The 2016 presidential race has brought our nation the worst that politics has to offer._____
It has placed wholly unlikeable candidates representing the two major parties before the American voter. One of those candidates may be the worst major-party nominee this nation has ever seen, and the other is so desirous of secrecy that she was willing to put the nation’s security at risk.
We wish that both Republicans and Democrats had nominated different candidates.
Unfortunately, they didn’t.
The parties chose whom they chose and you, the voter, now must make a choice.
To be sure, Republican Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency.
Wisconsin State Journal:
Hillary Clinton — by far — is best prepared to lead our nation toward peace and prosperity. The State Journal endorses the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady in the Nov. 8 election._____
Clinton is disciplined, knowledgeable and experienced. Unlike her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, a wealthy New York businessman and reality television star, Clinton will assemble a strong administration that can work with Congress toward bipartisan solutions.
Trump has shown he can’t even work with his own party. He’s tearing the GOP apart.
The News Leader of Virginia:
Donald Trump was right._____
At the end of the Oct. 9 town-hall debate, he said of his opponent, Hillary Clinton: “She doesn’t quit. She doesn’t give up. … She’s a fighter.”
Clinton’s remarkable resilience has shown itself many times in recent decades, during private and public crises. Repeatedly, she has refused to buckle.
Those of us waiting for America to be “great again” would do well to watch a woman who, through every challenge, did not surrender to anger and self-pity, but marched onward to higher ground in bigger arenas. Her tenacity is unparalleled in modern American politics.
Clinton is also well prepared for the presidency. She fully understands the demands of the office in ways only an eight-year first spouse could. During her term in the U.S. Senate, she earned the respect of even her Republican colleagues. As secretary of state, she tirelessly traveled to 112 countries, working for peace and repairing relationships left strained by the reckless foreign adventures of the Bush administration. Her efforts were not uniformly successful, but she became trusted the world over, something her opponent never will be.
We endorse her without hesitation.
Such an examination will reveal that Clinton has decades of experience in assessing and developing policy. She has served as secretary of state and as a United States senator. And while critics suggest that her accomplishments have been negligible, she has played starring roles in creating the Children’s Health Insurance Program; in securing funds for New York City in the wake of 9/11; in imposing sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table; in authoring the Pediatric Research Equity Act; and in leading a State Department that helped track down and assassinate Osama bin Laden._____
Equally important is the contrast that is evident between Clinton and her main opponent, Republican nominee Donald Trump. In addition to offensive comments about women and minority groups, Trump has persisted in presenting a vision of a dystopian America while suggesting that he is the only one who can fix it. His narcissism and the ease with which he can be provoked into sophomoric Twitter wars clearly demonstrate that he does not have the temperament necessary to lead the world’s most powerful nation.
A 16-month presidential campaign has exposed Trump as somebody who has little understanding of world affairs, puts forth paper-thin policy ideas, and possesses the demeanor of a schoolyard bully. No, we do not believe that half of Trump’s supporters can be classified as deplorables; but we do believe that he has tapped into a level of xenophobia and misogyny that reflect the worst of American society rather than enhancing our best traits.
The Pantagraph and the Herald & Review in Illinois have the same editorial:
Yes, there are a lot of people — a lot — who dislike Hillary Clinton. Trump captured the anger and frustration of many voters who rail against the status quo, the "establishment" that Clinton represents — and, more importantly, for what they feel is an unjust system that keeps them from getting a decent job, affordable health care, lower taxes and the ability to buy and use the guns they want._____
But this election is not a case of choosing the lesser of two evils. There is a system of checks and balances that every president must work within. Clinton can do that and has done it. Trump has proved at every turn that he would not.
His renegade persona, taken to the extreme, only proves he is incapable of compromise, reason and diplomacy — all traits essential to be an effective president in a divided Congress, and country.
The Keene Sentinel:
We are in challenging times indeed, and the prospect of change holds great appeal for those who feel government is not addressing their needs. But the Founding Fathers envisioned a country where change results from consensus and compromise, and that change won’t happen magically through empty promises, bluster or scape-goating. Rather, it requires experience in how government works and in how to work with those who disagree, and it will take place incrementally through hard work and vision. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate offering the prospect of making that change happen and deserves to be the next president of the United States._____
Staten Island Advance:
What separates Mrs. Clinton from her opponent – certainly an opportunist himself – is her ability to react like a mature and thoughtful adult to bad situations. Perhaps it's an overused term, but Mrs. Clinton appears presidential. Mr. Trump acts like a petulant child.________________________________________________________
Mrs. Clinton knows first-hand the devastation of terror as New York's senator during the September 11 attacks and their aftermath. She reacted with calmness and strength.
She fought hard and negotiated well with then-President Bush for benefits for New York and for families who lost loved ones in the attack.
She has a fundamental understanding of fairness, for the rich and for the poor. She worked as First Lady to get health care for millions of children.
She does not want to deport millions but wants a fair and equitable immigration policy where America will still welcome people from around the globe.
Roswell Daily Record:
The Roswell Daily Record’s editorial board has been wrestling with some important issues lately. In one of the most divisive and frustrating elections in memory, we’ve been thinking about the races and who to throw our editorial support behind, and we’ve been struggling to come to a consensus.
At the top of this year’s ballot is the biggest reason for the divisiveness. The presidential election pits two of the most polarizing figures in modern times against each other. If the polls are trending correctly, Hillary Clinton will be this nation’s next president, but that will only deepen the divisions we are now facing as a nation.
Down ballot here in Chaves County, we have party politics playing its own disconcerting role in this year’s election. Voting for the most qualified candidate has taken a back seat to partisan loyalties, as if either party is a solution to the problems this region and state face. That’s unfortunate, because the people suffer when party politics runs roughshod over good government.
Meanwhile, this newspaper has declared itself an independent publication that won’t kowtow to either political party. Our move to the independent center is a result of changes in newspaper management more than a year ago in response to a perception that we’d become a rightwing newspaper, beholden to a Republican Party that dominates Roswell’s politics and government. Our intent is not to suppress conservative voices but to encourage more liberal and libertarian viewpoints by welcoming them to the op-ed pages of the RDR. And on our news pages, we seek to be more inclusive of the viewpoints and lifestyles that make up Roswell. We seek to be a neutral observer, and to supplement our reporting with thought-provoking editorials from time to time. Under previous management, reporters were told to downplay certain voices of dissension; now we work to include them, whether we agree with them or not. In our view, that’s a noble calling.
With all that in mind, the RDR’s editorial board — consisting of publisher Barbara Beck, general manager SaraLei Fajardo, editor Tom McDonald and other staffers in advisory roles — has made a decision that, for this election cycle, our efforts at neutrality should take precedence over candidate endorsements. As a result, we will not be endorsing candidates this time around.
Many Americans, disappointed in both nominees, may be tempted to stay home on Election Day. Instead, they need to vote. Failure to weigh in on House and Senate races would be potentially disastrous.
In this distressing election year, voters need to put protecting the United States first, above all other concerns. Maintaining GOP control of Congress would go a long way toward doing that.
Our advice: By all means vote on Nov. 8, then pray for this country.
Let's hope the GOP loses Congress "bigly."