The New York Times on Saturday endorsed President Obama for reelection, saying that Obama "has shown a firm commitment to using government to help foster growth" and "has formed sensible budget policies."
The Times' endorsement, which appeared online ahead of Sunday's print edition, condemned the House Republican majority and Senate GOP minority for what it called "the implacable wall of refusal erected by congressional Republicans so intent on stopping him that they risked pushing the nation into depression, held its credit rating hostage, and hobbled economic recovery."
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It also criticized Mitt Romney for what it called "a guile that allows him to say whatever he thinks an audience wants to hear." It said his embrace of "the ultraconservative forces that control the Republican Party" -- including his selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate -- would reflect their agenda if he is elected.
"In the poisonous atmosphere of this campaign, it may be easy to overlook Mr. Obama’s many important achievements, including carrying out the economic stimulus, saving the auto industry, improving fuel efficiency standards, and making two very fine Supreme Court appointments," it said.
The Times is the largest-circulation U.S. newspaper to issue an endorsement. Entering this weekend, Obama led Romney in endorsements, but four of Romney’s 15 endorsements came from papers that supported Obama four years ago.