Nashua Telegraph (New Hampshire) Endorses Romney (Endorsed Obama in 2008)

Another Battleground State makes the switch:

Mitt Romney for president

Four years ago, with little hesitation, we endorsed then-Sen. Barack Obama to become the 44th president of the United States, saying it was a time for “new leadership, a new approach to governing, a new way of conducting the people’s business.”

So the basic question facing The Telegraph editorial board when it met last week came down to this: Did the former Illinois senator do enough to live up to those admittedly high expectations to warrant a second term?

After several hours of spirited debate, not unlike conversations taking place in kitchens and living rooms across America, we reached a consensus that he had not. Perhaps more importantly, when we identified the key challenges facing the nation – jobs, the economy and the national debt – we concluded he was not the best candidate to meet them.

That person is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and we hereby endorse him to become the 45th president of the United States.

During his many years in the private and public sectors, Romney has demonstrated the critical leadership skills necessary to bring people together toward a common goal.

He did it when he founded a successful investment firm at age 37. He did it when he helped rescue a scandal-plagued Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002. And he did it when he worked with an overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature after being elected governor of Massachusetts that same year.

As we noted when we endorsed Romney for the GOP nomination prior to the New Hampshire primary in January, Washington is broken. In order to fix it, it will take a strong leader willing to roll up his sleeves and work directly with the heads of both parties to carve out the best possible solutions.

We believe Romney has demonstrated that he can do that; the president has had four years to demonstrate that he can’t.

To be clear, we didn’t make the decision not to endorse Obama for a second term lightly. Nor do we believe, like many of his critics, that he is without achievement during his time in office.

At the very least, walking into the second-worst economic crisis in the nation’s history, the president and his administration deserve credit for steadying the ship of state through a combination of middle-class tax cuts, a stimulus program and a rescue of the auto industry.

And there can be no denying that House and Senate Republicans did everything in their power to stymie the president’s agenda, even putting the nation at risk of default during the debt-ceiling debacle of 2011.

But true leaders find ways to work around such obstacles, much like Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton did during their terms in office.

True leaders also don’t wait until two weeks before Election Day – in the form of a 20-page booklet, no less – to lay out a specific agenda for the next four years. Coupled with the negative tenor of the campaign, that merely confirms the president and his strategists felt that attacking Romney’s agenda was more politically expedient than releasing one of their own.

Some cynics have suggested, only partly in jest, that Obama-Romney is at its core a contest between a man with no plan and man with a plan that doesn’t add up, a reference to Romney’s own unwillingness to lay out details of how he would balance his campaign promises with his tax-and-spending plans.

Nevertheless, we are confident Romney is the candidate who would tackle the serious issues facing this nation, starting with jobs, the economy and the debt. In the end, we couldn’t say the same about the president.

17 Comments

  1. Pete
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’m told now that newspaper endorsements don’t matter. Four years ago, wow one couldn’t change the channel without a commercial trumpeting some paper endorsing Obama.

  2. edtitan77
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    If Mitt can win FL, NC, VA, OH and NH I can go to sleep early next week.

    • Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Not me, I want to see the landslide! I already have my celebration plans laid out. After 4 years of THIS, I am going to be one hyper lady.
      ~ Brittany

      • Eric
        Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

        What are you plans? My plan is to watch MSNBC and laugh and laugh and laugh until I can’t anymore!

      • AC
        Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

        If Romney wins, then I will gloat plenty. Until that happens, I will keep praying.

      • Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

        Setting off fireworks while raising the American flag for the first time in 4 years while spraying champagne (I don’t drink). But in general there will be a lot of jumping up and down and running around the front yard screaming like a 5 year old. The joy will be worth the humiliation!
        ~ Brittany

      • Eric
        Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

        Barring some dramatic turnaround Romney’s going to win. You don’t carry independents by 10 points and lose. EVERY national poll shows Romney leading with independents. 10 national polls that released that type of information average to a 9 point lead for Romney with Independents.

        Undecideds will break for Romney in the last few days too and expand that lead somewhat.

        Republicans always vote for the Republican presidential candidate in greater percentages than Democrats vote for the Democratic candidate. Even in 2008, McCain got a higher % of Republicans than Obama did Democrats.

        Obama’s ONLY chance is that there are a lot more Democrats voting than Republicans.

        Unfortunately for Obama, that hope is dashed by 3 solid, reputable pollsters….
        Gallup says the electorate is 36% Republican, 35% Democrat, 29% Independent
        Rasmussen says the electorate is R+2.6
        Pew says the electorate is D+5 among registered voters, which translates to balanced DEMS and REPS among likely voters.

        Obama needs a D+5 turnout or higher to win re-election. That means that he needs every single registered voter in the country to vote for him to eek out a win. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! Presidential election turnouts average between 65% and 70% of registered voters. It was 70% in 2008. Gallup says interest in voting has dropped significantly since 2008 too.

        For all these logical reasons outlined above it’s easy to see why Obama CAN’T win unless voters change their minds in the next week due to some major event, so I’ll be tuning into MSNBC with glee and excitement waiting for the show to start. I already know how it’s going to end. The joy is the process of watching it unfold.

      • Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

        Exactly, which is why I’ve already planned out my celebration. At this point it’s just waiting for that 100% validation that he’s won, and by how much. I am expecting 320 or more EVs but I know a win is a win even if it’s just barely.
        ~ Brittany

      • displacedRhodeIslandConservative
        Posted October 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

        Yes please!

    • No Tribe
      Posted October 31, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

      OH is not going to be called early. Unless its an absolute blowout.

  3. AC
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    More good news. Would like to see a list of all NH newspaper endorsements when they are finished.

    • NHConservative
      Posted October 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

      The only papers I have seen thus far that have endorsed Obama are smaller liberal pockets. The Keene Sentinel, which is a college town near VT, and Portsmouth’s Paper (lived in NH over 25 years and don’t know the name if it) which is a town on the seacoast sandwiched next to ME and MA.

  4. NHConservative
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Living in NH, this rather significant. There are two main papers here, Manchester’s Union Leader, and The Nashua Telegraph. You can usually count on The Union Leader to be supporting the GOP ticket, kind of like the NY Post, but for The Telegraph to support the GOP ticket would be like The New York Times. This is pretty big.

  5. stuckinmass
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The Mass Eagle Tribune, which serves part of Southern NH (Rockingham County) endorsed Romney enthusiastically awhile ago too.

  6. easternimm
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I hope you all are right. America deserves better than Mr Obama. Not that he was a terrible president. The beauty of the political system in this great country is that nobody can turn the ship of state easily. He is a smart man, maybe not as smart as he thinks he is neither as smart as hot leftists think he is, but smart enough to understand the system. He has overplayed his charisma. He also seemed to have too big of an ego and can’t schmooze his political foes ( as Clinton or Reagan did). Romney is not the perfect candidate, he seems to me too technical and lacking true convictions ( best case scenario that I see is that he is a true moderate at heart) but he is marginally better than Obama.

    • Bob San Diego
      Posted October 31, 2012 at 1:52 am | Permalink | Reply

      ” He also seemed to have too big of an ego and can’t schmooze his political foes ( as Clinton or Reagan did).”

      He can’t schmooze his political foes because he can’t (or won’t) schmooze the other party voters like Reagan and Clinton could.

  7. No Tribe
    Posted October 31, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Too bad that NH doesn’t put across Romney 270. It’s hard to see a map where it’s anything put icing on the cake. Except for one, and it’s sweet. Other than the expected, FL, VA, CO, NC. Romney takes New Hampshire, and Wisconsin puts him over the top.

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