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The San Diego Union-Tribune Backs Clinton

Photo caption: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks on national security...

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks on national security in San Diego, June 2, 2016.

The San Diego Union-Tribune Backs Clinton


Matthew T. Hall, editorial and opinion director, San Diego Union-Tribune


The San Diego Union-Tribune has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, and the editorial is making international news. That's because this is the first time the paper has backed a Democrat for president in its 148-year history.

The endorsement, released online Friday, came the same week The Arizona Republic endorsed Clinton, its first Democratic presidential endorsement. USA Today, which historically has not endorsed any presidential candidates, asked readers to vote for anyone but Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The Union-Tribune editorial board wrote that Trump was "vengeful, dishonest and and impulsive."

Now consider President Hillary Clinton. We understand the lack of enthusiasm for her candidacy, the anger over her private email server, family foundation and income from Wall Street speeches, and the questions about how America fared in foreign affairs when she was secretary of state. But despite Trump’s insistence otherwise, she has the better temperament to be president — and the experience, background and relationships with world leaders that we need in a president.

The Union-Tribune editorial and opinion director Matthew T. Hall said the board didn't really consider a non-endorsement, similar to the one they issued in June when they urged primary voters to write in former President Ronald Reagan to avoid casting a ballot for Trump.

"We have a responsibility to not punt," Hall said. "The primary was almost a tougher decision because we had vilified Trump and he was the only one left in the race. We were telling them to stand up for Republican ideals."

Hall joins KPBS Midday Edition on Monday to discuss why the paper decided to release its endorsement now and how local readers have reacted.

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