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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Four years after backing Obama, The Telegraph endorses Mitt Romney for president

HUDSON – Four years after endorsing then-Sen. Barack Obama for president, The Telegraph of Nashua has backed the president’s Republican opponent former Gov. Mitt Romney.

The newspaper’s editorial board said it did not come to this decision lightly. In Wednesday’s editorial on the endorsement of the former Massachusetts governor, it is revealed there were “several hours of spirited debate” regarding the endorsement. ...

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HUDSON – Four years after endorsing then-Sen. Barack Obama for president, The Telegraph of Nashua has backed the president’s Republican opponent former Gov. Mitt Romney.

The newspaper’s editorial board said it did not come to this decision lightly. In Wednesday’s editorial on the endorsement of the former Massachusetts governor, it is revealed there were “several hours of spirited debate” regarding the endorsement.

In January, The Telegraph endorsed Romney as the GOP candidate.

The question the board discussed in detail was whether Obama, the former Illinois senator, had lived up to high expectations to deserve a second term.

The board concluded that Obama hasn’t, especially in the areas of jobs, the economy and national debt, which are important to most Americans.

In the editorial, posted online Tuesday evening, Romney’s track record of “knowing what it takes” to “bring people together toward a common goal” is referenced.

More specifically, it cites him founding a successful investment firm at 37 and helping save the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City from scandal. Romney also has leadership skills to work across the aisle, successfully working with a Democratic Legislature after he was elected governor, the editorial said.

The edit board doesn’t believe Obama has proven he is a true leader.

“True leaders also don’t wait until two weeks before Election Day – in the form of a 20-page booklet, no less – to lay out a specific agenda for the next four years,” the editorial said about Obama. “Coupled with the negative tenor of the campaign, that merely confirms the president and his strategists felt that attacking Romney’s agenda was more politically expedient than releasing one of their own.”

To fix Washington, “it will take a strong leader willing to roll up his sleeves and work directly with the heads of both parties to carve out the best possible solutions.”

“We believe Romney has demonstrated that he can do that; the president has had four years to demonstrate that he can’t,” the editorial said.

Erin Place can be reached at 594-6589 or eplace@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Place on Twitter (@Telegraph_ ErinP).