Major Maine newspaper endorses Klobuchar's 2020 bid, rips Sanders, Biden

Maine’s only independently owned daily newspaper is endorsing Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE’s (D-Minn.) presidential bid ahead of the state’s Democratic caucuses next week, with the Bangor Daily News praising her as “a centrist who earns praise from Republicans.”

The paper’s editorial board argues that Klobuchar, who trails four other candidates in delegate totals after contests in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, “has a record of winning in more conservative rural areas and among swing voters.”

“Klobuchar is a centrist who earns praise from Republicans. This should be seen as a benefit, not a drawback at a time when both political parties too often move to their extremes and gridlock is a hallmark in Washington,” the editors write.

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“She also has a record of winning in more conservative rural areas and among swing voters, important qualities in a Democratic nominee who will face President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in November,” they added.

The endorsement comes even though Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt), the front-runner in the 2020 Democratic race, hails from a neighboring state.

The newspaper argues that Sanders is an “avowed socialist” who risks Democrats’ chances in the House and Senate if he is the party’s presidential nominee. 

“[Sanders] has rarely worked with the party to make it stronger nor has he built broad Democratic support for his liberal ideas on health care and economic inequality,” reads the editorial.

“Further, there is a danger for Democrats that having an avowed socialist at the top of the ticket could hurt the party’s candidates for the U.S. House and Senate.” 

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The paper also dismisses Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) in arguing that her policies are too liberal to become reality, but it saves its most pointed criticism for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE.

“His repeated gaffes, unsatisfactory reaction to questions about his son Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine and propensity to snap back at people who challenge him, however, are growing tiresome,” the paper’s editors write.

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Sanders, 78, won the Pine Tree State’s caucuses in 2016 easily over eventual nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE, taking 64 percent of the popular vote versus Clinton’s 35 percent.

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