The New York Times endorses Hillary Clinton and John Kasich for president

The New York Times endorses Hillary Clinton and John Kasich for president

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The New York Times Editorial Board on Saturday endorsed Hillary Clinton and Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich as they seek to become their parties’ nominees in the US presidential election.  The New York Times called Clinton one of the most “deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history.”

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Indianola, Iowa, United States, in this January 21, 2016 file photo.     REUTERS/Jim Young/Files
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The New York Times Editorial Board on Saturday endorsed Hillary Clinton and Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich as they seek to become their parties' nominees in the US presidential election.

The New York Times called Clinton one of the most "deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history."

The New York times lauded Kasich's ability to compromise across the aisle, and his largely positive view of the role of the federal government, in a vitriolic Republican primary season.

The New York Times cited Clinton's positions on economics, firearms, gender equality, and foreign policy as presenting "a vision of America that is radically different from the one that leading Republican candidates offer."

Specifically, The New York Times maintains that Clinton's "lifelong" fight for women adds to her credibility in pledging to support the working-class.

John Kasich
John Kasich

Clinton, along with Barack Obama, was also instrumental in mending the US' international reputation after it was tarnished by the Bush administration, according to the New York Times.

Clinton, who faces a strong challenge from Senator Bernie Sanders, received the endorsement from one of the nation's largest newspapers two days before voters in Iowa hold the first nominating contest for the November 8 election.

Sanders' upstart candidacy has proved to be far more durable than anyone, especially Clinton, imagined. The New York Times commended Sanders for bringing income inequality front-and-center in the Democratic debate, but ultimately does not believe he has the "the breadth of experience or policy ideas that Mrs. Clinton offers."

The Washington Post's editorial board has also taken Sanders to task, calling him a "politician selling his own brand of fiction to a slice of the country that eagerly wants to buy it."

Sanders' campaign is full of "fantastical claims" about how he would make the European social model work in the US, even though many Americans actually oppose these types of reforms, according to The Washington Post.

"Sanders success so far does not show that the country is ready for a political revolution," The Washington Post writes. "It merely proves that many progressives like being told everything they want to hear."

(Reporting by Mary Milliken; Editing by Kevin Liffey)


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