Las Vegas newspaper endorses Biden and Klobuchar, scorches 'non-starter' Sanders

Las Vegas newspaper endorses Biden and Klobuchar, scorches 'non-starter' Sanders
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The Las Vegas Sun endorsed both former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharLiberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record Klobuchar on defense as Floyd death puts spotlight on record Officer involved in George Floyd death charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter MORE (D-Minn.) on Thursday, while warning that if Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe battle of two Cubas Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Ro Khanna Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA MORE (I-Vt.) wins the nomination it "guarantees a Trump second term."

The endorsements come ahead of the state's caucuses on Feb. 22, the third nominating contest in the nation.

The editorial board of the Sun and the Las Vegas Weekly — both publications have the same owner — said Klobuchar and Biden "offer a coalition-based approach to leadership, along with abundant experience building across-the-aisle support."

"With the nation desperately in need of a president who can restore our values and be a leader for all Americans, not just those who support him, the two are the best-suited candidates," the editorial board wrote.

The publications also used their editorial to bash Sanders.

"Sanders is the only clear non-starter," the editorial said. "It’s impossible not to regard the Vermont senator in a Trumplike mold—he seldom has shown an ability to build consensus and threatens to use executive orders extensively, just like Trump."

"It’s also doubtful he could assemble a highly qualified Cabinet, meaning he’d essentially be the left wing version of Trump: isolated, angry, unable to work with others and showing too little respect for dissenting opinions. A Sanders candidacy simply guarantees a Trump second term," it adds.

The Sun's rival, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, was one of only two major newspapers to endorse Trump in 2016, according to an analysis by The Hill.

The New York Times last month endorsed both Klobuchar and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: Trump ratchets up Twitter turmoil Hillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Warren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in MORE (D-Mass.), the first time the newspaper has endorsed two candidates in the same race.