January 6th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain wins major Michigan endorsement

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Senator John McCain picked up the endorsement of one of Michigan's largest newspapers Sunday, just a little over a week before that state holds its Republican primary.

In an editorial published Sunday, the Detroit Free Press wrote that while the paper "differs with McCain on a number of issues, the Arizona senator is a smarter, more tested pragmatic leader who has shown since 2000 that he knows how to build bipartisan alliances around issues ... He would be a formidable candidate for a party that needs one."

The Free Press endorsed McCain during his bid for the White House in 2000. The Detroit News also recently backed the Arizona senator.

The Michigan endorsements are unwelcome news for rival Mitt Romney, whose history with the state runs deep. He was born and raised there, his father was once Michigan's governor and he kicked off his campaign there last February.

But the paper was cool to his presidential ambitions Sunday. "Michigan-born former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has morphed into what he seems to believe is the perfect conservative Republican in pursuit of the presidential nomination," The Free Press wrote.

"Romney has been a capable manager of every challenge he has ever faced, and his Michigan roots might help a state that surely needs more friends in Washington, but who knows what Romney might morph into in the White House?"

Polls taken before the Iowa caucuses showed an unsettled Republican race in Michigan.

–CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson

Filed under: John McCain • Michigan • Mitt Romney
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Jim

    Hey everyone......CNN found someone dumber then Carter to prop up on their front page to suit their ANTI American agenda.

    Congrats "liberal central"........!

    January 6, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    OF COURSE, MOST ALL OF THE NEWSPAPERS IN THIS COUNTRY ARE VERY LIBERAL AND WILL TEMPORARILY PROP UP MC CAIN, WITH THEIR DRIVE-BY MEDIA, BECAUSE THEIR CANDIDATE, HILLARY, IS SCARED TO DEATH OF ROMNEY. BUT THEY WILL SMEAR MC CAIN, ONCE HE GETS THE REPUBLICAN NOD.
    THIS IS A NO-BRAINER AMERICA.

    January 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    If America wants the so-called "comeback kid", then America will simply comeback to the same old policies from the past. We will come back to the old Republican Merit System that Bob Dole was the recipient of. Remember now? Ah yes, that's right. And do you remember how the Clintons clobbered him back then? No wonder Mc Cain is now getting kudos for his performance from the Clinton Camp. They would love to prop him up.
    DO THE MATH AMERICA.

    January 6, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Mike, NY

    What good are bipartisan alliances when the policy they create is utter garbage? Do we want more McCain-Feingold? Do we want more No Child Left Behind? Do we want more wars and more occupation of foreign lands? Do we want our troops to be stationed in Iraq for 100 years or more?

    This whole, "McCain can get things done," mentality doesn't mean squat when the things in question are horrible for the country.

    January 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Cole, Lexington MA

    John McCain smarter than Romney? That's freakin' hilarious! Romney graduated as valedictorian of his college class and went on to earn a joint MBA and JD degree from Harvard. McCain can't touch Romney as far as smarts are concerned. He's not even in the same league.

    January 6, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Karen Houston TX

    Romney bashing is getting old. Can the press not talk about his many obvious qualifications? The man is brilliant.

    January 6, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    Can any of these Partisan Presidential Candidates conceive of the federal government method without the parties?

    I'll ask it again: can any of these partisan Presidential Candidates understand the intent of the Constitution?

    January 6, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Debbie FROM MICHIGAN

    THIS ENDORSEMENT AS ANY OTHER THIS ELECTION FROM ANY ONE SOURCE SHOULD MEAN NOTHING!!! WE MUST USE OUR COMMON SENSE, LOOK AROUND OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT IF WE ARE SO BLESSED, AND
    ASK OURSELVES THIS QUESTION? ARE WE BETTER OFF THAN EIGHT YEARS AGO?? I KNOW MY FAMILY IS STRUGGLING AND VERY DISILLUSIONED WITH
    OUR CURRENT "HIGHEST PAID PUBLIC SERVENT" AND HIS CRONIES. NO,
    THIS ENDORSEMENT MEANS NOTHING. THE MEN BEHIND THIS PAPER HAVE
    MORE MONEY THAN THEY NEED. AND THE MAJORITY OF MICHIGAN DOESN'T LIVE LIKE THAT, WHY DO WE CARE WHAT POMPUS PEOPLE LIKE THAT THINK
    ABOUT POLITICAL RACES?? WE IN MICHIGAN NEED CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. NOT FOUR MORE YEARS OF REPUBLICAN RULE. AND IF THIS DETROIT PAPER CARED ABOUT ITS READERSHIP, IT WOULD SEE THEY ARE
    STRUGGLING AND ENDORSE /EMBRACE CHANGE.

