USA Today endorsed Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden in an editorial published Tuesday, the first time the paper has published an endorsement for a presidential candidate.
The editorial urges readers to "consider a variation of the question Republican Ronald Reagan asked voters when he ran for president in 1980: Is America better off now than it was four years ago?"
The piece points to civil unrest in the United States, the coronavirus pandemic, and resulting economic recession as reasons to vote for Biden. It also said the endorsement will not affect the paper's coverage.
"Will this endorsement have any effect on what you read about the presidential campaign in USA TODAY's news reports? No. Will it cause the Editorial Board to pull its punches if Biden were to become president? Also no," the article says. "We may never endorse a presidential nominee again. In fact, we hope we'll never have to."
🔦 In 2016, USA Today's editorial board encouraged readers not to vote for President Trump, but did not actually endorse Hillary Clinton.