June 21, 2020

A lifelong Republican, former National Security Adviser John Bolton won't vote for President Trump in November, telling Britain's Telegraph newspaper that Trump does not represent the Republican Party.

"In 2016 I voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton," Bolton told the Telegraph. "Now, having seen this president up close, I cannot do this again. My concern is for the country, and he does not represent the Republican cause that I want to back."

"I don't think he's fit for office," Bolton told ABC News in an interview that aired Sunday. "I'm not gonna vote for him in November. Certainly not gonna vote for Joe Biden either," he added, referring to the presumptive Democratic nominee, saying he will "figure out a conservative Republican to write in."

Bolton served as Trump's national security adviser from April 2018 to September 2019, a stint he writes about in his forthcoming memoir, The Room Where It Happened. The Trump administration tried to block the book's release, but a judge on Saturday ruled against "a nationwide seizure and destruction of a political memoir."

Reporters who have read the book say Bolton claims Trump begged Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him win re-election, approved of China building Uighur concentration camps, and called journalists "scumbugs" who should "be executed." Catherine Garcia

UPDATE: The Telegraph reported that Bolton was voting for Biden, and an earlier version of this article cited that report, but Bolton spokeswoman Sarah Tinsley later clarified that Bolton "never said he planned to vote for Joe Biden." This article has been updated accordingly. We apologize for the confusion.

February 26, 2020

The Boston Globe editorial board endorsed hometown Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for president on Wednesday, less that a week before Massachusetts holds its primary on Super Tuesday, and they drew back the curtain and explained why in a video.

"Every Democrat wants to know who can beat Donald Trump," and "any of the top six Democratic primary candidates would make a better president than the current occupant of the White House," the Globe editorial board said (they also endorsed William Weld over Trump). "But one candidate stands out as a leader with the qualifications, the track record, and the tenacity to defend the principles of democracy, bring fairness to an economy that is excluding too many Americans, and advance a progressive agenda. She would fight the corruption and corporate influence that distort our politics, lift up working families, and combat gun violence and climate change. That candidate is Elizabeth Warren."

What really set Warren apart from the Democratic frontrunner, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), is that Sanders is "less likely to deliver" the "profound changes" both candidates seek to enact, the editorial board explained. "Warren is uniquely poised to accomplish serious reform without sacrificing what's working in our economy and innovation ecosystem. She would get under the hood to fix the engine — not drive off a cliff, but also not just kick the tires."

Oddly, that's essentially the same argument conservative provocateur Ann Coulter made after Tuesday night's debate: "Sen. Warren has convinced me that Bernie isn't that worrisome. He'll never get anything done. SHE'S the freak who will show up with 17 idiotic plans every day and keep everyone up until it gets done."

"No one should expect the same Warren who can bring the fight to Trump to be fully embraced by the entire country," the Globe editorial board shrugged, "but her candidacy would be bolstered by showing more of her capacity to unite the party and yes, even the polarized factions of our society." Peter Weber

October 22, 2018

The Miami Herald on Sunday endorsed Democrat Andrew Gillum for governor, saying he's the "best candidate to pull Florida back to center."

The editorial board has a lot of faith in Gillum, the mayor of the state capital, Tallahassee. Gillum will ensure that "the middle class and working class don't continue to bear the brunt of Tallahassee's misguided spending," the editorial said, and will also put public schools back "in the spotlight," will help those denied health insurance, and will "fight against sea-level rise and the degradation of the environment."

The Republican candidate, former Rep. Ron DeSantis, is "using worn-out fear tactics to win votes," and voters should "really be alarmed at DeSantis' close proximity to supporters and contributors who have made racist comments, especially at the candidate's campaign appearances." In contrast, Gillum has conducted an "all-embracing, optimistic, and engaging campaign throughout the state," the editorial board said, and that's "another quality that speaks well of the state leader he would be."

The board believes that "after eight years of misplaced priorities, it's time to swing the pendulum back, back to a Florida that works for more of us, that builds on its prosperity and that doesn't squander its more precious resources, be they fiscal, environmental, or human." Read more of the Herald's endorsement of Gillum here. Catherine Garcia

November 7, 2016

At a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Monday night, Donald Trump said he's received two down-to-the-wire endorsements: One from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and another from the team's coach, Bill Belichick.

