The New York Times expressed in an editorial this Saturday its support for Hillary Clinton and John Kasich as the best Democratic and Republican candidates, respectively, for the presidency of the United States.
The prestigious New York daily favors Hillary Clinton over her main rival, Bernie Sanders, for her "breadth of experience" and because of doubts about the ability of the senator from Vermont to push through some of his legislative proposals aimed at breaking up big banks and providing Medicare-for-all.
"Hillary Clinton is the right choice for the Democrats to present a vision for America that is radically different from the one that leading Republican candidates offer," The New York Times says.
"A vision in which middle-class Americans have a real shot at prosperity, women's rights are enhanced, undocumented immigrants are given a chance at legitimacy, international alliances are nurtured and the country is kept safe," the editorial says.
The daily maintains its endorsement of Hillary Clinton despite her troubles since the news broke about her use of private e-mails when she was U.S. secretary of state.
The daily also says that among Republicans it endorses Kasich, governor of Ohio, since he is "the only plausible choice for Republicans tired of the extremism and inexperience on display in this race."
Despite seeing Kasich as the best GOP option, it says he was "no moderate," noting that as governor he has battled unions, sought to limit abortion rights and opposed same-sex marriage.
At the same time the Times slams two other Republican hopefuls who for the moment are much better positioned in the polls - the magnate Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, whom it describes as "equally objectionable for different reasons."
The daily accuses Trump of making promises he can't keep, while criticizing Cruz's threat to "carpet bomb" Syrian villages and his "'phony' flat tax that would batter middle-class consumers." EFE