Kansas City Star editorial endorses Obama for president

Saturday, October 18, 2008 | 4:15 p.m. CDT; updated 11:11 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 29, 2008

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Star has endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

In a full-page color editorial Saturday, the Star said Obama is "the right person to lead the country forward" during difficult times.

Obama "understands the challenges that await George Bush's successor," The Star said, calling him a "gifted public servant whose roots extend to his mother's birthplace in Kansas."

The editorial said Obama's election as "America's first biracial president would be a milestone" for the country.

The Star also said Obama has a rare ability to inspire young people and praised his selection of Sen. Joe Biden for his vice presidential running mate.

The newspaper said Biden would be better prepared to assume the Oval Office than GOP candidate Sen. John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

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