When it comes to endorsements by daily newspapers, Gary Johnson is leading Donald Trump, six to zero. Admittedly, Hillary Clinton is doing much better than either Trump or Johnson. According to an unofficial tally kept on the Wikipedia, Clinton has 16 endorsements from daily papers, Gary Johnson has 6, and Donald Trump has none — or if we allow for negative numbers, he has -1. USA Today, declining to endorse anyone, did have this to say: “By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.”
The papers to endorse Gary Johnson are:
- The Caledonian Record
- Richmond Times Dispatch
- Winston-Salem Journal
- New Hampshire Union Leader
- The Detroit News
- Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Tribune is the latest major daily newspaper to endorse the Libertarian Party candidate. Here is some what they had to say:
We reject the cliche that a citizen who chooses a principled third-party candidate is squandering his or her vote. Look at the number of fed-up Americans telling pollsters they clamor for alternatives to Trump and Clinton. What we’re recommending will appeal less to people who think tactically than to conscientious Americans so infuriated that they want to send a message about the failings of the major parties and their candidates. Put short:
We offer this endorsement to encourage voters who want to feel comfortable with their choice. Who want to vote for someone they can admire…
We wish the two major parties had not run away from today’s centrist Americans. Just as we wish either of their candidates evoked the principles that a Chicago Tribune now in its 170th year espouses, among them high integrity, free markets, personal responsibility and a limited role for government in the lives of the governed. We hope Johnson does well enough that Republicans and Democrats get the message — and that his ideas make progress over time.
This year neither major party presents a good option. So the Chicago Tribune today endorses Libertarian Gary Johnson for president of the United States. Every American who casts a vote for him is standing for principles — and can be proud of that vote. Yes, proud of a candidate in 2016.
The Chicago Tribune has a circulation of 853,324. In the last presidential election, they endorsed Barack Obama. While many of the other papers endorsing Gary Johnson have a history of supporting Republicans and are simply disgusted by Donald Trump, The Chicago Tribune is an example of the Libertarian Party presidential candidate poaching on Hillary Clinton’s turf.
It’s not true that a vote for Gary Johnson is a vote against one, but not the other of the two major party candidates. Johnson pulls from both camps, and voting for him may just possibly lead to a Libertarian in the White House very soon. That is exciting!