Washington Post endorses Clinton as president
October 13, 2016  22:16
Top American daily The Washington Post on Thursday endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton as the next United States president asserting that she is not only "well-qualified and well-prepared" for the top post but also has the potential to be an excellent commander-in-chief.

"In the gloom and ugliness of this political season, one encouraging truth is often overlooked: There is a well-qualified, well-prepared candidate on the ballot. Hillary Clinton has the potential to be an excellent president of the United States, and we endorse her without hesitation," the editorial board of the Post said.

Endorsement of a candidate by major publications in the run-up to an election is a unique feature of the American democratic system.

This is unlike India where media outlets do not officially side with a candidate, do not ask their readers to support a candidate and maintain an independent position.

So far almost all major US publications including The New York Times have endorsed Clinton as the next president while her Republican rival Donald Trump has failed to win even a single major endorsement.

In fact, many of the publications, which traditionally sided with Republican nominees for decades, have this time endorsed Clinton for the November 8 general election. 

"Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is dreadful, that is true '" uniquely unqualified as a presidential candidate. If we believed that Ms Clinton were the lesser of two evils, we might well urge you to vote for her anyway '" that is how strongly we feel about Mr Trump. But we would also tell you that was our judgment," the Post editorial board wrote in its endorsement.

At the same time, the daily acknowledged that Clinton has several weaknesses as she lacks charisma and she is secretive.
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