Republican nominee Mitt Romney has received an endorsement from a newspaper in the heart of the auto bailout.
The Detroit News, a conservative-leaning paper, announced their endorsement of Romney in an editorial Thursday. The newspaper recommended Republican Sen. John McCain in 2008.
The Michigan paper painted the choice on Nov. 6 as "a big deal decision between two honorable men with starkly different roadmaps."
The newspaper touts Romney's solid resume in the private sector, likening the former Massachusetts governor with the current Michigan governor Rick Snyder as "a practical leader who shares his background as a business executive."
But, the News wrote, "Don't assume that it was a no-brainer for a conservative newspaper to endorse a conservative presidential candidate."
"We recognize and are grateful for the extraordinary contribution President Obama made to Michigan in leading the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler," wrote the Detroit News. "Had either of those companies been allowed to go under, Michigan's economic maladies would have become fatal."
Romney has come under fire for the now-infamous New York Times op-ed titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" he penned in November of 2008 advocating for a privately-financed, structured bankruptcy of the failing automakers.
Romney has said that he did not choose the op-ed's headline and notes that the Obama administration followed a similar plan by putting both companies through a managed bankruptcy though with government backing. The bailout of Chrysler and General Motors, started under former President George W. Bush and carried out by the Obama administration, is widely credited with saving the auto industry and is popular among Midwestern voters in Michigan and Ohio.
CNN political reporter Peter Hamby recently reported talk of a possible late advertising push in Democratic-leaning Michigan and Pennsylvania but that a high-ranking Romney official admitted they will probably cede the Great Lakes State to Obama because Democrats "have done such a job of sticking a knife in us on the auto bailout."
The Detroit News wrote that while they have said in the past that Romney was correct in pushing for a structured bankruptcy he was "wrong in suggesting the automakers could have found operating capital in the private markets."
Still, the Michigan paper wrote, "Romney understands the industry, and will shield it from regulators who never tire of churning out new layers of mandates."
"While both poverty and dependency have increased on Obama's watch, Romney promises to replace government checks with private sector jobs and reverse the decline in middle class incomes," wrote the Detroit News. "It is heavy lifting, but we favor the candidate who is committed to it."
Romney also received the endorsement of two other conservative-leaning newspapers.
The New York Post wrote Thursday that Obama's "hope and change" have proved an ineffective fix for the ailing the economy, writing that though Obama claims he inherited an economic mess "he's done nothing to fix it."
"Borrow, spend, regulate and redistribute is not a prescription for sustainable growth, yet that has been the totality of his program," wrote the Post, ticking off a list of economic effects of "Obamanomics" - from rising national debt to the expansion of entitlement programs.
The Post wrote that Romney's debate performances showed a man with "experience, the temperament, the principles and the knowledge" to lead and takes issue with what it calls Obama's "core philosophy"-"equality of outcome, not equality of opportunity - and that is not how America is supposed to work."
The Washington Examiner endorsed Romney Wednesday, also citing a lack of economic results and unmet promises.
Romney, the Examiner wrote, will restore "pragmatism, balance and fairness to a business climate that has been chilled by Obama's ideological approach to regulation."
The Examiner cites Romney's healthcare law in Massachusetts as evidence the former governor is not perfect, but "whatever their doubts about Romney, Americans know exactly what four more years of an Obama presidency would bring."
"What Americans need now is not a savior or a messiah, but someone who knows how to take a troubled situation and turn it around. Romney is the man for the job."