President Obama, Mitt Romney earn newspaper endorsements in swing states

President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney secured key newspaper endorsements on Sunday, each picking up support in swing states.

In Ohio, the nation’s most hotly contested battleground, Obama was endorsed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Akron Beacon Journal, while Romney got the backing of the Columbus Dispatch.

“Ohio in particular has benefited from his bold decision to revive the domestic auto industry,” the Plain Dealer’s editorial board wrote about Obama. “Because of his determination to fulfill a decades-old dream of Democrats, 30 million more Americans will soon have health insurance.

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“His Race to the Top initiative seeded many of the education reforms embodied in Cleveland’s Transformation Plan. He ended the war in Iraq and refocused the battle to disrupt al Qaeda and its terrorist allies. He ordered the risky attack inside Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden.”

The Dispatch wrote that “in 2008, Americans made a leap of faith when they elevated the inexperienced Obama to the White House. That faith was not rewarded. This time, voters should place their hopes for change in experience, by electing Romney.”

Papers in other swing states focused on the economy in their endorsements of Romney.

The New Hampshire Union Leader wrote that “Romney offers a better way, a realistic way, to restore American prosperity.”

“Seasoned executive Romney would come to office ready to put the country on the course to more freedom and prosperity,” the Tampa Tribune said.

In North Carolina, the Asheville Citizen-Times concluded that Romney’s positions have been too inconsistent during his political career.

“With Obama, we know what we are getting,” the Citizen-Times wrote. “He has consistently embraced the concept of community. Obama believes we are not just a bunch of individuals but a nation, and that we must work together to address the challenges we face.”

Other newspapers endorsing Obama included the Los Angeles Times, Arizona Daily Star, and Santa Fe New Mexican.

Romney was endorsed by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Arizona Republic, and Fort Worth Star-Telegram.