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Times endorses Obama



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 2:16pm]


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