The San Francisco Examiner has endorsed Barack Obama for president:
Running against Obama is Mitt Romney, a social moderate but staunch economic conservative who believes that people unfortunate enough to require the safety net of social programs during economic downturns are complainers who feel entitled to government services. Romney has proven genuinely adept at making money for himself and his investors, but his private sector track record provides no support for his assertion that he knows how to put America back to work. And he has flip-flopped on numerous issues, most notably his own healthcare record — the program he signed into law while governor of Massachusetts. By disavowing his greatest legitimate accomplishment, and by running on a business record that is hardly a résumé for job creation, it is unclear exactly what platform Romney advocates.
Four years ago, under a different owner, The San Francisco Examiner endorsed John McCain and Sarah Palin for president. Happily, the nation’s voters had a better idea.
Today, as a different paper under new ownership, we wholeheartedly endorse Barack Obama and Joe Biden for a second term so that they can move forward with reforms this country needs.
A president’s second term is an opportunity to implement his legacy agenda. Nothing we have seen suggests that Barack Obama will be content to rest on his laurels in the next four years.
Under previous ownership the Examiner endorsed John McCain in 2008.