The Denver Post Endorses Hillary

The Denver Post Endorses Hillary Clinton For The Democratic Nomination

Denver, CO - The Denver Post's editorial board endorsed Hillary Clinton for the democratic nomination today.  The endorsement is extremely rare for the Denver Post, which typically refrains from endorsing in presidential primaries.  

Excerpts from the endorsement:

"Clinton's plan for universal health insurance is far more comprehensive than the hit-and-miss proposal put forward by Obama."

"...as important as that symbolism is, Democrats have an even greater responsibility: to pick the most qualified candidate to lead America at a time when it faces great challenges at home and abroad.  Measured by her long record in public life and her thoughtful proposals to deal with America's most pressing problems, The Post believes that candidate is New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton."

"Clinton's long record in public life shows her well prepared to deal with two of America's greatest challenges: ending the war in Iraq and solving our health insurance crisis."

"Clinton is well prepared to oversee a careful disengagement from Iraq and to serve as the military and diplomatic leader of the free world. She served with distinction on the Senate Armed Services Committee, where she mastered the intricate details of national and international security. Obama has no comparable experience on military or diplomatic issues."

The full text of the endorsement is below:

Democratic nominee: Clinton is better prepared

By The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_8133 750

The following endorsement will be published in Sunday's Denver Post in the Perspective section.

When Democrats gather in Denver in August to nominate their candidate for president of the United States, they will make history by nominating someone other than a white male for the nation's highest office.

Whether the oldest political party (with roots dating back to Thomas Jefferson) chooses the first African-American or the first woman to bear its standard, it will send a powerful message that the promise of "liberty and justice for all" truly does mean all Americans.

But as important as that symbolism is, Democrats have an even greater responsibility: to pick the most qualified candidate to lead America at a time when it faces great challenges at home and abroad.

Measured by her long record in public life and her thoughtful proposals to deal with America's most pressing problems, The Post believes that candidate is New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

We chose Clinton despite our high regard for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, whose eloquence and vision lured young voters and independents into Democratic contests in record numbers in Iowa and South Carolina. Clinton has similarly shown a powerful appeal to women and Latinos in New Hampshire, Nevada and Florida.

The difference between the two candidates is that Obama's eloquence is not matched by his achievements in the mere three years he has spent in the U.S. Senate. In contrast, Clinton's long record in public life shows her well prepared to deal with two of America's greatest challenges: ending the war in Iraq and solving our health insurance crisis.

The two Democratic candidates share some commonalities. Both seek to end the war in Iraq, recast the American economy to better serve poor and middle-class citizens, begin dealing with climate change, rein in the runaway budget deficits of the Bush administration and restore America's standing in the world. But while they share a common vision of America's future, Clinton is more likely to forge that vision into real progress.

America must seek a swift end to the war in Iraq. But our precipitous withdrawal in 1975 from an unpopular war in Vietnam led to executions and mass imprisonments of Vietnamese who had fought on our side of the war and a desperate exodus of refugee "boat people." We must end this war honorably, without betraying the brave Iraqi voters who proudly waved their ink-stained fingers to show their faith in America's promises to the tender mercies of al-Qaeda torturers.

Clinton is well prepared to oversee a careful disengagement from Iraq and to serve as the military and diplomatic leader of the free world. She served with distinction on the Senate Armed Services Committee, where she mastered the intricate details of national and international security. Obama has no comparable experience on military or diplomatic issues.

If Iraq is America's most pressing foreign issue, health care is our most serious domestic problem. Clinton led the ill-starred 1993 fight for health care reform. She learned from her past mistakes and was a key architect of the successful Children's Health Insurance Program. Now, Clinton's plan for universal health insurance is far more comprehensive than the hit-and-miss proposal put forward by Obama.

Clinton's health insurance plan was inspired by the one pioneered in Massachusetts by former Gov. Mitt Romney -- whose success in that effort is one reason The Post has endorsed him for the Republican presidential nomination.

Obama has criticized Clinton's health care plan because it requires citizens to buy coverage while subsidizing low-income workers. But Obama's voluntary plan simply won't work, any more than a voluntary Social Security plan could work. By allowing seemingly healthy people to avoid buying insurance, Obama would simply saddle the taxpayers with the costs of their care if and when they are stricken by such catastrophic illnesses as cancer.

