Saturday, October 22, 2016

Newspaper Endorsements

Some more daily endorsements for Hillary Clinton:

Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Her commitment to public service is bedrock-deep and has been evident throughout her life. As a student president at Wellesley College, Clinton pushed the administration to increase black enrollment. Fresh out of law school, she investigated discrimination at private schools in the South for the Children’s Defense Fund. As first lady of Arkansas, she used her office to fight for literacy, improved education standards and children’s welfare.

With a formidable intellect, Clinton has a command of policy that is legendary, stemming from a lifetime of attention to detail and from the studious nature so necessary to grasping the complexities a president faces. She has always pushed boundaries, which has made her a lightning rod for those uncomfortable with a woman’s ambition. As the nation’s first lady, she rewrote the book on that office, using its power to champion the cause of women’s rights across the globe and leading President Bill Clinton’s effort for affordable, accessible health care that critics back then labeled “Hillarycare.”

The News Tribune of Tacoma:

If voters want a president with potential to inspire their daughters and sons, Clinton possesses more of the requisite qualities.

The Democratic nominee has proven she can play well with others; in the Senate, two-thirds of her bills were co-sponsored by Republicans.

She’s whip smart but understands there’s always more homework to do if you want to be a better leader. Former Virginia Sen. John Warner — one of the myriad Republicans, military leaders and senators who have endorsed Clinton — said the junior senator from New York would come to committee meetings with papers “stuffed under arms and dribbling onto the floor.” Her debate performances against the shoot-from-the-hip Trump also show Clinton doesn’t take preparation lightly.

She is equal parts compassionate and tough, whether fighting for 9/11 first responders or standing up for Chinese women during a famous speech in Beijing. She’s ruthless when circumstances demand, such as her role in helping plan the Special Forces raid that took out Osama Bin Laden.


Daily Herald:

Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, John Kasich -- we began this election season assuming one of them, or a centrist like them, probably would win the GOP nomination and then likely our support this fall.

Instead, today we explain to you why we not only endorse Park Ridge native Hillary Clinton for president but why we do so enthusiastically; why we feel she is fully prepared for the office and why though she has flaws, frankly that attribute alone makes her the only serious option on the ballot.

In endorsing Clinton, we're not the only newspaper to repudiate Donald Trump. In fact, every major newspaper in the country has done so. The virtual universality of editorial board opposition to him is unprecedented, from perspectives across the nation of every ideological bent, from East Coast to West Coast and everywhere in between.

Iowa City Press-Citizen:

Hillary Clinton deserves a medal.

Sharing a debate stage with Donald Trump for six hours, weathering the slings and arrows of public opinion and nationally campaigning for almost two years is not a fate we'd wish on anyone. This election cycle has seemed interminable from the outset, and the outcome a long-ago foregone conclusion. But the one saving grace of this endless race for the White House is that, in all likelihood, it will end with a tough, qualified woman serving as president of the United States: Clinton, who we endorse wholeheartedly.

Trump removed himself from consideration for our endorsement early in the primary campaign, when he called for a ban on Muslim immigration and the deportation of 11 million undocumented workers from the United States. Since then, he has only dug a deeper hole, making more and more outlandish, dangerous statements, culminating with the release of audio on which he bragged about forcing himself on women, tantamount to confessing to sexual assault. The negatives of a Trump presidency have been well-documented, and to go into them here would necessitate more print space than we are allowed. Suffice it to say, the United States would suffer greatly from Donald Trump's residency in the White House, not least of which would see the lowering of our already tarnished reputation worldwide.

Clinton is our candidate of choice by default, being the major-party candidate who isn't Donald Trump, but that doesn't mean we endorse her on that basis alone. As we said in our primary endorsement, Clinton's qualifications are immense. As a former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state, Clinton carries the experience that will allow her to do the job on day one. Trump has no foreign relations or political experience, and his first 100 days would likely be spent mending fences laid to waste by his volatile campaign.

No endorsement:

The Sentinel of Carlisle, PA:

As the primaries rolled along and “establishment” candidates began to fall, I was hopeful that Carly Fiorina would surge. She illustrated a grasp on the issues and was very good at making her points in brief, succinct, understandable language.

By the time she dropped out, the only person who remained in the race that I felt I could support was John Kasich.

Trump, for me, is simply not an option. But neither is Hillary Clinton.

I can’t make a personal case for voting for either, and we (The Sentinel) surely cannot make a rational argument for either being good for America. That is not to say that neither has an appeal, they do. But their negatives are so great they simply outweigh the positives.

So we will not endorse.

Huntington, WV's Herald-Dispatch:

Since an endorsement should mean more than picking the lesser of two evils, for the 2016 campaign, we will not recommend either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

But we do hope the dismal choice voters face this November will encourage our two major political parties and the public to take a fresh look at the candidate selection process. Once the purview of party insiders and "smoke-filled" rooms, today's candidates are the product of a marathon of state primaries and caucuses, which seems more inclusive, but still do not involve most voters.

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