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Obama hometown newspaper picks Gary Johnson over Clinton

Obama hometown newspaper picks Gary Johnson over Clinton
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The Chicago Tribune, President Obama’s hometown newspaper, has endorsed Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonNew Mexico lawmakers send recreational marijuana bills to governor Judge throws out murder convictions, releases men jailed for 24 years On The Trail: Making sense of Super Poll Sunday MORE for president. 

The endorsement from the paper that twice backed Obama for president can also be read as a snub of Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHow Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 Close the avenues of foreign meddling Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report MORE, who was born and raised in Illinois. 

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The Tribune editorial expressed disdain for both Clinton and Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE.

“This is the moment to see this election as not so much about them as about the American people and where their country is heading,” the editorial states. “And this is the moment to rebuke the Republican and Democratic parties.”

Clinton's “intent to greatly increase federal spending and taxation, and serious questions about honesty and trust,” disqualify her, the editorial said.

It declared Trump “not fit” to be president, while also writing, “the mystery and shame of Trump’s rise — we have red, white and blue coffee mugs that are more genuinely Republican — is the party's inability or unwillingness to repulse his hostile takeover.”

The Tribune said Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld “are agile, practical and, unlike the major-party candidates, experienced at managing governments.”

According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Johnson is at about 7.2 percent nationally. He failed to qualify for the first presidential debate and likely won't for the second, scheduled on Oct. 9 in St. Louis. 

Illinois is a reliable Democratic state in presidential elections, and Clinton will be heavily favored to win the state’s electoral votes.

The Tribune endorsed George W. Bush in 2004.

With the Tribune endorsement, Johnson now has more newspapers behind his candidacy than Trump.