Biggest NH Paper: Don't Vote for Clinton or Trump

'Union Leader' endorses Gary Johnson
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2016 3:34 AM CDT
Biggest NH Newspaper Endorses Gary Johnson
In this May 18, 2016, photo, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks with legislators at the Utah State Capitol.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The New Hampshire Union Leader says it isn't going to tell its readers to hold their noses and vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump when there's an option that doesn't stink: Gary Johnson. In a front-page editorial in New Hampshire's only statewide newspaper, publisher Joseph W. McQuaid endorses Libertarians Gary Johnson and Bill Weld as a "bright light of hope and reason" compared to the "selfish, self-centered, arrogant prig" Clinton and Trump, who is "a liar, a bully, a buffoon." Trump "denigrates any individual or group that displeases him," McQuaid writes. "He has dishonored military veterans and their families, made fun of the physically frail, and changed political views almost as often as he has changed wives."

It's understandable that voters are sick of the status quo that Clinton represents, but "they kid themselves if they think Trump isn't pretty much a part of that status quo as well, or that he is in any way qualified to competently lead this nation," writes McQuaid, who denounced "Biff Trump" during the primaries and "unendorsed" Chris Christie after the New Jersey governor endorsed Trump. The New York Times notes that the endorsement of Johnson could make a real difference in New Hampshire: Clinton is just 2 points ahead of Trump in the state, while Johnson scored 15% in the latest poll. Click for McQuaid's full piece. (More New Hampshire Union Leader stories.)

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