NY Times Editorial Board Member Explains Double Endorsement of Warren/Klobuchar

By Susan Jones | January 20, 2020 | 9:52am EST
The New York Times building. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
The New York Times building. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Mara Gay, a member of the New York Times editorial board, on Monday explained the newspaper's decision to endorse two candidates in the Democrat primary, for the first time ever.

"Both the radical and the realist models warrant serious consideration," the editorial said. "That’s why we’re endorsing the most effective advocates for each approach. They are Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar."

Mara Gay told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday, "The party is extremely divided, and this is really our way of narrowing that field and also just pointing out to voters that there is more than one pathway forward here.

"I think that Senators Klobuchar and Warren, we believe, are the best standard bearers for those two paths, but also just kind of re-imagining, taking a step back and re-imagining what electability really means, and trying to broaden that vision. The amount of votes that Donald Trump won by in 2016 was extremely narrow. So there's more than one way to build a winning coalition, and this is a nod to that as well."

Gay described Warren as a pragmatic deal-maker, something that hasn't "come across so far on the campaign trail."

And she said Warren and Klobuchar are "the best people to save the middle class. And we believe that is the challenge facing us today."

The New York Times editorial board says it spent "more than a dozen hours talking to candidates, asking them any question that came to mind."

Gay said on the final day of interviews, her "big takeaway" was, there is far more that Democrats agree on than disagree on.

"And what they agree on, is that it is extremely important to beat Donald Trump in this election, and this is...something that I think across the board is what they believe, and so any of these candidates can carry that torch, and we believe that these two are the best candidates to do that."

Why not endorse former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a "moderate" (according to Democrats) and is leading in the polls? one of the MSNBC contributors asked.

"I mean, we have a lot of respect for Joe Biden, and I hope that does come across, but also we just think it's time to kind of pass the torch to a new generation," Gay said.

"And I don't think that that should be seen as, as a snub to Joe Biden specifically. I think we were very excited by Senator Klobuchar's energy and it's more about her than about Joe Biden."

For the record, the Times editorial states: "Ms. Warren’s path to the nomination is challenging, but not hard to envision."

And it says, "Reports of how Senator Klobuchar treats her staff give us pause. They raise serious questions about her ability to attract and hire talented people."

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