Washington Post endorses Obama for another four years


US President Barack Obama



The Washington Post has endorsed Obama for another four years, saying he is "likelier to put the government on a sounder financial footing."

The Post, which also endorsed Obama in 2008, argues in their editorial endorsement that Obama is more prepared to steer America's economy to success, pointing out that the country was in financial "free-fall" when the President took office. 

"We come to that judgment with eyes open to the disappointments of Mr. Obama’s first term," wrote the Post. "He did not end, as he promised he would, 'our chronic avoidance of tough decisions' on fiscal matters. But Mr. Obama is committed to the only approach that can succeed: a balance of entitlement reform and revenue increases." 

They also compare Obama to Romney, concluding that Romney's economic skill set is still not enough to make him fit for the presidency.

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"Even granting the importance of the fiscal issue, a case might still be made for Mr. Romney if Mr. Obama’s first term had been a failure; if Mr. Romney were more likely to promote American security and leadership abroad; or if the challenger had shown himself superior in temperament, capacity and character. In fact, not one of these is true," wrote the Post. "Mr. Romney, by contrast, has embraced his party’s reality-defying ideology that taxes can always go down but may never go up."

The editorial board, which CNN points out tends to lean left, also highlighted Obama's successes: the stimulus plans, the Chrysler and General Motors auto bailout, and the Affordable Care Act. Romney, on the other hand, has not effectively shown how he would govern. 

"The sad answer is there is no way to know what Mr. Romney really believes," the Post wrote. 

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