December 23rd, 2007
01:30 PM ET
7 years ago

More papers in key campaign states weigh in

(CNN) - With the first votes of the 2008 campaign cycle just days away, several papers in the key early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire weighed in with their presidential picks Sunday.

In the Hawkeye State, Hillary Clinton won the backing of the Quad City Times – which, among other factors affecting their decision, cited the fact that she “very publicly stood up for her own marriage.”

John McCain got the paper's nod in the Republican race, under the headline: "Time for a real hero."

Both McCain and Clinton were endorsed last weekend by the Des Moines Register, the state’s largest paper.

McCain’s Republican rival Mitt Romney was endorsed by Iowa’s Sioux City Journal, which praised his “ability to reach across partisan divides …. In terms of leadership qualities, he possesses ‘it,’” said the paper, “and the importance of ‘it’ should not be diminished.”

And Clinton’s Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, won the Journal’s backing. The paper said he was “equipped to bring a fractured people together.”

Obama was also endorsed by New Hampshire’s Nashua Telegraph. “There's plenty of experience in Washington,” said the paper. “What's lacking is authenticity, transparency and courtesy. … Obama can provide that leadership, and deserves the support of New Hampshire Democrats.”

The paper will announce its Republican pick next Sunday.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Iowa • New Hampshire
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Mark

    This is a well written story about WHY Hillary Clinton passes test and won the endorsement

    http://www.qctimes.com/articles/2007/12/23/opinion/opinion/doc476dbeaa93608338096560.txt

    ".. we found a proven, passionate, intelligent leader with a breadth of legislative and executive experience that is the best of a good bunch."

    What about Obama? NOT YET.

    Hillary '08!

    December 23, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. dORIAN

    The Quad City Times got it right! And for all the right reasons. GO HILLARY!

    December 23, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. David - Oregon City, Oregon

    Today, the Dallas Morning News editorial board recommends Mike Huckabee for the Republican nomination!

    December 23, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. TJ,hope,ark

    As a life-long Arkansan for 64 years ..and counting, thankfully... I voted for Bill Clinton at every opportunity during his Arkansas years and I even attended his inauguaration in January,1993.
    Sadly,I regret I did not explore the Clintons more diligently back then.
    Had I looked even a little deeper,beneath the tightly controlled local media coverage at that time; I would have discovered their highly questionable morality. My complaints center chiefly from their self-serving hypocrisy which absolutely knows no bounds. As Hillary's duplicity in Bill's deeply ingrained amorality extends far beyond mere "guilt by association", I believe each should be judged, not only by their own actions , but also by the actions of the other. Hillary shares blame equally with Bill's history of dismal Arkansas decisions and should share that blame ...blame for his condoning of the world wide marketing of AIDS/virulent hepatitis tainted blood drawn from Arkansas' prison inmates which continued unabated , despite the profound known risks, throughout the 'Billary' 12-year Arkansas gubernatorial reign (google Factor 8), blame for his turning a blind eye to 15-year-old Janie Ward's murder and subsequent cover up still continuing now decades later (google Janie Ward ); ditto for the murders of 16-year-olds Kevin Ives and Don Henry ( google 'The Boys on the Tracks 'and/or Mara Leveritt ),blame for the atrocious conduct of major associates,e.g. Fahmy Malek M.D. Medical Examiner (google Fahmy Malek).
    After Bill Clinton's 1980 upset loss to investment banker, Frank White, following a first term which featured some courageous idealism, 'Billary' defeated White in 1982 by forswearing those ideals and totally allying themselves thereafter with Arkansas' most unsavory Corporate interests. The Clintons never again challenged the gross environmental pollution practices of the Tyson Poultry Industry,never again challenged the Stephens Financial Imperialism, never again challenged the Waltons' gross employment/marketing/vendor bullying, never challenged Arkansas' incredibly inequitable regressive taxation policy,never challenged the blatant racism extant in every fiber of Arkansas' cultural fabric.
    When 'Billary' graduated from the Arkansas Statehouse to the Whitehouse, they championed every elitest/globalist program the check signers dictated and sold out the disadvantaged and middle classes they've conned repeatedly for thirty years.
    Any serious examination of the Clintons' Arkansas years should derail Hillary's Corporatist ambitions..... if America still represented a just and sane society.

