The Statesman editorial board is in the midst of interviewing more than 70 candidates for federal, state and local office. Our paper plans to endorse in more than 40 elections. One exception will be the presidential race. This isn’t an unprecedented decision — our paper didn’t endorse in the 2012 GOP presidential caucus, nor the 2008 Democratic caucus and GOP primary, despite Idaho appearances from candidates of both party. And really, it comes down to a simple difference between the president’s race and the other races. When it comes to candidates for everything from Congress to Ada County Highway District, our editorial board has the chance to interview the candidates in depth. Just as important, we have had a chance to watch the candidates up close, in elected service or in the community/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Should newspapers endorse in the presidential race?