NY ‘Daily News’ Endorses Obama — Had Backed Bush in 2004 — And So Does ‘Detroit Free Press’

By: E&P Staff

One of the largest circulation papers in the nation, The Daily News in New York has endorsed Barack Obama in an editorial.

It had backed George Bush and is at least the 12th paper that went for the GOP candidate in the last election that has now come out for Obama. Those papers range from the huge Chicago Tribune (which had not backed a Democrat for president in its history) to the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico. Also, Cleveland’s Plain Dealer — which had sat out the 2004 contest — endorses Obama on Sunday.

The Detroit Free Press in battleground state also backed Obama on Sunday.

Here is an excerpt from each. E&P has a full listing of all endorsements elsewhere on this site along with several other related stories.


The need for a fresh start in America has grown markedly in the two years of this presidential campaign, and became imperative as the crippled financial system punishes workers, families and retirees in the country.

The U.S. is in want of leadership that repairs a damaged economy, restores faith in government as an engine for the common good and returns competence to the White House after the spectacular failures of the Bush administration.

Barack Obama holds the greater promise of accomplishing the mission than does John McCain. The Daily News endorses the 47-year-old Democrat, the first black American to win a major party nomination, for President.


McCain, 72, a surprise victor in the Republican primaries, has been a disappointing contrast to Obama almost from the start of the general election campaign.

His run for the presidency was launched with not only his compelling personal story but McCain’s strong credentials as an independent Republican legislator. But since late summer, the campaign has been marked by stunts and gimmicks, gaffes and shifts that call into question McCain’s temperament and, most of all, his judgment.

One of his greatest miscalculations was the selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate, a pick McCain made after just two meetings and a phone call with the Alaska governor, not yet two years into her first term.

Palin was exciting initially, a potential voice for change, and someone who shared McCain’s “maverick” sensibilities.

But in the weeks since her selection, she has been revealed as not much more than a sideshow, someone with very limited range on issues and almost none of the depth expected in a cabinet secretary, let alone vice president, or president.

McCain has also shown his impulsiveness on policy matters.

Foreign affairs were supposed to be his strong suit, but he has embraced an icy Cold War mentality that could prove dangerous in a world rocked by a more modern political and cultural volatility. He famously joked about bombing Iran. He has resisted admitting that the Iraq war is a costly distraction from the real business of fighting terrorism, vowing to stay until “victory” is achieved. He irresponsibly reduced former Russian President Vladimir Putin to a caricature, saying he saw three letters, “K-G-B,” when he looked into his eyes.

And during the first debate, which was focused on foreign affairs, McCain was nearly bellicose in his saber-rattling, talking very tough but without much context or nuance about America’s place in the world, and its needs going forward.

The Free Press has twice endorsed McCain for the Republican presidential nomination, in 2000 and this year. The McCain running against Obama in this general election has not been the same candidate; he has been nastier, less consistent and, since his acceptance speech at the GOP National Convention, frankly uninspiring.

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