On Sunday, The Buffalo News endorsed President Obama for re-election. As has been our custom, we offer excerpts of editorials from other newspapers endorsing Republican Mitt Romney.
Romney brings the experience of business, having served as the CEO of Bain Capital. He brings the experience of government, having served as a Republican governor of Massachusetts, where Democrats dominated the legislature. “I figured out from day one I had to get along, and I had to work across the aisle to get anything done,” he says.
A Romney presidency would bring the fiscal discipline necessary to attack the deficit and lead the economy out of the slowest recovery in the nation’s history. He would create a common-sense tax and regulatory environment that incorporates the stability and predictability needed to spark new investment, create jobs and get the economy moving.
America needs a president who is smart and experienced enough to turn this economy around. A president who will lower unemployment, cut budget deficits, reduce the national debt, set appropriate tax rates to grow the economy for all Americans. A president who can instill confidence and lead the country from a weak recovery to a robust economic future.
Dallas Morning News
Romney had to survive a fractious primary by steering too far right on some issues. At his core, however, we see him as a “Chamber of Commerce Republican,” more attuned to business interests than the tea party/social conservatism that defines today’s GOP.
Importantly, Romney speaks the language of industry. His tenure leading Bain Capital, for instance, has come under sharp criticism for years, but it also reveals a man who understands capital formation and how that, extrapolated through an economy, can lift the U.S. from its stalled state. Even some of Obama’s Democratic allies – notably rising star Cory Booker, former adviser Steven Rattner and former Rep. Harold Ford – were quick to criticize the campaign’s Bain-centric attacks on profit.
Unlike many in his party, Romney understands that government has a place in the economy and in American life, just not as much of a place as Obama would afford it.
The next president is likely to be dealing with a Congress where at least one, if not both, chambers are controlled by Republicans. It verges on magical thinking to expect Obama to get different results in the next four years.
Now the president and his supporters are attacking Romney because his long-term budget blueprint calls for money-saving reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, three of the biggest drivers of deficit spending. Obama would be more credible in critiquing the proposal if he had a serious alternative for bringing entitlement spending under control. He doesn’t.