It may not be a surprise given the newspaper's history, but it is nonetheless a blow to Mitt Romney that the Boston Globe, the biggest paper in the state he was once the governor of, is backing President Barack Obama.
The Globe's editorial on Monday, Oct. 29 said that the former governor of Massachusetts has changed himself too many times over and that Americans voters now "have no way of knowing what kind of president he’d be.” They wrote that pinning down “the real Romney on any major issue - social, economic, or foreign - is impossible” and that they will, as in 2008, throw their support behind Barack Obama.
“Obama is both the key to a brighter future and the bulwark against a return to the chaos of the Bush years,” the newspaper's editorial read. “He stands between the divides in American society, so some say he must therefore be the source of division. But as president, Obama has reached out repeatedly to Republicans and shied away from the I’m-the-decider pronouncements of his predecessor.”
Papers in Romney states endorse Obama
The endorsement from the Boston Globe means the major newspapers of all three states Mitt Romney has made his home in at different times in his life have all come out in favor of Obama. In Utah, the Salt Lake City Tribune has supported Obama and in Michingan the Detroit Free Press endorsed the president.
While it is the first time that the Boston Globe failed to endorse a presidential candidate from that state since they first began endorsing candidates in 1968, the other two it did endorse from Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis and John Kerry, were both Democrats. When Romney ran in the Republican presidential primary in 2008 the newspaper backed John McCain; this year it backed Jon Huntsman.
The Globe title its editorial:Barack Obama deserves another term: Amid uncertainty, real progress.