December 29th, 2007
05:06 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain, Clinton win Concord Monitor endorsements

WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain and Hillary Clinton both picked up primary endorsements from New Hampshire’s Concord Monitor this weekend.

“Earlier in the campaign, when McCain was being counted out, a consultant might have urged a makeover: Lose the moral compass on torture and immigration, ditch the vision for a turnaround in Iraq,” the paper said in a Saturday editorial.

“Not a chance. John McCain held on to his principles and defended them with dignity. New Hampshire residents who vote in the Republican primary should reward that integrity with their votes.”

The Arizona senator has gotten similar nods from almost two dozen Granite State papers. Earlier this week, the Monitor took aim at his chief Republican rival in the state, Mitt Romney, giving the former Massachusetts governor a rare “anti-endorsement.” The two men are just a few points apart in most recent Granite State polls.

The Monitor’s editorial board said Hillary Clinton got their backing because her “unique combination of smarts, experience and toughness makes her the best choice to win the November election and truly get things done.”

“Clinton's ambitious to-do list for her first few weeks in office gives us confidence that her priorities are right and that she would act swiftly to make a positive difference,” the board wrote in an excerpt of its Sunday editorial posted on the paper’s Web site Saturday.

But the board also praised her Democratic rivals, noting “Joe Biden's pragmatic foreign policy” and “John Edwards's insistence that we pay attention to the poorest Americans.”

Barack Obama, who is statistically tied with Clinton in most recent New Hampshire polls, earned high marks from the board. Obama, “more than most, has the power to inspire. The positive tone of his campaign is not a gimmick. He is a serious candidate with sober ideas. For reasons symbolic and substantive, he would also be a nominee Democrats could feel proud to vote for,” they wrote.

New Hampshire’s voters head to the polls January 8.

–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain • New Hampshire
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  1. 'nemesis synthesis'

    America is divided, this is a basic fact.

    Obama will not be able to heal this division. If you listen to his speaches, his rhetoric, he is by far the single most agressive socialist to run on a major party ticket in over 75 years. Right now, this is not what America needs. This will only serve to divide our nation further along extremist lines on both sides of the isle.

    Worse than his economics are his ""foreign policy"" skills. If you listen to what he says, you will realize, he has no basic ability to engage in international diplomacy. He would be no better than our current president, just in the opposite fashion.. Bush is the great decider (lol), and in his footsteps, Obama will be known as the great appeaser. Yes, there will be change under him- and it will be much for the worse. The senate and congress will not allow him to make the few pragmatic and realisitic changes he intends to make, and if he manages to push through a quarter of his vision, he will do us just as much harm as his predecessor has. And in his wake, will be a resurgence of the extreme neo-con movement which propelled Bush into office in the first place.

    Back in 2000, many of the big campaign contributions to Ralph Naders' campagin were not from the green party or its membership. They were from republicians, often by proxy, often directly. The strategy here was simple, and it worked. It can be easily argued that if Nader had not run, Gore would most likely have won the vote of the electoral college.

    The strategy now, is similar. Many of Obama's early supporters were working on behalf of the neo-con movement, with the intent of weakening the democratic front runner, Hillary Clinton. They wanted to divide the democratic party amongst multiple leaders, with the intent of weakening the strongest canidate they have to offer, before the primary elections even begin. They know Obama can not win in a general election against any republican canidate with real experience, and conversely, it would be very difficult to legitimately defeat Hillary Clinton if she secures the Democratic Nomination.

    Speaking as a politically active New Yorker, I can tell you first hand that she is much more moderate in her principles and policies than the media would have people believe. She is pragmatic, and she does have a solid vision which drives her decisions. She is not foolish, however, and knows when her vision of what she believes is right needs to give way to the practicalities of fiscial and political circumstance {this being the place where single minded visionaries like Obama generally fail}.

    Give Obama a couple more senate terms, or perhaps, as vice president under another democratic leader, and maybe in 2016 he will be mentally mature enough for the oval office. Now is not Obama's time. To nominate Obama will be to condem our nation to another 4 years of political misfortune.

