Saturday, October 15, 2016

Newspaper Endorsements

Donald Trump received his first daily newspaper endorsement the other day when the Santa Barbara News-Press came out for him.

Either the complete editorial is behind a paywall, or else the editorial board was too embarrassed to elaborate further.

For Hillary Clinton:

Mt. Vernon Register-News:

On Nov. 8, the nation will select its 45th president, and never before have the stakes been so high.

Immigration reform, the future of the Affordable Care Act, the impact of income inequality on the middle class, race relations, threats from ISIS and other terrorist organizations, rising nuclear tensions with Iran, North Korea, and Russia, and foreign trade agreements are among the many serious issues facing the nation.

The next president must have the diplomatic skills to work alongside foreign allies and adversaries to develop long-lasting and beneficial outcomes for citizens globally. That person must also possess the leadership skills needed to negotiate a reversal of the out-of-control gridlock that has all but halted productivity in Congress — the people we have sent to Washington to work on our behalf to strengthen the republic, not to become entrenched in partisan polarization.

Throughout her service as First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State, Democrat Hillary Clinton has spent nearly 25 years developing the skills, relationships, diplomacy, and knowledge needed to prepare her for the job. She has demonstrated she has the mental toughness, patience, composure, and bipartisan spirit to move the nation forward in matters both foreign and domestic.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune:

In an election that has become more about "least dangerous" than "most inspiring," which candidate is better qualified to confront the complex challenges facing us? Our choice is Hillary Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton has a long record of public service. She proved her dedication to equality when she traveled to south Alabama as a law student in 1972 to uncover government-sanctioned racial discrimination at private schools.

When her husband Bill Clinton was president of the United States, she worked to get Congress to provide health care services for millions of poor children. As a U.S. senator representing New York, she helped secure $21 billion from the federal government to help New York rebuild after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Louisianians certainly can understand how important that was to her constituents.

As secretary of state for President Barack Obama, she negotiated a ceasefire in Gaza and got China, Russia and the European Union to agree to sanctions against Iran. She also made women's rights across the world a priority.

The York Dispatch:

As the long, surreal presidential campaign mercifully nears its end, it is clearer than ever that voters have only one real choice on Nov. 8.

On the one hand is an intelligent woman who is eminently qualified to lead our country — and on the other is an ignorant buffoon most decent Americans would be ashamed to have in their own homes, much less send to the White House.

Over four decades, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, has dedicated her life to public service, starting with a stint right out of Yale Law School as staff attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund, a nonprofit that continues to protect children and help lift them out of poverty.

Oklahoma's Express- Star:

Clinton is not without flaws and is controversial for her own reasons. Her shortcomings in handling classified material on a private email server, disposing of email while under congressional investigation and inadequately explaining an attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, were true failures.

But, unlike Trump, Clinton has a record of service – as first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state. She has championed civil rights, the right to vote, and health care for children and families. She supports U.S. interests abroad, having played a key role in the mission to go after Osama bin Laden. She is focused on creating jobs, growing the economy and finding a way to pay for those plans.

As part of a progressive platform, she promises to make strides in areas such as equal pay for women – an issue that should be at the forefront of our public policy.

Above all, she has the temperament and experience to be president.

The Duncan Banner has the same editorial.

The Lexington Herald-Leader:

There may be emotional satisfaction in shouting about a “war on coal” and blaming Appalachia’s decades-old problems on President Barack Obama. But when the noise dies down and the election is over, sound bites will do nothing to help rebuild the region.

Clinton has committed to a Marshall Plan for Appalachia and said she will assign her husband, former President Bill Clinton, to see that it gets done.

In Ashland she also promised to protect the health and pension benefits so critical to retired miners and to fund research to preserve coal as part of the country’s energy supply, while investing in creating new jobs in the region. She committed to creating a “trade prosecutor” to stop foreign companies that flood the American market with cheap steel, undercutting domestic producers and idling their workers.

Some complain that Clinton would continue many Obama economic policies. Bring it on.

The United States has experienced one of the strongest and most consistent recoveries from the Great Recession among developed countries. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an international economic tracking group, found: unemployment has fallen to pre-recession levels; inflation is down; the financial sector is more stable; and more people have health insurance.


Orlando Sentinel:

Clinton has a record of accomplishment to go along with her public service. After spearheading a failed bid to reform health care during her husband's first term, she bounced back and worked with congressional leaders in both parties to launch the Children's Health Insurance Program, which now covers 8 million kids.

Most of her bills as a senator had Republican co-sponsors. She worked across the aisle to get federal funds to rebuild New York after the 9-11 attacks and provide health care for first responders. As secretary of state, she met with leaders in 112 countries, brokered a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, rallied other world powers to impose sanctions on Iran and continued her career-long advocacy for the rights of women and girls.

Kansas City Star:

Clearly, it would be wrong to equate the missteps of the candidates. The substance of this election isn’t about unfavorables. It’s about qualifications.

And one candidate stands out: Hillary Clinton.

There are few resumes like hers in politics. She has served the public interest for decades, and that level of involvement would make her the most experienced president-elect to enter the White House since George Herbert Walker Bush.

She has been preparing for this moment much of her life, and she has the temperament and critical decision-making skills required for the most stressful job in the world. She has also demonstrated a deft touch on foreign policy, and President Obama would have been well-served to take her advice more often.

Many pressing problems await the next leader of the free world: trade, Syria and Yemen, immigration, the Supreme Court, criminal justice reform, economic disparity and the shrinking middle class.


Daily Astorian:

On Election Day, Hillary Clinton should make history by becoming the nation’s first woman president, and she has our endorsement for the job.

Republican billionaire Donald Trump is simply unsuited to be president of the United States. He is an arrogant bully, a loose cannon who lacks the judgment, integrity, temperament and honesty that our country needs at the helm of the largest democracy in the world.

Two other candidates, Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein, are also on the ballot. While Johnson has the most support between those two and has a solid grip on domestic affairs, he doesn’t have the full command of global issues the presidency requires.

Hillary Clinton, by contrast, is fully capable of leading our country. By becoming president she would break barriers that shouldn’t exist. She has prior top-level experience as secretary of state and as first lady of the country while her husband, Bill, was president. She has the professionalism, temperament and sophistication to lead this country, as evidenced by her steady composure during the debates with Trump where he imploded in front of a worldwide audience.

Democrat & Chronicle of Rochester, New York:

Hillary Rodham Clinton.

There is no question that she is by far the most qualified candidate running in the 2016 presidential race. Period. If this were any other presidential contest, that would be our primary reason for endorsing her. In fact, it would be the only reason to do so.

But not this time.

This year, we also feel a professional and moral imperative to support her campaign.

This simply cannot become the year that Donald Trump is elected leader of the free world. It is critically important that we, the people, use our votes to build a wall between Trump and the White House.

The Portland Oregonian chickened out again like it did in 2012 and refuses to endorse anybody:

Our editorial board decided in 2012 to abandon presidential endorsements after supporting a long line of mostly Republican presidential candidates. There were, however, departures for Bill Clinton, John Kerry and Barack Obama, who received our last presidential endorsement in 2008.

Even without endorsements, democracy continued. And you're still here reading. I hope you keep coming back for the thoughtful and well-researched editorials and endorsements we aim to produce.

Our goal as an editorial board is to have an impact in our community. And we don't think an endorsement for president would move the needle.

So that's why we focus our endorsement energy where voters may not have made up their minds and need help with the decision. We offer opinions on races and issues we think are most important to Oregonians -- and on those on which our endorsement could make a difference.

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