    January 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Mrjimbo

    Funny how Mitt Romney keeps getting hit from ALL sides.
    This should serve as another example of how Romney is the Ideal
    man for the tough job ahead for our country. McCain has done nothing
    but sell out to the left the last 6 years, and this paper calls it "Bipartisanship".

    January 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. MARY

    Don't they get it yet. The old steady hand argument isn't going to work this time. Gas is at 3.00/gallon. Everything has gone up in the grocery store. We are hurting out here! We are through of being used by the fiscal right to keep them in power. We are a coming, pitch fork and all, to take back what was stolen from us. We gave you power but you did not deliver. You continued to store up gold and silver for yourselves. You thieved from the people and spent their childrens inheritance. The marriage is over! The lamb is not lying with the lion any longer! Why were we so ignorant to make a covenant with the lovers of money? Enough is Enough!

    January 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Joe

    Liberal newspapers support liberal candidates...hence, John McCain being the media darling.

    Wake up Republicans and Independents...these liberals want McCain because he is for amnesty and for raising taxes.

    January 6, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Matt

    McCain is as true a conservative as there is but American is badly confused by fake liberals and phony conservatives.

    The definition of these terms are never considered by the chronic-know- nothings only labels and slogans that have us where we are right now.

    Liberals stand by while phony conservatives spend away a decades of your future as they wait to raise your taxes and blame the power hungry GOP status Quo Party.

    Anyone that is hated by the lunitic fringe far left and far right is qualified to get this job done! The rest are sucking up in true political fashion while McCain pays for his straight talk with lost donations.

    The only question left is: will we have a new president bought with payola or one whose words are true?

    So Yea he scares a lot of people and powers-that-be who are used to getting what they pay for.

    Who can bring America back together? A finger pointing devisive nay-sayer?

    Think! Who has the military credentials to solve our biggest problems and restore respect for America across the world?

    January 6, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. jay

    FWIW both Boston daily newspapers (the liberal Globe and the conservative Herald) have endorsed McCain over Romney as well. These two papers have by far the biggest circulation in Massachusetts, where Romney was recently governor. Also, none of the newspapers in neighboring NH endorsed Romney, and one of them even gave him an anti-endorsement (anyone but Romney).

    Those who know him best, don't seem to care for him.

    January 6, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Peter, Dover NH

    Credibility is THE issue; The Change we want is to believe our political leaders.

    What confounds the solution to most of America’s toughest problems is the US governments’ utter loss of credibility. When anyone in power speaks you just can’t believe them because again and again we have been tricked. The reason everyone is turning on Mitt is not just the Flipping, it’s because he lacks credibility. If somehow he could beat any Democrat, I simply can stand the idea or another 4 years of dishonesty. America can’t stand this. Our world wide prestige took a huge hit from this when with the events of 911 we should have had a bank of goodwill. Mitt simply is not authentic. He is fabricated. Last night he even said he never claimed that McCain wanted Amnesty. Does he think we are suckers? John McCain and the other are authentic. What separates McCain from the others is experience and a demonstration of courage under fire.

    NH won’t be bought. Return credibility to our government. Vote McCain with me on January 8th.

    January 6, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Matt, New York, New York

    John McCain is the only one who can turn things around in Iraq. Funny how its the number one issue when we're losing but when the McCain endorsed surge works, everyone focuses on less important issues. When the United States declares victory in Iraq then you can tamper with the economy to prop it up and deport all the Mexicans you want. Until Iraq and Afghanistan are secure then all minor issues will be meaningless.

    Foreign policy experience is much more important than anything. Let McCain fix America's reputation then you can have that vague kind of change you all seem to crave.

    January 6, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. Patty D.

