There appears to be immense “lost faith” between six major Iowa newspapers and President Obama in the final days before the 2012 election. On Sunday The Des Moines Register, Cedar Rapids Gazette, and Quad City Times and the Sioux City Journal all endorsed the Republican candidate. In 2008, Romney was endorsed only by The Fort Dodge Messenger and Omaha World Herald. The final tally means Romney has now secured an unprecedented sweep of endorsements from the six largest papers in the crucial swing-state.
The accomplishment is unprecedented for many reasons. For one, it’s the first time all the papers have collectively endorsed the same candidate in over 70 years. Four years ago, candidate Obama received warm endorsements from three of the newspapers, and Romney is the first Republican to be endorsed by the Register in 40 years.
So why the change of heart from the editorial boards of the widely-read papers? Each endorsement features blunt, revealing and at times brutal critiques of the president and his job performance. Though the critiques of the president vary, each endorsement mentions a stagnant, limping economy as the decisive issue that pushes them to back Romney.