Newspapers Endorsing Romney After Endorsing Obama in 2008

When I see  a major Battleground State paper changing their endorsement I have posted them on this blog. But plenty of papers beyond the Battlegrounds are also voting for change this election.  Here is a collection of all papers who have switched their support:

  1. Des Moines Register: “Mitt Romney Offers A Fresh Economic Vision” “Voters should give Mitt Romney a chance to correct the nation’s fiscal course and to implode the partisan gridlock that has shackled Washington and the rest of America — with the understanding that he would face the same assessment in four years if he does not succeed.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney Offers A Fresh Economic Vision,” Des Moines Register, 10/27/12)
  2. The Daily Herald (Illinois): “[W]e Endorse Romney Because He, Unlike Obama, Understands That Jobs Are A Creation Of Business, Not Of Government.” “But ultimately, we endorse Romney because he, unlike Obama, understands that jobs are a creation of business, not of government. And that to encourage job growth, we need policies that incent business to grow and provide it with a stable environment for that growth.” (Editorial, “Endorsement: The Case For Mitt Romney For President,” The Daily Herald, 10/28/12)
  3. Florida Today: “Romney Has A Clearer Vision For A Modern Economy…” “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.” (Editorial, “We Recommend Mitt Romney For President,” Florida Today, 10/28/12)
  4. Pensacola News Journal: “We Believe [Mitt Romney] Has The Experience And Temperament To Start The Repairs.” “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.” (Editorial, “We Recommend: Mitt Romney For President,” Pensacola News Journal, 10/28/12)
  5. Naples Daily News: “[W]e Believe It Will Take Another Administration Change, To Romney, To Bring The Leadership That Will Make That Recovery Timely, Robust And Sustainable.” “This time four years ago, this newspaper’s editorial board sized up the state of the economy and other issues and concluded the country needed a change, to Obama. While we believe the national economy is on the way back, we believe it will take another administration change, to Romney, to bring the leadership that will make that recovery timely, robust and sustainable.” (Editorial, “President Of The United States,” Naples Daily News, 10/28/12)
  6.  Quad City Times: “[W]e Endorse A Successful Leader Focused On Economic Recovery And Growth And Deficit Reduction.” “Today, we endorse a successful leader focused on economic recovery and growth and deficit reduction. We endorse a proven manager who won’t need on-the-job training. We endorse a compromiser who offers the best hope of breaking congressional gridlock. Most of all, we endorse change. We endorse Mitt Romney for president.” (Editorial, “Ready For Change,” Quad City Times, 10/28/12)
  7.  Los Angeles Daily News: “Romney Has Proven His Leadership Qualities…” “Four years ago, as America faced serious trouble at home and abroad, this news organization embraced the need for bold change to a different brand of leadership and endorsed Barack Obama for president. … Romney has proven his leadership qualities as a business success, as the trouble-shooting head of the Salt Lake City Olympics, and as the governor of Democratic Party-dominated Massachusetts.” (Editorial, “Elect Mitt Romney President,” Los Angeles Daily News, 10/28/12)
  8.  Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “Romney Has Laid Out A Consistent Theme … That Theme Is A Winner.” “Romney has laid out a consistent theme focused on encouraging business innovation and growth, reducing government spending and its economic footprint and educating and retraining people to take new jobs. That theme is a winner, and Congress will be receptive when Romney brings it.”(Editorial, “Mitt Romney: New Leadership For More Economic Growth,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 10/21/12)
  9. Reno Gazette-Journal: “We Find Ourselves In Need Of Change Yet Again. Romney Must Be The Leader To Get Things Moving.” “Based on our current fiscal condition, a still-weak economy and a Congress deeply divided along party lines, our next president will continue to face a daunting challenge, one that must be met for the good of the country. Four years later, we find ourselves in need of change yet again. Romney must be the leader to get things moving.” (Editorial, “Nevada Needs A Change Now; Elect Mitt Romney President,”Reno Gazette-Journal, 10/20/12)
  10. Orlando Sentinel: “He Understands That Reviving The Economy And Repairing The Government’s Balance Sheet Are Imperative.” “[T]he core of Romney’s campaign platform, his five-point plan, at least shows he understands that reviving the economy and repairing the government’s balance sheet are imperative — now, not four years in the future. … We endorse Mitt Romney for president. (Editorial, “Our Pick For President: Romney,” Orlando Sentinel, 10/19/12)
  11.    New York Observer: “A Strong Leader … [He] Promises To Bring A New And Refreshing Attitude To Washington.” “Mitt Romney stands out because—unlike so many candidates in the past—he understands how to build businesses, create efficiencies, make tough deals and carefully consider divergent viewpoints. America needs a strong leader, a practical leader. … [He] promises to bring a new and refreshing attitude to Washington, one that speaks to his experience as both a successful business leader and the governor of a state not known for its affection for Republicans.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” New York Observer, 10/16/12)
  12.  South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “We Need A Leader Who Will Chart A Clear Course, Sweat The Details And Get The Job Done Right.” “In these uncertain times, we need a leader who will chart a clear course, sweat the details and get the job done right. We believe Romney’s past performance is a predictor of his future behavior. He’s proven himself to be a successful businessman. He rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from scandal and mismanagement. He worked with a Democrat-dominated legislature as governor of Massachusetts to close a $3 billion budget deficit — without borrowing and raising taxes.” (Editorial, “Sun Sentinel Endorses Mitt Romney For President,” Sun Sentinel, 10/26/12)


  1. M. White
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You can also add the Cincinnati Enquirer to this list. They endorsed him this morning. First time endorsing a Republican since 1972. This is the 2nd largest newspaper in Ohio.