    December 30, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Captain-Sky

    Margret Just Because You Connie And Chris Hamilton Think Mr Obama Is The Best Candidate,Let Me Ask You Something,First Why Did He And His Staff Decided To Lose His 10 Years As A State Senate,You Say He Has More Experience Than Hilliary So Why Doesn't He Prove It By Finding Those Records That He And Rezko Has Mysteriuosly ,Axlerod,Burton,And Plouffe,Has Managed To Avoid Since It Were Mention,And He Had No More To Say About Hilliary's Whitehouse Records Which By Law She Doesn't Has To Provide,But Is Willing To Provide As Soon As The Archives Decide To Turn Them Lose.Second Of All Mr Hamiliton,Hilliary Were Responsible For The Appointment Of Madaleine Albright,The Appointment Of Janet Reno As The Attorney General,And Visited Over 80 Country's,Oh I Forgot Obama Were Born Into The Foreign Policy Business In Indonesia,Mr Obama Has Nothing But A Pack Of Lies,First He Wanted To Be The Candidate Of Change,But That Changed Dramatically When He Found Himself Behind By Double Digits To Senator Clinton.The Man Is Well Scripted And Cannot,I Repeat Cannot Get His Point Across Unless He Has A Speech Written By Thoses Defected Losers Of His Who Is In The Background That Are To Cowardly To Come Out And Feel The Heat.Mr Biden Is Full Of BS Just Like Mr Obama And If You Can't Tell The Difference Just Listen To Mr Obama,Biden Is At 3% Why Do You Suppose That is,And Has Not Risen Above That,He Was Ousted For The Presidency In His First Run Mr,Party Members Know Their People And They Know Joe Biden Case Closed.He Has Lots Of Experience On Foreign Policy But He Doesn't Know How To Distribited It In Order To Make It Work For This Country,In Plain Words He Has No Smarts,Or Intelligence Case Closed.Back To That Creep Mr Obama's Lieing A–,All He Has Offered Were Hope & Change,OK Hope And Change To What,Or From What,His Lieing,Personal Attacks,His Misguided Common Sense Which He Has None.People In This Country Has Known The Clintons For Years,Mr Obama Just Happens To Show Up Out Of The Clear Blue Sky With No Records Of His Last 10 Years Of Service And Ask Us To Support Him So I Ask Why,It Literally Scares The S–T Out Of Me That People In The United States Are Still Into This LIAR,And He Tells Them On National Television,And It Rolls Off Like Rain On A Winshield,It's Like Noone Wants To Hear Anything Negative About Mr Obama,But You Crucify Senator Clinton For The Same Thing That You Let Mr Obama Get Away With.BTW She Do Not Deserve The Degrading That She Receives From Her Democratic Party Members,And If It Keeps Up The Demo Party Will Be Lost To The Rethugs For Another 8 Years,Is That What You Democrats Want.

    December 30, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Jason, of Indianapolis

    this is so funny , hillary is smart but does she has the leadership that is needed to bring this country back into the light. Obama , has a two degrees, one from harvard, and one from Columbia. for all of u who don't know that. And for the Clinton camp to suggest that he is drug user and dealer is crazy, he made a mistake we he was younger , so who hasn't. he wrote a letter about being president some day while in kindergarden, so what! Bill smoked weed, o yeah i forgot he said that he didn't inhale(lmao), i hope and pray that this country gets the leadership that will bring about real change, HELLO OBAMA!

    December 30, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Jason, of Indianapolis

    THE CLINTONS ARE IN THE PAST , BRING THEM BACK AND YOU'LL HAVE ALL OF THE LYS AND DISRESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW, HELLO OBAMA, HE HAS 2 DEGREES ONE FROM HARVARD AND ONE FROM COLUMBIA, AND HE GOT IT ALL ON HIS OWN!!!!!!!!!!

    December 30, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. Tommy, Orlando, FL

    Obama is lying, deceptive candidate who is offering the False Hope of "Change". Hillary is Definitely a pratical Choice.

    December 30, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Amstrokay

    In my opinion, I think Josh is myopic. He comments on Hillary sounds histerical.

