New York Times Editorial Board Endorses Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar
By R.J. Johnson - @rickerthewriter
January 20, 2020
In a break with tradition late Sunday night, The New York Times endorsed two different candidates for the Democratic nomination for president. The outlet choose Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), citing them as the two most effective candidates from the party's progressive and moderate wings.
The paper reached its decision after spending more than 12 hours with the candidates.
"The history of the editorial board would suggest that we would side squarely with the candidate with a more traditional approach to pushing the nation forward, within the realities of a constitutional framework and a multiparty country," the editorial read. "But the events of the past few years have shaken the confidence of even the most committed institutionalists. We are not veering away from the values we espouse, but we are rattled by the weakness of the institutions that we trusted to undergird those values."
The editorial was effusive in its praise for both candidates, beginning with Warren, who was called a "gifted storyteller."
"She speaks elegantly of how the economic system is rigged against all but the wealthiest Americans, and of “our chance to rewrite the rules of power in our country,” as she put it in a speech last month," the editorial reads. "In her hands, that story has the passion of a convert, a longtime Republican from Oklahoma and a middle-class family, whose work studying economic realities left her increasingly worried about the future of the country."
The paper noted that Warren's path to winning the presidency would be "challenging, but not hard to envision."
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar was also praised as a "standard-bearer" for the party's center, praising her as the definition of "Midwestern charisma, grit and sticktoitiveness."
"Her vision goes beyond the incremental," the editorial reads. "Given the polarization in Washington and beyond, the best chance to enact many progressive plans could be under a Klobuchar administration."
The editorial also praised her experience as a longtime member of the Senate and "bipartisan credentials."
"Ms. Klobuchar promises a foreign policy based on leading by example, instead of by threat-via-tweet. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she serves on the subcommittees responsible for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the nation’s borders and its immigration, citizenship and refugee laws."
The editorial also explained its reasoning for not choosing some of the other candidates who are currently leading in the polls. For example, former Vice President Joe Biden has lead in the polls, but the paper said his agenda did not go far enough on issues like climate and health care. Sen. Bernie Sanders was also passed over for the endorsement for issues such as his age, health, and antipathy to compromise.
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