Post endorses Kerry
WASHINGTON, OCTOBER 24 After the New York Times, the Washington Post
endorsed Senator John Kerry for President in its Sunday edition,
saying the Democratic candidate had wisdom and open-mindedness that
made him a stronger candidate to lead the United States than
President George W. Bush.
Some 10 days before the election, the Massachusetts Democrat now
leads Bush 66 to 57 in newspaper endorsements, according to the
trade publication Editor and Publisher.
Papers endorsing Kerry, including the New York Times, have a
combined circulation of 10.6 million readers, compared to a combined
circulation of 6.6 million for papers endorsing Bush, Editor and
Kerry also picked up an endorsement in the Sunday edition of the
Chicago Sun-Times, a major regional paper near Midwestern
battleground states, Editor and Publisher said. Chicago's other
daily, the Tribune, has endorsed Bush.
The Post, which is one of the most influential US papers, said Kerry
would manage the federal budget more responsibly than Bush and would
better protect healthcare, the environment and civil liberties.
Kerry understands foreign threats and would do a better job of
nation-building in Iraq, it said.
The Post's editorial page has supported Bush's decision to go to war
in Iraq, but said he did not adequately prepare for reconstruction
after Saddam Hussein was defeated. At home, Bush has governed as a
heavy-handed Republican partisan and promoted tax cuts at the
expense of fiscal health, the Post said.
In 2000, the Post endorsed Democratic candidate Al Gore.