Dispatch, Plain Dealer Split On Presidential Endorsements

The two papers are backing different candidates in the 2012 presidential race.(Photo: Columbus Dispatch/Plain Dealer)
The two papers are backing different candidates in the 2012 presidential race.(Photo: Columbus Dispatch/Plain Dealer)

Two of Ohio’s biggest newspapers have split on their endorsements in the presidential race.

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland supports a second term for Democratic President Barack Obama. The Columbus Dispatch backs Republican Mitt Romney.

The Dispatch says the United States needs a new direction. The Dispatch states that it warned four years ago about Obama’s lack of experience. It says Romney has the real-world experience to lead the nation out of economic malaise.

The Plain Dealer endorses Obama for a second term, after also endorsing him in 2008. Its endorsement praises Obama’s leadership on issues such as the auto industry bailout, while saying this year’s endorsement comes with less enthusiasm or optimism than four years ago. The newspaper criticizes Romney for frequent changes in positions.

Comments
  • Anonymous

    The Dispatch endorsed Romney and that should have surprised nobody. I can’t wait for the election of 2016, when their streak of endorsing Republicans reaches 100 years.

  • Bridgett

    I agree with below comment. The Dispatch NEVER endorses the Democrat for President. That is why I dropped my subscription to such a biased newspaper. I suppose they will endorse Mandel as well.

    • Anonymous

      Bridgett, that is the endorsement I can’t wait to read. Mandel has come under fire from The Dispatch for his distortions and inaccuracies, so they will have to be creative as they tout him. You also need to consider their very strong distaste for Sherrod Brown, so the endorsement will have to be careful, trying not to show how negative and biased the paper actually is. But it is coming and it won’t be any fun to write.

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