New York Times endorses Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren for Democratic nomination

The newspaper's editorial board made an unusual choice.
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Amy Klobuchar's presidential campaign has been given a shot in the arm after she was one of two candidates endorsed by the New York Times' Editorial Board.

The Minnesota senator was endorsed alongside Elizabeth Warren, with the NYT announcing the endorsements with a live streaming on Sunday night.

Klobuchar tweeted that the endorsement was "an honor."

The decision is unusual not least because Warren and Klobuchar differ quite significantly on major policy issues including healthcare and climate change, with Klobuchar among the more moderate of Democratic senators, and Warren in the more progressive wing.

But the NYT says that any of the Democratic candidates would represent "the most progressive president in decades on issues like health care, the economy and government’s allocations of resources."

It describes Klobuchar as being the "standard-bearer for the Democratic center," and says that the best chance of enacting a progressive agenda stand with her at a time of increased polarization.

"The senator from Minnesota is the very definition of Midwestern charisma, grit and sticktoitiveness. Her lengthy tenure in the Senate and bipartisan credentials would make her a deal maker (a real one) and uniter for the wings of the party — and perhaps the nation."

The NYT Board highlights her experience at getting legislation passed, with the newspaper noting she's one of the most productive members of Congress.

It does note however that some of the stories that have emerged regarding her treatment of staff "give us pause."

"Ms. Klobuchar has acknowledged she’s a tough boss and pledged to do better. (To be fair, Bill Clinton and Mr. Trump — not to mention former Vice President Biden — also have reputations for sometimes berating their staffs, and it is rarely mentioned as a political liability.)"

As for her low polling numbers in the early battleground states, the NYT argues that John Kerry was similarly struggling in the 2004 race, only to eventually win the nomination.

You can read the NYT endorsement here.

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