Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

NYT Ed Board Breaks Tradition, Approves Warren and Klobuchar

NYT Ed Board Breaks Tradition, Approves Warren and Klobuchar

The New York Times was widely ridiculed by liberals and conservatives alike over its unconventional decision to endorse two Democratic candidates for president-Sens.

They also acknowledge the difficulty in Warren's path to the nomination, but argue that her various surges in the polls show that there is room for base growth if she can broaden her message from exclusively blaming the big business boogeyman. But the events of the past few years have shaken the confidence of even the most committed institutionalists.

The board praised Warren for her rhetoric on how the economic system has failed working and poor Americans and her commitment to reforming government structures, and said she's demonstrated "a serious approach to policymaking that some of the other candidates lack".

So the other two of the three divergent visions, the Times reckons, are on the Democratic side.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), 78, has health concerns and isn't open to compromise, the board said.

On Joe Biden, the newspaper writes the former vice president needs a more compelling argument than he can beat Donald Trump and turn back the clock to the Obama days. Biden's agenda of "just restoring the status quo will not get America where it belongs as a society", and it is time for it to "hand over the torch". What's more, Mr. Biden is 77.

The NYT editorial board endorsed Sens.

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That leaves Klobuchar, a candidate who has appeared in every debate, but has lagged way behind in the polls.

The choice to endorse two candidates with very different political philosophies and appeals is a hedge, and allows the editorial board to avoid weighing in on the defining question of the Democratic primary: Do Democratic voters want a radical change, or are they more comfortable with gradual progress toward their goals?

Viral video circulating on social media shows a touching moment in which the former vice president takes a selfie with an elevator operator as he is on his way to meet with the newspaper's editorial board. "That's the very objective of primaries, to test-market strategies and ideas that can galvanize and inspire the country".

The 59-year-old Klobuchar, meanwhile, "has emerged as a standard-bearer for the Democratic center", the board said.

The last four Times candidates were Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who had suspended his campaign earlier this month, and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.

The Times very briefly acknowledged the allegations of mistreatment that Klobuchar staffers recently brought against her, which included acts of physical and verbal abuse.

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