San Diego newspaper endorses Clinton
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The San Diego Union-Tribune on Friday endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE, ending nearly 150 years of backing Republicans for the White House.

“This paper has not endorsed a Democrat for president in its 148-year history,” the newspaper’s editorial board said. "But we endorse Clinton. She’s the safe choice for the U.S. and the world, for Democrats and Republicans alike.”

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The editors said their publication could not in good conscience support Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE, the GOP’s presidential nominee.

“Despite constant counsel from GOP advisors and insiders to adopt a more decorous public persona, Trump continues to lash out at critics, to insist complex problems can be solved with little effort and to depict an America that’s been ‘ripped off by every single country in the world,’ as he said in this week’s debate,” they said, referencing Monday’s contest at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

“Terrible leaders can knock nations off course,” the editors added. "Venezuela is falling apart because of the obstinance [sic] and delusions of [former Venezuelan leader] Hugo Chavez and his successor. 

"Argentina is finally coming apart out of the chaos created by [former Argentine leader] Cristina Kirchner and several of her predecessors. Trump could be our Chavez, our Kirchner. We cannot take that risk.”

The Union-Tribune said despite Clinton's flaws, she is far preferable to Trump.

“We understand the lack of enthusiasm for her candidacy, the anger over her private email server, family foundation, and income from Wall Street speeches, and the questions about how America fared in foreign affairs when she was secretary of State,” the editors said.

“But despite Trump’s insistence otherwise, she has the better temperament to be president — and the experience, background and relationships with world leaders that we need in a president.”

The race for the White House remains tight following Clinton and Trump’s first of three presidential debates earlier this week.

Clinton leads Trump by about 3 points, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of national polls.