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2004 Newspaper Presidential Endorsements
October 18, 2004 5:16 AM
By The Associated Press
Newspaper endorsements in the 2004 presidential campaign between President Bush, a Republican, and Sen. John Kerry, a Democrat. Publication date was Oct. 17.
Nevada Appeal, Carson City, Nev.:
``(The) cause of fighting global terrorism was mislaid. At home, (President) Bush has consistently favored the rich and powerful ... Finally, as Nevadans we find it impossible to endorse the president who has decided Yucca Mountain is a scientifically sound repository for the nation's nuclear waste.''
Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, N.D.:
``John Kerry's assurance that he will not support the Central American Free Trade Agreement clinches his endorsement here. CAFTA is a looming danger to the Red River Valley's sugar beet industry.''
The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, Calif.:
``John Kerry offers an experienced, steady choice to lead the nation in a different direction. Voters have plenty of reasons to deny Bush a second term, but two stand out. Consider the twin centerpieces of the Bush presidency - the war in Iraq and tax cuts.''
The Jackson Sun, Jackson, Tenn.:
``Sen. John Kerry is the best choice for president in the Nov. 2 election. He offers voters a more moderate approach on many issues than the Bush administration. That is something we believe the nation needs.''
The Duluth News Tribune, Duluth, Minn.:
``Sen. John Kerry is the best hope for regaining America's promise, offering the country a fresh start internationally and a return of the presidency to an office of stature and respect.''
The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, N.C.:
``When a president is seeking re-election, the contest is inevitably a referendum on his service. ... We think George W. Bush has made the wrong choices on too many matters important to our country.''
The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa:
``Today, the (budget) surpluses are gone, replaced by record deficits that our grandchildren will be paying off. The economic engine is on life support ... The nation is in a seeming endless war in Iraq draining our financial resources and killing American soldiers at a pace the American people should find unacceptable. It's time for change.''
The Free Press, Mankato, Minn.:
``For the last 20 years Kerry has built coalitions, worked with both parties to get things done and been able to communicate in a way that instills confidence in voters and colleagues. ... Kerry will be better than Bush at uniting the country, something that's desperately needed today.''
The Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill.:
``(President Bush) and his band of neoconservatives have not acted conservatively in any sense of the word. ... (John) Kerry, we acknowledge, stands to the left of this newspaper on many issues. ... Faced with two imperfect candidates, the Daily Herald endorses John Kerry for president.''
The Miami Herald:
``The debates have placed a spotlight on the skills and abilities of the two contenders, with the president getting the worst of it.''
The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Mo.:
``John Kerry is not a perfect candidate with a flawless record. But he is a man of obvious intelligence, compassion, patriotism and courage whose presidency would be guided by a clear understanding of what went wrong in the last four years and what needs to be done in the next four.''
The Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader:
``Kerry's most difficult challenge as president would be cleaning up after Bush in Iraq. Kerry at least has a shot at getting the rest of the world to help. ... Kerry can regain the good will and standing we had in the wake of 9/11 and rebuild the alliances that Bush discarded.''
St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla.:
``The best evidence of the poverty of the Bush administration's record is the Bush re-election team's incessantly negative campaign against John Kerry. ... The cynicism and illogic of those attacks - nobody can be a flip-flopper and a left-wing ideologue at the same time - should be obvious.''
Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio:
``He would be a sound steward, replacing a cowboy ethic with a welcome pragmatism, advancing American interests and values, seeking to reverse a careless course abroad, just as he would at home.''
Bradenton Herald, Bradenton, Fla.:
``Kerry brings to the job of president more than 20 years of Senate leadership, a personal knowledge of war and hope for a new approach to end the Iraqi nightmare and address the nation's domestic problems.''
The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Daytona Beach, Fla.:
``John Kerry's distinguished service has prepared him to be the leader this country needs. ... Kerry and his running mate John Edwards appreciate that alliances on a global scale are the most effective weapons against terrorism and conventional war.''
