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WSJ Editorial: Maybe We'll Check Off 'Neither' for President

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By    |   Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016 03:09 PM


The Wall Street Journal editorial board sarcastically suggests it might break with its policy against endorsing presidential candidates — and recommend checking off "neither" in the contest for the White House.

In a biting commentary posted on the conservative newspaper's website, the editorial board notes numerous national polls reflect voters' deep distaste for both Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP rival Donald Trump.

For example, the editorial board writes about a recent Monmouth University poll showing both candidates with dismally low approval ratings, and that "an unprecedented plurality of 35 percent" chose "neither" to the question of which candidate they had a favorable opinion.

The finding, the editorial board writes, "means neither meets the 15 percent threshold to make it into the presidential debates. Can neither get a podium on stage?"

"We've sometimes thought that the best thing about this election is that one of them will lose," the commentary states. "But that still means that one of them will take power for four years."

"Perhaps we need to open ourselves to new possibilities. If 'neither' could make it onto the November ballot, maybe we'd reconsider our longstanding editorial policy of not endorsing candidates."

The Journal — which takes pro-business and commerce stands — has been strongly critical of Trump on the issue of immigration and international free trade.

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