The New York Times Endorses Barack Obama

The New York Times has endorsed Barack Obama over Mitt Romney for President.

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The New York Times has endorsed Barack Obama over Mitt Romney for President. What ultimately led the Times to their decision was Obama's achievements, "including carrying out the economic stimulus, saving the auto industry, improving fuel efficiency standards, and making two very fine Supreme Court appointments." The Times argues Romney, on the other hand, needs to start thinking for himself. He's campaigned "with a guile that allows him to say whatever he thinks an audience wants to hear," but his dedication to the ideas held by the base of the party, and not his own, are too much. This is the second time the paper has endorsed Obama. The last time the Grey Lady endorsed a Republican was President Eisenhower in 1956. You can read a full list of the Times' endorsements with this handy tracker.

From the endorsement:

President Obama has shown a firm commitment to using government to help foster growth. He has formed sensible budget policies that are not dedicated to protecting the powerful, and has worked to save the social safety net to protect the powerless. Mr. Obama has impressive achievements despite 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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