Florida's largest newspaper endorses Clinton

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The largest newspaper in Florida is throwing its support behind Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonMenendez opposing Puerto Rico debt bill Trump: I’ll take ‘close to 40 percent’ of Sanders fans Warren: Trump was ‘drooling’ over housing crash MORE for the Democratic presidential nomination, calling rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersMenendez opposing Puerto Rico debt bill Clinton: Trump wanted to profit off 'people's misery' Trump: I’ll take ‘close to 40 percent’ of Sanders fans MORE's proposals "unrealistic" and "expensive fantasies."

The Tampa Bay Times said in its editorial Friday that "only Clinton has the skill and experience to appeal to general election voters and build on President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaDems discuss dropping Wasserman Schultz Mellman: Parsing the polls LA mayor: 'Donald Trump will not win California' MORE's record."
 
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While the newspaper's editors described Clinton as "an imperfect candidate with political baggage that would sink most other politicians" — mentioning her "terrible judgement" of using a private email server as secretary of State — they concluded her "record as a pragmatic progressive should be beyond question, and so should her resilience."
 
The Times blasted the Vermont senator's proposals for a single-payer healthcare system and free college tuition as "expensive fantasies," ripping his "lack of a coherent foreign policy and tendency toward isolationism."
 
Editors of the newspaper, which has also endorsed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the GOP race ahead of its primary, cast Clinton as better prepared than Sanders on terrorism, domestic security and global diplomacy, while praising her grasp of domestic policy on issues like healthcare.
 
Florida, a key battleground state, holds its primary March 15 in what has become a tougher-than-anticipated race on the Democratic side.
 
Clinton also picked up the endorsement of the Dallas Morning News on Friday. Texas holds its primary March 1.

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