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 Tuesday, September 30, 2008

California Newspaper Endorses Democrat President candidate First Time in 72 Years

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Endorsing a Democrat for president for the FIRST TIME in 72 years, the Stockton Record in California praised Obama as an inspirational leader.

The endorsement for Barack Obama is as much a critique of John McCain, particularly his judgment in picking Sarah Palin as his running mate.

"He has demonstrated time and again he can think on his feet. More importantly, he has demonstrated he will think things through, seek advice, and actually listen to it," the newspaper said in its Sunday editorial. "Obama is a gifted speaker. But in addition to his smarts and energy, possibly his greatest gift is his ability to inspire."

Of McCain, the editorial compared him unfavorably to President Bush, saying "He tends to shoot from the hip and go on gut instinct. The nation cannot go through four more years of literally and figuratively shooting now and asking questions later."

It also questioned the Republican for his surprise choice of Palin, who struggled in her interview last week with Katie Couric of CBS.

The editorial said,

"We worry he won't have four years . If elected, at 72, he would be the oldest incoming president in U.S. history.

He's in good health now, we're told, although he has withheld most of his medical records. That means Gov. Sarah Palin could very well become president.

And that brings us to McCain's most troubling trait: his Ijudgment.

While praiseworthy for putting the first woman on a major-party presidential ticket since Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, his selection of Palin as a running mate was appalling.

The first-term governor is clearly NOT experienced enough to serve as vice president or president if required."

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