New Hampshire Union Leader endorses Johnson for president
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The New Hampshire Union Leader endorsed Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary JohnsonGary Johnson: I don’t want to be president anymore ‘because of Trump’ Gary Johnson ruling out 2020 bid: 'It does boil down to two political parties' Court: Excluding outside parties from presidential debates does not violate First Amendment MORE for president, breaking a 100-year tradition of backing Republicans.

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An editorial written by Joseph W. McQuaid, the paper's publisher, slammed both major party's nominees.

The piece said Americans were facing an election between "a selfish, self-centered, sanctimonious prig and Donald J. Trump."

Voters who are leaning toward the Republican nominee, the editorial said, are "fed up with the status quo."

"But they kid themselves if they think Trump isn’t pretty much a part of that status quo as well, or that he is in any way qualified to competently lead this nation," the editorial said.

The piece then launched into a scathing critique of Trump, calling out the GOP nominee for his past behaviors.

"The man is a liar, a bully, a buffoon," the editorial said. "He denigrates any individual or group that displeases him. He has dishonored military veterans and their families, made fun of the physically frail, and changed political views almost as often as he has changed wives."

Americans do not have to choose between the lesser of two evils, the editorial said.

It went on to praise the records of both Johnson and his running mate, Bill Weld.

"They would be worth considering under many circumstances. In today’s dark times, they are a bright light of hope and reason," the editorial said.

"The Union Leader and Sunday News endorse them," it said, marking the first time in more than 100 years the paper has not endorsed the Republican nominee, according to The New York Times.

This appears to be the third newspaper endorsement the Libertarian ticket has received. Johnson has previously been endorsed by the Winston-Salem Journal and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The Libertarian nominee is fighting to be included in the presidential debates, the first of which will be held later this month.