Today [Saturday, January 30] The New York Times Editorial Board announced their Democratic and Republican presidential nominee endorsements: Hillary Clinton and John Kasich.
“Voters have the chance to choose one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history,” the paper writes of Mrs. Clinton, after noting how her Republican peers are fighting to prove they’re “the least experienced person for the most important elected job in the world.”
Acknowledging Mrs. Clinton’s illustrious political record and the fact she will potentially be the first woman nominated by a major party, the Times says her economic platform, “lifelong fight for women,” her international relations that were strengthened through her time as Secretary of State and most interestingly, a “refreshing willingness to learn and to explain, as she has in detail, why she change[s] her mind.” And of her Democratic nominee challengers? Senator Bernie Sanders, they write, “does not have the breadth of experience or policy ideas that Mrs. Clinton offers.” Martin O’Malley is a “personable and reasonable liberal” not suited for the imposing role of President of the United States.
“Hillary Clinton is the right choice for the Democrats to present a vision for America that is radically different from the one that leading Republican candidates offer — a vision in which middle-class Americans have a real shot at prosperity, women’s rights are enhanced, undocumented immigrants are given a chance at legitimacy, international alliances are nurtured and the country is kept safe.”
Governor John Kasich has the Times‘ nominee endorsement for the Republican party. According to the paper, Kasich offers “a chance to reset the Republican race.” His leading competitors are scary in comparison; Donald Trump is listed as having “neither experience in nor interest in learning about national security, defense or global trade” while Senator Ted Cruz “will say anything to win [and] the greater worry is that he’d follow words with action.”
The Editorial Board notes that while Kasich has gone after public-sector unions, fought to limit abortion rights and opposes same-sex marriage, in comparison to his competitors he is “the only plausible choice for Republicans tired of the extremism and inexperience on display in this race.”