The Choice

The Choice

The New York Times Opinion

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.

20 Episodes

  • The Choice

    The Argument: Why Endorse Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar?

    36:58

    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
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    Not Our Choice to Make

    28:28

    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.
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    Joe Biden: The Deliberation

    19:48

    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.
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    Joe Biden: The Interview

    48:15

    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.
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    Deval Patrick: The Deliberation

    17:28

    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.
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    Deval Patrick: The Interview

    43:04

    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.
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    Pete Buttigieg: The Deliberation

    14:44

    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.
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    Pete Buttigieg: The Interview

    51:41

    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.
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    Amy Klobuchar: The Deliberation

    16:40

    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.
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    Amy Klobuchar: The Interview

    50:23

    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.

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