In its editorial on Wednesday, the Nashua Telegraph of New Hampshire endorsed Mitt Romney, after backing candidate Barack Obama “with little hesitation” back in 2008.
By backing Romney over Obama, the Telegraph joins the ranks of more than a dozen daily newspapers that backed away from Obama after giving him the nod four years ago. The Des Moines Register, The Daily Herald of Obama’s home state of Illinois, the Orlando Sentinel, and New York Observer were among the papers that had a change of heart.
The Telegraph, in its editorial, said they did not make the decision lightly, noting that Obama inherited an economic crisis and Republicans did plenty to block his agenda.
“But true leaders find ways to work around such obstacles, much like Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton did during their terms in office,” the Telegraph said in its editorial.
“True leaders also don’t wait until two weeks before Election Day — in the form of a 20-page booklet, no less — to lay out a specific agenda for the next four years,” the editorial continued. “Coupled with the negative tenor of the campaign, that merely confirms the president and his strategists felt that attacking Romney’s agenda was more politically expedient than releasing one of their own.”
It concluded: “We are confident Romney is the candidate who would tackle the serious issues facing this nation, starting with jobs, the economy and the debt. In the end, we couldn’t say the same about the president.”
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