President Barack Obama waves as he leaves a campaign event at Elm Street Middle School, Saturday, Oct. 27, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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By Sabrina Siddiqui, Huffington Post â€“ October 28, 2012
President Barack Obama picked up the endorsement of The New York Times on Saturday, a decision the paperâ€™s editorial board said was due to administration policies that have placed the economy on the path to recovery, the passage of landmark health care reform, the advocating of womenâ€™s rights and a foreign policy agenda that has kept unstable regions from combustion â€” all accomplished, the board argues, in the face of an â€œideological assaultâ€ from the Republican Party.
The endorsement is hardly unexpected but is significant nonetheless coming from one of the most influential papers in the United States. The Timesâ€™ liberal-leaning editorial page backed Obama in 2008 and has, throughout the 2012 cycle, painted a stark contrast between the presidentâ€™s vision and the policy proposals of his opponent, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
That choice is emphatically laid out in Saturdayâ€™s editorial, â€œBarack Obama for Re-Election,â€ in which the Times states that Romney â€œhas gotten this far with a guile that allows him to say whatever he thinks an audience wants to hear.â€
â€œHe has tied himself to the ultraconservative forces that control the Republican Party and embraced their policies, including reckless budget cuts and 30-year-old, discredited trickle-down ideas,â€ the editorial board writes of Romney. â€œVoters may still be confused about Mr. Romneyâ€™s true identity, but they know the Republican Party, and a Romney administration would reflect its agenda.â€ The editorial adds that the appointment of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) to Romneyâ€™s ticket â€œsays volumesâ€ about what a Romney presidency would entail.
On the economy, the editorial notes that Obama avoided another Great Depression and calls the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act â€œan important milestone,â€ while referring to Romneyâ€™s vague economic plan as â€œregressive.â€ With respect to health care, the Times says that Obama has achieved â€œone of the most sweeping health care reformsâ€ since Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 â€” the Affordable Care Act. Romney, the board writes, â€œhas no plans for covering the uninsuredâ€ and would turn Medicare into a voucher-like program.
Romneyâ€™s rhetoric on foreign affairs â€” and decision to surround himself with former Bush advisers â€” pose â€œa frightening prospectâ€ for foreign policy, the editorial board writes. Obama, on the other hand, has embraced a foreign policy agenda that is â€œresoluteâ€ and â€œsmart,â€ undoing the damage of the Bush years and repairing the reputation of the U.S. overseas.
Finally, the board praises Obamaâ€™s Supreme Court appointments and extols the president over civil rights â€” contrasting his record on immigration, LGBT issues, and womenâ€™s health with the conservative views Romney has offered on each subject.
The editorial does acknowledge its criticisms of Obamaâ€™s first term, including â€œhis unwillingness to throw himself into the political fight,â€ but maintains that the president is prepared for similar partisan battles following his victory, including the ongoing gridlock surrounding the fiscal cliff, Bush era tax cuts and budget sequester.
Read the full editorial here.