    December 30, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. scotty

    WHAT PLANET ARE YOU PEOPLE LIVING ON
    HILARY GRADUATED YALE WITH HONORS AND BILL IS A RHODES SCHOLARS
    AND ALL OF YOU ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT HILARY TAKING HER LAW EXAMS TWICE WHICH BY THE WAY IS NOT ABNORMAL – WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING AND WHAT IS YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND???
    SO WHAT IF OBAMA WENT TO HARVARD DOES THAT MAKE HIM SMARTER THAN HILARY
    YOUR LOVELY PRESIDENT ALSO WENT TO HARVARD – HOW SMART IS HE???
    I WILL ADMIT BARAK IS A NICE GUY BUT LISTEN UP PEOPLE HE DOES NOT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE – IF HE GETS IN OFFICE THE REPUGS ARE GOING TO HAVE A HEYDAY – AND WILL GOBBLE HIM UP AND SPIT HIM OUT
    IT'S A FREE WORLD SO VOTE FOR WHOMEVER YOU LIKE
    THESE BLOGS SITE DO CONFIRM ONE THING -HOW STUPID SOME OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE AND THAT'S WHAT GOT US BUSH TWICE
    REMEMBER, WHEN EVERYBODY DIDN'T LIKE AL GORE BECAUSE THEY DID NOT LIKE HIS PERSONALITY- WELL NOW THEY WOULD LOVE TO HAVE HIM GUESS HE HAD THE LAST LAUGH – THAT'S WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY THEY VOTE FOR PERSONALITIES AND HAIRSTYLES-
    I

    December 30, 2007 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. Ali A. Akbar

    Go McCain!

    December 30, 2007 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Mark Modugno

    To Lynn Jensen:

    You talk about Bush's children not signing up to fight the Iraq war. Let me ask you a question. Did we see Hillary's kid sign up? You know that Hillary did vote FOR the war. She then flip-flops and says she is against the war. Now SHE is leading the push to go after Iran. I wouldn't be supprised she says soon she wants to go after Pakistan.

    Guess what friends, this country needs a REAL leader. A leader that was AGAINST the Iraq war from the beginning. A leader that will not fight ANY war unless war is declared by Congress, as stated in the Constitution. As we know, no formal declaration of war was EVER voted on for Iraq.

    We also need a leader that understands the loss of jobs and the gap between that haves and have nots is not because of tax cuts for the rich, but because our dollar is weak and getting weaker. This leader will rid the country of the IRS and the Federal Income Tax allowing ALL of us to keep more of our money.

    This man:
    Dr. Ron Paul
    http://www.ronpaul2008.com

    December 30, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  10. Ryan

    I've said it more than once, "You can't argue with a correct decision!"

    December 30, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  11. Christopher Hamilton

    Reading these comments proves, at least to me, that Hillary is unelectable. And, John William, to your comment about "dog years" I'd rather have successful dog years than years of an unelected First Lady and completely WRONG senator. By the way, Darlene from CA, I live in Washington DC and lived and worked with people from the Clinton Administration. There isn't a single one of them who I'd trust or even liked socially – and I'm a hard-core DEMOCRAT! The Clinton's are a MACHINE, obsessed with power. I liked Bill, I loved some of his policies and I'm grateful for most of Bill Clinton's time in office. But that was BILL, NOT HILLARY. And I'm sorry, but First Lady SIMPLY DOES NOT COUNT. Particularly when you consider the divisive figure she was in the 90's and how abjectly she failed with her health care plan. She says now that Bill won't sit in on National Security Meetings. A) Bill has a higher security clearance than she does, and B) there is NO WAY that Hilllary would not share that information with a former head of state. It's not honest, plain and simple. Plus, and most importantly I think, the country simply DOES NOT WANT A REPEAT OF THE NINETIES! It's the 21st century, and we have major issues to address. And to address them, we need both sides of the aisle. They simply will not come with Hillary Clinton in office. Full stop. Vote Obama '08. It's the only way to get the America we want back into the world.

    December 30, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  12. Joe Chou

    If you have a chance to visit Monterey Park, CA Chinese restaurants in 2000, you would notice 10 out of 10 put up George W Bush pictures at main entrance.

    Now, you go to Monterey Park, CA Chinese restaurants in December, 2007, you would notice almost 10 out of 10 put up Hillary Clinton pictures at main entrance.

    The trend never lie! Everyone understand why Al Gore lost 2000, he lost Cuban community support in Florida (including Key west critical 200,000 votes) and everyone understand Hillary Clinton will win 2008 with Florida, Arkansas, Virginia, and Ohio on her belt in 2008!

    American Chinese understand something those OBAMA and EDWARDS people don't!!!

    December 31, 2007 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  13. Daniel F. O'Keefe

    I like Edwards. He fights for the little guy. His battles are with Big Business, and the Lobby people. He understands that they are for Big Bussiness and will not just surrender there power. We have to take it back from them. They are neither compassinate, nor loving their game is Profits at all cost, and the price is being paid by the poor, and middleclass. We need a drastic change, someone who will stand up to thesefull interest . Dan .

    January 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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