Washington Post endorsement 2012: Washington Post endorses Barack Obama for President again

By on Oct 26, 2012 in International, Politics, United States Comments

Updated: October 28, 2012 11:35 a.m.

Read New York Times endorses Obama for President for the second time

The Washington Post, via their Editorial Board, announced on Friday, October 26, 2012 its endorsement in the 2012 US presidential election. The paper endorses President Barack Obama, whom they also endorsed in 2008, when he run against Republican Senator John McCain.

President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama
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According to a post at Washington Post on Friday, just seconds after midnight, the 2012 presidential campaign has “dwelt on the past, but the key questions are who could better lead the country during the next four years,” noting that they think Obama is more likely to help the US economy.

President Barack Obama is better positioned to be that navigator than is his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. We come to that judgment with eyes open to the disappointments of Mr. Obama’s time in office.” Washington Post wrote in the first part of their three-page editorial post.

Mr. Romney, by contrast, has embraced his party’s reality-defying ideology that taxes can always go down but may never go up. Mr. Romney‘s future also is one in which an ever-greater share of the nation’s wealth resides with the nation’s wealthy, at a time when inequality already is growing.” The paper added.

In trying to provide balance in their endorsement, Washington Post noted that Obama had failed promises, but “is committed to the only approach that can succeed,” and cited some of their disappointments over the president, as well as his most notable accomplishments during his first term.

One of the disappointments for Obama that the report mentioned was when the president “alienated Congress and business leaders by isolating himself inside a tight White House circle that manages to be both arrogant and thin-skinned.”

Nevertheless, the Washington Post praised President Obama for his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called Obamacare; the end of Osama bin Laden, his leadership in helping to the US economy steady, and ending the US military’s discrimination against gay men and lesbians, along with his support for same-sex marriage.

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