Monday, October 17, 2016

Newspaper Endorsements

Donald Trump has earned yet another daily newspaper endorsement, this one from the St. Joseph News-Press:

Donald Trump represents something different for a broad swath of America that is serious about wanting a less intrusive government, a more robust economic recovery and leadership that protects our interests around the world.

This citizens’ agenda includes a greater focus on law and order at home and a more aggressive response to the global threats posed by ISIS.

The rise of Trump on the political scene is an expression of these views and a product of the choices available. Whether the vote is for Trump or against Hillary Clinton, millions are prepared to make this choice in behalf of a better future.

We endorse Trump for president in the belief he can bring about fundamental change — not alone, but in partnership with his party and a coalition of others drawn from every walk of life who think we can do better than what government has offered under eight years of President Obama.

Trump has a grand total of two endorsements with just three weeks to go until the general election.

Hillary Clinton continues to pile up newspaper endorsements:

The Glens Falls Post Star:

Ultimately, we believe Clinton showed a plan for the nation that is comprehensive and clear and a way forward.

That is not the case from Trump, who often refuses to divulge details on policy. The details he did release that were reviewed by independent agencies suggest he would make things worse.

While we don’t believe in everything Clinton is proposing, we do believe she would be a better president than Trump.

We found Trump’s promise to jail Clinton if he is elected during the last debate to be one of the most chilling pronouncements in the history of American politics.

As we hashed out our endorsement, it was clear that one of our members was greatly pained by this presidential campaign and the difficult choice he had made to not vote for any candidate.

Eugene Register-Guard:

That’s one reason to elect the Democrat on Nov. 8 — but there’s another, so compelling as to be an imperative: Voting Clinton into the White House is the surest way to keep Donald Trump out of it.

By temperament and experience, Trump is manifestly unqualified to serve as president. The fact that he won the Republican nomination is a worrisome sign of American political and cultural decay. Voters must show that the rot has not spread so deep that they will put the levers of executive power in reckless hands.

The two-party system fosters the habit of seeing the two leading candidates for the presidency as being of roughly equal standing. This habit has served the nation poorly in the 2016 campaign. In no respect are Clinton and Trump equally qualified. Where Clinton has a life of public service, Trump has a career dedicated to private gain. Where Clinton is comprehensively well-informed, Trump is boastfully ignorant. For every exaggeration and evasion from Clinton come a dozen outright fabrications from Trump. The candidates are as different as respect and scorn, as humility and pride, as hope and fear.

Clinton is among the best-prepared candidates ever to seek the presidency, having served eight years in the U.S. Senate and four years as secretary of state. In addition, she has the unique perspective of having immersed herself in public policy during her husband’s terms as president and governor of Arkansas. Trump, by contrast, would be the first president in American history with no record of service in either elective office or the military.

The Kenosha News:

However, if you want to make your vote count for the person who stands the best chance at being successful as president, we recommend Hillary Clinton.

These are our reasons:

* Clinton has more of a chance to unify Congress and our country. We’ve seen eight years of divisiveness and polarization. We’ve seen a Congress that can’t even agree on what they can’t agree on. We’ve spoken with our votes, but the leaders in the White House and Congress are either unable or unwilling to listen and act.

* Clinton has more experience in navigating the rough waters ahead regarding foreign policy. Trump becomes erratic at times. His behavior and thin-skinned reactions leave little doubt that his temperament is OK for the entrepreneurial-spirited board room but not at the helm of our nation.

* Clinton shows more promise to rebuild our good name around the world. As the world leader in hope, we need someone who is able to be tough and extend an olive branch at the same time.

Billings Gazette:

A vote for Clinton is more than a vote against Trump. Those of us who actually pay federal income taxes and aren’t in the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans would get a better deal with Clinton's tax policy proposals.

Clinton has a decades-long record of standing up for children and disadvantaged citizens. She was a strong early proponent of the federal Children's Health Insurance Program, which today covers tens of thousands of Montana kids with low-cost or no-cost insurance.


No endorsement:

Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Nearly one year ago, when Donald Trump had begun to make believers out of his 16 Republican primary opponents, we wrote that the New York businessman was "not one of us."

In that editorial, we discussed his inconsistency as a conservative, his "bombastic naivety on foreign policy," his "lack of specifics on domestic issues" and his "marked lack of couth."

Nearly a year later, with Trump the Republican presidential nominee, we don't believe much has changed.

Yet the Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, represents an anathema to everything this page has stood for — smaller government, lower taxes, the rule of law, a market-driven economy, strong family values.

Northwest Herald in Illinois:

The Northwest Herald’s editorial board evaluates candidates running for political office based on a set of core values. Among those core values are fiscal conservatism, limited government, personal responsibility and accountability, a belief in a strong family structure, and a staunch protection of First Amendment rights.

Apply these values to the two major party candidates for U.S. president, and neither passes.

The Republican, Donald Trump, is a shallow, narcissistic – perhaps sociopathic – bully who treats women as sex objects, belittles the handicapped, and has skin so thin he lashes out on Twitter against anyone who opposes him.

Just when you think Trump’s campaign has hit bottom, a new, far-worse scandal breaks.

The Pueblo Chieftain:

For The Chieftain, a political endorsement is a worthy of respect, venerable, much like the way a reporter protects a source or a night editor labors to get a headline just right. An incredible amount of time and argument takes place before a decision on an endorsement is reached.

It is for these reasons that the editorial board of The Chieftain has decided not to endorse a candidate for the presidency of the U.S. in 2016.

Frankly, we do not share confidence in either candidate.

Donald Trump, because of his business acumen, and Hillary Clinton, because of her vast experience, both would bring strong skills to the Oval Office. However, and there’s no nice way to say this, we don’t trust either one of them.

In Trump’s case, his volatility, inconsistency and lack of preparation alarms us. For example, we struggle to envision him serving as Commander-in-Chief.

In Clinton’s case, her mishandling of emails while secretary of state is but one reminder that she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, always have considered themselves above the law, whether the law of the land or an unwritten but very real moral or ethical law. We don’t trust her, and we believe that her and her husband’s fierce ambition for power overshadows any good she may do.

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