Saturday, October 29, 2016

Newspaper Endorsements 1

Donald Trump garnered two more, which makes his grand total now 7 daily newspapers:

Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel:

Thank God for Mike Pence.

The man Hoosiers trusted as a congressman and governor is just who the country needs in the vice presidency. He is also the one needed by voters who like presidential candidate Donald Trump’s policy ideas but worry about his personality.

In large measure because of virtually unprecedented scrutiny of his past, questions about Trump’s character and judgment have been raised. They cannot be dismissed lightly, and they will not go away. But neither will Hillary Clinton and all the baggage she carries.

We simply cannot endorse Clinton. That would go against everything this newspaper has ever stood for. Her appalling political philosophy, her dreadful record of failure, especially on foreign policy, and her complete lack of character combine to create the most toxic candidate we have ever had to consider.


Antelope Valley Press:

It has no editorial; it just simply supports Trump.

No endorsement:

Hudson Star-Observer:

For the first time in more than half a century, Forum Communications Co. -- the Journal’s parent company -- declines to endorse the Republican candidate for United States president. It does not follow, however, that the endorsement goes to the Democratic candidate. This year, we suggest none of the above is the best choice.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are among the most flawed candidates in modern times to seek the presidency. There are good reasons their “dislike” numbers are the highest since pollsters began taking that specific measure. Both are disliked by 50-60 percent of Americans polled. That’s a startling statistic for the presidential candidates of the two major political parties.

That being said, both of them have qualities that appeal to their supporters.


Austin American-Statesman:

We didn’t endorse in 2012, and we won’t be endorsing in the presidential races in March or in November.

Why? In a political cycle that has already generated more heat than light, even with the talents of our writers, it is unlikely that we would unearth any new nugget that might sway readers from one candidate to the other. The presidential candidates do not sit down with our editorial board, so we are operating off the same sources of information and sound bites as the average voter. This year, very few of the presidential campaigns even bothered to fill out our voters guide.

Anyone who has read our columns and blogs over the past two years may not know for sure what primary we may vote in as individuals, but our institutional values are fairly clear. And in a world where national commentary and presidential election news are produced daily by the truckload, I have great confidence that our readers will be able to sort out where and who they stand with on the presidential race.

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