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New York Times Endorses 2 Democrats for President

Newser — Rob Quinn

Instead of picking a side in the Democratic Party's centrists versus progressives debate, the New York Times editorial board has chosen to endorse two candidates. "May the best woman win," they write, giving the nod to Sens.

Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren. On the progressive side, they describe Sen. Bernie Sanders as too uncompromising and say Warren has the "courage and conviction" to bring Democrats, Republicans, and independents behind her proposals.

"There are plenty of progressives who are hungry for major change but may harbor lingering concerns about a messenger as divisive as Mr. Sanders," they write, and many more moderate Democratic primary voters see Warren "as someone who speaks to their concerns about inequality and corruption."

As for centrists, the Times says Joe Biden's agenda merely "tinkers at the edges of issues like health care and climate" and at 77, "it is time for him to pass the torch to a new generation of political leaders." But Klobuchar, a "standard-bearer for the Democratic center," could represent "the best chance to enact many progressive plans." The Minnesotan is the "very definition of Midwestern charisma, grit, and sticktoitiveness," they write.

"Her lengthy tenure in the Senate and bipartisan credentials would make her a deal maker (a real one) and uniter for the wings of the party—and perhaps the nation." The editorial board says they didn't pick a single candidate because the fight between centrists and progressives is "one that should be played out in the public arena and in the privacy of the voting booth." Click for the full piece.

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