On Friday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, one of the major Florida newspapers that endorsed Barack Obama in 2008, endorsed Mitt Romney for President in the 2012 election:
Brush away all the rhetoric, all the vitriol, all the divisiveness from the presidential campaign. To most Americans, only one thing matters — the economy.
Four years into Barack Obama’s presidency, economic growth is sputtering. Family incomes are down. Poverty is up. Business owners are reluctant to assume risk in the face of unending uncertainty. Many are holding on by their fingernails, desperate for signs of an economic recovery that will help them provide for themselves, their employees, their customers and their communities.
When President Obama came into office in 2009, the economy was in freefall and though untested, he inspired us with his promise of hope and change. Now, four years later, we have little reason to believe he can turn things around.
So while we endorsed Obama in 2008, we recommend voters choose Republican Mitt Romney on Nov. 6.
The Sun-Sentinel's decision to drop Obama in favor of Romney is part of a trend in the key swing state of Florida. Earlier this month, the Orlando Sentinel, which had endorsed Obama in 2008, also announced that it would switch its support to Mitt Romney in 2012.
With eleven days until the election, look for more major newspapers from swing states that endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 to join the tidal wave of disappointment in hope and change and announce their support for Mitt Romney.