The Dallas Morning News has not endorsed a Democrat since before World War II, but on Wednesday the Texas newspaper backed Hillary Clinton.
“We don't come to this decision easily. 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. The party's over-reliance on government and regulation to remedy the country's ills is at odds with our belief in private-sector ingenuity and innovation. Our values are more about individual liberty, free markets and a strong national defense.
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.”
The newspaper praised Clinton’s tenure as a senator and secretary of State.
“Resume vs. resume, judgment vs. judgment, this election is no contest,” the editorial board writes. “It's no accident that hundreds of Republican foreign policy hands back Clinton."
But it isn’t an entirely rosy assessment of the Democratic nominee. The board acknowledges concerns over Clinton’s honesty and her use of a private email server. They encourage Clinton to “divorce allegations of influence peddling from the Clinton Foundation. And she must be more forthright with the public by holding news conferences, as opposed to relying on a shield of carefully scripted appearances and speeches.”
But, they add, what Clinton is being accused of is different than what happened.
“Those are real shortcomings. But they pale in comparison to the litany of evils some opponents accuse her of. Treason? Murder? Her being cleared of crimes by investigation after investigation has no effect on these political hyenas; they refuse to see anything but conspiracies and cover-ups.”
“We reject the politics of personal destruction. Clinton has made mistakes and displayed bad judgment, but her errors are plainly in a different universe than her opponent's.”
“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,” the board concluded.
On Tuesday, the Dallas paper said it would not support Trump for president. Prior to 2016, 1964 was the only year the newspaper has not endorsed a Republican for office. That year, it stayed neutral in the contest between Republican Barry Goldwater and Democratic President Lyndon Johnson.