COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Dispatch and The Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed Republican George Bush for president Sunday for his pledge against new taxes, his foreign policy experience and promise to sustain U.S. military strength.
In Ohio's bitterly contested Senate race, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer threw its support to Democrat Howard Metzenbaum.
The Dispatch said Bush has pledged 'to build on the solid record of President Reagan ... a record of unequaled peacetime economic growth at home, restored U.S. influence abroad and stabilized relations with the Soviet Union.'
The Enquirer said Bush 'has committed himself to a philosophy that is far more likely than his opponent's to perpetuate the solid economic recovery the United States has seen in the last six years and to keep the United States and its interests safe in a still-dangerous world.'
Both editorials talked about Bush's plan to reduce the federal deficit with a 'flexible freeze,' reducing spending increases to the rate of inflation.
'He has no shortage of economists who share his conviction that the continuing increase in tax revenues -- one of the results of economic recovery -- can eventually retire the deficit if it is not instantly committed to new programs,' the Cincinnati paper said.
Only the Columbus paper mentioned by name Bush's opponent, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, saying he differed with him most sharply in the area of foreign policy.
'Bush offers exceptional experience as former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, envoy to China, ambassador to the United Nations and, more recently, as vice president,' the paper said. 'Dukakis has had no experience in foreign policy yet has shown a disturbing tendency toward eliminating whole weapons systems without first determining their value.'
The Plain Dealer rejected the Senate bid by Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich, saying Metzenbaum enjoys considerable influence in the Senate and Voinovich's attempt to paint the incumbent as soft on child pornography was offensive.