Saturday, October 01, 2016

Newspaper Endorsements

More for Hillary Clinton.

The El Paso Times endorses her for president:

When he announced his candidacy, Trump made it clear that he would target immigrants – especially Mexican immigrants – to win votes. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

El Paso can answer that barbarous lie in the Nov. 8 election.

The most powerful answer is to cast a ballot for Clinton, who comes well-prepared for the presidency. In her eight years as first lady, she was uniquely engaged in a number of crucial issues. In eight years in the Senate, she was an effective lawmaker who developed a reputation as someone who could work with her fellow Democrats and Republicans. In four years as secretary of state, she worked closely with world leaders on pressing global concerns.


The Desert Sun, which endorsed Romney last time, says Clinton is the right choice in this historic election:

Great leaders tap our better angels. And greatness requires “vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.” So advised one our most respected desert neighbors, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

By these measures, there is no other choice for president this year than Hillary Clinton. Though demonized by her critics, Clinton is supremely qualified to lead, especially compared to Trump.

The Asheville Citizen-Times backs HRC for president:

Hillary Clinton, who perhaps is not the candidate most North Carolinians would like to bring along to a local craft brewery or a drum circle, is a deeply qualified, highly experienced and compassionate leader who will do the job well and serve the needs of our state far better than any of her fellow candidates.

She may not blow up the system, but she is well prepared to make it better.

Voters in the Asheville area will probably cast more ballots than most this year for third-party candidates, and that is certainly their right. Those votes won’t be wasted, but they will be cast at the expense of those who would be hurt most by a Donald Trump presidency.

That political luxury is a statement of privilege as much as it is a statement of protest, and we hope North Carolinians will do better by their neighbors.

The Courier of Ohio refuses to make an endorsement:

Of course, our refusal to endorse Trump does not mean The Courier recommends the Democratic candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Our philosophical and specific differences with her and her proposed policies run wide and deep.

So, that neither Trump nor Clinton are well-suited for the times is a disappointing testament to the widening cracks in our political thinking and our political system.

Still, there is hope. We hope the 45th president’s first term will show the remarkable resiliency built into our democratic institutions. We must remember that Americans of all persuasions want solutions, not confrontation, and this is possible.

Nevertheless, Trump’s long, disappointing record and performance speak for themselves. The challenges are simply too great for a narcissistic television star-turned-snake-oil salesman. The stakes are too high to put so much in his hands. And we can’t ask our readers to do so.

It is sort of a non-endorsement endorsement of Clinton by default.

The Athens News says Clinton is the far superior candidate:

To be frank, we have a hard time thinking of anybody in public life who would make a worse president than Republican nominee Donald Trump. In terms of character, experience and temperament, he’s less suited to lead our country and command our military than any presidential candidate in memory.

Yet, we dispute the characterization of Hillary Clinton as the lesser of two evils, even though she certainly seems that way when others are allowed to define her. And unfortunately, until Clinton’s impressive performance in the first presidential debate on Monday night, too many Americans had been letting her many enemies, with their own agendas, define Clinton for them.

Even though Clinton has been a public figure for decades, many voters – inundated with all the media hoopla and chatter over the past several months – needed a reminder that she’s a poised, sharp, level-headed woman, with a wealth of experience in domestic and foreign policy, along with specific plans for addressing our nation’s problems.

The Falls Church News-Press embraces the Clinton-Kaine ticket:

Clinton brings levels of experience, level-headed intellectual capacity and power of articulation that have been tested and tempered by her political enemies over many years. She has faced the brunt of personal, as well as political, attacks that so often are hurled against women, on that account alone, and coming through all that, she is even more uniquely qualified to handle the pressures of the presidency.

As for Kaine, this is an extraordinary man. It has been our distinct honor to have come to know him as well as we have, and in our view, the choice of him by Clinton to be her running mate spoke volumes about her, as well as him. It said that yes, there is virtue in politics, and not the kind of selfish self interest that so many cynical commentators seem to insist these days.

On this score, it is heartening to see Clinton former Democratic rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, come out as strongly as he has for the Clinton-Kaine ticket as well. Just yesterday in New Hampshire, Sanders gave his rabble-rousing stump speech that was the signature of his grassroots challenge to Clinton in the primaries.

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