Monday, October 18, 2004
Two Republican-Oriented Newspapers Refuse to Back Bush
Capitol Hill Blue reports: "Two Republican-Oriented Newspapers Refuse to Back Bush"
Oct 18, 2004
Oct 18, 2004
In a break with tradition, The Tampa Tribune, a Republican standard-bearer for decades, refused Sunday to endorse anyone for president for the first time since 1964.
The Tribune became the second GOP-oriented daily to balk at endorsing the Republican incumbent. The Winston Salem Journal also refused to endorse either candidate.
The Tribune has solidly supported every Republican presidential nominee since 1952, except for Barry Goldwater, but withheld its endorsement this year, calling the decision 'achingly difficult' and blaming shortcomings of both candidates.
Editors instead published an unusual full-page editorial with harsh criticism of the war in Iraq and President Bush's economic policies.
'President Bush told us that he was 'a uniter, not a divider,' but shortly after taking office, his administration took a sharp right turn that has divided this country,' the editorial said. The newspaper said it was 'deeply disappointed' with Bush on federal spending, the budget deficit and the recession."
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