Argus Leader Endorses Clinton

The Argus Leader endorsed Hillary Clinton today noting for “the first time in memory, every state will play a role in choosing a nominee for the nation’s highest office.”

The endorsement speaks for itself:  

Clinton is the strongest Democratic candidate for South Dakota.

Her mastery of complex policy detail is broad and deep, and her experience as a senator and former first lady matches that.

Measured against her opponent, Clinton is philosophically more moderate. That is likely a good thing for South Dakota.

Clinton’s energy policy is forward thinking and wise. She advocates a broad federal research initiative to help solve our looming oil crisis. It’s a plan that would join university researchers, private industry and individual inventors behind a common goal.

Is ethanol part of the answer? Clinton believes it is but not necessarily corn ethanol.

That is not precisely the answer South Dakota wants to hear. Corn-based ethanol has been a boon for farmers here. But the simple fact is that she probably is correct. Advances in cellulosic ethanol technologies could render corn ethanol obsolete and wasteful. Happily, South Dakota is poised to be a major player in the push to experiment with other kinds of ethanol.

Clinton has demonstrated a real commitment to Native American issues and will have visited several South Dakota reservations before the race is over. Clinton is precisely correct when she says that people outside the region have a poor understanding of the troubling trends on our reservations. Federal attention could help. That includes but is not limited to higher-ranking posts in the federal bureaucracy.

Her truly universal health care plan would be welcomed by thousands of South Dakotans. Even on reservations, where health care is nominally universal already, such a plan would be welcome. The federal government would never be allowed to subject everyday Americans to the kind of care Native Americans living on reservations routinely receive.

Obama is justifiably credited as a powerful speaker, but Clinton holds her own easily. As those who have attended her South Dakota rallies can attest, she is quick on her feet and energetic. She frames her ideas clearly in speeches and answers questions with genuine directness.

Her resilience and determination never should be questioned. She has met or overcome every challenge or roadblock in her way, and there have been many. Her determination to carry the nomination process through to its real conclusion has perhaps earned her a grudging respect from those who would never support her.

Clinton might not win this race. In fact, it’s a long shot. But whatever some might say, the race is not over, and her name is on the ballot. Win or lose, she’s also the best Democratic candidate for South Dakota.

Evidently the Argus Leader didn’t let the hoopla created by Obama supporters over Clinton’s RFK remarks stand in the way of their opinion.

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7 Responses to Argus Leader Endorses Clinton

  1. avwrobel says:

    Well said. EVERYONE!! Go to and contribute! There’s a 2 for 1 matching campaign underway so every $1 you contribute will gather another $2. Let’s hear her announce a big May fund-raising number on Monday to follow her big win in Puerto Rico on Sunday. Obambi spent more money in April than he took in.(for the first time) As time goes by he gets weaker as we learn the truth about him, and Hillary gets stronger. Go Hillary!!

  2. What a wonderful compliment:

    She frames her ideas clearly in speeches and answers questions with genuine directness.

  3. chris says:


  4. david stewart says:

    A big Yee Hah to the Argus Leader. Right on every point. Hillary is the stronger of the 2. She is leading in many of the swing states and is ahead of McCain nationally. Sen Obama is a good person and fine senator, but is not prepared for the GOP sludge machine coming at him over the summer and fall. I am not sure if Hillary can win but as of today all or most polls show her winning, and Sen Obama losing.

    It is too bad that those who dislike Sen Clinton so much that they are okay with loosing the whitehouse with Sen Obama to McCain than winning with Sen. Hillary Clinton

  5. Paul Kennedy says:

    It has got to be said, that there are very few women in politics ,as tenacious as Hillary Clinton and her insistance of staying in the Democratic leadership race, is the right decision.

    You do have to question the position of Nancy Pelosi in this race. I was under the impression that the Speaker remain “neutral” during a contest? Openly endorsing Obama has weakened her beyond measure and she, ironically, should be the one to step down!

    If the Democratic Supedelegates remain shortsighted in their choice of who to fight their cause inn Novemeber contest against McCain, then Hillary Clinton should declare herself an “Independent Democrat” and run for office…I would wager a sizeable sum, that America would find itself with an extremely capable and dedicated President…


  6. connie says:

    Thank you PAUL KENNEDY for the positive and inspiring article about SEN. CLINTON. we only get negative news reports from the MAINSTREAM MEDIA. They have all but buried her. its shameless what the OBAMA and lefwing MEDIA has done to her. she has suffered and been ridiculed for yrs now and thay never let up on her. Its sad cause she has the most experience to lead our country back to RESPECT and prosperity.

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