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The Choice

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Wish you could just talk to the 2020 candidates one-on-one and decide for yourself which one deserves your vote? Join the New York Times editorial board at the table with the candidates as you've never heard them. Listen as each Democratic contender makes the case as to why they can win the race against Donald Trump. Learn how the editorial board came to make their endorsement, to better help you make yours. For full transcripts of each interview, visit nytimes.com/endorsements.

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Host Katie Kingsbury visits Opinion's other podcast, "The Argument," to defend the editorial board's two endorsements for Senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar against her disagreeing colleagues Ross Douthat, Michelle Goldberg and David Leonhardt. They talk about the current political moment, each of the Democratic contenders, and the path to the nomination. For background reading on this episode, click here or search for nytimes.com/theargument
Not Our Choice to Make

Not Our Choice to Make

2020-01-3100:29:282

The board weighs the pros and cons of each Democratic primary candidate, and has a heated debate over what the party (and the country) needs in this moment. Katie reveals her choices, and argues why the 2020 primary is the moment that voters - not the editorial board - gets to decide the future of the Democratic party. Then, the world reacts. Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of the candidates's visits to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
Joe Biden: The Deliberation

Joe Biden: The Deliberation

2020-01-2900:20:47

In a follow-up bonus episode to former Vice President Joe Biden's endorsement interview, the board deliberates his visit. Some were relieved, while others were disappointed. They question whether he understands the anger of the moment, and his selective invocations of the Obama administration. Then, board member Lauren Kelley gives an explainer of the Hyde Amendment, Joe Biden’s electoral baggage around it, and why this is the most precarious moment for reproductive rights since 1973.Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Biden's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
Joe Biden: The Interview

Joe Biden: The Interview

2020-01-2900:49:14

Former Vice President Joe Biden visits the Times boardroom for his endorsement interview. The editorial board pushed him on reparations, his support of the Hyde Amendment, and getting his public option through the senate. Plus: Hagar the Horrible, Haight-Ashbury and a push-up competition.Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Biden's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
In this follow-up to Governor Deval Patrick's visit, the editorial board reacts and shares concerns after Patrick's endorsement interview. Plus, a deeper dive into Patrick's gubernatorial tenure and the Democratic primary field’s foreign policy positions with editorial board member Alex Kingsbury.Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Patrick's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
Deval Patrick: The Interview

Deval Patrick: The Interview

2020-01-2800:44:031

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visits the Times boardroom for his endorsement interview. The editorial board pushed him on his late entry into the race, his moderate proposals for America’s varied crises, and the lingering scandals from his governorship. Plus: “PatrickCare,” a saint for president, and buying new hips vs. soap.Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Patrick's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
In this follow-up to Mayor Pete Buttigieg's visit, the editorial board reacts and shares concerns after Buttigieg’s endorsement interview. Plus, a conversation with board member Jesse Wegman about Democratic primary candidates's pitches for changing the number of justices on the Supreme Court.Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Buttigieg's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg visits the Times boardroom for his endorsement interview. The editorial board challenged Buttigieg on his time at the consulting firm McKinsey, his campaign’s missteps in courting black voters, and the details of enacting his public health option. Plus: inscrutable gym PowerPoints, friending Mark Zuckerberg, and a bettered-flavored mayo.Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Buttigieg's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
In this follow-up to Senator Klobuchar’s interview, the board disagrees with each other about her pitch of stable bipartisanship as the best way to enact progressive policies. The board does agree, however, that the Minnesota senator is a consummate retail-politician and a savvy "creature of D.C." Then, a deeper conversation with board member Brent Staples about the Midwestern appeal in a bombastic political era, and how it could win in 2020. Brent discusses Klobuchar’s potential path to popularity, her campaign’s melody and subtracting a gender quotient when a woman is known as a tough boss. Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Klobuchar's visit to the board at nytimes.com/thechoice.Produced by At Will Media.
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar visits the Times boardroom for her endorsement interview. The editorial board challenged her on her failure to take off in the polls, her plans to make use of executive orders, and reports that she has the highest employee turnover rate in the Senate. Plus: Lindsey the heartbreaker, pipe dreams and Uncle Dick’s deer stand.Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Klobuchar's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
In this follow-up episode, the editorial board reacts to Warren’s interview, discussing the unfortunate polling behind voters excitement to vote for women (just not these women), and how Warren truly has a plan for everything. Then, host Katie Kingsbury is joined by board member Binyamin Appelbaum to compare Warren’s economic proposals to the broader Democratic field. They discuss the support -- or lack thereof -- for her Medicare for all plan, and the answer that made her sound a lot like Donald TrumpFind the unabridged and annotated transcript of Warren's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren visited the Times editorial board next for her endorsement interview. The board pressed how she’ll get her ambitious plans past Mitch McConnell’s Senate, why union workers can’t keep their preferred health care and using trade regulation to encourage the world toward a greener future. Plus: unicorns, billionaire tears and Frances Perkins.Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Warren's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
In this follow-up episode to the editorial board's interview with Andrew Yang, board members react to the entrepreneur's visit and assess his candidacy. Then, host Katie Kingsbury is joined by board member Mara Gay for a conversation about the Yang Gang, age in the 2020 race and the freshness he brings to the Democratic field. Plus: free books, Yang the rockstar and tech bro expectations.Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Yang's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
Andrew Yang: The Interview