    • AC
      Posted October 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Where did you read that this was the “first time endorsing a Republican since 1972”? I was born and raised in Cincinnati, and the Enquirer has a reputation as a center-right newspaper, I believe.

      • M. White
        Posted October 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

        Yes, you are right. I was looking at the Des Moines Register. Sorry for the error.

    • Kevin
      Posted October 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I looked it up, and the Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed McCain in 2008. It was the Des Moines register that hasn’t endorsed a Republican since 72.

      • AC
        Posted October 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, that’s the mistake I assumed that M. White had made. Thanks.

      • Posted October 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

        No worries. I love the enthusiasm.

  2. No Tribe
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Obama got 10 of the major newspapers to flip from Bush ’04 to Obama ’08. Romney is already at 9 flipping from Obama ’08 to Romney ’12, and there are still 33 to go:

    • fab4gal
      Posted October 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

      No Tribe, do you have a list of the newspapers that were Bush ’04 and went Obama in ’08?
      ~ Brittany

      • No Tribe
        Posted October 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

        link is on that page.

  3. Kevin
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Some other key endorsements;

    Sioux City Journal

    Cedar Rapids Gazette

    Cincinnati Enquirer|newswell|text|frontpage|p&pagerestricted=1

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Green Bay Press-Gazette

    I don’t know if they endorsed Obama in 2008, but they’re key papers in swing states.

    • Posted October 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Guys I’m only focusing on endorsements who flip from Obama to Romney.

      • Kevin
        Posted October 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

        Sorry about that.

  4. No Tribe
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Florida is so messed up some times. They let the legislators put ballot measure on the ballot that are 500 and 700 words long.

    I would just vote no, not even bothering to read it. Sorry, but I think most people will do the same.

    • fab4gal
      Posted October 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Sadly a lot of measures are worded to take advantage of people voting “no” if they don’t know what it is. In California the prop that would allow gay marriage did not ask “Do you want to allow gay marriage?” It instead said something like “Do you want the ban on gay marriage to remain in effect?”

  5. AC
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I live in Chicago, and I can’t believe that the Chicago Tribune endorsed Obama again. The endorsement itself was weird. They basically blasted both candidates, and then opted for Obama without any justification.

    • Kevin
      Posted October 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

      They didn’t want an IRS audit, and they didn’t want Axelrod and his gang to pay them a visit the way they did Gallup.

  6. AC
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Yes, you are right about that. Rahmbo is a vindictive SOB. More important is probably the fact that Obama is a Chicago resident, Illinois will vote for Obama regardless of what the Tribune recommends, and the Tribune doesn’t want to alienate newspaper readers. Opting for Romney would upset lefties; opting for Obama is sort of expected given his Chicago connections.

    • fab4gal
      Posted October 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I think this is the biggest thing. Newspapers want to sell their product above all else. So they’ll go for whoever they know their readers are going for.
      ~ Brittany

      • ed
        Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:34 am | Permalink

        Now that’s not what they teach at journalism school….

    • Svigor
      Posted October 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Rahmbo is a borderline lunatic. I read two instances of his flying off the handle at women in recent years, and I don’t really follow politics that closely and certainly don’t follow Rahmbo that closely. He seems like a psychopathic woman-hating nutjob.

      • ed
        Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:36 am | Permalink

        I actually see him at my gym regularly. Never had the pleasure of meeting him. But I will relish looking him in the eye and telling him I voted for Romney…twice!

  7. Angelina Joseph
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Houston Chronicle;10/24/12.

  8. Posted October 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Iowa stands like this, endorsement wise: QCTimes, CRGazette, DSMRegister all endorse Romney. My sense of Iowa is we will go for Romney. It isn’t over tl the vote but this is unprecidented since the 60s. I also think Wizconsin is going to go Republican.

    • No Tribe
      Posted October 28, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I noticed that too. Pretty much a complete sweep for the endorsements in Iowa.

      I am in the same place. Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio. Those three tip the election to Romney.

      • ed
        Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:45 am | Permalink

        I think your right…Colorado will be running up the score….

  9. DAO
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Chicago Daily Herald
    Also noted is that Obama is up by only 13 in IL

  10. Elizabeth
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Romney has shown he has the principles to turn this nation around. May God bless him!

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