Dallas Morning News endorses Hillary Clinton, first Democrat in 75 years

The Dallas Morning News endorsed Hillary Clinton, first Democrat in 75 years
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On Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News railed against Donald Trump, saying he is "at odds with nearly every GOP ideal this newspaper holds dear" and concluding: "Donald Trump is not qualified to serve as president and does not deserve your vote." On Wednesday, George W. Bush's hometown newspaper endorsed Hillary Clinton. "We don't come to this decision easily," the Morning News editorial board wrote. "This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation's highest office since before World War II — if you're counting, that's more than 75 years and nearly 20 elections." Yes, that includes Texas native son Lyndon B. Johnson.

Clinton has "real shortcomings," the editorial board notes, listing "questions about her honesty" and her "poor judgment" on using a private email server as secretary of state, "but her errors are plainly in a different universe than her opponent's." The endorsement continues:

We've been critical of Clinton's handling of certain issues in the past. But unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has experience in actual governance, a record of service and a willingness to delve into real policy. Résumé vs. résumé, judgment vs. judgment, this election is no contest.... Hillary Clinton has spent years in the trenches doing the hard work needed to prepare herself to lead our nation. In this race, at this time, she deserves your vote. [Dallas Morning News]

Newspaper endorsements don't carry the same weight as they used to, and Clinton is a serious underdog to win Texas, but a Washington Post poll released Tuesday found her leading Trump in the Lone Star State, 46 percent to Trump's 45 percent. In this election, it appears, anything is possible.

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