    Jeez. Looking at some of these posts and it makes me wonder what some of these people are thinking. About the tax issue, Bush and the Republicans gave the rich and big business a break, while the middle class foots the bill. Here we have two wars and the rich are still profitting. And give me a break about the liberal media! Faux News and other stations gave Bush a free pass in the war in Iraq. Now we barely hear about Iraq and Afghanistan at all. As for McCain, I'm not voting for him. I'm not voting for any Republican this time. The 109th congress was worst ever. By not asking questions of Bush and his adminstration we are mired so deep in the pit Bush and his cronies foisted on us.

    January 6, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. FAIR TAX,LA.

    GEAUC HUCK AND THE FAIR TAX!!

    January 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. michael, Gladstone, MO

    ... or perhaps these newspapers, many of which tend to be more corporate and less "liberal" than people who truly pay attention to anyone besdes O'Reilly and Limbaugh would think, have decided that a candidate that would morph his positions and say anything just to get elected (remember 2000 and the "no nation building" and "fiscal yet compassionate conservative" and "uniter not a divider") is perhaps not the best for the country. The editorial endorsements, while a throwback, are done with the entire board, which usually consists of liberals, moderates and conservatives. These newspapers are increasingly more concerned with the bottom line rather than being "liberal elites." And when it's said and done, McCain is not so much a liberal darling as a candidate who would be a known commodity to keep things safe for corporations than an untested person who might screw things up in a different direction or deeper in the same direction. Trust me, the true media power brokers don't care about sabotaging a Republican candidate for a Democratic win.

    January 6, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    ... looks like the old "let's vote for Mitt because he looks presidential" crowd is out tonight.

    Intelligence is fine: but how do you use it? He can't decide which side of any issue he is on from one year to the next. The Mitt you vote for now may not be the Mitt you get for the long haul ... just ask the people of Massachusetts.

    Doesn't the fact that local newspapers and people in his own state and the neighboring states don't support him? Ask yourself if maybe, just maybe, they know more about him than you do?

    I'm enjoying seeing Mitt fold under pressure – all sweetness and light when he was the so-called "front-runner" but now that he's being challenged, watch the tone, the style, the ads, the body language turn nasty and hostile ... all without a hair out of place. This is the man we want taking to word leaders? I don't think so!

    January 6, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. Jim

    Everyone needs to get serious about this election. McCain is far too old and in
    questionable health..McCain cannot identify with the young families today struggling with high food and gas prices. If a health issue arises, thats where the
    focus will be. McCain out!
    Clinton. If Bill were not around, would she even get a first look? Hillary out!
    OBama, Edwards and Romney,Huckabee................One of these 4 will be the
    next President,.
    An Independent!

    January 6, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  21. Shua Nedy

    People keep talking about McCain's endorsement by the "liberal media" – but its by the conservative media too. McCain also received, for example, the endorsement of the Detroit News, which has never endorsed a Democrat in the general election.
    Meanwhile, some liberals like McCain for the same reason many conservatives like Obama – integrity and vision.

    January 6, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Ingrid

    Yet another reason why I moved out of Michigan permanently twenty years ago.

    January 6, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. Mike

    McCain is not a "Washington" insider. His record is a rare breed that fights wasteful spending and contract abuse. The Office needs McCain's integrity and honor as much as a dollar bill needs Washington's portrait. Likewise without these critical components the Oval Office and Dollar Bill is worthless and ineffective.

    January 6, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  24. Mike

    Dear Alice (Center Harbor), your lake is beautiful. Romney finally got an endorsement, the Weirs Times (I thought that was entertainment guide for vacationers). Boston Globe does support Mitt for a reason. The Boston Herald for the same reason. Then add most of the other major newspapers in NE except the Weirs Times (lol). Romney is a sham. His companies have pillaged and even got caught defrauding Medicare (Damon Co), and that is why he says "pharmaceutical companies are good guys..." He aint going to fix health care – he'll line the pockets of his oligarch, robber baron, cronies. Bain's $60B in management and it pulls a lot of levers. It is as much as the USA's annual Medicare fraud = $60B. Guess who pays for that? U & I Guess who contributes to it? the 'good guys' who blame all the cost on 'technology and dead beats' – they are pathetic and need to be stopped so that we the 'suckers' earning every dollar who cannot afford the gouge of health care cost do not continue to pay for the fraud, abuse, political influence/special interests, and greed. That is the health care problem – I know, I worked in it for 15 years (don't be shammed)

    January 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. Mike

    Correction: Boston Globe does NOT endorse Mitt

    January 6, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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