New York Times editor: Warren, Klobuchar endorsement reflects 'extremely divided' Democratic Party

New York Times editor: Warren, Klobuchar endorsement reflects 'extremely divided' Democratic Party
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New York Times editor Mara Gay said on Monday that the newspaper's  endorsement of Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharCalifornia Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenKamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high Hillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick MORE (D-Mass.) in the 2020 presidential race is reflective of a divided Democratic Party. 

“The party is extremely divided,” Gay said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” 

“This is really our way of narrowing that field, and also just pointing out to voters there is more than one pathway forward here,” she added. 


Gay also said that the board felt that Klobuchar and Warren were “the best standard bearers for those two paths.” 

The Times announced its dual endorsement Sunday night, marking the first time the newspaper has ever backed two candidates in a presidential primary. 

Warren is one of the most progressive senators in the party, whereas Klobuchar is campaigning on a more moderate Democratic agenda. 

Gay also said on Monday that the decision is also "reimagining what electability really means and trying to broaden that vision,”

“The amount of votes that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE won by in 2016 was extremely narrow, so there's more than one way to build a winning coalition and that’s a nod to that as well," she added.

The Times's endorsement comes two weeks ahead of the Iowa caucuses, which will kick off the primary season. 

The newspaper's editors argued in their endorsement that Warren and Klobuchar are the strongest candidates in their lanes.  They wrote that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Connecticut in final presidential primary of year Vermont Rep. Peter Welch easily wins primary Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris MORE (I-Vt.) could be a “divisive” messenger of a progressive agenda. They also wrote that Klobuchar should take control of the moderate lane led by Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE, writing that the former vice president should “pass the torch to a new generation of political leaders.”