COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - John McCain netted the endorsement of the Greenville News on Sunday, his second major newspaper endorsement of the day in South Carolina.
McCain's other endorsement today, by South Carolina's largest newspaper, The State, was not unexpected among political observers in Columbia.
The Greenville News endorsement, however, will be read over by thousands of Upstate conservatives, many of them weekly churchgoers, who dominate the Republican primary electorate in this state.
The Arizona senator was badly beaten in the Greenville-Spartanburg metro area by George W. Bush in the 2000 primary, largely due to evangelicals who rallied behind Bush. Business has boomed in Greenville in the last eight years, bringing economic and fiscal concerns to the fore there.
The newspaper criticized McCain's early opposition to President Bush's tax cuts, but said McCain's military experience was the deciding factor in their decision.
"No issue is more important than this nation's security, and no Republican on Saturday's ballot is better qualified to offer steady, tested, reassuring leadership than Arizona Sen. John McCain," the paper wrote.
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
McCain is by far the strongest leader. He is the ONLY republican canidate that can beat either Hillary or Obama.
For all those Romney fans, your canidate will set back the republican party about 10 years. We will not only lose the white house by a LARGE majority, we would also lose more seats in the senate AND any chance of us picking up a supreme court justice or two.
The latest head to head poll between Romney and the democrate counter parts has Romney LOSING by 18-22% points. His favorable rating in the general election is under 40%.
McCain by far is the strongest republican candidate. He is stronger than romney with Independents, stronger than Romney with Hispanics, Stronger than romney with Evangelical Christians. McCain is more consistant on his voting record.
Romney has mismanged his campaign to the tune of $100 million dollars spent and only having two 2nd place showings. And you want this guy to run our country? America and the Republican party needs a true leader and John McCain is that person.
Make a difference Michigan.
I love those Mitt Romney fans who say that it is the "liberal medias" fault on why Romney is having issues. Romney is having issues because Romney did an about face on almost every major issue.
Do remember that Romney outspent all his rival together in Iowa and couldn't do any better than a weak second place finish. He outspent all the republican canidates combined in NH and could not come out better than a weak second place finish.
His campaign is now on life support and the only thing the Romney folks can do is rip John McCain. They realize that if he doesn't win michigan it is over. Even if he wins Michigan, he may have to write himself another 20-30 million dollars just to be viable. There is rumors out there that he already has put in close to $25-$30 million of his own money in. Guess if you can't win an election on message, your other option is to just buy it. But remember NH and Iowa Mitt. Money can't buy you love.
If the GOP does not nominate McCain then its totally over for them in November.
Love him or loathe him, he is the only one of the Republicans who has any chance to stop the Democrats taking the White house.
out of the other front runners.
Romney does not have a hope in November, would be smeared with the same brush as Kerry was in 2004, as a rich, out of touch, flip flopper and most people don’t want a Mormon President. He hasn't got a chance in hell of winning, no one respects someone who will do or say anything to be president.
Giuliani carries too much baggage from his personal life that can be too easily exploited in a general election.
Huckabee would do surprisingly, he could bring over a lot of moderate democrats and even Religious African Americans and Hispanics but would have trouble keeping the GOP base in tact because the so called 'Rockefeller Republicans' might chose Clinton or Obama or even Bloomberg. So its hard to say whether he can take enough votes from the Democrats to offset his loses from the Republican base.
The Reality is only McCain has any chance of winning in November as all the polls show. This is because the American people are looking for change after 8 years of Bush but also change from the vicious partisan politics that have engulfed America since the election of Bill Clinton in 1992. The reality is this, the American people are looking for a candidate that can appeal to both sides, is rooted to the centre and is not a slave to Ideology. McCain is the only candidate of both parties who can do this which is why you should vote for him in the primaries unless you would prefer the Democrats controlling both the Congress and the Presidency…
john, as i said before,thank you for your service in viet nam, now go buy a house on a lake somewhere,write your memoirs and let this go,im sorry john youve just been here too long, and, up until you backed bush i thought a stand up guy, but you really need to pick your friends a little better, and leave this to someone else,go fishing john, take your grandkids on world trip, anything but president,
Wow... the guy who wants us to be in Iraq for at least the next CENTURY... America... why do you hate yourself so???
John McCain is a man of the past who wants a 100 year war in Iraq and is against the Bush tax Cuts.
Mitt Romney is true American Leader who will bring jobs back to Michigan and not give up on them like McCain.
I'm Korean. I think USA's president will be Obama. He has large CAPACITY, and good leadership. I'll support him connectly, when the election over.
Consulation - I'm 14 years old THANK YOU
As a Mother of a Border Patrol Agent, I cannot vote for Senator John McCain. His bill in the Senate was Amnesty and the American people understand the difference. He is THE SENATOR from Arizona and has just now decided to listen to the American People? I commend his service to our Country, but I will be voting for Fred Thompson- he is the only conservative in the race.
jack January 13, 2008 4:36 pm ET
Jose Card – Independent
You must be a republican. This country is so imbalanced. We are paying taxes just to be taken out of this country to help other countries with things that don't matter? You must be kidding me. There are families who would do better if they get some help and I welcome that!
I probably lean more towards Dem first, then Republican, and now I am a registered Independent.
I like the disciplinary part of the Republicans and small government.
I dislike the rigid structure of the Republican party.
I like the non-unison part of the Democrats. I dislike the mentality of total dependence on the government and a large government. Dems used to stand up to big corporations and now there are more cases of conflicts of interest between the lobbyists and Dems.
Big corporations are not evil, but they have gone too far in taking over our country.
They argue that if our politicians don't keep cheap labor in the U.S., they will go under or move overseas. Since employed workers mean votes, politicians will bend the rules for big corporations. After big corporations use lobbyists to squeeze more out of us, we have the poor class for these politicians to rescue and garner more votes like heroes.
It is a win-win design between big corporations for profits and the politicians who take big donations from big corporations for votes. The consumers, the voters are the losers. Corporations are for profits. There is no free lunch.
I am very disappointed by the two parties. I am sorry if I sound like a Republican sometimes. I like McCain, Ron Paul and Obama. Neither McCain nor Ron Paul is with the main stream Republicans. Obama is more qualified than Hillary, and he carries a voice of conviction much stronger than Hillary's.
"HRC lacks conviction of anything." – Bill's former adviser, Prof. Reich of UC Berkeley.
A true leader needs a convincing voice to lead a nation.
I understand the pain of poverty as I was once poor.
Jack! Please join us, the Independents!