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Harvard, Tufts, and Brandeis student newspapers endorse Obama

Posted by Your Town  November 2, 2012 12:27 PM

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Several college newspapers in the Boston-area have refrained from endorsing a presidential candidate this fall. But for those that have, the choice is unanimous: re-elect Barack Obama.

The Harvard Crimson, The Tufts Daily and Brandeis University’s student paper, the Justice, all endorsed Obama, arguing that he is an advocate for college students.

The Justice praised Obama for enforcing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, defending Planned Parenthood, and for passing the Affordable Care Act. The Justice also wrote that the president “made noticeable progress in enfranchising the practices of same-sex couples.”

“His administration made an active effort in repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, an act that limited homosexuals’ involvement in the military,” The Justice wrote. “He also has actively lobbied to undermine the Defense of Marriage Act, a policy that has directly inhibited the rights of gay and lesbian couples–even in states that sanction same-sex marriages.”

Additionally, The Justice wrote that Obama has upheld his promise to students, in advocating for Pell Grants and other government-sponsored loans to low-income students.

The paper condemned Romney, writing that his policies would hurt student’s access to financial aid.

“Gov. Romney, though, has said he would cut these loans and raise interest rates to balance the budget, initiatives that would limit students’ ability to attend institutions such as ours,” The Justice wrote.

The Harvard Crimson praised Obama's support of education and same sex marriage. The paper's editorial credited Obama for avoiding a repeat of the Great Depression, writing that his “stewardship of the economy has been admirable.”

The Crimson wrote the job market has been “stubbornly slow to improve” but that Obama was not to blame.

“We understand that this is not the recovery that the Obama administration predicted,” The Crimson wrote. But neither are we naïve about the severity of the crisis that preceded it. In fact, it is largely through the ingenuity of the Obama administration and Federal Reserve chairman Ben S. Bernanke ’75 that we avoided the kind of depression witnessed in the 1930’s.”

By advocating for education, innovation, and home investment, the president is “working to lay the groundwork for the kind of society we’ll be proud to enter upon graduation,” the Crimson wrote.

The Tufts Daily gave a less enthusiastic endorsement for Obama.

“Some elections, like 2008, are about transformative, revolutionary change, about uprooting the status quo and enacting sweeping reforms. 2012 is not one of them,” The Daily wrote. “This time around, we have a choice between moving forward in inches or backsliding in yards. But that doesn’t make the choice any less clear or the result any less vital: America is best served if President Barack Obama is re-elected to a second term.”

The paper credited Obama for his economic policies, orchestrating a withdrawal from Iraq, killing Osama bin Laden, ending the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy, and for implementing the Affordable Care Act.

“We recognize that Obama has not been a perfect president…,” The Daily wrote. “But it is impractical to hold Obama to the standard of the staggering expectations that existed for him when he took office.”

In a bipartisan move, Emerson College’s student newspaper, The Berkley Beacon, printed two endorsements written by students – one for Obama, the other for Romney.

In the Romney endorsement, the writer condemned Obama for failing to cut the deficit in half as he promised.

“He hasn’t met that pledge,” the endorsement said. “In fact, the deficit has remained stable at an unsettling $1.2 trillion mark during his presidency.”

The writer argued that Romney would better serve the economy, pointing to his experience in the private sector.

“This is a man who knows how to run a business, who knows how to balance a budget and generate profits, and that’s what our country needs,” the endorsement said. “In this age of record deficits, outrageous debt to GDP ratios, and congresses running for three years now without a budget, we need a president who can turn America around financially, and start the repairs our country so desperately requires.”

In the Obama endorsement, the writer praised the president for funding more Pell Grants, and for signing the student loan reform. But Romney, the writer said, has a different plan for students.

“Under his budget, Romney would cut Pell Grants and eliminate nearly $5 billion from our education budget. To top it all off, Romney plans to repeal Obamacare and kick 3.1 million young Americans off of their parent’s health insurance,” the writer said. “The Romney-Ryan ticket completely overlooks the potential of a country with a fair playing field for students.”

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