"Tom Brady, great guy, great guy," Trump said. "Great guy, great friend of mine — great, great champion. Unbelievable winner. He called me today and he said, 'Donald, I support you, you're my friend, and I voted for you.'" Trump said he asked Brady if he could announce this at his rally, and Brady responded, "'If you want to say it, you can say it.' Okay? Tom, that's what a champ is all about." Trump also said he received "the most beautiful letter" from Belichick, and the coach sent him a "stronger" version to read at the rally.

Trump shared the missive, which described Trump's campaign as "tremendous" and the Republican nominee as "the ultimate competitor and fighter" who has had to deal with "an unbelievable slanted and negative media." Belichick went on to write that he has always had "tremendous respect" for Trump, Trump said, but the "toughness and perseverance you have displayed over the past year is remarkable." Brady and Belichick are two of Trump's biggest celebrity endorsements to date, coming after singer Ted Nugent, Charles in Charge actor Scott Baio, former MySpace and reality TV star Tila Tequila, and youngest Baldwin brother, Stephen Baldwin. Catherine Garcia

November 1, 2016

Actress Susan Sarandon, a vocal Bernie Sanders supporter during the primaries, isn't following his lead by supporting his former rival, Hillary Clinton.

Instead, Sarandon has endorsed Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate. In a letter posted to Stein's website on Monday, Sarandon wrote that "fear of Donald Trump is not enough for me to support Clinton, with her record of corruption. Now that Trump is self-destructing, I feel even those in swing states have the opportunity to vote their conscience."

Sarandon stated that Clinton's position has not changed on issues "that are most urgent to me," including the legalization of marijuana, the labeling of GMOs, and military aid to Israel. It's clear to Sarandon that a "third party is necessary and viable at this time," she continued, and a vote for Stein is the "first step in accomplishing this end." Catherine Garcia

October 2, 2016

On Sunday, LeBron James announced he's with her.

Writing in an op-ed for Monday's edition of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Cleveland Cavaliers star said he returned to Ohio with two missions: to win the NBA Finals and to "make sure my kids in Akron have what they need to become their best selves." James started The LeBron James Family Foundation in order to "give kids in Akron the resources and opportunities they need to stay in school and reach their dreams through education," he said, adding, "only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty. And when I think about the kinds of policies and ideas the kids in my foundation need from our government, the choice is clear. That candidate is Hillary Clinton."

Clinton has "always been a champion for children and their futures," he continued, and will "make sure kids have access to a good education, no matter what zip code they live in." James also said he supports Clinton because she will "build on the legacy" of his "good friend, President Obama." Read the entire endorsement at Business Insider. Catherine Garcia

September 29, 2016

After an awkward gaffe during an MSNBC townhall event Wednesday, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson has received some good news from Michigan. The Detroit News on Thursday gave Johnson its endorsement for president, a big break from 143 years of backing only Republican candidates.

"Since its founding in 1873," the editorial board explained, the paper "has backed a Republican every time it has made a presidential endorsement." But in 2016, "we abandon that long and estimable tradition this year for one reason: Donald J. Trump."

While critiquing Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, the endorsement essay also devotes considerable space to highlighting Johnson's own merits. "We recognize the Libertarian candidate is the longest of long shots with an electorate that has been conditioned to believe only Republicans and Democrats can win major offices," the paper admits. "But this is an endorsement of conscience, reflecting our confidence that Johnson would be a competent and capable president and an honorable one." Bonnie Kristian

September 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton is adding another Republican to her endorsement list: Former Sen. John Warner of Virginia.

A Clinton campaign aide told The Washington Post that Warner, 89, will announce his support at an event Wednesday in Alexandria with Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.). While Warner, a World War II veteran and former U.S. Navy secretary and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has gone against the party before — he opposed the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork and endorsed the Democrat running for his seat rather than the Republican — this is the first time he is endorsing a Democrat for president.

Warner retired in 2009 with high approval rates, and was known for his extensive knowledge of national security affairs. "I am proud to have John's support, and to know that someone with his decades of experience would trust me with the weighty responsibility of being commander in chief," Clinton told the Post in a statement. Catherine Garcia

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