(CNN) - The Nashua Telegraph is backing John McCain in New Hampshire’s GOP presidential primary, giving the Arizona senator the endorsement of nearly every major paper in the state.
“At a time when some candidates present themselves to voters as something they haven't always been, we find the Arizona senator to be the genuine article,” the paper’s editorial board wrote in a Sunday editorial. “You might not always agree with his answers, but you won't leave a conversation wondering where he stands.”
The paper praised him for arguing with presidential rival Mitt Romney over the use of waterboarding at the CNN/YouTube debate, for his military service, and for his willingness to cross the aisle over the objections of party leaders.
The Telegraph endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama in an editorial last week. The paper also backed McCain during his 2000 White House run, when the senator won the Granite State’s Republican primary.
New Hampshire’s voters head to the polls on January 8.
With polls indicating dead heats on both sides, turnout on caucus night will be key. (Photo Credit: Mike Roselli/CNN)
(CNN) - Bill Clinton told a group of New Hampshire voters that the "most important" reason to elect his wife Hillary president is that she would be best able to "deal with the unexpected," like another terrorist attack.
“You have to have a leader who is strong and commanding and convincing enough . . . to deal with the unexpected. There is a better than 50 percent chance that sometime in the first year or 18 months of the next presidency, something will happen that is not being discussed in this campaign,” he said at a Saturday campaign event.
“President Bush never talked about Osama bin Laden and didn't foresee Hurricane Katrina. And if you're not ready for that, then everything else you do can be undermined. You need a president that you trust to deal with something that we will not discuss in this campaign. . . . And I think, on this score, she's the best of all,” he said.
A recent memo from John Edwards' campaign predicted the Clinton campaign would try to appeal to voter anxiety over worst-case scenarios. "We know that Senator Clinton will spend the week touting her national security credentials in a move that echoes George Bush's 2004 campaign… We believe Democrats will not be fooled by efforts to play on their fears," wrote Edwards’ deputy campaign manager, Jonathan Prince.
Last week, the former president told another Granite State crowd that his wife was the most qualified to deal with issues like climate change and terrorism, compared to other candidates with less experience. He added that "how we meet those challenges will determine whether our grandchildren will even be here fifty years from now at a meeting like this listening to the next generation's presidential candidates."
–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand
OSKALOOSA, Iowa (CNN) - Kathy Krafka Harkema, 47, calls herself a lifelong Iowa caucus-goer. But with five days until the 2008 caucuses, she says she's never seen a race like this one.
"There are so many people still deciding, there are even people deciding between which party they want to caucus for," she said Saturday, picking apart a piece of pound cake inside Smokey Row Coffee House before Mitt Romney popped in for a brief campaign stop.
Krafka Harkema, a Republican who works in public relations, called it "the most spirited caucus activity I've ever seen in my lifetime" and said that TV airwaves and mailboxes are saturated with campaign pitches. Her family held a mini-caucus over Christmas, she said, with Romney winning.
"I see people my age who are caucusing for the first time. There's no clear frontrunner in either party, so people feel like they have more power and more of a voice this year," she said.
She said all the Republican candidates "have pluses and minuses," but she recently came around to Romney because she likes what she said is his level-headed, managerial pitch. Rival Mike Huckabee, she said, has injected too much religion into the race.
After seeing Romney speak in person for the first time Saturday, Krafka Harkema was assured.
"That sealed it," she said, walking over to shake Romney's hand.
- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby