Salmon Press

Wednesday December 12, 2007

Sen. Hillary Clinton

Those that don’t think experience counts in politics haven’t been listening to Sen. Hillary Clinton. The combination of her proven track record and positive vision for America make her our choice in the Democratic primary.

Sen. Clinton earned our admiration as the First Lady and respect as a U.S. senator from New York. Today she’s an engaging personality able to unite people behind a common cause regardless of their political affiliations. She hit the Senate floor on the run and she can do the same thing in the White House.

She is sincere and passionate about restoring fiscal responsibility, providing health care to all Americans, protecting the environment, keeping the tax burden off the middle class and earning the faith and trust of the American people.

But no president can do it alone. She must break recent tradition, cast cronyism aside and fill her cabinet with the best people, not only the best Democrats, but the best Republicans as well.. We’re confident she will do that. Her list of favorite presidents -– Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, both Roosevelts, Truman, George H.W. Bush and Reagan – demonstrates how she thinks. As expected, Bill Clinton was also included on the aforementioned list.

After all it was during his administration – eight years of peace and prosperity – that Hillary was able to observe, learn and contribute, all at the same time. And though she possesses traits similar to the former president, a great communicator chief among them – the voters of New York State have overwhelmingly validated her abilities – twice.

Sen. Clinton told us she doesn’t want our vote just because she’s a “woman”. She wants our vote because she’s the “best”. On the Democratic side we agree that she is

Copyright © 2007 Salmon Press, LLC.  Reprinted by permission of the publisher (Rich Piatt Dec. 18, 2007 e-mail).

Salmon Press, based in Meredith, publishes 11 newspapers in New Hampshire with "a combined circulation of nearly 74,000 with readership in excess of 200,000 weekly."
The Littleton Courier, Coos County Democrat, The Berlin Reporter, The Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Record Enterprise, Winnisquam Echo, Gilford Steamer, Baysider, and The Mountain Ear.

In his Dec. 18 e-mail publisher Rich Piatt wrote, "Endorsements are determined by myself and the owners Salmon Press based on who we think can best lead the country.  Along with track records, we consider many attributes - the most significant being the candidate's ability to communicate not only with the public at large, but within the political world in order to get things done."  Piatt wrote that he and Salmon Press owners met face to face with McCain, Romney and Clinton; reporters and editors with the group's papers did one on ones with most of the other candidates.