New York Times endorses Barack Obama for U.S. president
Washington Post, LA Times, New Yorker also throw their weight behind Obama; New York Post, Houston Chronicle back Mitt Romney.
The New York Times editorial board has endorsed Barack Obama for reelection in an editorial published on Sunday.
In the piece, simply titled "Barack Obama for Re-Election," the Times lays out its case for Obama and against Romney.
"The economy is slowly recovering from the 2008 meltdown, and the country could suffer another recession if the wrong policies take hold," the editorial board wrote.
"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," it added.
Noting right-wing attacks on Obama's health care reform law and women's access to health care, as well as Republican opposition to gay marriage, the editorial added, "Astonishingly, even the very right to vote is being challenged."
The editorial also criticized Obama's opponent for misrepresenting himself to voters. "Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has gotten this far with a guile that allows him to say whatever he thinks an audience wants to hear. But he has tied himself to the ultraconservative forces that control the Republican Party and embraced their policies, including reckless budget cuts and 30-year-old, discredited trickle-down ideas."
"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," the editorial stated, before going on to detail the president's specific achievements in those and other fields.
The Times also endorsed Obama in 2008. The liberal newspaper has endorsed Democratic candidates for president in every election cycle since 1956, when it threw its weight behind Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower.
A number of additional papers have seen fit to endorse Obama in recent weeks, including the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. The New Yorker also published a spirited endorsement of Obama last week, in a long opinion piece entitled "The Choice."
Mitt Romney has also garnered endorsements from several papers, including the New York Post, the Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle. The latter supported Obama in 2008.
The influential Wall Street Journal did not endorse any candidate.