Texas newspaper endorses Kasich over Cruz

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The Dallas Morning News on Friday endorsed Republican presidential candidate John Kasich over home-state rival Ted CruzTed CruzGrassroots battling establishment on trade at conventions Fixing the disastrous nomination process Attacking Trump for the few sensible things he says is bad strategy MORE for the GOP nomination. 

"As much as we’d like to see a Texan in the White House, we fear that Cruz’s brand of politics is more about disruption than governing and threatens to take the Republican Party to a dark place," editorial members of the influential Texas newspaper wrote.

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"As we’ve written before, continuing obstructionist paths might excite primary voters, but it won’t benefit the nation or the conservative cause," they added.
 
Editors of the Dallas Morning News wrote that state-level public servants like Kasich "forged practical, even imaginative, ways to help their citizens lead safer, more stable and prosperous lives."
 
"That’s a sharp contrast to what GOP presidential front-runners Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump campaign dismisses Dem attacks as ‘night of empty rhetoric’ Obama makes case for Clinton to succeed him FULL SPEECH: President Obama at the Democratic convention MORE and Ted Cruz are offering," the editors wrote, referencing the candidates who won New Hampshire and Iowa, respectively.

"John Kasich of Ohio is one of those pragmatic leaders, a Republican who — to his own present detriment, perhaps, but to the benefit of his constituents — shows more interest in actually governing than in partisan theatrics," the newspaper added.
 
The Morning News editorial board praised Kasich's "get things done" bona fides in Ohio, mentioning closing a budget shortfall and overseeing a sharp drop in unemployment, as well as his efforts in Congress to balance the federal budget. They also credited his moderate positions on immigration and Medicaid.
 
"While other GOP establishment opponents, for instance former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioGroups unendorse Grayson after domestic violence allegations Trump postpones Hispanic roundtable Tim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense MORE, have rewritten parts of their résumés, the center-right Kasich hasn’t been cowed by the farthest-right reaches of the party into doing anything of the sort," the editorial reads.
 
Texas holds its primary March 1.

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