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CAMPAIGN 2012

Flip-Flop Endorsements

Between 2008 and 2012, which newspapers switched from a Democratic presidential endorsement to a Republican one, and vice versa?

Although President Obama leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 17-15 in endorsements among the country's 100 most-read newspapers, he has lost a few of his endorsements from the 2008 election. Overall, four major newspapers have endorsed Romney after backing Obama in the previous election. Only one major paper has swapped from a 2008 McCain endorsement to a 2012 Obama one.

Check out which newspapers have flipped since 2008.

 

DEMOCRAT TO REPUBLICAN

The Houston Chronicle: "The Chronicle's backing of Barack Obama in 2008 broke a 44-year string of endorsing Republican candidates for president. Four years later, President Obama's deeds have failed to match his words.... As Texans, it is a particular vexation that this president's attitude toward the interests of our state has occasionally bordered on contempt." Read the full endorsement.


 

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "The slow U.S. economy and its discouragingly high unemployment overshadow the other important issues in this election. Economic recovery must be spurred to a faster pace, and a change to Romney's leadership would do that." Read the full endorsement.


The Orlando Sentinel: "Economic growth, three years into the recovery, is anemic. Family incomes are down, poverty is up. Obama's Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, highlighted these and other hard truths in this week's second debate.... The next president is likely to be dealing with a Congress where at least one, if not both, chambers are controlled by Republicans. It verges on magical thinking to expect Obama to get different results in the next four years." Read the full endorsement.


 

The Tennessean: "Gov. Romney: This endorsement was not an easy decision. You owe the American people more details about how you will keep taxes low, preserve social programs, and build up the military, all while reducing the debt.... Be the man who governed Massachusetts, and you’ll reunite America." Read the full endorsement.


The Des Moines Register: "Our discussion repeatedly circled back to the nation’s single most important challenge: pulling the economy out of the doldrums ... and getting the federal government on a track to balance the budget in a bipartisan manner that the country demands. Which candidate could forge the compromises in Congress to achieve these goals? When the question is framed in those terms, Mitt Romney emerges the stronger candidate." Read the full endorsement.

 

REPUBLICAN TO DEMOCRAT


San Antonio Express-News: "No candidate has all the right policies—that includes Barack Obama. But having weathered the challenges of the last four years, we believe he is in a better position to guide the nation over the next four years—and has earned from voters the privilege to do so." Read the full endorsement.

 

(RELATED: See Who's Leading With Major Newspaper Endorsements So Far)

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