    December 23, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. juliet

    Where Did All the Good Journalism Go?

    December 23, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. John, Fredericksburg Virginia

    Romney is great at reaching across partisan lines because he is the ultimate flip flopper. Check out Romney in a 1994 debate against Ted Kennedy at

    http://www.wakeuplate.com/2007/12/mitt-romney-in-1994.html

    Notice any major changes in his positions.

    December 23, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Vancouver, BC

    The Dallas Morning News also endorsed Barack Obama and wrote an amazing edotorial addressing all of the "so called negatives" that his opponents have been throwing around.

    read it...

    December 23, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Ajay Jain

    Senator McCain just might BEAT Romney in both NH and Iowa! Save the Romney negetive ads for Super Tuesday!! You will need a lot of help that day!!!

    Romney needs ALL the endorsements he can muster even from 1% Tancredo!!! Tancredo drops out and endorses Romney with his one percent following! But Iowa Rep. Steve King has endorsed Thompson. Iowa Rep. Steve King who was backing Tancredo does not even follow his endorsement. Romney must be in dire shape to need the Tancredo endorsement. God save the GOP nomination.

    McCain will be a much better GOP nominee for Hillary to beat. Because he is a war monger! Surge supporter!!

    Rudy has bitten the dust already in the early states. Romney has gone blitz with negativity even before Iowa.

    Go Hillary44 08! http://hillaryis44.org/

    December 23, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. ken

    I don't think endorsements mean anything. Not at all.

    December 23, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Grace, Washington, Iowa

    Hillary got an endorsement because she stood up for an adulterous marriage?

    Unbelievable!

    This country keeps rewarding evil. I would vote Hillary as my president if she stood by a man who knows how to treat a woman right. But for standing up for a patented liar and cheat, she just lost my vote.

    December 23, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. KEITH JAMES LOUTTIT

    In the Hawkeye State, Hillary Clinton won the backing of the Quad City Times – which, among other factors affecting their decision, cited the fact that she “very publicly stood up for her own marriage.”

    Of course, he is her utility.

    John McCain got the paper's nod in the Republican race, under the headline: "Time for a real hero."

    They didn't say that about Hillary did they? Looks like they like McCain over Hillary and Bill. Subliminal message here people.

    December 23, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  12. KrisW, Greensburg, PA

    Glad to see McCain and Obama surging.

    They are my second choices if Huckabee fades.

    December 24, 2007 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  13. Louis, New York

    Ajay Jain .. I wonder if you ever looked at the Congressional record? War Monger?
    Who is sponsoring a bill to start a draft of all men and women ages 18 – 42?
    Democrats or republican war mongers?

    If you guesses Republicans you would be WRONG! Sponsored by a democrat – co sponsored by 2 democrats.

    Check H.R. 393

    I check the facts before i start name calling. Which is why I say.

    ANYONE BUT HILLARY '08

    December 24, 2007 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. Mary - Proud to be an American

    Posted By Grace, Washington, Iowa: December 23, 2007 8:02pm - "Hillary got an endorsement because she stood up for an adulterous marriage?

    Unbelievable!

    This country keeps rewarding evil. I would vote Hillary as my president if she stood by a man who knows how to treat a woman right. But for standing up for a patented liar and cheat, she just lost my vote."
    *******************

    Grace, I guess you're either not old enough to remember – or so old that you've developed selective memory in regards to Jackie Kennedy – who had the courage to stand by her husband when he very publicly humilated her while in the White House, too!!

