Special Report: U.S. presidential election 2008
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Democratic
presidential nominee Barack Obama has attracted the support of more than three
times as many newspapers as his Republican opponent John McCain.
Newspaper market statistics put Obama's endorsement
tally at 55 and McCain's at 16 as of Saturday.
The newspapers reach a circulation of 5.8 million for
Obama and1.5 million for McCain.
Obama picked up the backing of several major dailies,
including the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune,
which has never endorsed a Democratic nominee for president.
In endorsing the senator from Illinois, his home-town
newspaper wrote that it has observed his political rise from the front lines and
can vouch for his ability.
The Washington Post emphatically endorsed him as "the
right man for a perilous moment."
The Los Angeles Times said Obama "represents the
nation as it is, and as it aspires to be."
The San Francisco Chronicle also endorsed the
Democratic nominee, describing him as a "portrait of calmness and deliberation"
throughout the financial crisis.
Other major endorsements for Obama include those of
The Boston Globe, the St Louis Post-Dispatch, the Toledo Blade, the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette, The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Nashville
Meanwhile, Republican nominee McCain has racked up
some prominent endorsements over the past several weeks, including the New York
Post, the Union Leader in New Hampshire, the Boston Herald and the Examiner