Sunday, October 09, 2016

Newspaper Endorsements Part 2

Lots more for Hillary Clinton:

Johnstown Tribune Democrat:

Hillary Clinton is the best choice to lead the United States forward as president.

Her lifetime of public service – including her years as First Lady, a U.S. senator and secretary of state – have prepared the Democratic nominee to handle the many challenges our nation will face in the coming years.

We give Clinton our endorsement over Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The office of president will face many crucial issues in the next term – and will make decisions and take actions that will require a steady hand and clear mind, diplomacy, tact, experience and leadership.

Trump has shown he possesses none of those qualities.

Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Today we make a most unconventional endorsement in a most unconventional race for president of the United States.

In an election marked by the absurd emergence of a candidate best known for fabricating his own celebrity, we have opted to go with the spirit of this election season and use an over-the-top vehicle – our concurrence with Northeast Ohio's own international celebrity -- for announcing our choice.

We say, quite simply, we agree with LeBron James' choice of Hillary Clinton.

This decision is anything but simple, however. It is, perhaps, the weightiest decision American voters will make in this lifetime. In a rare moment of accord, the 10 members of the Editorial Board of The Plain Dealer and are unanimous is declaring that Donald Trump is dangerously unfit to lead this great nation.

Las Vegas Sun:

Voters of course have an easy choice in this election. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, absolutely deserves election to the presidency, not because she’s the only practical alternative, but because in her we have a tried-and-tested leader and public servant who is prepared to take immediate command of the Oval Office.

She showed her commitment to social causes even before she entered politics, helping to improve the lives of migrant farmworkers and their children. It was authentic altruism. Later, as first lady, she shepherded bipartisan legislation that brought health insurance to 8 million children, and at a U.N. conference in Beijing on women’s rights, she boldly called out China’s failings. As a senator, she was more successful than most of her cohorts in negotiating amendments to bills, and in the wake of 9/11 she had New York City’s back. As secretary of state, she visited 112 nations, was fully engaged in White House efforts to take out Osama bin Laden, then shaped the economic sanctions against Iran that brought it to the negotiating table.

Was she sloppy with emails? Yes, and it’s a sure bet she won’t do that again. Could she be blamed for the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya? Despite eight politically motivated congressional investigations costing $23 million, she was found not culpable. End of story. The Clinton Foundation spends 89 percent of its funds on charitable works in Africa and the Caribbean, while Trump taps his foundation for money to buy a portrait of himself to hang at one of his golf clubs. Really.

Indeed, in terms of their qualifications and readiness for the job, the gap between the two candidates is glaring. The logic behind Clinton’s policy proposals stands up to scrutiny, while Trump’s poorly shaped ideas would trigger economic and diplomatic setbacks. The only winner would be the crafty Donald Trump himself. He’s sly that way.

The Columbus Dispatch endorses a Demorat for the first time in 100 years:

Clinton has spent a career spanning decades in politics as First Lady, U.S. senator and U.S. secretary of state, and has a long record of service to families, women and children.

The art of compromise, which once was respected by Republicans and Democrats in Congress, and which allowed for progress rather than gridlock, is one that Clinton understands and practices. She demonstrated that not only in the Senate, but as the nation’s chief diplomat.

She is well-known to foreign leaders and understands that world order depends upon a U.S. foreign policy that is committed to its international obligations. The United States is the most stabilizing force in a world prone to chaos, and she knows that role is not something to be trifled with on a whim, as Trump’s reckless pronouncements would do.

Connecticut's The Day:

As great as those domestic tasks may be, the foreign policy challenges are arguably greater still.

In Asia, China is extending its reach with manmade islands and well-placed investments. Led by the pernicious Vladimir Putin, the wounded Bear, Russia, its economy damaged by low oil prices, seeks to exert and expand its influence in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Meanwhile, Islamic terrorists continue their borderless war on the West and all who do not share their warped beliefs.

A changing climate threatens to disrupt civilization if left unchecked. A landmark, but fragile international agreement to reduce greenhouse emissions and slow climate change was negotiated under the Obama administration. It will take wise U.S. leadership to work towards its implementation.

For all these reasons, U.S. voters cannot afford to elect an inexperienced president or an irrational one, which defines the Republican nominee, Donald Trump. They need a realist, a seasoned and tested leader. This is why, given the available options, the best choice is clear — Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate.

Iowa's The Hawk Eye:

There will be another presidential debate tonight, but we doubt it will do much to move the needle. Our hunch is most Americans already have decided. And we’re guessing they decided what the Republicans are offering would be a mistake for the country.

Hillary Clinton should be — and we believe will be — the next president of the United States. It will be as historic an election — the first woman to be elected president — as it was in 2008 when Barack Obama became the first black American to win the presidency.


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