By searching the online archives of The Economist at factiva.com, I
was able to identify their record of endorsements going back to 1988.
I have listed these below.
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The incompetent or the incoherent? America's next president
30 October 2004
Our election endorsement
With a heavy heart, we think American readers should vote for John
Kerry on November 2nd
4 November 2000
The Economist, if it had a vote, would choose George W. Bush
EDITORIAL - WHAT A CHOICE.
2 November 1996
Would we know with Bob Dole? It is hard to be sure. We choose him on
the assumption that the real Bob Dole is the one who spent three
decades on Capitol Hill, not this year's dubious character... That is
an awkward basis for an endorsement. But the choice is a lousy one.
Time to choose.
31 October 1992
The Democratic Party, to be sure, has not yet proved that its new look
goes beyond Mr Clinton and his circle. But... He is intelligent; he is
diligent; he is energetic; he has grasped most of the issues, and
found persuasive solutions to some. He could mark an end to divided
government and could, if he used the presidency well, begin to bring
Americans, black and white, rich and poor, closer together. Despite
the risks, the possibilities are worth pursuing. Our choice falls on
[The editorial also remarks on the 1988 election]: On past occasions
The Economist has sometimes joined in with American elections and
stated its preference; and it has sometimes opted out. In 1988, when
George Bush faced Michael Dukakis, we felt we could recommend
Beyond this, I did not find any earlier endorsements. There may well
have been some, but perhaps the archives are not as complete in the
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