With the presidential campaign heading into its final week, more newspapers are announcing their editorial endorsements, and in President Carter's case the endorsements often seem reluctant.
The New York Times picked Carter Sunday, saying that although he has 'seemed to be all sail, no boat,' there was an important difference between the candidates. Carter offered 'better goods.'
The Detroit News endorsed Ronald Reagan Sunday, calling him 'a decent man with some different and reasonable ideas about reducing unemployment and inflation while letting the world know _ quietly _ what the nation's foreign policy is.'
The Chicago Tribune, in endorsing Reagan, said his candidacy 'carries with it a sense of mission, of direction, perhaps of change, that more and more Americans want.'
Carter was supported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, which said it backed him 'with grave misgivings.' Neither Carter nor Reagan 'is well qualified by his record in public office,' the newspaper said.
The Minneapolis Tribune opted for Carter in more praising tones, saying, 'Carter is not a failed president. In many ways he has been a good one.'
Independent John Anderson picked up support from the Beaver County, Pa., Times which said Anderson has the 'most promise for leading this nation.' He also got an the endorsement from his hometown paper, the Rockford, Ill., Register Star, from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and from Vermont's largest newspaper, the Burlington Free Press, which said he is 'highly qualified by intellect and experience for the presidency.'
The San Diego Union today endorsed Reagan, saying he 'would unite the American people' and 'restore productivity, prosperity, and strength and make Americans prideful again.'
In West Virginia, the Charleston Gazette declared its support of Carter while the Wheeling Intelligencer backed Reagan. Also today, The Milwaukee Sentinel and the Albuguerque Journal announced they favored the Republican challenger.
Libertarian candidate Ed Clark also picked up an endorsement Sunday _ from the Peoria Journal Star, Illinois' largest newspaper outside the Chicago area. The paper called Clark the only candidate who would attempt to cut the federal bureaucracy.
'America, like Gulliver, is being tied up by millions of little people in the Congress and the bureaucracy _ most of them, like the Liliputians, well-meaning but afraid of what the giant might do if left unrestrained.
'The only political party that proposes to do anything significant about this is the Libertarian Party, and we would like to see it get a big vote.'
Reagan was picked by the Tulsa Daily World, which said, 'There must be a change in leadership at the White House or America is in deep, deep trouble.'
And the Tampa Tribune also went for Reagan, criticizing Carter for ineffectiveness and praising Reagan for his record as California governor.
The Kansas City Star endorsed Carter out of a 'sorry trio of candidates.' It said it supports him 'with some reservations but no regrets when the alternative of Ronald Reagan is considered.'
Carter also picked up endorsements from the Milwaukee Journal, Baltimore News American, Akron Beacon Journal, the Baltimore Sunpapers, the St. Petersburg Times and the Maine Sunday Telegram.
Reagan also won support from the Portland Oregonian, Boston Herald-American, Indianapolis Star, the Greenville, S.C., News-Piedmont, the Asheville, N.C., Citizen-Times, the Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel, the Seattle Times, the Topeka Capital-Journal, The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, the Charlottesville, Va., Daily Progress, and two Louisiana newspapers, the Shreveport Times and the Advocate in Baton Rouge.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press declined to endorse a presidential candidate, saying Carter has been an 'inept president,' Reagan's record has been 'selectively overblown and glorified' and Anderson is not a 'serious candidate.'
The ACA periodically rates congressmen on national issues and adherence to constitutional principles. Hinson's ACA rating for 1980 is 82 percent.
Hinson is opposed for re-election by Democrat Britt Singletary and two independents, Dr. Leslie McLemore and John Wayne McInerne.
The ACA also announced it has endorsed Rep. G.V. 'Sonny' Montgomery, D-Miss., because of his 'consistent voting record for constitutional principles. Montgomery is unopposed for re-election in the state's 3rd district.
Montgomery's cumulative ACA rating for the last 14 years is 86 percent.
Montgomery also has been endorsed for re-election by the National Alliance of Senior Citizens.