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New York Times To Endorse Hillary Clinton & John McCain

Update: Reuters is confirming the endorsement, and reporting that the Times is also endorsing John McCain.

"Hearing her talk about the presidency, her policies and answers for America's big problems, we are hugely impressed by the depth of her knowledge, by the force of her intellect and by the breadth of, yes, her experience," the newspaper said.

"As Democrats look ahead to the primaries in the biggest states on February 5, The Times' editorial board strongly recommends that they select Hillary Clinton as their nominee for the 2008 presidential election."[...]

"Senator John McCain of Arizona is the only Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing from and on behalf of a small, angry fringe. With a record of working across the aisle to develop sound bipartisan legislation, he would offer a choice to a broader range of Americans than the rest of the Republican field," the newspaper said.

The Times said McCain has shown that he has the character to stand on principle, that he was an early advocate for battling global warming and that he was one of the first prominent Republicans to point out how badly the war in Iraq was being managed.

That McCain endorsement isn't going to make the small, angry fringe very happy.
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Radar broke the rumor: link :

New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., has decided to endorse Hillary Clinton for president, Radar has learned. The editorial expressing that view is scheduled to appear this weekend.

New York Times sister paper the Boston Globe had previously endorsed Barack Obama, prior to the New Hampshire primary. The Times has apparently decided to make its endorsement of Clinton public before the Democratic primary in South Carolina this Saturday.

Reached at his office, Times editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal was asked if the paper would be endorsing a white person or a black person for president. "Yes," he replied. He refused any further comment.

If true, I don't think this will have much effect on South Carolina, but it could give Clinton a boost further down the road.

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Comments (2)


YAHOOO! It's about time we had some sanity in the press- Go Hillary!

Steve Crickmore:

It is a curious editorial endorsement Hillary is almost damned by the faint praise.. It has more unalloyed praise for Obama than Clinton and rebukes her sternly for the way she and her husband has run the campaign...Of course, the Clintonites won't be reading the caveats of the endorsement.. The Clintons don't give a 'rip' about criticism the way they run their campign. They are in it to win', as Lee says (any way they can) I think Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. is pretty naive if he thinks the Clintons are going to suddenly change the 'divisive' style once they take the White House again. Any one who is brand name will tell you what sells is a brand name and if you read the editorial that's all they are really endorsing. There might be the other factor of a little country in the Middle East.. but another time for that.


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