The New York Times has endorsed Hillary Clinton for US President

The paper described Donald Trump as "an empty exercise"

The New York Times has endorsed Hillary Clinton for US President

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The editorial board of The New York Times has endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.

In a sometimes glowing piece, the paper chronicles Clinton's long career in politics and suggests the best argument for Clinton should not be "that she isn't Donald Trump."

The article is aimed at those who are reluctant to vote for a Democrat and highlights Clinton's almost 40 years public service and her position as often the first or only woman in her areas of service. 

The paper's endorsement is "rooted in respect for her intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service."

Clinton was elected to the US senate in 2001 and the paper credits her for creating "a federal fund for long-term monitoring of 9/11 first responders, an expansion of military benefits to cover reservists and the National Guard, and a law requiring drug companies to improve the safety of their medications for children."

Her flaws were also addressed including both her use of a private email server during her time at the state department and her role in the Obama administration's foreign policy failings in Libya.

Ultimately though, the paper concludes: "A lifetime's commitment to solving problems in the real world qualifies Hillary Clinton for this job, and the country should put her to work."   

The endorsement from The New York Times follows on from a similar approval from the Cincinnati Enquirer last week.

The paper hadn't endorsed a democratic presidential nominee in nearly a century but in a decision it didn't "take lightly," the paper said Clinton is "a known commodity with a proven track record of governing," whereas Trump "is a clear and present danger to our country" and "has no history of governance."

The first presidential debate between the two main candidates is due to take place on Monday.