The Editorial Board of Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden as President on Sunday, just over three weeks before Election Day.
Declaring the present time to be a “fearing” time in American history, the Inquirer Editorial Board outlined five main areas in which Biden could serve Pennsylvania better: public health, the environment, the economy, social justice, and education.
“We assume that Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, will bring America back on a safe, unified track to restore the power of the country and its standing in the world,” wrote the Inquirer Editorial Board.
In previous years, Inquirer’s endorsements carefully considered the merits and flaws of each candidate and their policy proposals. However, this year, they wrote that President Donald Trump’s disrespect for his office and his mismanagement of the pandemic warranted a more aggressive approach.
The editorial board condemned the Trump Presidency’s “division and confusion, incompetence and bigotry” and lauded Biden’s lifelong dedication to public service.
The Inquirer noted that Pennsylvania ranks 17th in the nation in terms of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 residents, despite ranking 41st in the total number of cases. The Board cited Biden’s support for the Affordable Care Act and willingness to follow the advice of scientists as ways that Biden could help mitigate the pandemic.
Biden’s environmental plans would also create jobs and help America to become carbon-neutral by 2050, wrote the Editorial Board. Trump’s economic plans to benefit the rich were also criticized by the Board, noting that Pennsylvania’s wages barely increased during its administration, and poverty rates increased in almost half of the country’s counties.
Trump has been trailing Biden in both national and state-wide polls in recent weeks, with Biden’s lead rising further after Trump’s widely criticized debate performance and the subsequent announcement that he tested positive for COVID-19.
Pennsylvania, a swing state with 20 Electoral College votes, is one of the most hotly contested battlegrounds in the race, with both candidates making frequent visits to the state. Biden is currently leading Pennsylvania, which Trump won in 2016, by 7.4 percentage points, according to the polling aggregator Five Thirty-Eight.
This endorsement is Trump’s new challenge to the Inquirer Editorial Board since its 2016 endorsement by Hillary Clinton and last year’s call for Trump’s indictment.
“America will reverse the harm that Donald Trump has wrought in the last four years — and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the ones to lead the recovery,” wrote the editorial board.
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