    I suspect you're either a jilted Gop :( trolling the Democrats topics or one of the small but overly vocal few who love to bash Hillary b/c they're either jealous old biddies or insecure Neanderthals. Everyone is now wise to the extremely crude personal attacks on Hillary - so y'all can give it a rest already = It makes you look like a bunch of self-righteous old maids and redneck wannabes :(

    December 24, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Elaine Medina, Phoenix, AZ

    When the "talking heads" on FOX News are all touting & pushing for Obama as Democratic Presidential Nominee
    - I have to ask Why?

    I don't think it's because they plan on voting for him if he is the nominee.

    I believe the obvious answer to that question is the correct answer: FOX News/right-wing Republicans want Obama to be the Democratic nominee because they believe they can beat him & retain the Presidency.

    Obama's appeal may be wide but does not possess depth & duration over time. Once FOX News & other Right-Wingers like Chris Matthews & Joe Scarborough STOP touting Obama as "the best" Democratic Nominee & START defaming and smearing, as I have no doubt the Republicans will do, then his chances of being elected are exceedingly slim – in view of the plethora of hatefilled smears & distortions currently appearing primarily on the internet.

    December 24, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Chuks

    guys am not american...i do admire your political process a great deal and i am keenly following your on going primary. the GOP side isnt of much interest to me but i am really excited about the democratic party angle. the thot of having either a woman or an african american as president is a huge WOW! to me. I have always been a clinton fan for many reason and I believe hillary will be good for america. this website: http://www.aleftturnforclark.com/2007/12/a_clear_vote_for_hillary_mine.html points out everything i find exciting about her and everything that makes her a winner. pls have a read and all the best as you vote. merry christmas

    December 24, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. HILLARY RULES THE SOUTH , MEMPHIS TN

    GO HILLARY YOU WILL BE PRESIDENT! HILLARY 08, MOM ALWAYS SAYS IF PEOPLE ARE TALKING BOUT YOU THAN YOU MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT YOU GOT AN LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE IN DARKNESS THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR LIGHT GOD IS GOT YOUR BACK SO YOU GO FIGHT AN WIN WE NEED A LEADER WITH YOU EXPERIENCE AN STRENTH TO SAVE AMERICA AGAIN AS YOU AN BILL DID.. WE REMEMBER AND WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AN WE KNOW YOU NEVER FORGET SO FORGIVE THE FOLK ON THIS CHAT FOR THEY DONT EVEN KNOW WHO YOU ARE CHILD. HILLARY O8 ON TO THE GENERAL ELECTION AN THANK GOD YOU DONT HAVE THE FOLK VOTEING ON THIS LINE FOR YOU .. YOU DONT NEED THERE VOTES WE GOT YOU IN THE SOUTH .. LOVE YOU HILLARY 08

    December 24, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Chris, Middletown, CT

    "In the Hawkeye State, Hillary Clinton won the backing of the Quad City Times – which, among other factors affecting their decision, cited the fact that she “very publicly stood up for her own marriage.”
    "
    Huh??? Allowing her husband to have many other women during their marriage and she is being praised for this?? What a crazy world...only thing crazier are her followers who buy her inconsistent nonsense

    December 24, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Grinch in America knows GOP Troll won't vote for Dem anyway

    Hey there Chris :( from Middletown, CT: December 24, 2007 3:54pm - shouldn't you be busy reading the GOP blogs instead of showing off your backwards chauvinistic Neanderthal side ROFLOL (must be about 20-35+yrs old - they seem to have the MOST "insecurity" issues ;) )

    December 25, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Jill, Pittsburgh, PA

    RON PAUL REVOLUTION 2008!
    I endorse Ron Paul. I may not be corporate money bags, but I'm a vote. Put that in your papers, please.

    December 25, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  21. Linda, Albany, Oregon

    What is wrong with you people? Why would anyone want another Clinton in the White House? Hasn't 28 years of Bushes and Clintons been enough? To top that, a woman? Give me a break. Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.

    December 25, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  22. anon middle class america

    Just Say No – To Obama :(

    December 27, 2007 05:46 am at 5:46 am |

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