For Immediate Release Monday, September 5, 2016
Alexandria – The primary newspaper of record for the state of Virginia, The Richmond Times-Dispatch has announced its endorsement of Libertarian Gary Johnson for U.S. President. Richmond is also the hometown of Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine. The editorial board gave a robust and enthusiastic endorsement stating,
‘…there’s no doubt that Johnson belongs in the major leagues, and on the debate stage this fall. He is a skilled and experienced leader, an able communicator, an intelligent man.’
On policy and views, the Times-Dispatch highlighted this quote from Johnson in their interview with him:
‘I think we’re reflecting what 60 percent of Americans believe right now, broadly speaking — that being, fiscally conservative, smaller government, combined with being socially inclusive — and combined with a skepticism on our foreign policy, which doesn’t seem to be making things better.’
On the two old party candidates and electoral politics this cycle, the Times-Dispatch wrote:
‘Much of the country is distressed by the presidential candidates offered by the two conventional political parties. And for good reason. Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton meets the fundamental moral and professional standards we have every right to expect of an American president. Fortunately, there is a reasonable — and formidable — alternative.’
The full endorsement can be read here.