James Stanton, who served the Cleveland City Council for 11 years, six of them as council president, and then served in Congress from 1971 to 1977, has switched allegiances, writing:
I supported Barack Obama in 2008 because I liked what he had to say. But after four years of painful unemployment and $5 trillion in new debt under President Obama, it’s clear to me that he just hasn’t gotten the job done. I am endorsing Gov. Mitt Romney because I believe it’s time for new leadership.
He continued, recalling Obama's early promises:
[Obama] told the American people that policies like his $1 trillion stimulus bill would bring unemployment down to 5.4 percent by now. But today, we're still 9 million jobs short of that goal. In fact, the unemployment rate is stuck exactly where it was when President Obama took office -- 7.8 percent … I believe President Obama means well. And if he were offering something new, I would take a second look. But his agenda for a second term is the mirror image of the first term. Doing the same thing won't produce better results.