Florida's largest newspaper endorses Clinton

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The largest newspaper in Florida is throwing its support behind Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonClinton campaign hacked in broad attack on Dems: report FBI gives thousands of Clinton documents to State Trump: Clinton should have congratulated me in acceptance speech MORE for the Democratic presidential nomination, calling rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersWhat does Bill think of Hillary's Chris Wallace interview? Dem anxiety hangs over Clinton Sanders consultants join up with Wasserman Schultz’s primary opponent 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 ObamaNigeria is making progress on economic reform and security Obama the 'X' factor of the 2016 cycle How did Hillary Clinton do? Pundits react to speech 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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