Thursday, September 29, 2016

Newspaper Endorsements

Pothead Gary "Aleppo" Johnson has received yet another endorsement, this time from the staunchly Republican Detroit News.

This is the first time in its history the paper has not endorsed a Republican.

Gary Johnson has excelled at public service. In his eight years as the Republican governor of New Mexico, he cut taxes while balancing the budget, and left the state in better fiscal shape than when he arrived. He also was a champion of school choice, and the state under his guidance made great strides in improving education.

Johnson is joined on the ticket by William Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts, who likewise posted a record of good government and fiscal discipline. Johnson says he and Weld will govern as a team. That is encouraging. These are two honest, principled politicians who would put the interests of the nation first.

With a few significant exceptions, the Libertarian candidate shares our views on the important issues.

They don't mention the rumor William Weld was planning to leave the ticket realizing the threat Donald Trump represents to the country.

The Baltimore Sun has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president:

We endorse Hillary Clinton for president. But let's be honest, you are not surprised by that. Although The Sun's record on political endorsements is more mixed than many might expect (the paper backed Richard Nixon three times and Franklin D. Roosevelt only once), we have supported the Democratic nominee for four presidential elections in a row. And this year, we have not been guarded at expressing our admiration for Ms. Clinton's experience, depth of knowledge, steadiness and leadership, nor have we hesitated to point out the utter lack of those qualities in her Republican opponent, Donald Trump.

We are at a loss as to what more we could say that would persuade anyone who is still undecided in this election. So we won't try. Instead, we offer up an endorsement in the words of others — newspapers and government, military and business leaders — who have consistent track records of backing Republicans but who feel compelled to support Ms. Clinton this year.

USA Today has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its history, but this year it decided to say Donald Trump should NEVER be president:

In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now.

This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.

From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.

So far not a single US newspaper of note has supported Trump for the White House.

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