We see the race for president between a candidate who is willing to do and say anything to become president, and a president who has done about as good as anyone could have done in the worst economic mess since the Great Depression, and has the right ideas on the most important issues of our time.
We heartily and without reservation endorse President Barack Obama.
For other races, the Sun’s endorsements are split. At the federal level we endorse Democrats; for statewide offices, Republicans; and for county candidates and local reps, both.
We support Obama and Carol Shea-Porter’s bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, and agree with them that Republicans are on the wrong side history on the major issues: health care, Medicare reform, taxes, immigration, foreign policy, the environment, same-sex marriage and abortion rights.
As for the economy, yesterday’s job report confirms it continues to improve, and all signs, including recent improvements in housing and car sales, point to that trend continuning next year regardless of who lives in the White House.
The Sun’s political orientation is most closely aligned with old-style moderate Republicans; and like many moderates, we believe the party has been hijacked by social conservatives and Tea Party extremism.
An example is that many Republicans, including our own Rep. Guinta, signed Grover Norquist’s pledge to never — ever — support a tax increase. What good is Guinta to New Hampshire if is he bound by a ridiculous pledge that prevents him from voting for smart, compromise legislation? Like a deficit cutting package that includes $1 of tax increases for every $10 in spending cuts, a sensible fiscal approach Republicans have no choice but to reject.
Progressive Democrats — at least on the national level — have taken over the middle of the political spectrum and we’ll gladly join them until the Republicans come back to earth.
A popular Republican placard reads “Save America.” A suggestion for Democrats to retort: “Save America from the most shameless and pandering presidential candidate in history.”
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This is WAY out of the ordinary - the Conway Daily Sun is opening themselves up for a LOAD of right wing crazy from a town that has been shunning unions since before it was cool.