June 17, 2021

POLITICO Playbook: NYT ed board was ‘extremely torn’ over endorsement

ONE YEAR FROM TODAY: Inauguration Day. (h/t Susan Page)

‘EXTREMELY TORN’ … That’s what NYT editorial board member MARA GAY said about their endorsement process, which ended with the nation’s leading paper endorsing both SENS. AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-Minn.) and ELIZABETH WARREN (D-Mass.). GAY on “Morning Joe” talked about the decision to endorse two candidates: “I think first of all, again, this is an acknowledgement that there’s more than one pathway forward but I also want to say that this is about respecting the voters. No one has actually cast a ballot in this election yet. And so let’s let this play out. However, we did have to narrow the field. And we really do believe that these two senators — in this case happens to be the two women in the field who are left — are the best to do that, and an endorsement isn’t about supporting a candidate necessarily. It’s more about educating voters and helping them make the best decision based on their own beliefs. That respect for voters did inform this process.

“And obviously we are also extremely torn. The editorial board of The New York Times is really traditionalist, it’s an institutionalist newspaper, progressive to be sure, but this is an acknowledgement especially our endorsement of Sen. Warren that the institutions in this country need strengthening in a way that may require something far beyond what it did in the past.” The endorsement

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