New York Times Endorses ‘Tenacious’ Clinton for President

  • Calls Democrat ‘one of the most tenacious politicians’
  • Trump has promised the moon and offered the stars ‘on layaway’

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, gestures to attendees during a campaign event in Reno, Nevada, on Aug. 25, 2016.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

The New York Times endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president, saying the Democrat’s “record of service and a raft of pragmatic ideas” represent the best choice to tackle the challenges the U.S. faces.

“Running down the other guy won’t suffice to make that argument. The best case for Hillary Clinton cannot be, and is not, that she isn’t Donald Trump,” the newspaper said in an editorial for Sunday’s newspaper that was published online today.

The endorsement, while not a surprise for a publication that last supported a Republican for president in 1956, comes two days before Clinton and Trump face off in the first of three planned presidential debates, and as early voting is already under way in some states.

Clinton’s “occasional missteps” have distorted perceptions of her character and her status as “one of the most tenacious politicians of her generation,” the newspaper said of the former U.S. senator from New York and first lady.

By contrast, Republican nominee Trump “discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway,” the Times wrote.

Polls show the race to succeed President Barack Obama is tight. A RealClearPolitics average of recent surveys shows Clinton up by three percentage points, 46.2 percent to 43.2 percent for Trump. In a four-way race which also includes Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein, Clinton leads by 2.3 percentage points.

The newspaper, while assessing Clinton on her own merits, said it would explain in a subsequent editorial “why we believe Mr. Trump to be the worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.”

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