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Endorsements: Anchorage paper picks Obama

 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., arrives to speak Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at a rally in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Tim Dunn)

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., arrives to speak Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at a rally in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Tim Dunn)

Excerpts from recent newspaper endorsements of the presidential candidates, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.

The Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News endorsed Obama on Oct. 25, 2008:

Gov. Palin's nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency — but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation.

Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand. The same cannot be said of Sen. McCain.

The Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch endorsed McCain on Oct. 26

Experience — particularly in international and military affairs — is a significant issue at the top of the tickets. These Editorial Pages have long maintained that national security ranks as the most important responsibility of any American president. And by this measure, John McCain is the clear and unambiguous choice in 2008. The world remains a very dangerous place. McCain has demonstrated the courage and sound judgment needed to protect the free people of this nation — and assist those fighting for freedom around the world.

The Baltimore Sun endorsed Obama on Oct. 26:

Sen. Obama's campaign has been extraordinarily open — inclusive across generational, ethnic and class lines. His top advisers include Democrats and Republicans, giving substance to his promise of bipartisan leadership. He created a disciplined organization that raised record sums yet stayed within budget. Sen. Obama's campaign testifies to his managerial skill and talent for surrounding himself with smart, hardworking people.

In his first term in Congress, Sen. Obama cannot claim decades of Washington experience. But his steadiness and thoughtful approach to issues show he has the judgment and depth of knowledge to lead the country. His first major decision after winning the nomination was to name Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, a proven foreign policy hand, as his running mate.

The (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Argus Leader endorsed McCain on Oct. 26:

At a time when both houses of Congress are controlled by the Democratic Party — and by margins that are likely to increase after this year's elections — McCain has the best chance to bridge the distressingly wide partisan divides that have developed in recent years while preserving some sense of moderation.

The Lansing (Mich.) State Journal endorsed Obama on Oct. 26:

In the basic analysis, this is about change versus the status quo, about hope versus fear. Democratic nominee Barack Obama offers mid-Michigan a break from the past. Voters should take it.

The LSJ Editorial Board endorses Barack Obama for the office of president.

The events since the meltdown of the global credit markets has brought the issues and the choice into focus. Republican John McCain offered a whirlwind of unfocused energy and incoherent ideas to the economic crisis, while Obama exuded the calm and deliberation Americans will want and need in the White House.

The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press endorsed McCain on Oct. 26:

Each major party candidate for president this year brings unique strengths to the urgent issues facing the nation. But for sheer depth of experience, principled courage and unassailable independence, Republican John McCain stands out.

Updated : 2021-07-26 13:55 GMT+08:00