Saturday, October 08, 2016

Newspaper Endorsements Part 1

A whole bunch more for Hillary Clinton:

The Fresno Bee:

Clinton also is far more in line with Bernie Sanders than Libertarian Gary Johnson, who opposes free tuition and supports unlimited campaign contributions, in direct conflict with Sanders’ warnings that big money is corrupting politics. If young people truly believe in the Sanders agenda, it makes no sense to vote for Johnson, especially since doing so will boost Trump.

There is one vacancy on the nation’s highest court, and the next president could appoint several more Supreme Court justices. Clinton has pledged to seek to overturn the Citizens United decision and would nominate justices who would protect women’s rights and voting rights. The list of potential nominees put out by Trump includes judges who have advocated limiting abortion rights and who opposed legal protections for gays and lesbians. He would nominate law-and-order judges who would set back criminal justice reform.

We know what to expect from a Clinton presidency. She is not a charismatic, inspirational leader for everyone. But she is a hardworking, smart politician who with an even moderately cooperative Congress will make America a place of greater opportunity.

We recommend that voters make her the 45th president of the United States.


The Clinton Herald:

There has never been a presidential election in contemporary American history more important than the one on Nov. 8. The next president must have mental toughness, clear goals, diplomatic skills and the ability to reach across political lines to get things done.

So voters should weigh who is best qualified to work with Congress on critical issues such as national security, immigration, lower health care costs, economic equality, racial injustice, foreign defense and trade agreements, nuclear threats, Russian aggression and more.

We believe Democrat Hillary Clinton is, by far, the best choice.

Clinton has depth and breadth of knowledge and experience on these issues. She has gained the qualifications to be president during her public service as First Lady for eight years, U.S. Senator for eight years and as Secretary of State for four years.

The Daily Independent of Ashland, Kentucky:

Hillary Clinton is the clear choice to be the next president of the United States. Her proposals, temperament, willingness to work with the other party and a long resume of public service distinguish her. She has demonstrated that she has the intellect, experience, toughness and courage to serve in the highest office in the land.

In sharp contrast, Republican nominee Donald Trump is an unknown with zero experience as a public official on any level. He has offered no detailed plans or for what he will do as president. While he promises to “make America great again,” he offers little specifics about how to accomplish that. America would take a huge, possibly dangerous risk by electing him.

Clinton is the safe choice. She has been in the public eye for more than a quarter of a century, first as first lady then as U.S. Senator from New York and as secretary of state. She is a known quantity who has been running for president for 16 years.

She has shown willingness to compromise. When she was elected to the Senate, the GOP instructed its senators to do nothing to help her. However, Clinton won bipartisan respect as an advocate for issues that were important to her and all parts of New York, from Manhattan to farm country. Her dedication impressed even Republicans such as Sen. John McCain.


The Memphis Commercial Appeal:

When the presidential election season began in earnest last year, it’s a safe bet many Americans did not envision wealthy businessman and reality TV star Donald J. Trump being the Republican nominee on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Yet, here he is, giving Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton a highly competitive race to lead the most powerful nation in the world.

Because of our nation’s role as a leader in world affairs and the serious challenges we face at home, temperament and experience matter more than ever this election cycle. This is not the time for an on the job trainee.

Using those criteria, The Commercial Appeal recommends Hillary Clinton for the presidency. Her broad and deep policy and political experience, at the state, national and international level and in the legislative and executive branches of government, prepares her for the presidency.

The Dalton Daily Citizen of Georgia:

We believe Democrat Hillary Clinton's policies, plans and ambitions offer more balance and reliability for the nation than gambling on the risky promises of Republican Donald Trump. She has the political leadership competencies to steer a steady course in a time of increasing turmoil at home and around the world.

Significantly, Clinton has a record of bipartisan cooperation during her eight years in the U.S. Senate, a necessary quality to break the gridlock in Washington that stymies progress and frustrates voters of all stripes.

Her ability to reach across party lines in the Senate was best illustrated by her working with Republicans to enact the Children's Health Insurance Program benefiting 8 million children. She understands no one party has the magic formula for solutions and helpful programs, but that a cooperative spirit can bring results that benefit the public interest.

The Boston Globe:

THIS ELECTION ISN’T a close call. Only one candidate on the ballot Nov. 8 belongs anywhere near the White House, and it’s Hillary Clinton. The Globe enthusiastically endorses her candidacy, and urges voters to run, not walk, to their nearest polling place when early voting begins in Massachusetts on Oct. 24.

Clinton, who claimed the Democratic nomination this summer on her second try, hardly requires an introduction. She’s one of the highest-visibility political figures in America, having served as first lady when her husband was president in the 1990s, a senator from New York in the 2000s, and secretary of state under President Obama from 2009 to 2013.

After Clinton’s nearly 30 years in the national spotlight, voters know first-hand all of her foibles and flaws, all her strengths and beliefs. With a high degree of certainty, Americans can know that electing Clinton means picking a president who will work tirelessly to enact sensible gun control, protect the environment, keep America safe from terrorism, reform the immigration system, and grow the economy.

More to come...

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