Andrew Yang: The Interview

2020-01-2200:44:092

New York entrepreneur Andrew Yang was the next candidate to visit the Times boardroom for an endorsement interview. The board pressed him on his (oddly) regressive economic proposals, his history in college test prep, and how he'd take on Silicon Valley monopolies. Plus: aliens, Shane Gillis and why no one wants to work for the N.S.A.Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Yang's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
Tom Steyer: The Deliberation

Tom Steyer: The Deliberation

2020-01-2100:09:321

In this follow-up episode to the editorial board's interview with Tom Steyer, board members react to the billionaire's visit and assess his candidacy. Then, host Katie Kingsbury is joined by board member Michelle Cottle for a conversation about the impact of impeachment in the 2020 election, and why billionaires seem to think they'd make such good presidents. Plus, an explanation for some of the Steyer interview's awkward moments. Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Mr. Steyer's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
Tom Steyer: The Interview

Tom Steyer: The Interview

2020-01-2100:38:572

California businessman Tom Steyer was the next Democratic primary candidate to visit the editorial board for an endorsement interview. The board questioned why the billionaire is the best messenger for progressive economic change, and press him on his claim that he is the top candidate to combat the climate crisis. Plus: union-busting, racism in America, and a tense exchange on Trump's impeachment.Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Mr. Steyer's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
In this follow-up episode to the editorial board's interview with Senator Bernie Sanders, board members react to the Senator's visit and assess his performance. Then, host Katie Kingsbury is joined by board member Jeneen Interlandi for a conversation about Medicare for all, how it got to be so central to the Democratic primary fight in 2020, and how Sanders's plan stacks up to the other candidate's health care proposals. Plus, sympathy for Melissa.Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Senator Sanders's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was the first candidate to visit the editorial board for an endorsement interview. He presented his vision of ambitious progress for America. The editorial board challenged him to detail how that vision would be executed, especially given his age, his lukewarm record on bipartisan achievements and the deeply polarized state of the nation. The board pressed Senator Sanders over issues from foreign policy and climate change to antitrust regulation and gun violence, and questions on health policy that went beyond his well-known Medicare for All proposal. Plus: cancel culture, the Twitter world and birthday calls.Listen to the bonus deliberation episode, also out today, to hear how the board reacted to this interview, and for a deep dive into the health care proposals on the table in the 2020 election. Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Senator Sanders's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements.Produced by At Will Media.
How We Make Our Choice

How We Make Our Choice

2020-01-1700:05:181

Welcome to "The Choice," a limited-run daily series from The New York Times Opinion section that brings you into the boardroom with presidential candidates interviewing for the biggest job of their careers. In this episode, host Katie Kingsbury introduces you to the Times editorial board, it's members and what a presidential endorsement even means.Every day for two weeks we'll release the board's private interview with a different Democratic candidate, cut down for your podcast feed (read the full unabridged conversations here). We'll also release a daily bonus episode of the board's deliberations after the candidate leaves the room, and go deeper into a different key issue in the 2020 race. In our series finale, you'll hear the board debate all the candidates and make their final decision.We're showing our work in how we came to our choice in order to help you make yours. Our first interview with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops Monday, January 20. Produced by At Will Media.
Welcome to The Choice

Welcome to The Choice

2020-01-1000:01:481

Introducing a limited-run daily show from The New York Times Opinion section that brings you inside the Times boardroom for private interviews with Democratic primary candidates. Every day for two weeks, the editorial board will grill a different candidate, then debate who should receive the institution's endorsement. The first episode of “The Choice” drops Friday, Jan. 17. See you there. Produced by At Will Media.
Comments (7)

Hesam S

As a non-American, I wish we had someone like Bernie Sanders to vote for. And it annoys me how media is treating him. How Americans are not?!

Feb 13th
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Sabitha Tata

Pretty pathetic analysis. Bernie has been the most consistent and trustworthy politician by far. Both of these characteristics are not something you can attest to any politician. But of course this is expected of NY Times.

Feb 1st
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Brandon Smith

Please tell Lauren Kelly to work on her accent. I can't take her seriously with her valley girl draw.

Jan 29th
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Chhitij Pahari

Yang is the best. Please donate at Yang2020.com #YangGang

Jan 28th
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Matt

So far Warren was the best - far better than Bernie

Jan 25th
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Melissa Noakes

Great additional information and honest (though subjective) critique of the candidates. Intelligent voters will use the information and form or solidify their own opinions.

Jan 23rd
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