As of today I’ve identified 35 newspapers and magazines that have endorsed Barack Obama for president, 37 that have endorsed Mitt Romney. The Sentinel and Enterprise of Fitchburg, Massachusetts has endorsed Mitt Romney for president:
Romney knows how to run a business and a government. If elected, he would enter the White House with a level of private- and public-sector expertise unseen in modern times.
He’s got a track record of buying failing companies and turning them around. Democrats have demonized Romney for the wealth he’s amassed working in the same capitalistic system they do and for making difficult CEO decisions expected of strong, prudent leaders. Yet who among the Democrats wouldn’t take Romney on their team if his political affiliation were different?
As governor of Massachusetts (2003-07), Romney reversed a downward economic trend and wiped out a $1.5 billion budget deficit through spending cuts and fee increases. He didn’t raise taxes. He also championed investments in the state’s public schools, and the results were stunning: No. 1 national and international rankings on student achievement tests.
Romney didn’t do it alone. Even today he gives credit to the 87 percent of Democrats in the state Legislature who collaborated with a Republican administration to solve difficult problems. It was a bipartisanship that Bay Staters came to believe in and expect. The capstone was controversial — Massachusetts’ first-in-the-nation universal health care law — and it was approved because it fit the state’s unique needs to guarantee access to quality medical services for its 6.3 million citizens.
The editorial goes on to analyze Obama’s very weak case for re-election. This is a meatier editorial than most and worth reading. The Sentinel and Enterprise endorsed Obama in 2008.
By my reckoning the publications that have changed from endorsing Obama to endorsing Romney outnumbers the publications that endorsed McCain in 2008 but endorse Obama now by 11-6.