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When Supporting Trump In The State Of Swing, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh’s Main Newspapers Call Biden ‘old’ And ‘fragile’

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The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a major publication in Pennsylvania, endorsed President Donald Trump on Saturday, the first time the newspaper has supported a Republican presidential candidate since 1972.

The newspaper said while it preferred “the first-class temperament and demeanor of a Winston Churchill, a Dwight Eisenhower, a Franklin Roosevelt, a Ronald Reagan, or a Barack Obama,” it endorsed Trump for his handling of the economy before the coronavirus crisis; his Supreme Court nominee; and his work supporting the energy industry, a key concern of the Western Pennsylvania region.

Additionally, the paper also stated that Trump’s Democratic rival Joe Biden is too old and fragile for the job.

“Mr. Biden is too old for the job and fragile. There is a very real chance he will not make it through the term,” according to the Post-Gazette editorial board.

President Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Newtown, Pennsylvania NEWTOWN, PA – OCTOBER 31: President Donald Trump addresses supporters during a rally on October 31, 2020 in Newtown, Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, one of Pennsylvania’s major papers, endorsed Trump for re-election.
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The paper continued to note that Trump is old as well, but they believe Vice President Mike Pence is more equipped than Senator Kamala Harris for the presidential position if something were to happen to their superior.

“Mr. Trump is also too old but seemingly robust,” said the editorial board. “But in Mike Pence, Mr. Trump has a vice president ready to take over, if need be. He is a safe pair of hands. Sen. Kamala Harris gives no evidence of being ready to be president.”

The paper further criticized the Democratic contenders.

“The Biden-Harris ticket offers us higher taxes and a nanny state that will bow to the bullies and the woke who would tear down history rather than learning from history and building up the country,” it said. “It offers an end to fracking and other Cuckoo California dreams that will cost the economy and the people who most need work right now.”

Pennsylvania is one of the key battleground states that could determine the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

The final Muhlenberg College/ Morning Call poll of Pennsylvania voters showed Biden maintaining a 5-point lead over Trump. About 49 percent of those survey supported Biden, while 44 percent responded in favor of Trump. The margin of error in the Muhlenberg poll is 5.5 points, so the data remains too close to call.

However, the Muhlenberg poll lines up with data compiled by FiveThirtyEight that showed Biden leading in Pennsylvania by 5.1 points. The latest The Hill/Harris battleground state tracker poll of Pennsylvania showed Biden leading Trump by 5 points as well, 51 percent to 46 percent.

Both the Biden and Trump campaigns didn’t respond to Newsweek’s request for comment in time for publication.

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