The editorial staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a major publication in Pennsylvania, backed President Donald Trump on Saturday, for the first time since 1972 when the newspaper backed a Republican presidential candidate.
The newspaper said it preferred “the first-class temperament and demeanor of a Winston Churchill, a Dwight Eisenhower, a Franklin Roosevelt, a Ronald Reagan or a Barack Obama,” but endorsed Trump because of his handling of the economy before the coronavirus crisis, his Supreme Court nominee and his work in support of the energy industry, a major concern of the Western Pennsylvania region.
The paper also noted that Trump’s Democratic rival Joe Biden was too old and vulnerable for the job.
“Mr. Biden is too old for the job and fragile. There is a very real chance that he will not survive his term in office,” the Post-Gazette editorial team said.
The newspaper further noted that Trump is also old, but they believe that Vice President Mike Pence is better equipped for the presidency than Senator Kamala Harris if anything happens to her supervisor.
“Mr. Trump is also too old, but apparently robust,” the editors said. “But with Mike Pence, Mr. Trump has a Vice President who is ready to take office if necessary. He is a sure pair of hands. Senator Kamala Harris gives no proof that she is ready to be president.
The paper also criticized the Democratic candidates.
“The Biden Harris ticket offers us higher taxes and a nanny state that will bow to the tyrants and awakeners who would tear down history rather than learn from history and build the country,” it said. “It offers an end to the fracking and other dreams of Cuckoo California that will cost the economy and the people who need the most work right now”.
Pennsylvania is one of the major warring states that could determine the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
The final Muhlenberg College/Morning Call poll of Pennsylvania voters showed that Biden holds a 5 point lead over Trump. About 49 percent of respondents supported Biden, while 44 percent voted for Trump. The margin of error in the Muhlenberg survey is 5.5 points, so the data is still too narrow to be called up.
However, the Muhlenberg survey is consistent with the data collected by FiveThirtyEight, which shows that Biden leads Pennsylvania with 5.1 points. Pennsylvania’s most recent The Hill/Harris Battleground State Tracker survey found that Biden also leads the Pennsylvania survey with 5 points, up 51 percent from 46 percent.
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