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Experience Makes Clinton Better Choice in Primary

That's the headline of the Indianapolis Star's editorial endorsing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee (emphasis mine):

In this extraordinary election year, Indiana's Democratic voters have been presented with an extraordinary opportunity: Choose for their party's presidential nominee between a gifted senator from Illinois who has enthused millions of new voters and an equally talented senator from New York with years of high-level experience.

It's been difficult for voters in other states to decide a clear favorite between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. It's also a difficult choice for The Star's Editorial Board, which recently questioned each candidate in person about key issues facing the nation.

Obama offers an attractive vision for the way things could be. He speaks eloquently of hope and change. He connects with voters, many who formerly felt disenfranchised, on a level few political leaders have attained.

Clinton offers a clear-eyed view of the way things are. She offers nuanced positions on how to address the war in Iraq, trade with China and economic expansion. Her depth of knowledge is remarkable.

As impressive as Obama appears, he is still in his first term in the U.S. Senate, and only four years ago was serving as an Illinois state senator. His inexperience in high office is a liability.

Clinton, in contrast, is well prepared for the rigors of the White House. She is tough, experienced and realistic about what can and cannot be accomplished on the world stage.

Clinton regrettably has pandered more to voters, particularly on gas prices, than Obama. Both have taken stands on free trade that give in to protectionism.

Clinton also was an integral part of her husband's political machine, which earned a reputation for flattening opponents. That factor understandably gives many voters pause about whether another Clinton should serve as president.

Yet, one thing is clear: The next commander in chief will take office at a time of extraordinary risk for this nation, both at home and abroad. The challenges -- including those posed by a sagging economy, rising energy and food costs, the gap in health care, wars in two countries and threats from Iran -- are complex.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is the better choice, based on her experience and grasp of major issues, to confront those challenges. She earns The Star's endorsement in Tuesday's primary.


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Comments (3)

Alex:

Your highlighted sentences reveal the difficulty for Hillary's marketing: Replace the word "Hillary with the word "McCain" in this endorsement and you've got a no-less-accurate description of the situation.

Ryan:

Everyone in the Clinton camp keeps talking about her experience advantage over Sen. Obama. What exactly do you mean? Do you mean life experience? I suppose she is older than Obama. She's been in the US Senate for 8 years. Obama has been in the Senate for 4. Prior to, Barack Obama was an Illinois state senator for 7 years. So, Barack Obama has been an elected government official for 11 years, and Hillary 8. "Oh but wait", the Hill-raisers object, "she was first lady for 8 years!" So what? I am an electronics technician. That does not make my wife an electronics technician.

Democrats should get behind the more experienced candidate, I agree.

Ryan - Agreed on the 'experience isn't transferred through osmosis' effect. I'm a computer technician, my wife's an oncology research coordinator. We've been married 15 years, yet I sure couldn't do her job and she couldn't do mine. So 8 years as First Lady ain't a ringing endorsement in my book.

Considering where Obama came from - and his current rather vague apparent grasp of how to handle himself on the political stage, I have to question whether he's learned enough from his experience to make himself effective. He seems, I'm sorry to say, to be trading on his skin color and charisma much more than any innate intelligence and problem-solving ability. His grasp of international realities seems iffy to me, and his domestic ideas... well, you might buy votes with promises but what happens when you've got to pay the bill?


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