Detroit Free Press endorses Kasich as GOP's last ‘reasonable’ choice

Greg Nash

The Detroit Free Press has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich in Michigan’s upcoming GOP presidential primary, calling him the “one reasonable choice” remaining in the 2016 field.

“President Kasich? We'd hardly stand up and cheer. But among the choices available on GOP side, it's the best outcome available,” the newspaper’s editorial board wrote Sunday.

While the newspaper acknowledged that Kasich is not a moderate “by any stretch of the imagination,” it praised his more nuanced approach to issues like climate change, Medicaid expansion and the educational standards in Common Core.

It also cited his willingness to “break step with Republican ranks” to oppose extreme views that have come to dominate the 2016 race, largely because of GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDetroit newspaper breaks with tradition, endorses Gary Johnson Abortion rights group ads tie vulnerable GOP senators to Trump Top five Supreme Court cases to watch MORE.

Kasich picked up the endorsement about a week before the state’s primary on March 8.

While the newspaper’s support gives him a boost, he remains far behind in polls in Michigan and all other upcoming primary states. He is behind Trump in polls even in his own state, which heads to the polls on March 15.

The Detroit Free Press also endorsed Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonBeing a woman is not a qualification for becoming president Detroit newspaper breaks with tradition, endorses Gary Johnson Vulnerable NH Republican ties reelection bid to Trump MORE on Sunday, praising her as the “best choice” for Democrats.

"Clinton alone possesses the experience, maturity and pragmatic managerial instincts to navigate the rocky road to 2020," the editorial board wrote.