In 2008, the editorial boards of Florida's four biggest newspapers all through their support behind President Obama. Well, in the past two days, the state's two biggest papers offered their endorsements. The Saint Pete Times is sticking with President Obama in an endorsement that highlights his economic successes. In contrast, The Orlando Sentinel has doubled back on their 2008 endorsement, and painted Obama's economic track record as an "anemic" failure.
"The recovery has proven more difficult than anyone imagined," writesThe Times
. "But conditions would be far worse without the president's steady leadership. This is not the time to reverse course and return to the failed policies of the past. Without hesitation, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Barack Obama for re-election as president."
"We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years," writesThe Sentinel
. "For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race."
"By many measures, the economy is improving steadily even if growth remains painfully slow," writesThe Times
. "There have been 31 straight months of job growth, and more than 5 million private sector jobs have been created."
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"Romney is not our ideal candidate for president," the Orlando board writes. They say nothing of his approach to health care, and call out his stances on social issues and immigration.
"Obama has been tested by harsh circumstance and proven himself worthy of a second term," writes the St. Pete board, while also highlighting the non-economic successes of his first term.