Hillary Clinton marches further into history every day, boldly going where no woman has ever gone before. Late Tuesday night, she went somewhere no Democrat — man or woman — has ever gone before. The Democratic presidential nominee picked up the endorsement of The Arizona Republic, a newspaper that in its 126-year history has never endorsed a Democratic candidate for president. Earlier this month, similarly, The Dallas Morning News broke a 76-year streak of not endorsing a Democrat by recommending that readers vote for Clinton. In endorsing Clinton, The Arizona Republic editorial board wrote that it broke with its “deep philosophical appreciation for conservative ideals and Republican principles” in reaching its decision.
“Clinton knows how to compromise and to lead with intelligence, decorum and perspective. She has a record of public service as first lady, senator and secretary of state,” the paper’s editorial board wrote. “She has withstood decades of scrutiny so intense it would wither most politicians. The vehemence of some of the anti-Clinton attacks strains credulity.”
As much as the paper’s editorial was an endorsement if Clinton, it was almost equally an indictment of her opponent. “The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified,” the editorial board wrote.