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Sunday, October 25, 2020

The New Hampshire Union Leader, the conservative-leaning Manchester-based newspaper, endorsed Joe Biden for president on Sunday.

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From the Union Leader....

Our choice is Joe Biden*
www.unionleader.com

...This year's general election ballot presents the voter with a dilemma. We have wrestled with this year's choices, as we imagine many voters have. Up and down the ticket we are faced with choices in political ideologies, personalities, backgrounds and governing styles.

Some choices are easy. We can wholeheartedly recommend Chris Sununu be elected to another term as governor. He has proven himself a capable leader when faced with an extreme and occasionally hostile legislature. During the COVID-19 crisis, he has deftly handled a situation that left many leaders flustered and swinging from one extreme reaction to the next.

In the race that has dominated political discourse for the past four years the choice is murkier. There is no love lost between this newspaper and President Donald J. Trump. The Union Leader was very quickly dismissed by then-candidate Trump after we failed to bestow on him our endorsement in the Republican primary four years ago.

We were hopeful with Trump's win that he might change, that the weight and responsibility of the Oval Office might mold a more respectful and presidential man. We have watched with the rest of the world as the mantle of the presidency has done very little to change Trump while the country and world have changed significantly....

 
Biden is not perfect. We are not satisfied with his responses about his son Hunter's foreign business dealings. His understanding of gun rights leaves a lot to be desired (Joe says we only need shotguns). He suggests cops faced with a deadly threat should "shoot them in the leg." He also seems to be copying more pages out of the "Green New Deal" than we would like.

Our policy disagreements with Joe Biden are significant. Despite our endorsement of his candidacy, we expect to spend a significant portion of the next four years disagreeing with the Biden administration on our editorial pages.

Biden was among the most moderate in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary field, proposing some of the lowest new spending among that increasingly left-leaning group. We are hopeful that this is a sign of the thoughtful and pragmatic public servant President Joe Biden will be. Sadly, President Trump has proven himself to be the antithesis of thoughtful and pragmatic; he has failed to earn a second term.

Our endorsement for President of these United States goes to Joe Biden....



#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-25 12:47 PM | Reply

Good story, you beat me to it.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2020-10-25 05:56 PM | Reply

Doesn't matter if Republicans in New England don't vote that way. Doesn't matter if Trump wins; he is never coming back to New Hampshire either way. Doesn't matter because the Republican Party as those in New Hampshire knew it is dead and gone. The endorsement matters only if (1) Trump is re-elected and is even worse than he has been so far, or (2) Biden wins and it then comes out that Trump was actually conducting criminal activity while president and is prosecuted after leaving office. And maybe not even then...

#3 | Posted by catdog at 2020-10-25 06:32 PM | Reply

@#3

At this point, I think your analysis is pretty much spot on.

I think the Union Leader is tacitly acknowledging the death of the Republican Party as it knew it or hoped it would be.

The question becomes, what will the Republican Party become in New England?

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-25 07:01 PM | Reply

They should have done this before millions of people had already voted.

#5 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-10-25 09:36 PM | Reply

@#5

How many people in New Hampshire have voted before the editorial was published? And did those who had already voted in New Hampshire care about what the Union Leader editorialized?


#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-25 09:52 PM | Reply

Ouch!!

That's gonna hurt in the morning.

Of Nov 4th.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-10-26 02:45 PM | Reply

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