The basketball superstar says the Democrat will help improve the lot of poorer children ‘no matter what zip code they live in’
The paper’s editorial board said Hillary Clinton is “the only choice to move America ahead.”
“Since The Arizona Republic began publication in 1890, we have never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president. Never. This reflects a deep philosophical appreciation for conservative ideals and Republican principles,” the paper’s editorial board wrote. “This year is different.”
The editorial said Clinton’s temperament and experience prepare her for office, while it questioned Donald Trump for not releasing his tax returns, asking “whose hand do you want on the nuclear button?”
Clinton has racked up her fair share of nontraditional endorsements from newspapers. Last week, The Cincinnati Enquirer, which noted it had backed Republican candidates for president “for almost a century,” also endorsed Clinton. Earlier this month, The Dallas Morning News endorsed the former secretary of state, making her the first Democrat that newspaper has endorsed in over 75 years.
Billionaire entrepreneur ends speculation at Pittsburgh rally, opening speech by saying hello to Trump in Russian
The battle of the brash billionaires is on.
Entrepreneur Mark Cuban used Donald Trump’s braggadocio to make the case for electing Hillary Clinton during a rally in his native Pittsburgh on Saturday.
“Leadership is not yelling, and screaming and intimidating,” said Cuban, the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and a panelist on ABC’s Shark Tank. “People like that in Pittsburg are called a jagoff,” he added, using pejorative Pittsburgh slang. “Is there any bigger jagoff in the world than Donald Trump?”
The endorsement ends the speculation over who the self-described independent would endorse. Last month, Cuban threatened to vote for Trump if Clinton chose as a running mate the tough-on-Wall Street Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren. And in May, he put himself forward as a vice-presidential candidate, telling ESPN Radio’s Capital Games podcast he’d consider a spot on either ticket.
But on Saturday, there was no wavering.
“I’m ready to vote for a true leader, I’m ready to vote for the American dream,” Cuban said. “I’m ready to tell the world that I am here to endorse Hillary Clinton.”
Cuban opened his remarks by saying hello to Trump in Russian, mocking the real estate developer’s praise of Vladimir Putin. He shared his success story with the rambunctious crowd, detailing some of his early business failures and offered the audience some advice. “What you don’t do – you don’t ask daddy for a small loan of a million dollars,” said Cuban, deriding Trump for taking, as he described it, a “small loan” from his father, a real estate developer in New York City’s outer boroughs.
Cuban visited Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters and has been talking with her campaign chairman, John Podesta, according to a campaign aide. On Thursday, Cuban called Podesta before Clinton took the stage in Philadelphia to accept the Democratic party’s nomination to say he was coming on board.
`Less than 50 days before the New Hampshire primary, several Republican presidential candidates are looking for big endorsements that might make a difference in one of the most exciting presidential races in history.
Big names including 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley have yet to endorse in the race.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a favorite in New Hampshire who won the state’s primary in 2008, also could be looking to endorse after Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) decision on Monday to leave the race.
Polls show businessman Donald Trump, who has dominated the Republican race, with a commanding lead in New Hampshire.
The RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Trump with more than double the support of Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Marco Rubio (Fla.), his nearest competitors.
Still, there’s time for a challenger to topple Trump, expecially if Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) manages to win the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1.
Neither Cruz nor Trump is a candidate the GOP establishment wants to embrace, leaving several other Republicans to vie for that crown.
Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are all hoping to break out in New Hampshire.
Here’s a look at the top names who might be able to help them with an endorsement.