In reaction to the final presidential debate of this unorthodox and historically significant election, The Lamron editorial board has decided to endorse a candidate for president. This past year, the 2016 election exploded with countless controversies, viral videos and frustrating arguments between stubborn voters. The popularity of democratic socialist primary candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders set a precedent for the Democratic party, and the nomination of a businessman––with no political experience––on the Republican side is monumental as well. Even third party candidates are receiving more media attention than ever before.
Through the unfamiliarity and tension of this election, The Lamron editorial board endorses former Secretary of State and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.
It is a given that Clinton is the most qualified candidate out of the remaining four. Her experience as an attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund, First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the U.S., U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of State has provided her with an unmatchable skill set. Her main opponent Republican nominee Donald Trump—who can be criticized in countless other ways—has never held a political office.
The Lamron editorial board believes everyone’s voices should be heard and all citizens should vote for the candidate they support despite our country’s stubborn bipartisanship. We also believe, however, that third party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are unlikely to win against the two main party candidates. While we believe U.S. politics need reform and only two parties should not dominate an election, it is unrealistic to expect a third party to win in this election.
In addition, Clinton’s platform highlights progressive—and most importantly feasible—environmental, economic and foreign policies. Even though we do not agree with her on all fronts, her strategy best exemplifies what The Lamron editorial board would like to see in the future of our country.
Compared to all other candidates, Clinton has the right mentality and composure for such a demanding and influential job. The Lamron editorial board hopes to see Clinton as the first woman president of the U.S.