New York Times Editorial Board Endorses Hillary Clinton in Democratic Primary

Times calls Clinton 'one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history.'

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.
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The New York Times Editorial Board on Saturday endorsed Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination in the U.S. presidential election, calling her "one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history." 

Clinton, who faces a strong challenge from Senator Bernie Sanders, received the endorsement from one of the nation's largest newspapers two days before voters in Iowa hold the first nominating contest for the Nov. 8 election. 

The editorial argued that Bernie Sanders "does not have the breadth of experience or policy ideas that Mrs. Clinton offers. His boldest proposals — to break up the banks and to start all over on health care reform with a Medicare-for-all system — have earned him support among alienated middle-class voters and young people. But his plans for achieving them aren’t realistic, while Mrs. Clinton has very good, and achievable, proposals in both areas."

The editorial said that the third Democratic candidate, Martin O’Malley, "is a personable and reasonable liberal who seems more suited for the jobs he has already had — governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore — than for president."