Tales from the Trail

Chicago Tribune endorses first Democrat

October 17, 2008

obama-roanoke.jpgCHICAGO – The Chicago Tribune endorsed Barack Obama for president, the first time in the newspaper’s history it has backed a Democrat.

“Many Americans say they’re uneasy about Obama. He’s pretty new to them. We can provide some assurance,” the editorialĀ on the newspaper’s website said.

“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,” the newspaper said.

Obama has built his political career in Chicago.

Under its past publishers, the Tribune has been a bastion of right-leaning views and generally favored Republicans.

The paper did endorse independent Horace Greeley in 1872, and Progressive Party candidate Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 — choices it said “were driven by outrage at inept and corrupt business and political leaders.”

“We see parallels today. The Republican Party, the party of limited government, has lost its way,” the editorial said.

On the candidacy of Republican John McCain, the newspaper said it liked him but found him “hard to figure” on tax policy in light of the federal budget deficit, and termed his proposal to buy up bad mortgages “misguided.”

But it said McCain’s worst decision was to choose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, calling her unprepared to assume the presidency.

The paper did criticize Obama for not paying more attention to the deficit, and questioned his tax and spending proposals.

Finally, the newspaper compared Obama’s aspirations for uniting the country to that of Abraham Lincoln, a Republican who cut his teeth in Illinois politics.

Click here for more Reuters 2008 campaign coverage.

Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young – U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama greets supporters at a campaign event in Roanoke, Virginia on Oct. 17, 2008.

Comments
11 comments so far | RSS Comments RSS

I appreciate fully them taking a side and for once on the Democratic side.
I live in Chicago, and am an avid reader of the Tribune, even though I am a Democrat.

I like getting the Republican viewpoint from the trib. I must say I was shocked when they endorsed Barack.
I mean obviously they know him much better than other newspapers as he has been in Illinois as our state senator long before he became a US Senator for our state.

So it was definitely refreshing to see them stand up to their base of readers to tell the truth about Obama.

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive
 

Smart newspaper. I think he will be great and we are working our fingers to the bone in Florida to win the state for him.

Posted by Martha Benner | Report as abusive
 

I am disappointed in the Tribune’s endorsement of Obama!!!
If I can find information in Obama’s background that shows he is NOT the man everyone thinks he is, surely you have investigative reporters who could find this also. Have you checked out where he is getting some of his campaign funds from? Obama attended a church ran by a black racist, Rev. Jeremiah Wright for 20 years; now after 20 years with Rev. Wright as his mentor (Obama’s words)he suddenly leaves the church and disagrees with Wright?

As for the economy; ask Joe the Plumber what he thinks of Obama’s tax plan.

The worst though is to think you support a candidate that would vote that it is ok to let a baby born live in a botched abortion die from lack of medical intervention after the birth. Not only that, he is for partial birth abortion; do you know what that entails? Check out the medical information on this; you will be appalled!

No matter who wins this election the only way this country will heal is by bringing God back into our Country. Obama says God and the Bible have no place in public policy! MAY GOD HELP AMERICA!

Posted by Marilyn | Report as abusive
 

How anyone can consider voting Republican after the last 8 years is beyond me. What about accepting responsibility Bush voters? Don\’t you feel that you owe it to the country to take a pass and let the opposition try cleaning up after the mess your guys have made? Have you know shame?

Posted by joey bigtime | Report as abusive
 

Great news!

A tribute to the nation’s best newspaper.

 

Bring on the ad hominem racist attacks. The GOP eats their own these days. Anything to win, but the problem is with this misguided mentality we all end up losing.

Thanks Tribune, I too am endorsing Obama. Pragmatic, bright and able…that’s my kind of candidate.

 

As a life-long Republican (except on 2 occasions) I am so tired of lies after lies and Swift Boating. That’s why this country is its position as we are today. It’s refreshing to learn the Tribune has adopted honesty and sensibility.
The Tribune should also make voters aware that reducing the “Capital Gain Tax” on “Retirement Accounts” (as advertised by McCain) is a huge Smoke Screen, since “Retirement Account Are NOT taxed Capital Gains”, but Ordinary Income. I guess not to many people understand what their hearing — education is sorely needed.

