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Chicago Tribune Endorses Gary Johnson for President

gary-johnsonIn a surprising move Friday, The Chicago Tribune endorsed Libertarian Gary Johnson for president.

The Tribune had already written in March that they could not and would not endorse Donald Trump. They wrote Friday that Hillary Clinton was not nearly as bad as Trump, but because of “her intent to greatly increase federal spending and taxation, and serious questions about honesty and trust… we cannot endorse her.”

“Clinton’s vision of ever-expanding government is in such denial of our national debt crisis as to be fanciful,” they write. “Rather than run as a practical-minded Democrat as in 2008, this year she lurched left, pandering to match the Free Stuff agenda of then-rival Bernie Sanders. She has positioned herself so far to the left on spending that her presidency would extend the political schism that has divided America for some 24 years.” Also troubling, they write, is Clinton’s history of dishonesty, both about her emails and the 2012 Benghazi attack.

“Libertarians Gary Johnson of New Mexico and running mate William Weld of Massachusetts are agile, practical and, unlike the major-party candidates, experienced at managing governments,” the editors write. “They offer an agenda that appeals not only to the Tribune’s principles but to those of the many Americans who say they are socially tolerant but fiscally responsible.”

The Tribune has a history of endorsing both parties, endorsing Democrat Barack Obama twice after endorsing Republican George W. Bush twice. The last time they endorsed a third party candidate was over a hundred years ago, when they backed former Republican president Theodore Roosevelt‘s run under the Bull Moose banner.

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