"President Barack Obama entered the Oval Office under dire conditions -- a hemorrhaging economy and a dispirited GOP intent on limiting him to one term, at any cost. Despite those odds, he has kept his cool and his head. His policies helped the middle class and kept a deep recession from becoming worse. He repaired America's reputation in the world. And he got important legislation passed. For that, the nation is better -- not fully healed, but pushing forward. He has earned another four years."
Detroit Free Press in Michigan:
"Obama's second four-year term ought to be a no-brainer. Most two-term presidents can't claim to have gotten as much done. The country is safer. Its economy and its largest industry have been restored to health. And health-care reform, fought out over 50 years in the U.S. Congress, has at last begun in earnest. When Republicans say pejoratively that Obama 'can't run on his record,' they're peddling partisan nonsense and indulging a myopic fiction. The Free Press enthusiastically endorses Barack Hussein Obama for four more years as president."
Salt Lake Tribune, in Mormon Utah:
"President Barack Obama has attempted, with varying degrees of success, to pull the nation out of its worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression, a deepening crisis on the day he took office. ... The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first."
New York Times:
"Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has gotten this far with a guile that allows him to say whatever he thinks an audience wants to hear. But he has tied himself to the ultraconservative forces that control the Republican Party and embraced their policies, including reckless budget cuts and 30-year-old, discredited trickle-down ideas. ... We enthusiastically endorse President Barack Obama for a second term, and express the hope that his victory will be accompanied by a new Congress willing to work for policies that Americans need."
On this Election Day, The Charleston Gazette chose to let a few others speak about the most important question facing the United States.