Florida Today, Rockledge, Fla.:
``America needs new leadership, and we believe Democrat John Kerry can bring it to the White House, based on three decades of far-reaching public service that make him exceptionally qualified to be President of the United States.''
The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Fla.:
``Issue by issue, Sen. Kerry has laid out a better, fairer, more progressive agenda. ... John Kerry is not in denial about Iraq or any of the other problems Mr. Bush will have left him.''
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.:
``The Massachusetts senator possesses a prodigious intellect capable of grasping the complexities of the serious issues facing the nation and the world.''
The Daily Camera of Boulder, Colo., endorsed Kerry on Oct. 17:
``Kerry and his running mate, Sen. John Edwards, would revive national debate on issues too long neglected during the war on terrorism.''
The El Paso Times, El Paso, Texas:
``This nation is engaged in two wars. One is in Iraq, and it would not be advisable to change command and policy in the middle of the fight. .... Then there's the war on terror...the battle against terrorism is progressing both domestically and internationally. That shouldn't be interrupted.''
The San Antonio Express-News:
``The Bush administration is more likely to remain resolute on the war in Iraq than would an administration headed by his opponent, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. The vision of a free democratic Iraq to counter Islamic extremism and dictatorships is worth that resolve.''
The Dallas Morning News:
``Four years ago, when the world was much simpler, George W. Bush sought the presidency claiming that he had 'a charge to keep.' ... Mr. Bush has earned the right to hold firm to his charge for another term.''
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
``John Kerry's record of waffling on issues large and small does not instill confidence that he would provide the steady leadership that these uncertain times demand. With George Bush, however, there never is any doubt about where he stands. That is why he merits another four years in the White House.''
The Las Cruces Sun-News, Las Cruces, N.M.:
``Kerry and his running mate, Sen. John Edwards, have said over and over that they have a plan for this and a plan for that. Where are the plans? ... (Bush) doesn't flip-flop, and this is not the time to jump ship.''
The News-Gazette, Champaign, Ill.:
``(President Bush) is, in our view, the man who better recognizes the threat posed to the country and the world by international terrorism and the one more willing to do whatever it takes, regardless of world opinion, to neutralize or destroy whose who would wage attacks on American soil.''
The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.:
``The presidential election comes down to one thing: trust. ... Frankly, both President Bush and his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, have given voters reason to doubt. But we would give the edge to Bush.''
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas:
``Given the political leanings of the nation and Congress, it requires a Republican president - it requires George W. Bush - to be able to make, and sell, the difficult decisions that the next four years will bring.''
The Indianapolis Star:
``It is time for experience and resolve, which is why George Bush should be re-elected for a second term. Without a re-election facing him, the president can move to do those things he said he would do in his first presidential campaign.''
The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press:
``We would hope and expect (President Bush) to shift more to the center, befitting the compassionate conservatism that again has become a Bush mantra. But the overarching role of the president is that of commander in chief. It is our belief that Mr. Bush would continue to effectively defend this country.''
The Repository, Canton, Ohio:
``Despite his mistakes, America knows who Bush is. He has led the country through immense troubles. Kerry, burdened by all the votes that came in the U.S. Senate for 20 years, still leaves many questions about what kind of president he would be.''
The New Hampshire Sunday News, Manchester, N.H.:
``President George W. Bush deserves re-election on Nov. 2 for many reasons, the most important being the need for his continued leadership in the global fight against Islamist terrorism.''
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va.:
``One ticket represents the mentality of 9/10, the other of 9/12. The choice is clear. On November 2, re-elect George W. Bush.''
The Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, N.C.:
``This is a presidency in deep trouble, made worse by the refusal to acknowledge the trouble. ... Unfortunately, Sen. John Kerry has not convinced us that he will be able to steer the nation out of the mess in Iraq and move forward appropriately in the war on terrorism.''
The Tampa Tribune, Tampa, Fla.:
``We find ourselves deeply conflicted today about the presidential race, skeptical of the promises and positions of Sen. John Kerry and disappointed by the performance of President George W. Bush.''