Hillary Clinton clinched The Los Angeles Times’ crucial endorsement just weeks before the state’s upcoming primary.
The paper says it decided to back the former secretary despite “all of her faults,” calling her “vastly better prepared” for the presidency than challenger Bernie Sanders. The Times credited its endorsement to Clinton’s long history of championing important issues and her knowledge of foreign affairs.
“Clinton may seem inauthentic to some or to lack that drink-a-beer-with-me quality that voters often look for in a candidate. But she has a grasp of the complexities of government and policy that is unmatched by any of the other candidates who ran for president this year — or by most candidates in most years,” the paper’s editorial board wrote.
The Times did give credit to Sanders for making the Democratic race more substantive and forcing his opponent to “address issues that might otherwise have gone undiscussed.” But dismissed his prescription policies as “simplistic, more costly than he would have us believe and unlikely to come to pass.”
California’s Democratic primary is June 7 which, excepting the party’s D.C. primary the following week, is the final date on the presidential primary calendar.