In something of an against-the-grain pick, Hillary Clinton won the endorsement today of the independent student newspaper at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Daily Pennsylvanian came down on the side of Clinton's experience over Barack Obama's charisma.
"We want to believe that Sen. Barack Obama can accomplish all he promises. His soaring rhetoric and compelling vision have inspired us and many other students," the endorsement said. "But while Obama's charisma far outshines that of Sen. Hillary Clinton, her public service, political experience and tenacity tell us not only 'Yes we can' but also 'How we can.' As such, we endorse Clinton for the Democratic Party's nomination for president.
"Our endorsement is not a rejection of Obama's leadership qualities. But choosing the president of the United States is too important a decision to make based on hope alone," the paper continued. "After finishing his term in the Senate and better showing us what he can do for the American people, Obama could one day be a remarkable president. Clinton, on the other hand, is ready to lead this nation now. A successful champion for change, her experience in the Senate and as first lady gives her a better understanding of how Washington works. She has the ability to turn policy into reality. And her mastery of causes central to the Democratic Party's platform makes her better suited to challenge presumptive Republican nominee John McCain."
Obama has drawn far more enthusiastic support from college students and younger voters than has Clinton so far. His rallies on campuses have been rapturous affairs before thousands, while Clinton has dispatched her daughter Chelsea to a series of lower-key, smaller events at colleges.
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