Chicago Tribune endorses Libertarian Gary Johnson for president

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CHICAGO (WGN) -- The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board endorsed libertarian Gary Johnson as a "principled option" for President of the United States on Friday.

The board wrote they believed "this is the moment to rebuke the Republican and Democratic parties."

"We reject the cliche that a citizen who chooses a principled third-party candidate is squandering his or her vote," they wrote.

Speaking with WGN, Editorial Board Editor John McCormick said they just couldn't endorse either the candidate from the major parties.

"We wound up with all those Americans who say, 'I'm fed up this year, I'm really tired of the parties, I really dislike the choices, if only I could cast a vote I could be proud of, if only I could vote for a candidate I admire,'" McCormick said.

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UNITED STATES - MARCH 3: Gov. Gary Johnson, former Governor of NM, speaks at the American Conservative Union's CPAC conference at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday, March 3, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 26: Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson pretends to have a heart attack on stage while arguing in favor of legalization of marijuana during CPAC in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 26, 2015. Former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., not pictured, had just argued during their debate that marijuana caused an increased risk of heart attacks. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks in the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The debate featured the nine Republican candidates two days before the Florida straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
File-This Nov. 3, 2011 file photo shows former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson addressing the 2011 Drug Policy Alliance conference in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, July 1, 2014 it was announced that Johnson had been named the CEO of a Nevada-based company that hopes to make medical and recreational marijuana products. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, addresses an audience of students and the public at Macalester College, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in St. Paul, Minn. Johnson, a former two-term New Mexico governor, is on a nationwide college tour as part of his campaign for president. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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FILE - In this Sept 23, 2011 file-pool photo, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks in Orlando, Fla. The Libertarian Johnson is running for president a second time after winning more than a million votes in 2012. (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool, File)
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announces his plans to seek the Republican nomination for president in front of the Statehouse Thursday, April 21, 2011 in Concord, N.H. Gov. Johnson says he has the resume needed to lead the country. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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Texas Gov. George W. Bush, left, makes a joke about the first time he met New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, right, as he addresses a crowd at a barbecue June 19, 1998, in support of Johnson's re-election campaign in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Jake Schoellkopf)
New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson enters the Roswell Convention Center Thursday, July 3, 1997 surrounded by aliens. The governor and his family visited Roswell to participate in the 50th anniversary celebration of eth Roswell incident.(AP Photo/Susan Sterner)

McCormick said the board decided back in March that Republican nominee Donald Trump is "not capable" of being president.

"He has gone out of his way to anger a lot of world leaders, he angers an awful lot of the American public, and he doesn't have the character or disposition for the job," he said.

In the case of Democrat Hillary Clinton, McCormick said that while they believe she's capable of being president, she's "not the best candidate for the job."

"An awful lot of Americans just don't trust her... she seems to have a problem with straight talk," McCormick said.

Additionally, McCormick said they disagree with both candidates' stances on international trade in particular, such as their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

"If you live in the Midwest, if you live in Chicago, and you're not in favor of more and more and more international trade, what's your problem? This is a huge part of our economy here," McCormick said.

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