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Obama Scores Major Endorsements

POSTED: October 18, 2008, 12:00 pm

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Senator Barack Obama has begun to amass an impressive list of endorsements from some of the nation’s most widely read daily newspapers. This past week, in a stunning move, both The Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, two conservative leaning papers, endorsed the Democrat from Illinois. It is the first time in those paper’s histories that they have endorsed a Democrat for the White House. Below are excerpts from the first group of papers to publish their presidential endorsements.


The Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2008

Barack Obama for President

Many Americans say they're uneasy about Obama. He's pretty new to them.

We can provide some assurance. We have known Obama since he entered politics a dozen years ago. We have watched him, worked with him, argued with him as he rose from an effective state senator to an inspiring U.S. senator to the Democratic Party's nominee for president.

We have tremendous confidence in his intellectual rigor, his moral compass and his ability to make sound, thoughtful, careful decisions. He is ready.


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Washington Post
October 17, 2008

Barack Obama for President

Mr. Obama also understands that the most important single counter to inequality, and the best way to maintain American competitiveness, is improved education, another subject of only modest interest to Mr. McCain. Mr. Obama would focus attention on early education and on helping families so that another generation of poor children doesn't lose out. His budgets would be less likely to squeeze out important programs such as Head Start and Pell grants. Though he has been less definitive than we would like, he supports accountability measures for public schools and providing parents choices by means of charter schools.

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The Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2008

Barack Obama for President

The Times without hesitation endorses Barack Obama for president.

Our nation has never before had a candidate like Obama, a man born in the 1960s, of black African and white heritage, raised and educated abroad as well as in the United States, and bringing with him a personal narrative that encompasses much of the American story but that, until now, has been reflected in little of its elected leadership. The excitement of Obama's early campaign was amplified by that newness. But as the presidential race draws to its conclusion, it is Obama's character and temperament that come to the fore. It is his steadiness. His maturity.


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Atlanta Journal Constitution
October 18, 2008

Obama is the choice

Different challenges require different strengths. Obama has demonstrated a calm, thoughtful leadership style that fits this time and this challenge well. He has laid out a wiser, more measured approach toward foreign policy that elevates diplomacy and negotiation while reserving the use of force if necessary to protect this country and its allies in a dangerous world. He understands that international respect and admiration can’t be forced at gunpoint.

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