California businessman Tom Steyer was the next Democratic primary candidate to visit the editorial board for an endorsement interview. He's running as the only Democratic candidate who understands how the economy works, and if net worth is any measure, he might be right. 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. Listen to the bonus deliberation episode, also out today, to hear how the board reacted to Steyer's interview and for a conversation with board member Michelle Cottle on why billionaires think they'd be great presidents. Plus a look into how Trump's impeachment is influencing the 2020 election. Find the unabridged and annotated transcript of Mr. Steyer's visit to the board at nytimes.com/endorsements. Produced by At Will Media.
For over 150 years of elections, The New York Times editorial board has endorsed a presidential candidate. In 2020, we’re bringing you to the table with us as we interview potential nominees, and take you behind the scenes for our internal debates over who should get the endorsement. For the first time in NYT Opinion history, we’re showing our work and sharing how we came to our choice, to help you make yours. For full transcripts of each interview, visit nytimes.com/endorsements.