The Globe’s Point: The Globe will not endorse any political candidate

The world is just a little over a month away from the United States 2020 general election, and everyone has something to say about it. 

With the first 2020 presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden having aired last night, you’re probably wondering what The Globe’s stance is on all of this. 

As a newspaper, we welcome any and all researched, well-articulated opinions of either candidate. Interested students can submit their written opinions to us, which we will then edit and review for publication. As a fair warning though, we do have final editorial discretion and if a piece does not meet our standards, we are not obligated to publish it. Opinions published in the newspaper will not reflect the opinion of The Globe. 

So what is The Globe’s position? It’s a very simple answer: we have none. The Globe will not be endorsing any political candidate in the 2020 general election. That is not exclusive to Joe Biden or Donald Trump either; we will also not endorse anyone in the state or local races. 

Our decision is rooted in practicality more so than anything else. A student-run newspaper endorsing a particular candidate would be a waste of time. We will not change hearts and minds because we support a certain politician. Especially in this intensely partisan political climate, we recognize that everyone’s minds are already made up. Each of our staff members no doubt has their own opinions on certain candidates and policies, but we will endeavor to keep those strictly to the opinion section of our newspaper. 

When November comes all too quickly, we are asking this of you, pioneers: vote. Vote with a conscience. Vote with empathy. Vote like your life depends on it, because even if your own life does not, you know someone whose life does.