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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Times endorses Obama

20

January

McCain and Obama are the darlings of Florida's editorial boards. McCain's latest pickups came from the Tampa Tribune , Palm Beach Post, and Orlando Sentinel. Obama snagged the Palm Beach Post, Tampa Tribine and St Pete Times editorial boards. The Times' edit board - distinct from those of us at Buzz - called it a close call.

"In Clinton, we see the past; in Obama, we see a fresh start. Clinton is a divisive political figure; Obama's appeal transcends racial and party lines. She exudes competence; he radiates optimism. She came to the campaign with a sense of entitlement; he came to it with a sense of possibilities. She can be evasive, even misleading; he can be refreshingly candid about his own shortcomings and his political mistakes. She represents business as usual in politics; he at least offers the hope of something better. ...We don't appreciate the Obama campaign memo spinning the Florida primary, which the Democratic candidates are boycotting, as a non-event that will have "no bearing" on the nomination contest. However, we don't think pique should be the basis for our choice."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:16pm]

    

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