despite signs the economy is recovering. We’re confident Romney can find a way to get people working again.
During the debate Tuesday, Romney pointed out he and the president agree on many aspects of our foreign policy. Again, if things are successful, let them continue. Romney needs to spend his waking hours on jobs and the economy, the top two priorities in most polls. We trust he is listening.
Again, this won’t be easy and people in Northwest Florida should not expect miracles starting at noon Jan. 20.
Mitt Romney is who we recommend leads this nation for the next four years.
November 5, 2012
A Florida newspaper that endorsed Obama in 2008, Florida Today (Melbourne), is now endorsing Mitt Romney for president. The paper writes:
Over the next four years, Washington must foster a more competitive economy and balance federal budgets. Florida voters rate jobs and business growth as their No. 1 concern by far.
For those reasons, we endorse former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president.
Romney has a clearer vision for a modern economy. He has a better understanding than President Barack Obama of what could help manufacturers and service companies grow and hire. And he has executive experience and a record of problem solving that Obama did not have before taking office.
We think Romney would be more effective at setting priorities, pushing business-friendly initiatives through his Cabinet and negotiating solutions across party lines.
November 5, 2012
A North Carolina newspaper that endorsed Obama in 2008, The Daily Reflector (Greenville), is now endorsing Mitt Romney for president. The paper writes:
Four years ago, nearly 70 million Americans participating in the presidential election cast their votes for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama to lead this country. Fearful of a prolonged economic collapse, inspired by a message of change and eager to turn the page on the eight-year administration of George W. Bush, these men and women invested their trust in the promising, but untested, Democrat.
On his watch, the United States can point to modest success in pulling back from the brink of a second Great Depression and is finally seeing some indication of economic recovery and job growth. However, that progress has come in spite of Obama’s imprecise and often misdirected vision for recovery, a haphazard approach that stands as the most compelling argument for the nation to choose former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as its next president.
Propelled by his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech, Obama leveraged a spartan resume and the public’s sincere desire for new ideas into the highest office in the country. While his victory succeeded in erasing a racial barrier to the Oval Office, Obama needed ideal conditions to excel given that he came to the presidency as a novice to governance.
What he inherited was no less than the greatest economic crisis of a generation. With the economy listing and Americans panicking, the measures advanced by this administration were far too short-sighted and ineffective to gain traction. Obama’s focus on an ill-timed reform of health care compromised the type of bipartisan action that would have helped families and demonstrate the leadership the nation expects.
The president can point to modest gains since, but that has not eased the pain of communities like ours. The country can continue down that path of sluggish renewal or it can choose a more seasoned hand. Romney’s experience as a governor and a businessman shows him more capable of tackling the complex economic problems the United States faces.
The president’s job entails more than fiscal matters, and Obama deserves credit for ending one war and slowly withdrawing from another. Romney needs more polish in this area, but every president enters office with that expectation and the governor will rise to the challenge.
This is no easy decision for voters and the public’s hope for Obama’s success makes turning away difficult. However, the present path is untenable and Romney offers the new direction America needs.
November 4, 2012
Another Wisconsin paper, The Wisconsin State Journal, is endorsing Mitt Romney for president. The paper writes:
Not enough hope and too little change.
That is President Barack Obama’s record on the economy, debt and Washington gridlock after four years in the White House.
The State Journal editorial board endorses Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s presidential election.
Romney showed as the Republican governor of Democratic-leaning Massachusetts that he can find agreement across the partisan divide. And his vice presidential pick — Wisconsin’s U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville — suggests Romney is serious about tackling America’s fiscal mess.
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. That’s why so many of his fellow Republicans during the GOP primary criticized him for not being conservative enough.
Romney has been a strong leader in business and civic life. This includes turning around many troubled companies and the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Romney better understands how and why entrepreneurs and employers decide to expand and add jobs. He’s more likely to get the private-sector going strong again.
Romney displayed reasonableness and smarts during the debates. And his view on the most pressing foreign policy question — Iran — is similar to his opponent’s.
Yes, Romney did his share of flip-flopping and pandering during the GOP primary to get past stubborn party stalwarts. Yes, Romney’s talk of repealing the Affordable Care Act and boosting military spending are unrealistic. We disagree with Romney on a host of social issues, from marriage equality to abortion rights.
This is not an easy endorsement to make.
Obama is the more likeable candidate and inspiring speaker. Obama inherited a mess from his predecessor, Republican President George W. Bush, who was even more disappointing than Obama has been.
Obama got us out of Iraq. He pressured public schools to reform. He gave the final order that got Osama bin Laden.
But this election is about jobs, the slow economy and Washington’s dysfunction. Our leaders can’t even pass a budget, much less stabilize soaring debt that’s burdening our children and grandchildren.
Obama failed to embrace his own commission’s bipartisan debt deal. Ryan, serving on the commission, similarly balked at the solid and comprehensive agreement.
But Obama is the president. The buck stops with him. This is now Obama’s economy, even though the GOP shares in the blame for partisan games.
It was Obama and his fellow Democrats who went it alone on health care, making subsequent deals even harder to find. It was Obama who too often let Congress steer the ship in circles. It still is Obama who hasn’t laid out a clear vision for the next four years.
We endorsed Obama for change last time around. Now we’re endorsing change again: Mitt Romney.
November 4, 2012
The big news of the day: NY Daily News picks Mitt Romney for president. This major New York paper writes:
Romney’s approach is the stronger.
Critically, he has tailored his policies to create jobs, jobs, jobs.
The centerpieces of Romney’s plan call for spending restraint and rewriting the Internal Revenue code to lower rates by 20%. He would make up much of the lost revenue by eliminating deductions and loopholes that have made the tax system a thicket of strangling complexities. On its own, paring the personal and corporate rules to the basics would catalyze business and consumer spending.
