Des Moines Register endorses Bradley
From Correspondent Jeanne Meserve
January 23, 2000
Web posted at: 1:56 a.m. EST (0656 GMT)
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) -- On the eve of the first
presidential campaign showdown, a major Iowa newspaper is
endorsing Democratic contender Bill Bradley over the front-runner, Vice President Al Gore.
The Register's editoral said it was a tough decision, saying
"we cannot recall a time when the Register's editorial board
was so torn between two candidates ... admiring both."
The editorial board met with the former New Jersey
senator twice, most recently on Wednesday, before offering
its backing. The endorsement was published a day before
voters attend the Iowa Caucuses.
The paper said it backed the underdog because "Bradley's
vision is compelling. Moreover, there is a fundamental
decency about him that would bode well for healing the
festering, partisan wounds that have produced virtual
stalemates in our national government."
A Bradley spokesman said the campaign believed the
endorsement would have implications beyond Iowa. Eric Hauser
told CNN, "The Register's editorial validates the themes that
Senator Bradley has articulated consistently over the
But the paper also published a poll showing Bradley remains
far behind Gore. The Register poll shows 56 percent of
Democratic voters support the Vice President, 28 percent
Bradley, with 13 percent undecided and 3 percent.