December 3rd, 2007
10:39 AM ET
6 months ago

McCain thanks Union-Leader for endorsement

McCain won the New Hampshire Union-Leader's endorsement Sunday.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sen. John McCain thanked the New Hampshire Union-Leader for endorsing him for president in a quick campaign stop at the newspaper's offices Monday morning in snowy Manchester.

The Arizona Republican said he thought the nod from the conservative newspaper was vital to his White House run, though he added it would not guarantee votes.

The endorsement of the state’s largest daily is a serious boon to any Republican presidential candidate, although the editorial board has had a spotty win-loss record over the past few cycles – it backed Pat Buchanan over George H.W. Bush, and supported Steve Forbes in his 2000 presidential run. On Monday, Union Leader publisher Joseph McQuaid compared that decision to its choice this cycle: Forbes, said McQuaid, was the most conservative candidate running in that race – this time, it's McCain.

The newspaper announced the highly coveted endorsement in a front-page story Sunday.

– CNN Katy Byron and Sareena Dalla


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  1. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    So what union did the union leader represent? Are we talking about a GOP talking head Newspaper??? Boy talk about a wierd new story. Union's don't protect us. Look at the most recent cave-in by GM, Chrysler employees. They forfeited the futures of future employees by allowing drastic starting pay–CUTS. Then to appease the industry–they got a one time big pay-off, and now the Unions will be shouldering 100% of the healthcare costs for it's retirees. The companies? Well–the current and outyears cost-cutting will be a windfall and create new construction money so they can build more manufacturing in Mexico. These particular Unions are castrated goats.

    December 3, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Bob, Delaware, OH

    He (McCain) needs to retract his "lets have a christian for president" statement and make amends to those he injured with his words

    December 3, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Frank, San Diego

    When you look at the past experiences of MUL endorsed candidates, maybe McCain would be better off rejecting their endorsement rather than thanking them for it.

    I'd never vote for McCain (or any other Republican) but I would like to see him catch a few breaks after the way his own party has treated him over the years.

    December 3, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    I FOR ONE WONT READ THE UNION LEADER NOR VOTE FOR A SINGLE PERSON RUNNING FOR OFFICE! I HAVE WRITTEN TO ALL OF THE SENATERS AND CONGRESSMEN AND GOVERNORSAND MAYORS AND NEWSPAPWERS TV NEWS AND NOBODY WOULD RESPOND TO MY STORY ABOUT HOW EVIL AND RACIST THE PEOPLE AND IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ARE! ESPECIALLY THE SO CALLED GREAT pINLERTON HIGH WHO IS VERY RACIST AND CANT TEACH CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS! SHAME ON ALL OF YOU

    December 3, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    FORGET YOU MCCAIN

    December 3, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Joe, Boston, MA

    Is this guy still in the race? Please McCain, go away. We're all set with your type of governing and scare tactics. Retire already!

    December 3, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Chris Giroux, Nashua, NH

    The Union-Leader clearly does not have any sort of measurement of America's political pulse. The nation, both Republicans and Democrats alike, are tired of this administration's consistent inconsistency in keeping their word and fulfilling campaign promises. Allowing for Senator John McCain to win such an endorsement shows that The U-L is out of touch with America, and, more importantly, the great state of New Hampshire.

    December 3, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Jed in Texas

    The right wing news paper has nothing to do with labor unions.The auto unions have been black-mailed into their contracts by the "one world government neo-cons",whom espouse Globalization is good for all of us,yes we should all make 25 cents an hour while they make millions! Just one big happy world family serving the rich...isnt it just grand?

    December 3, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. ne,pa

    This man annoys me like no other!

    He thrives on war! Weak on immigration!

    Hot headed and bizarre behavior.

    A Bush kiss-up.

    P.S. McCain, Stop say "my friends" when you speak. I find that insulting!

    December 3, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. Jose Card

    "We don't agree with him on every issue. We disagree with him strongly on campaign finance reform," the paper wrote in its Sunday edition. "What is most compelling about McCain, however, is that his record, his character, and his courage show him to be the most trustworthy, competent, and conservative of all those seeking the nomination. Simply put, McCain can be trusted to make informed decisions based on the best interests of his country, come hell or high water." – NH Union-Leader.

    Senator McCain is a man of conviction.

    December 4, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  11. revsource

    I will be an interesting outcome. These two combined could create a potential democratic ticket that would give a good fight.

    Target Resource Marketing shows them both displaying huge stat counts.

    December 4, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |