(PoliticalLookout.com)- Joe Biden just received an endorsement from one of the most prominent conservative publications in the country.
On Sunday, the New Hampshire Union Leader endorsed Biden, making it the first Democratic candidate for president the paper has endorsed in more than 100 years. In 2016, the paper, based in Manchester, broke its almost century-old tradition of backing Republicans when it endorsed Libertarian Gary Johnson for president in 2016.
In an editorial announcing the endorsement, the Union Leader wrote:
“President Trump is not always 100 percent wrong, but he is 100 percent wrong for America.”
Pointing to the reaction Trump gave after not getting the paper’s endorsement the first time, the paper’s editorial team wrote they “were hopeful with Trump’s win that he might change, that the weight and responsibility of the Oval Office might mold a more respectful and presidential man.”
The editorial continued:
“We have watched with the rest of the world as the mantle of the presidency has done very little to change Trump while the country and world have changed significantly.”
The paper did praise the president over his “judicial appointments, tax policy, support for gun rights, even inroads to Middle East peace,” all with “the media and Congress working to stop him at every opportunity.”
They criticized Trump, though, for climbing the national debt to $3 trillion before the coronavirus pandemic began. The national debt is now $7 trillion, and the paper criticized the “runaway spending” under the Trump administration that’s been inspiring Democrats in Washington to start more social programs.
While the pandemic certainly wasn’t Trump’s fault, the paper wrote, they strongly criticized the president for not owning the situation as the virus spread, choosing instead to avoid talking about uncomfortable topics.
The Union Leader said Trump is a “consummate linguistic takedown artist,” saying he consistently weaponizes the “social-media-driven political landscape we now live in.”
The paper wrote that Trump doesn’t have the skillset Americans need in a president to serve a second term. At the same time, they wrote that Biden is a “caring, compassionate and professional public servant.”
That being said, the Union Leader said it was wholeheartedly against Biden on policies related to police reform, gun rights, the Green New Deal and his son Biden’s dealings with foreign political leaders and businesses. Still, the paper endorsed Biden because he is the most moderate of all the Democratic candidates that ran during the 2020 primary.
The paper wrote:
“Joe Biden may not be the president we want, but in 2020, he is the president we desperately need. He will be a president to bring people together and right the ship of state. Sadly, President Trump has proven himself to be the antithesis of thoughtful and pragmatic; he has failed to earn a second term.”
Despite its small size, New Hampshire is a key state in the upcoming election. Hillary Clinton narrowly won there in 2016, and Biden has been heavily targeting the state. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders recently went to New Hampshire to campaign on behalf of Biden.