Florida paper endorses Clinton, writes separate piece on why not Trump
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A major Florida newspaper South Florida Sun Sentinel dedicated two editorials to the current presidential race — one endorsing Hillary Clinton and the other blasting Donald Trump.

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"For the first time, we’ve not only made a presidential endorsement — Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE is our choice — but we’ve also laid out a complete case against her opponent, Donald J. Trump," the newspaper said in a Facebook post. 

With its 29 electoral votes, Florida is a crucial state for both candidates. A Mason-Dixon poll on Friday showed Clinton up by 4 points.

In its endorsement of Clinton, the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board wrote that the Democratic nominee is far superior in almost every policy area, including immigration, race relations and national security.

"We acknowledge upfront that one major reason to support Hillary is that Republican Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE is manifestly unqualified to be president of the United States," the editorial stated up front.

But, it added, "Hillary has developed the contacts, here and abroad, to promote stability and peace. She has not 'solved' the various crises in the Middle East. But we believe a dogged diplomatic approach – such as that used in the nuclear deal with Iran – provide more prospects for peace. And that, in the long run, benefits Israel, our most important ally in the region."

On the issue of immigration that remains crucial for many Floridians, the newspaper argues that Clinton is closer to other Republicans than Trump.

"Ironically, Hillary stands a better chance of enacting the comprehensive immigration reform America needs than would Trump. Republicans such as Jeb Bush and (before he chickened out) Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court Ex-Obama counterterrorism official: Huawei could pose security threat to international intelligence community The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate MORE have had much more in common with Hillary on this issue."

The Sun Sentinel made its case against Trump by blasting the Republican nominee on a number of issues including his character, rhetoric and limited experience.

"Trump's promises are an illusion, but the hate and anger that make him unfit are real," writes the editorial board.

"Trump's hate extends to Hispanics, Muslims and even the disabled. It's bad enough he called former Miss Universe Alicia Machado 'Miss Piggy' for gaining weight, he also called her 'Miss Housekeeping' because she is a Latina."

In conclusion of their Clinton endorsement, the Florida newspaper urged the voters support the Democratic nominee and turn the crucial swing-state blue.

"The very bottom line? Trump is not qualified. Hillary is fully qualified to serve as president of the United States. Use your vote to swing this swing state to Hillary."