We genuinely admire both these candidates and confess we'd like to see them team up in Denver in a Clinton/Obama ticket. Marrying Hillary Clinton's proven record of performance with Barack Obama's uplifting vision would truly make history for the Democratic Party -- and possibly for America as a whole.
 

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8 Comments

Re: The Denver Post Endorses Hillary

Great endorsement. I was born and raised in CO. Everyone reads The Denver Post; however, I am skeptical on how much it will help Hill. I intitally thought Hill might win CO, but I now think Obama will win.

by lonnette33 2008-02-01 02:20PM | 0 recs
Re: The Denver Post Endorses Hillary

the 'feel good' candidate doesn't make me feel good, I want to be able to move and have insurance wherever I go. I want to l live in a country where there are no have-nots in health care, whether or not some of them 'choose' to be uninsured.  It's time to move into the 21st century.  

by anna shane 2008-02-01 03:12PM | 0 recs
Re: The Denver Post Endorses Hillary

Those goofballs at the Denver Post!

I guess I just don't understand why Ms. Clinton has "more experience."  Sure she was on the board of Wal-Mart and has been a US senator longer than Mr. Obama, and of course she has been First Lady for eight years too, but I think that counts about equally for what Mr. Obama has to offer.

What are the pre-requisites for being a US President?  Abraham Lincoln was a one term senator and a one term house member before he became president.  George Washington had no prior experience in governing civilians.  These may be outdated examples but they were extraordinary presidents as well.

Our most current presidents (Regan, Bush, Clinton, Bush) have shown us what you get with a deeply entrenched polititian.  More of the same.  If you want things to change you should vote for Obama.

He will win Colorado without the Post.

by jlars 2008-02-01 02:21PM | 0 recs
despite the fact that you are totally clueless

about Clinton's experience, I would like to give you are chance to convince me about Obama.  So please explain.. change from what to what?

by MollieBradford 2008-02-01 03:39PM | 0 recs
Confusion and history

First you claim that you don't understand why the Denver Post said Hillary has "more experience." But then you enumerate the reasons why she does. After that, you claim that having experience isn't an important predictor of presidential performance.

Well, which is it? Does Hillary not actually have more experience than Obama, or is experience simply important?

Now, some history. George Washington, besides his military experience in two wars (including serving as commander in chief during the Revolutionary War, which was a political as well as military position) was a Member of the House of Burgesses (legislature) in Virginia, and a Justice (judge) in Fairfax County. Washington chaired a meeting in that county that called for the establishment of a Continental Congress (the Fairfax Resolves), and was a member of the First Virginia Convention which chose him as a delegate to the First Continental Congress. Finally, Washington was the Chairman of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. So, it is hardly accurate to say that he had no "experience governing civilians."

Lincoln was never a senator at either the state or federal level. It is true that he only served one term in the US House of Representatives, but he served 4 consecutive terms in the Illinois House of Representatives. He was also acknowledged as a party leader of the Whigs at the state level at this time.

by freemansfarm 2008-02-01 04:40PM | 0 recs
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Buffalo News endorses Hillary Clinton

Clinton is a New York senator, well versed in the problems of Western New York and the economic issues that are critically important to this region. She brings an impressive intellect and more experience than her rivals to this race, along with the toughness to tackle the challenges of the Oval Office from Day One.

Navajo President Joe Shirley endorses Hillary Clinton

"From providing health care to every American to strengthening a government-to-government relationship with the Navajo Nation, I look forward to continuing to work with President Shirley", [Clinton] said.

by DaveOinSF 2008-02-01 03:54PM | 0 recs
Re: The Denver Post Endorses Hillary

Yes, great, from the paper that endorsed George W. Bush in 2004.  Let me repeat: this is the paper that endorsed George W. Bush in 2004.

Other great gems from The Denver Post:  a first-ever, FRONT-PAGE editorial excoriating our enormously popular, progressive Governor, Bill Ritter, for having the audacity to include labor unions in some negotiations.

And The Post calls itself a "news" paper.  There may be reasons to support HRC, but a Post endorsement is not one.

by leveller 2008-02-01 04:11PM | 0 recs
the lowdown on the Denver Post

The Denver Post is owned by MediaNews Group. THey gobble up small-town newspapers all over the US, especially in the northeast, and kill quality news reporting at the expense of making a buck. The CEO, Dean Singleton is a staunch GOP supporter and his satelite paper is the Denver Post. Won't be surprised if he had some say in it.

by Brattlerouser 2008-02-01 05:32PM | 0 recs

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