Charlotte Observer Endorses Obama

Wants voters to 'send a message to the world'
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2008 3:28 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-I.L., laughs during his speech at the North Carolina Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, May 2, 2008.    (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)
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(Newser) – Just ahead of North Carolina’s critical Tuesday primary, the Charlotte Observer has endorsed Barack Obama, calling on readers to "send a powerful message to the world."  The paper brushes off the inexperience of "one of the most powerful, effective speakers to seek the presidency in years," and emphasizes the greater importance of his judgement and intellect.

And though there are certainly reasons "to think (Hillary Clinton) would be a good president," the paper isn't impressed with her attempts to exaggerate her experience or campaign's characterization of Obama as a Jesse Jackson-like candidate who can only appeal to an ethnic minority. Worse still is her "self-serving effort to corrupt the selection process" by attempting to count Florida’s and Michigan’s delegates only after she fared well there.