The New York Times Endorses Clinton and Kasich for Presidential Nomination


Time: 7:15 p.m. CEST

The New York Times’ editorial board published on Saturday their endorsements for the presidential candidates of both Democrats and Republicans. In a separate opinion for both parties, the editorial board of the Times evaluated their decision for endorsement of the candidates. The Times supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a Democratic candidate for a presidential nomination, while Governor John Kasich of Ohio earned their support as a possible candidate for a presidential nomination among Republican candidates.

In the extensive editorial board opinion, the Times says, “Hillary Clinton would be the first woman nominated by a major party. She served as a senator from a major state (New York) and as secretary of state — not to mention her experience on the national stage as first lady with her brilliant and flawed husband, President Bill Clinton. The Times editorial board has endorsed her three times for federal office — twice for Senate and once in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary — and is doing so again with confidence and enthusiasm.”

Evaluating Clinton’s performance, the Times says that, “One of the most attractive parts of Mrs. Clinton’s economic platform is her pledge to support the well-being and rights of working Americans. Her lifelong fight for women bolsters her credibility in this area, since so many of the problems with labor law hit women the hardest, including those involving child care, paid sick leave, unstable schedules and low wages for tipped workers.”

Further, the Times claims, “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.”

Defending their decision as a media to endorse a candidate with Republicans too, the Times explains that, “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. And Mr. Kasich is no moderate. As governor, he’s gone after public-sector unions, fought to limit abortion rights and opposed same-sex marriage.”

Thus, the Times explains,”Still, as a veteran of partisan fights and bipartisan deals during nearly two decades in the House, he has been capable of compromise and believes in the ability of government to improve lives. He favors a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and he speaks of government’s duty to protect the poor, the mentally ill and others “in the shadows.” While Republicans in Congress tried more than 60 times to kill Obamacare, Mr. Kasich did an end-run around Ohio’s Republican Legislature to secure a $13 billion Medicaid expansion to cover more people in his state.”

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