The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board is not going to make an endorsement in Florida’s March 15 Republican presidential primary because the kind of person who should be running is not in the race.
We cannot endorse businessman Donald Trump, hometown Sen. Marco Rubio or Texas Sen. #Ted Cruz because they are unqualified to be president. Ohio Gov. #John Kasich is the best of the bunch, but if you measure a candidate by the caliber of his campaign, Kasich’s lack of traction and organization make a vote for him count for little.
We showed our cards a year ago, before the extraordinarily large field of Republican candidates shaped up. We favored the adult in the room, Jeb Bush, a smart, experienced and principled conservative. But the nation wasn’t ready for another Bush, and our former governor wasn’t ready for the anti-establishment edge in today’s Twitter-fueled campaign era.
If you’re angry, like so many voters are, vote for Trump. If you want to send a message to the Republican establishment and the Washington elite — and you feel voting for Trump will poke a stick in their eye — knock yourself out. Trump’s celebrity and trajectory could well propel him to the White House in November.
Editorial Page Editor Rosemary O’Hara announced Friday that the Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board will not endorse any of the GOP candidates in Florida’s March 15 presidential primary.