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Dallas Morning News Breaks 75-Year Tradition, Endorses a Democrat for President

"This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation's highest office since before World War II," the Dallas Morning News wrote

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    For the first time in more than 75 years, The Dallas Morning News have recommended a Democrat for the highest office of the United States. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016)

    For the first time in more than 75 years, the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday endorsed a Democrat for president of the United States.

    "There is only one serious candidate on the presidential ballot in November. We recommend Hillary Clinton," the paper's editorial board wrote.

    The endorsement came a day after the paper criticized Trump for "an authoritarian streak that should horrify limited-government advocates," in an editorial titled "Donald Trump is no Republican."

    Breaking with a decades-old tradition of encouraging readers to vote for the Republican presidential candidate in the general election, the paper said it didn't "come to this decision easily."

    "This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation's highest office since before World War II — if you're counting, that's more than 75 years and nearly 20 elections. The party's over-reliance on government and regulation to remedy the country's ills is at odds with our belief in private-sector ingenuity and innovation. Our values are more about individual liberty, free markets and a strong national defense."

    While acknowledging its past issues with Clinton's handling of "certain issues," the editorial board contrasted her "experience in actual governance" to Trump.

    "Resume vs. resume, judgment vs. judgment, this election is no contest," the paper's conservative-leaning editorial board asserted, noting Clinton has spent "years in the trenches doing the hard work needed to prepare herself to lead our nation. In this race, at this time, she deserves your vote."