Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gary Johnson nets third newspaper endorsement — this time in New Hampshire

Gary Johnson nets third newspaper endorsement — this time in New Hampshire

The Libertarian presidential ticket, which is on track to narrowly miss the polling threshold for the first televised debate, earned its third robust newspaper endorsement: New Hampshire’s Union Leader.

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The Union Leader has endorsed Republicans for president — and only Republicans — since it was created in 1913 as a merger between two competing Manchester newspapers. But as McQuaid noted, two other Republican-leaning newspapers have endorsed the Gary Johnson/Bill Weld ticket after some throat-clearing about the demerits of the major parties. The Richmond Times-Dispatch went first, arguing that Johnson deserved a place on the debate stage after acing an editorial board interview.

“We found him to be knowledgeable but unscripted, reasonable and good-humored, self-assured but free from arrogance, willing and able to address every question, consistent in his beliefs without being dogmatic, even-tempered, curious — and in all respects optimistically, realistically presidential,” said the paper’s editors.