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Obama Gains First Major Newspaper Endorsement

10/23/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Joining the New York Post (which went for McCain) as an early endorser, the Seattle Times declares, "Obama should be the next president of the United States because he is the most qualified change agent. Obama is a little young, but also brilliant. If he sometimes seems brainy and professorial, that's OK."

While the New York Post tops the Seattle Times in circulation, Washington is much more of a swing state than New York, to say the least.

My magazine and Web site, Editor & Publisher will once again be tracking every newspaper endorsement across the land. Shortly, I will be posting on why, contrary to popular belief, newspaper endorsements DO matter, at least in swing states, as proven by the results in 2004.

Here is an excerpt from the Seattle Times endorsement.
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An economic Katrina is shattering the confidence of hardworking, middle-class Americans. The war that should never have been in Iraq is dragging on too long. At a time of huge challenge, the candidate with the intelligence, temperament and judgment to lead our nation to a better place is Sen. Barack Obama....

"We need the leader of the free world to think things through, carefully. We have seen the sorry results of shooting from the hip....

Our country is on the wrong track. Average, middle-class citizens have lost confidence that if they work hard, they can improve their lives, afford to send their kids to college and not be tossed out of their homes.

American optimism has been wracked by President George Bush and a previous Republican Congress. If you want change, you do not keep what is essentially the same team in power. You try something different. You vote for the stronger matchup, Obama and Sen. Joseph Biden, a smart and steady hand on foreign policy and other matters...

On numerous other issues, from media consolidation to health care, Obama has the stronger take. He makes up for a thin résumé with integrity, judgment and fresh ideas. Obama can get America moving forward again.