Dear Commons Community,
Tomorrow, in its Sunday edition, the New York Times will formally endorse Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president and John Kasich as the Republican nominee. Here is an excerpt from the announcement as reported by Reuters:
“The New York Times’s editorial board endorses Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John Kasich as they seek to become their parties’ nominees in the U.S. presidential election, calling Clinton one of the most “deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history.”
“Mr. Sanders does not have the breadth of experience or policy ideas that Mrs. Clinton offers,” and praises him for making important points about economic inequality and foreign policy.
The board praised Clinton’s term as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, and said she had shown a lifelong commitment to American workers, particularly women. The board criticized her as too quick to propose using military force abroad, but said she still would be a better military leader than her Republican rivals.
The Times editorial board previously endorsed Clinton in 2008, when she ran against Barack Obama. In that endorsement, it also argued that Clinton had more experience and had presented more detailed policy ideas than her rival.
Kasich, the governor of Ohio, was the only candidate in the crowded Republican field the board said it was able to stomach.
“Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, though a distinct underdog, is the only plausible choice for Republicans tired of the extremism and inexperience on display in this race,” the board wrote.
It said Kasich had “been capable of compromise and believes in the ability of government to improve lives.”
The board said that front-runner Donald Trump did not have experience of international issues or interest in learning about them. It said Ted Cruz would “say anything to win”. The line I like best in its endorsement Kasich
The endorsement for Clinton was expected but Kasich is a surprise. The line I like best in the endorsement of Kasich is:
“I am so tired of my colleagues out here on the stage spending all their time talking about Barack Obama,” he told a town hall crowd in New Hampshire. “His term is over.” Mr. Kasich said recently that he had “raised the bar in this election. I’ve talked about hope and the future and positive things.” In this race, how rare that is.