Salt Lake Tribune Announces Their Endorsement of President Obama 7

Woo-hoo! Talk about a slap in Mitten’s face, the state’s leading newspaper in Utah announced their support and endorsement for President Barack Obama today.

In the SL Tribune Editorial published Friday, the Tribune acknowledged that Romney had become the “state’s adopted son” after rescuing the Olympics from sure failure. That was the Mitt Romney that they had grown to know and love.

According to the article, they state that “Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: ‘Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?’”

Furthermore, the editorial continues on, “More troubling, Romney has repeatedly refused to share specifics of his radical plan to simultaneously reduce the debt, get rid of Obamacare (or, as he now says, only part of it), make a voucher program of Medicare, slash taxes and spending, and thereby create millions of new jobs. To claim, as Romney does, that he would offset his tax and spending cuts (except for billions more for the military) by doing away with tax deductions and exemptions is utterly meaningless without identifying which and how many would get the ax. Absent those specifics, his promise of a balanced budget simply does not pencil out.”

The editorial proceeds now with praises for President Obama. The paper agrees that Obama helped “to pull the nation out of its worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression, a deepening crisis he inherited the day he took office.

A comparison is made between Romney and Obama about the auto industry: “The president also acted wisely to bail out the auto industry, which has since come roaring back. Romney, in so many words, said the carmakers should sink if they can’t swim.”

The Board explains: “…in considering which candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago. Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney’s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.”

The best was saved for last:

“Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.”

I don’t know about you, but I am doing the “happy dance.”

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Source:

The Salt Lake Tribune: Tribune Endorsement: Too Many Mitts
The Examiner: Salt Lake Tribune endorses Obama

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7 comments

    • Me, too. Me, too. It’s been looking like Obama will have the electoral votes. May be another Bush/Gore. I would rather it isn’t, but so long as the electoral is in Obama’s favor, I will take it.

    • Yes, it was a shock. But that article was incredibly written and they laid out exactly what they saw and felt – and did so without attacking. I cannot understand how people can still support him, especially if they knew about this. I’m sure the vast majority haven’t heard nor will know about it. Mormons are such a tight-knit community that they really had to feel strongly about this to make that move.

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