On Sunday, the New York Times editorial board (separate from the newsroom) announced the Democrats it was endorsing for the 2020 presidential race. Their pick turned out to be the two leading female candidates in the race: Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar.
The fact that the board decided to back not just one candidate but two breaks with tradition, but the people who made the call stated their reasons. They added that the deliberation took "dozens of hours."
"There will be those dissatisfied that this page is not throwing its weight behind a single candidate, favoring centrists or progressives," the board said in their endorsement. "But it’s a fight the party itself has been itching to have and one that should be played out in the public arena and in the privacy of the voting booth."
The board added that the two candidates were the candidates they saw fit to lead the discussions that need to happen on the Democratic stage ahead of the election in November.
"Ms. Klobuchar and Ms. Warren right now are the Democrats best equipped to lead that debate. May the best woman win."
"I find it interesting that we have really strong, incredible women running for president who have had some criticisms along the same lines," she said, addressing the double standard that often finds its way into political campaigns. "Three of us have run major offices, and when you are in these tough jobs, you have to make tough decisions and deal with things in a way that doesn’t always make everyone happy. We can get some enemies here and there. But those are the kinds of skills you have to have when you’re president. It’s not a popularity contest every day."
As ELLE.com captured in a video with Sen. Warren, it's no secret that she's "got a plan for everything." Despite this claim, she has come up against questions about whether a woman is fit to be president or can win a presidential race. At the January 13 Democratic debate, Warren addressed the alleged past comment from Sen. Bernie Sanders that a woman couldn't win a presidential election.
"Bernie is my friend, and I am not here to try to fight with Bernie," Warren said during the debate. "But, look, this question about whether or not a woman can be president has been raised, and it's time for us to attack it head-on."
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