Waiting for October — our recent history of endorsements
OCT. 28, 1996
Endorsed: President Bill Clinton over Bob Dole
Excerpt: “Clinton has demonstrated a superior grasp of the new challenges to preserve the environment, to adjust to technology, to help families balance the demands of home and work. And his willingness to change, such as after the ringing rebuke of the 1994 election, is on balance a healthy attribute.”
Note: First Democratic presidential candidate endorsed by The Chronicle since 1964, when it endorsed President Lyndon Johnson over Sen. Barry Goldwater.
OCT. 22, 2000
Endorsed: Al Gore over George W. Bush Excerpt: “It will take seasoned judgment, leadership and familiarity with the world to keep the United States on top of the complex and everchanging global challenges ... (Gore’s) foreign affairs Rolodex and his extensive travels provide him with a clear advantage in anticipating problems, making judgments and in advocating America's case.” Note: Networks’ premature call for Bush on election night — quickly rescinded — led to some early-edition papers having an editorial predicated on his victory. Collector’s item!
OCT. 17, 2004:
Endorsed: Sen. John Kerry over President George W. Bush
Excerpt: “Iraq is a mess. There are similarities in the steps Bush and Kerry propose for Iraq's transition to self-reliance. But the big distinction is that Bush is unwilling to acknowledge his many miscalculations that put the United States in this untenable diplomatic and military predicament.” Note: The Chronicle endorsed Kerry over Sen. John Edwards in the Democratic primary.
OCT. 17, 2008
Endorsed: Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. John McCain Excerpt: “Throughout a campaign that has been intense — and at some points ugly — Obama has kept his composure and maintained a vision of optimism that has drawn an unparalleled wave of young people into the political process. His policies and his persona have offered hope to a nation that is deeply polarized, swimming in debt, mired in war and ridden with anxiety. He taps into that treasured American reservoir — patriotism — with his calls for sacrifice and national service.” Note: Obama also endorsed for re-election over Mitt Romney on Oct. 28, 2008.