source: ABC News by ABBY D. PHILLIP
Mitt Romney Gets Des Moines Register Endorsement
Iowa’s largest newspaper has endorsed Mitt Romney, delivering a blow to President Barack Obama, who it endorsed in 2008.
The Des Moines Register’s editorial board wrote that Obama’s “best efforts to resuscitate the stumbling economy have fallen short. Nothing indicates it would change with a second term in the White House.”
Romney becomes the first Republican the paper has endorsed since 1972.
And the Miami Herald renewed its endorsement of Obama on Oct. 28, citing his actions to bailout the auto industry and end the Iraq war. The paper endorsed Obama in 2008.
As the president and Romney crisscross the country in the closing week of the campaign, they’re hoping to pick up endorsements from influential newspapers that could help boost their fortunes in key swing states.
In 2008, more than 400 newspapers endorsed a presidential candidate, according to Editor & Publisher magazine, which tracked the endorsements.
source: USA Today by David Jackson
9:29AM EST October 1. 2012 – This isn’t an endorsement President Obama will claim.
Hugo Chavez, the socialist president of Venezuela, told state television: “I hope this doesn’t harm Obama, but if I was from the United States, I’d vote for Obama.”
Chavez, who like Obama is seeking re-election, also called the American president “a good guy,” reports Reuters.
“I think that if Obama was from Barlovento or some Caracas neighborhood, he’d vote for Chavez,” said the Venezuela leader.
It’s quite a contrast to how Chavez described Obama predecessor George W. Bush — as “the devil.”
Chavez predicted both he and Obama would win re-election, possibly leading to better American-Venezuelan relations. He said both he and Obama were battling the “extreme right” in their election battles.
“After our triumph and the supposed, probable triumph of President Obama — with the extreme right defeated here and there — I hope we could start a new period of normal relations with the United States,” Chavez said.
He added: “Obama recently said something very rational and fair … that Venezuela is no threat to the interests of the United States.”
Presidential Election of 2012
The United States presidential election of 2012 is the next United States presidential election, to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. It will be the 57th quadrennial presidential election in which presidential electors, who will officially elect the president and the vice president of the United States on December 17, 2012, will be chosen. Incumbent President Barack “Barry Soetoro” Obama is running for a second and final term during this election. His major challenger is former Massachusetts Governor, Republican Mitt Romney. Two other candidates have attained ballot access sufficient enough to mathematically win the election by a majority of the electoral college: Gary Johnson, a former New Mexico Governor and the Libertarian Party nominee; and Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee.
As specified in the Constitution, the 2012 presidential election will coincide with the United States Senate elections where one-third of the Senators will face re-election (33 Class I seats), and the United States House of Representatives elections (which occurs biennially) to elect the members for the 113th Congress. Eleven gubernatorial elections and many elections for state legislatures will also take place at the same time.