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Des Moines Register Endorses Clinton

The popular Iowa newspaper, the Des Moines Register, has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The newspaper praised her accomplishments as a politician and suggested that she had a lot of valuable experience.

“Whoever is sworn into office next January must demonstrate not only a deep understanding of the issues facing America, but also possess the diplomatic skills that enable presidents to forge alliances to get things done,” the editorial reads.

“By that measure, Democrats have one outstanding candidate deserving of their support: Hillary Clinton. No other candidate can match the depth or breadth of her knowledge and experience.”

The Hill reports:

While the Register praises Clinton’s accomplishments, it also acknowledges her shortcomings, pointing to the scandal over the private email server she held while secretary of State.

“She is not a perfect candidate, as evidenced the way she has handled the furor over her private email server,” the editorial said.

It also points to her changing stances on gay marriage and immigration, but concludes that Clinton has argued “persuasively” that a willingness to change is actually “a virtue” that is “lacking in most politicians.”

Clinton has blanketed the state with high-profile surrogates down the stretch, including her husband former President Bill Clinton, actor Lena Dunham, singer Demi Lovato, as well as Democratic Sens. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Mazie Hironi (Hawaii), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.).

But Sanders has ramped up his television spending as he continues to gain traction in the state, and the two have upped their rhetoric against each other during recent speeches in Iowa and presidential debates.

While the Des Moines Register is the paper of record in Iowa, it has never endorsed the eventual Democratic caucus winner since it began picking sides in 1988.

In 2008, the paper endorsed Clinton, who lost to Barack Obama. In 2004, it endorsed John Edwards, who lost to John Kerry. And in 2000, it endorsed Bill Bradley, who was clobbered by Al Gore.

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