CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican who was both U.S. secretary of state and joint chiefs chairman, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for re-election, saying:
"When he took over, we were in one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression. And I saw over the next several years stabilization come back in the financial community. Housing is starting to pick up. The president saved the auto industry. And the acts that he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid. And so I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on."
Meanwhile, here are some selected newspaper endorsements:
San Jose Mercury News in California:
"Barack Obama deserves a second term as president. Mitt Romney does not come close to measuring up to him as an honest, forthright and compassionate leader. Obama inherited a mess -- George W. Bush's legacy, which got us into two wars and the worst economic crisis in 80 years. The president has repaired some of the damage: 5 million private-sector jobs have been created since 2008. And he has the best chance of restoring prosperity, certainly better than Romney, whose economic platitudes and foreign policy bluster portend a return to the Bush era.... Romney has been dishonest. It's not just his changing positions on so many issues. ... It's the calculated deception that's alarming. His jobs and deficit-reduction plans are pure fantasy. ... This election is about values. The person in the Oval Office must be trustworthy."
Sacramento Bee in California:
"Voters often say they want their elected leaders to keep their promises and, at crucial moments, show real political backbone. President Barack Obama deserves a second term largely because he has delivered on both of these fronts. ... Obama -- unruffled by Looney Tunes claims that he is a 'socialist' and a 'Marxist' -- has pursued a consistent, moderate path that has pulled this country back from the brink and put it on a path toward recovery. ... Mitt Romney has taken flip-flopping to new extremes ... It goes to the core of his presidential campaign -- and to trust and character. How can Americans ever believe what he says?"
Kansas City Star in Missouri: