Wait­ing for Oc­to­ber — our re­cent his­tory of en­dorse­ments

San Francisco Chronicle - - PAGE TWO -

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.

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