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Chicago Tribune Endorses Johnson, “Principled Option for U.S. President”

Calls Gary Johnson a “Principled Option for U.S. President”

By: Darrell England

After attempts by the mainstream media to discredit Gary Johnson by making it look like he just can’t name a foreign leader (when he really couldn’t name one he looked up to), or that he doesn’t know where “Aleppo” is (after presenting him with no prior context), the Chicago Tribune has endorsed him this morning:

With that demand for a principled president paramount, we turn to the candidate we can recommend. One party has two moderate Republicans — veteran governors who successfully led Democratic states — atop its ticket. Libertarians Gary Johnson of New Mexico and running mate William Weld of Massachusetts are agile, practical and, unlike the major-party candidates, experienced at managing governments. They offer an agenda that appeals not only to the Tribune’s principles but to those of the many Americans who say they are socially tolerant but fiscally responsible. “Most people are Libertarian,” Johnson told the Tribune Editorial Board when he and Weld met with us in July. “It’s just that they don’t know it.”

Theirs is small-L libertarianism, built on individual freedom and convinced that, at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, official Washington is clumsy, expensive and demonstrably unable to solve this nation’s problems. They speak of reunifying an America now balkanized into identity and economic groups — and of avoiding their opponents’ bullying behavior and sanctimonious lectures. Johnson and Weld are even-keeled — provided they aren’t discussing the injustice of trapping young black children in this nation’s worst-performing schools. On that and other galling injustices, they’re animated.

The paper has a daily circulation of about 500,000 and a Sunday circulation of almost 900,000. The paper was founded in 1847.

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