Posted by ddavid | Report as abusive
 

Believe me, I know you Obama supporters are “working [your] fingers to the bone” in Florida. My father got a second Obama call, asking him “what would it take to change [his] mind” after he voiced support for McCain during the first call. He professed he found Obama’s entire history, from his family to associations, to be too unknown. The Obama caller could only parrot “change” and offer soft but unmistakeably personalized negative campaigning. He said he heard that style once before…from Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Finally, my father replied, “you know what you can do to get my vote…change Obama.”

Trying to coerce the elderly…you Obamanation people have no shame.

Posted by Stiles | Report as abusive
 

THE ONLY REASON AN ELDERLY PERSON OR ANY PERSON DOES NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA IS THE STRONG BELIEF OF JIM CROW AND A BLACK PERSON SHOULD STAY IN HIS PLACE. I CAN UNDERSTAND NOT BEING ABLE TO CHANGE AN OLD PERSON SET IN THEIR WAYS BUT NEW GENERATION OF PEOPLE SHOULD BE INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO SEE THE FACTS IN FRONT OF THEM AND NOT THE COLOR OF ONE’S SKIN OR THE SOUND OF ONE’S NAME SHAME ON ALL OF YOU REMEMBER OTHER COUNTRIES ARE WATCHING AND IF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WINS THIS ELECTION AGAINST THE BETTER CANDIDATE THEY WILL ALL KNOW THE DECEITFULNESS THAT GOES ON IN AMERICA AND HOW THEY ARE QUICK TO CONDEMN OTHERS BUT IGNORE THERE OWN PREJUDICES AND INJUSTICES.

Posted by REGINA GARNER | Report as abusive
 

OBAMA’S CHICAGO AND COOK COUNTY IN ILLINOIS HAS A 12% SALES TAX, PARKING TAX, AND A BLOATED DAILEY POLITCAL MACHINE. THIS IS WHERE OBAMA COMES FROM AND HE IS PART OF THIS MACHINE.
I WELCOME THE REST OF THE COUNRTY TO OUR TAX SUFFERING IF HE IS ELECTED.

 

Obama Fanatics want you to believe only Republicans walked on the dark side with the CEOs of Wall Street Firms and Fannie Mae and Fannie Mack.

Go to http://www.opensecrets.org.

Open Secrets provides a non-partisan service to all. It provides you a way to search the information in the Federal Elections Commision database to find out many, many interesting things just a few follow:

Which Corporate PACs gave money to which Politicians. You can sort it by most money given to each politician – and see which politicians got the most money.

Which Fat Cats in which Industries ( Financial Services aka Wall Street, Banks, Real Estate Brokers, Mortgage Loan originators) gave money to which politicians.

All sources of money given to any one Politician either by each individual check, or by sector of the economy ( such as combined banking/Real Estate/Financial Services aka Wall Street), or by single industry ( Real Estate ), or Individual.

All results can be sorted by decreasing contribution amount so you can tell which Industries gave the most to each Politician.

It takes a little bit of work – but not much.

What did I find out:

Obama accepted Corporate Political Action Committee PAC Money this year and previously.

McCain did not accept PAC money over the last 10 years.

Most money is given through Fat Cats who work for a corporation not the Corporate Political Action Committee.

Obama beat McCain by a huge margin in monies received from individuals working for WALL street firms.

The industries associated with the Mortgage Crisis, as a group have been giving more money to our US Senators and US Representative than any other sector of the Economy by a wide margin. This pattern is consistent over the last ten years.

Secretary Paulson was the former CEO of Goldman Sachs.

Goldman Sachs and the Fat Cats who worked there gave most of their money over the past 10 years to Democrats.

Too much more to even remember let alone list here.

The Main Stream Media is not going after McCain on this why?

Go to http://WWW.OPENSECRETS.ORG and find out what the OBAMA people, and the Democrats and many Republicans do not want you to know.

They are not all bought and paid for – but it is good to know who is and who is not.

This is not just a Democrat and Republican thing it is totally bought politician versus a politician who might just let someone in their office door kind of thing.

Open Secrets provides a non-partisan service to all. It provides you a way to search the information in the Federal Elections Commission database – ten years worth – through September 30th, 2008.

Check out http://www.opensecrets.org

Posted by Reality Check | Report as abusive
 

Post Your Comment

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/