President Bush and challenger John Kerry have each picked up key newspaper endorsements that could sway U.S. voters in the November 2nd election.
The influential Washington Post backed Senator Kerry today (Sunday), calling him "well equipped" to lead the country in a time of danger.
Mr. Kerry was also endorsed by large newspapers in Florida, Iowa and Pennsylvania -- three of the "battleground" states where polls show the candidates in a virtual tie.
The president was endorsed by the Columbus Dispatch and the Cincinnati Enquirer -- two large newspapers in the battleground state of Ohio.
The Dispatch said the president was "better able" to lead the nation through difficult days ahead, while the Enquirer said Mr. Bush would show more fortitude in the war on terror.
Polls show Mr. Bush with a slim lead over Mr. Kerry 9 days before the election.