Chicago papers unveil presidential endorsements

CHICAGO --  Chicago’s major papers picked their candidates in the race for president Friday and raised some eyebrows and the ire of some of their readers.

The Chicago Tribune posted online Friday (the print edition comes out Sunday) that it is endorsing Libertarian Gary Johnson. The Tribune says not endorsing anyone would have been a cop-out but it can’t support either major candidate. They advise their readers to vote for the man they call “a principled option.”

The paper points out that in its 170-year history, this is not new.  In fact, it’s first major endorsement was for another 3rd-party candidate named Abe Lincoln, for a senate race he’d go  on to lose.

Many readers voiced disagreement online.

The Tribune says this is not an invitation for readers to throw their vote away on an unelectable candidate

The Chicago Sun-Times endorsed Hillary Clinton calling electing her the “best way to avoid a train wreck.”

"Hillary Clinton has the potential to be an excellent president. She is eminently qualified by any measure — experience, knowledge, character or temperament," the editorial board wrote. 

Their endorsement reads, “A vote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, a man who could not even pass a basic world geography test, is not a principled protest gesture. It is a retreat to the sidelines.”