03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

LA Times To Endorse Primary Candidates For First Time Since Nixon

After 36 years of avoiding endorsements in presidential elections, the Los Angeles Times will begin supporting candidates in both the primaries and general elections of 2008, according to Jim Newton, editor of the editorial pages.

"I think it is appropriate, it is a traditional function of the paper," Newton told E&P. "We ask readers to vote and we should put ourselves under the same function."

Newton said the paper, which has not endorsed a presidential candidate since backing Richard Nixon in 1972, would offer choices in both primaries--coming up February 5 -- and the general election in November. "I think it will change some minds," he said.

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