Some Florida Newspapers Endorse Romney

By  //  October 28, 2012

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As the interminable presidential campaign approaches its final week, three of the most influential daily newspapers in the crucial swing-state of Florida have endorsed the Romney/Ryan ticket over the incumbents.

Brevard County has historically leaned to the right, and if the number of supporters displaying yard signs, sporting bumper stickers and publicly voicing opinions are a true indication of the energy generated within the respective camps, it appears that our community also endorses the 2012 GOP ticket. (Image for

The Editorial Board of the South Florida Sun Sentinelwhich endorsed Obama in 2008, now supports Mitt Romney for president, stating:

Four years into Barack Obama’s presidency, economic growth is sputtering. Family incomes are down. Poverty is up. Business owners are reluctant to assume risk in the face of unending uncertainty. Many are holding on by their fingernails, desperate for signs of an economic recovery that will help them provide for themselves, their employees, their customers and their communities.

The editorial concludes with the simple declaration:

We believe the best chance to get America back working again is to elect Mitt Romney. That’s why we endorse him for president.

Like the Sun Sentinel, eight days ago the Orlando Sentinel, another long time left-leaning major Florida newspaper that endorsed Obama in 2008, expressed strong disappointment in Obama’s record of performance and endorsed Mitt Romney:

Economic growth, three years into the recovery, is anemic. Family incomes are down, poverty is up. Obama’s Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, highlighted these and other hard truths in this week’s second debate. Even the September jobless numbers deserve an asterisk, because more than 4 million Americans have given up looking for work since January 2009.  

And while the nation’s economy is still sputtering nearly four years after Obama took office, the federal government is more than $5 trillion deeper in debt. It just racked up its fourth straight 13-figure shortfall.

We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years. For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race...

…after reflecting on his (Obama’s) four years in the White House, we also don’t think that he’s the best qualified candidate in this race. We endorse Mitt Romney for president.

The Tampa Tribune, a McCain supporter in 2008 and very influential in the large Florida West Coast media market, expressed similar concern over another four years of an Obama administration’s fiscal policies, and also strongly endorsed Mitt Romney, siting:

Mitt Romney is the man who can lead the nation out of its lingering economic doldrums and restore faith in the United States. A successful executive in the public and private sector, Romney is a committed capitalist who understands that the nation’s prosperity is driven by free enterprise, not government. Under President Barack Obama’s liberal and inconsistent leadership, the country has limped along, barely a step ahead of another recession.

The deficit soared, government expanded and the prospects of more regulations and taxes chilled corporateinvestment…

Romney’s record as a determined, detail-oriented leader who demands results strongly suggests he would find a workable middle ground in such conflicts…

Seasoned executive Romney would come to office ready to put the country on the course to more freedom and prosperity.

The Tampa Tribune, with confidence and enthusiasm, endorses Mitt Romney for president.

During the presidential election of 2008, President Obama received 44 percent of the vote in Brevard, and 54 percent went to to Senator John McCain.