Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Newspaper Endorsements

For the first time in its history the Arizona Republic has endorsed a Democrat for president:

The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting.

Hillary Clinton understands this. Donald Trump does not.

Clinton has the temperament and experience to be president. Donald Trump does not.
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The Portland Press Herald backs Hillary Clinton for president:

You are going to see two candidates on stage Monday in Hempstead, New York, and one of them will be the next president of the United States. We don’t need to watch the debate to make our choice.

In our view, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of the most qualified people ever to run for the office, and she easily earns our endorsement. She has both executive branch and legislative experience as well as an expert’s depth of knowledge in both domestic and foreign policy. Electing the first woman president would open millions of doors to millions of women and girls – not just a symbolic victory, but also an actual step forward in the centuries-long struggle for equal rights.

Republican Donald J. Trump is not in Clinton’s league in matters of experience, character, judgment and discipline. But while the candidates may not be close, the polls say that the race is, and that’s why it’s important for voters to take a hard look at the two people on the debate stage.

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The Akron Beacon-Journal also comes out for Clinton:

It helps that a president knows well how Washington works, that the dysfunction stems not so much from corrupting political money but from a failure to govern as the system is designed, requiring give and take, compromise.

It matters that a president understands the dynamics of policy and the bureaucracy and has developed ties to the other side. Remember the praise Republicans had for Clinton during her Senate years? No doubt, she would face fierce opposition, most of time. Yet her candidacy offers an opening for making progress — on such matters as immigration, mental health care and investment in public works. So let’s try something different, a president who arrives with established skills in the ways of the capital.
We recommend the election of Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8.

There is another element of Clinton the agent of change, and it indirectly reflects her quest to become the first woman elected president. The face of the country is changing, more diverse, minorities moving toward a majority. The idea isn’t to elect a woman because she is a woman. Rather in choosing a woman so prepared for the job, the range of opportunities expands for all those long on the outside.
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The Canton Repository says to hell with both candidates:

This election should awaken Americans to the fact our political system is broken. There is no place for the type of invective we've witnessed over the last year and a half. Nor is there a place for the breadth and depth of influence on our elections and public policy-making that comes so easily for special interest groups.

Third-party options, namely Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, also fail to rise to the high standards of the country's highest office.

It's with these considerations in mind that we cannot endorse any candidate for president this year.
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