For the first time in nearly 100 years, the Cincinnati Enquirer has endorsed a Democrat for president

Published: Sep. 23, 2016 at 5:12 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The editorial board of The Cincinnati Enquirer has endorsed a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1916.

Published Friday, the editorial explains how and why the board reached its historic decision to endorse Hillary Clinton for the next president of the United States.

"The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for almost a century – a tradition this editorial board doesn't take lightly," the board writes in the endorsement. "But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times. Our country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst."

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"Trump is a clear and present danger to our country. He has no history of governance that should engender any confidence from voters. Trump has no foreign policy experience, and the fact that he doesn't recognize it – instead insisting that, "I know more about ISIS than the generals do" – is even more troubling," the editorial states in-part.

The last Democrat favored by The Enquirer was Woodrow Wilson, who won re-election in 1916. In the next election, the paper supported Ohioan Warren G. Harding, and all presidential endorsements since have been for Republicans.

The editorial board consists of Editor and Vice President Peter Bhatia, Opinion Editor Cindi Andrews, Associate Opinion Editor Kevin Aldridge, Senior Local News Editor Michael McCarter and Engagement Editor Katie Vogel.

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