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While the latest polls show President Barack Obama winning New York State’s popular vote by close to 60 percent or more, three metro area dailies -- the New York Daily News, New York Post and Newsday -- all have endorsed Republican Mitt Romney. The New York Times supports Obama.
The Times said Romney “has gotten this far with a guile that allows him to say whatever he thinks an audience wants to hear.”
The News says, “Paychecks are shrunken after more than a decade in which the workplace has asked more of wage earners and rewarded them less” but argued Romney would cure that.
The Post called Romney “the only choice.”
Newsday’s editorial board says, after a series of caveats about Romney: “Elected with a significant mandate and his party briefly in control of both houses of the Congress, Obama squandered the support of the nation.”
All three pro-Romney editorials were so forgiving on behalf of their readership as to dismiss or ignore Romney’s pre-Sandy statement before fundraisers, secretly tape-recorded, where he said: "There are 47 percent who are with [Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it…. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax…[My role] is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Romney subsequently said, of course, that he is concerned about all Americans.