Boston Herald: "Being commander in chief isn't the place for on-the-job training; it's a job for someone who has already proven his leadership skills — in battle, as a prisoner of war and during more than two decades on the floor of the Senate. John McCain's heroic resume isn't just about his sacrifice and his experience; it's about what he learned from those experiences. ... There is no room for a naif in the Oval Office. Being president is about policy and about getting that policy right. But being president is also about character. During his decades of service to his country John McCain has given us all ample evidence of his courage, his character and his leadership. And never more has this nation needed a president with all that John McCain has to offer."
Dallas Morning News: "But in this time of great anxiety, the American people need a leader of experience guiding the ship of state. Mr. McCain offers the continuity, stability and sense of authority people want, as well as a decisive break from the Bush years. The Democrat talks about change, but only the Republican has made change happen. Only one candidate has a solid record of standing up to his own party on principle and working hand in hand with legislators from the opposing party to get things done. That candidate is John McCain, a progressive conservative we recommend."
Detroit News: "During these perilous times, the nation needs an experienced, proven leader in the White House. Sen. John McCain is best equipped for the job. The Republican presidential candidate has the character, pragmatism and independence necessary to lead a united America past our poisonous partisan divisions and into a more civil and productive future. ... McCain may lack the inspirational qualities of his opponent, but if this were a blind audition judged solely on the resumes of the two candidates, he would win decisively. John McCain has what it takes to lead America in these very uncertain times."
Voters make up their own minds about presidential candidates, and they have been known to reach conclusions different from the recommendations or endorsements by newspaper editorial boards. But while Tuesday's election may be close, the race for newspaper endorsements has been a runaway for Barack Obama. Editor & Publisher reports Obama has at least 234 newspaper endorsements to John McCain's 105. In 2004, Democrat John Kerry had 213 to President Bush's 205. At least 47 papers that endorsed Bush in 2004 have switched to Obama. A small sampling of this year's endorsements, including whether they switched parties: Alabama: Montgomery Advertiser
California: Los Angeles Times (no endorsement in 2004)
Colorado: Denver Post (Bush in 2004)
District of Columbia: Washington Post
Florida: The Ledger in Lakeland (Bush in 2004), Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, St. Petersburg Times, South Florida
Georgia: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Illinois: Chicago Tribune (first ever endorsement of Democrat)
Kentucky: Courier-Journal in Louisville
Missouri: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
New York: New York Times
North Carolina: Charlotte Observer
Ohio: Plain Dealer in Cleveland (no endorsement in 2004)
Rhode Island: Providence Journal (Bush in 2004)
Texas: Austin American-Statesman (Bush in 2004), Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Bush in 2004), Houston Chronicle (Bush in 2004) Alabama: Birmingham News, Press-Register in Mobile
California: Examiner in San Francisco, San Diego Union-Tribune
District of Columbia: Washington Times
Florida: Bradenton Herald (Kerry in 2004), Tampa Tribune
Georgia: Augusta Chronicle
Massachusetts: Boston Herald
Michigan: Detroit News, Grand Rapids Press
New Hampshire: New Hampshire Union Leader
New York: New York Post
Ohio: Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch
South Carolina: Greenville News, The State in Columbia
Tennessee: Chattanooga Free Press, Knoxville News Sentinel
Texas: Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News
Virginia: Richmond Times-Dispatch
Washington: Spokesman-Review in Spokane Chicago Tribune: "On Nov. 4 we're going to elect a president to lead us through a perilous time and restore in us a common sense of national purpose. The strongest candidate to do that is Sen. Barack Obama. The Tribune is proud to endorse him today for president of the United States. ... Many Americans say they are uneasy about Obama. He's pretty new to them. We can provide some assurance. We have known Obama since he entered politics a dozen years ago. We have watched him, worked with him, argued with him as he rose from an effective state senator to an inspiring U.S. senator to the Democratic Party's nominee for president.
"We have tremendous confidence in his intellectual rigor, his moral compass and his ability to make sound, thoughtful, careful decisions. He is ready."
Washington Post: "Any presidential vote is a gamble, and Mr. Obama's resume is undoubtedly thin. We had hoped, throughout this long campaign, to see more evidence that Mr. Obama might stand up to Democratic orthodoxy and end, as he said in his announcement speech, 'our chronic avoidance of tough decisions.'
"But Mr. Obama's temperament is unlike anything we've seen on the national stage in many years. He is deliberate but not indecisive; eloquent but a master of substance and detail; preternaturally confident but eager to hear opposing points of view. He has inspired millions of voters of diverse ages and races, no small thing in our often divided and cynical country. We think he is the right man for a perilous moment."
Miami Herald: "The way the two candidates responded to the economic meltdown offers a lesson in contrasting styles of leadership. Both have put forth a series of worthwhile policy options, but where Sen. Obama was calm, Sen. McCain was frantic. ... In other elections, voters have complained of having to make a choice between two bad candidates. That is not the case this time. The nation is fortunate to have good candidates and a clear choice. Sen. Obama represents the best chance for America to make a clean break with the culture wars and failed policies of the past, and begin to restore the hope and promise of America as the world's greatest democracy."