Romney has pledged that, as a group, the wealthy will bear no less a share of the burden than they do now, while individuals lower down would enjoy breaks. Many contest as mathematically impossible the Republican’s ability to cut rates and balance the books through tax reform. He disputes the points but, in an encouraging show of pragmatism, he has made clear that moving the nation toward balance may require sacrificing the size of his rate cut.
Romney’s energy plan calls for reemphasizing oil and natural gas production, in a shift away from Obama’s tilt toward trying to develop wind and solar into workable alternatives.
His proposal for Medicare would permit future retirees to choose between tried-and-true health care and private insurance to produce savings through competition. It took political bravery even to broach such concepts, and they are well worth exploring.
His immigration strategy entails markedly increasing visas for highly skilled workers, such as engineers and computer scientists, who are in short supply in the United States — and are proven jobs generators. Obama let economic energy go by the boards by declining to up these H1-B work permits.
No, Romney’s not perfect. His overall immigration policy falls below comprehensive reform, and he’s no friend of gun control. But, under these circumstances, growing the economy takes precedence.
Offering a rosy vision of a country already on the rise, Obama argues that he would lead a resurgence by staying the course. He posits that spending in areas such as education and clean energy would be beneficial, and he sees raising taxes on high-income earners as key to “balanced” deficit reduction. Each on its own is attractive, but the whole comes up short.
The presidential imperative of the times is to energize the economy and get deficits under control to empower the working and middle classes to again enjoy the fruits of an ascendant America.
So The News is compelled to stand with Romney.
November 3, 2012
A major Nevada newspaper, The Las Vegas Review-Journal, has endorsed Mitt Romney for president. The paper writes:
If we are to avoid a lost decade and a future calamity created by inaction on entitlements and government growth, this nation needs a team of turnaround experts. Mr. Romney has promised to create a Cabinet of private-sector leaders focused on strengthening the country’s business climate and making it more competitive. He and his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, have dared to put forward ideas to preserve Medicare for current beneficiaries and reform it for future recipients, and they vow to work with Congress to prevent the program’s collapse.
Mr. Romney is a fine family man who donates millions of dollars to his church and charity every year. There is not a whiff of scandal about him. This is why his opponents have tried to turn his very successes against him. It’s all they have.
Early voting in Nevada begins Oct. 20. Election Day is Nov. 6. Over the last few weeks of this campaign, Nevadans must ask themselves which candidate will embrace policies that will put the people of this state back to work, creating the jobs that lift our incomes, our home values and our hope.
The choice is clear. Only Mitt Romney has the principles and experience needed to put America back on the road to prosperity. The Review-Journal endorses Mitt Romney for president of the United States.
November 3, 2012
A major Ohio newspaper, The Cincinnati Enquirer, has endorsed Mitt Romney for president. The paper writes:
If Romney can stabilize and expand the U.S. economy, his greatest foreign policy contribution could be employing reinvigorated U.S. economic muscle to influence the global economy.
This is a precarious time for America. We’d expect a President Romney to lead toward the center, to resist the calls for a hard turn to the right that are sure to come from within his party.
Romney has accomplished progress with divided government – the Massachusetts General Court (the state’s Legislature) is overwhelmingly Democratic. The gridlock in D.C. is entrenched, and we’d urge him to make a priority of finding the common ground and using his leadership to forge compromise, coalitions and solutions.
Romney as president should stay true to who he is – a moderate leader who can work with the left and right, with business and with government, and who will set an example, both as an individual and as the leader of the United States of America.
November 2, 2012
A major Illinois newspaper, The Chicago Daily Herald, has endorsed Mitt Romney for president. The paper writes:
Romney, on the other hand, governed successfully in Massachusetts with a legislature that was almost totally controlled by the opposition party. He’s proven he can work across the aisle.
He’s proven capable in all that he has tried. He’s proven that he can run businesses and create jobs. He’s been successful in all walks of life.
“We don’t have to settle for what we’re going through,” Romney said during one of the debates. “We don’t have to settle for gasoline at four bucks. We don’t have to settle for unemployment at a chronically high level. We don’t have to settle for 47 million people on food stamps. We don’t have to settle for 50 percent of kids coming out of college not able to get work. We don’t have to settle for 23 million people struggling to find a good job.”
We know these are political stump messages. Four years ago, something similar could have come from candidate Barack Obama in his politics of hope oratory. And while we need inspiration, what is needed more than ever are bipartisan solutions to these profound issues of our times. We believe a new approach, steeped in moderation and, yes, compromise with the opposition is the only path to a better day.
A moderate Republican Mitt Romney offers a new approach to what we all can embrace — the politics of hope, of working together for the common good. This time, we believe he offers the best hope for all Americans.
Mitt Romney for president.
November 2, 2012
A major Wisconsin newspaper, The Green Bay Press-Gazette, has endorsed Mitt Romney for president. The paper writes:
However, four years later, the economy hasn’t rebounded. In fact, some say it’s worse, with high unemployment numbers, a trillion-dollar deficit, an even bigger national debt and uncertainty in the business world over the future of our economy. Poverty has increased, the median household income has dropped, and some have given up looking for work.
This nation cannot wait four more years to see if Obama’s policies will work. It needs to turn to someone who has a proven track record in the business community and will offer the steady hand to a teetering economy.
For that reason, the Green Bay Press-Gazette is endorsing Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who we believe is the best choice to turn around the U.S. economy. We believe the Republican candidate’s experience as CEO of Bain Capital, governor of Massachusetts and work with the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City will be assets to turning around the economy..