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In an interview with Fox News this morning, New Hampshire Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid explained that his paper declined to endorse Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination because he “represents the 1 percent.”

McQuaid speculated that Romney’s immense wealth and close ties to the finance industry could be a liability in the 2012 election. “Gingrich is going to have a better time in the general election than Mitt Romney,” McQuaid said. “I think it’s going to be Obama’s 99 percent versus the 1 percent, and Romney sort of represents the 1 percent.”

Video of McQuaid’s comments is below, courtesy of Think Progress:

McQuaid is certainly correct when he says that Romney, who famously made hundreds of millions of dollars at financial titan Bain Capital, is a representative of the 1 percent. It is unclear, however, why he thinks that Newt Gingrich could shake the 1 percent label despite his well documented excesses, such as a million dollar line of credit at Tiffany & Co., lavish Mediterranean vacations, and a multimillion dollar consulting deal with Freddie Mac. It’s hard to imagine the voters who McQuaid dubs “Obama’s 99 percent” warming to the world’s best-paid “historian.”

McQuaid’s use of the “1 percent” term is interesting as well. Although many conservatives — including McQuaid’s own newspaper — have tried to downplay the Occupy movement’s impact, McQuaid is publicly worrying about the movement’s political clout and using the movement’s own terminology to explain the Union Leader’s critical endorsement.

President Trump boards Air Force One for his return flight home from Florida on July 31, 2020

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Florida senior residents have been reliable Republican voters for decades, but it looks like their political impact could shift in the upcoming 2020 election.

As Election Day approaches, Florida is becoming a major focal point. President Donald Trump is facing more of an uphill battle with maintaining the support of senior voters due to his handling of critical issues over the last several months. Several seniors, including some who voted for Trump in 2016, have explained why he will not receive their support in the November election.

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