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
If it is McCain vs. Hillary or Obama, I'm voting McCain.
A 60-vote filibuster proof majority for Democrats?
The people who claim that “ITS NOT AMNESTY, THEY HAVE TO PAY A SMALL FINE”- McCain is the biggest threat against the Democrats are attempting to fool us. This guy would be a disaster as President. He is a well-known hot head in the senate. Absolutely the last person we want with his finger on the nuclear trigger. This very, very old man in reality would lose in possibly the largest landslide vote it history. He would probably even lose his home state of Arizona. McCain’s illegal alien amnesty bill has so infuriated Arizonans that they just enacted the harshest law is the country to get rid of his beloved illegals.
The McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill had failed by only a few votes when it came up last year in the Senate. 7 Republicans joined 39 Democrats voting for it. Obama and Clinton both supported the amnesty bill. You know what will surely be one of the first bills to pass in 2009.
A few weeks ago Mitt Romney was way ahead. That’s when the Democrats went into action, mobilizing the press against Romney. A Romney nomination would be a real challenge to the Democrats in the general election.
Not only does he brings a blue state over to the Republicans next November, enacted a non-government paid universal health care plan that would neutralize that issue advantage for Democrats.
The media is doing its best to downplay Mitt Romney’s chances. And they just may succeed. The New Hampshire winner and Republican pariah John McCain is all the buzz now. McCain has a previous win in Michigan and he is riding a wave of positive press coverage to a possible win just a few days from now. This will further damage Mitt Romney’s chances and may ensure the Democrats will face a much weaker opponent in the general election.
Romney unites the fiscal, security, and yes, this Mormon family man will even unite the social conservatives in the general election. Either a Huckabee or McCain nomination would divide and depress the Republican turnout, boosting the Democrats to a big win. Maybe even an increase in the Senate to a 60 vote majority.
Please think again if you are planning on voting for McCain or Huckabee.
IT’S THAT IMPORTANT!!
People are starting to realize that this guy is the best candidate out there. Despite his position on the war, which is very unfavorable to many people, he is the guy that can lead this nation. Experience and integrity do matter. As for Irag, I'm sick of the "war hawk" talk the liberal posters love to espouse. He is about the only one that can actually appreciate how bad war is, but that it is a necessary evil sometimes. You really think he doesn't realize the sacrifice of our troops??This "senile" old man you love to run down is one of those that went to bat for his country, so you ***holes could enjoy the right to sit on your computer and make your dissenting comments about him and our country. Obama hasn't done squat, and Hillary just wants to turn our country into a Socialist nation. Remember that when you cast your vote.
Dont let fear play a role in electing McCain for president. McCain supports trade deals that have virtually destroyd Americas middle class and He joined up with liberal Ted Kennedy to attempt to push thru an amnesty for illegal aleins bill that would have been a disaster that would increase illegal immigration. Mc Cain is just another corporate puppit and all his votes and positions show this with out a doubt !
Thank you endorsing MCCain, I feel he is a real hero. I know he loves the USA, and it's people no matter who they are. He reminds me of our founding fathers, who were courages, loved this infant country, were true to their values. Loved the people, and would do what a takes to move the country to greatness. He is real and he is (The living great American, of our time.) He deserves the honor of being the leader of the Greatest Nation in the World. I cannot imagine any other candidate that deserves that honor. If he does not win the primary, my vote is going to HIllary. I have 8 grandchildren,and it worries me that they are on the OBama, bandwagon ( and they seem to be hypnotized by his campaign, yes he is young vibrant, they want change, and reiterate those words, "Yes We Can" We are having serious discussions at home, and the outcome is very interesting.
My husband and children, are behind McCain, but my grandchildren I am afraid is not.
Anything he can do to contribute to the blocking of the evil Mitt Romney is a good thing.
It's too bad McCain can't actually win the White House, but these endorsements are good news to those of us entertained by watching Romney, who is not in a 'do or die' situation, his campaign is over, he has just failed to realize it.
If you need a Rambo call McCain he knows how to make war.
McCain is always beating on the WAR DRUM.
The Liberal paper endorsing him, just wants a candidate that Obama can beat.
McCain is yesterdays man, and he was 30 years ago.
McCain is too old
I vote for Hillary will mean more social programs. When will someone stand up and say GET OFF YOUR *SS and better yourselves. I know the economy is bad, but we as a people need to stop depending on the Clintons to save us.
Hillary assumed her name, status, power, and money would be all that it takes to win. I think she underestimated Obama.
For all you Hillary supporters, she is only targeting BLACKS, HISPANICS, AND SINGLE WOMEN. Why? Becasue she assumes these are the poverty stricken, low income, and un-educated people are found. At least Obama's vision, whether clear or not, does include everyone. IT'S TIME FOR THE CLINTON'S TO PACK IT UP. No one wants to talk about what kind of President Bill Clinton was. Everyone is assuming that he was a great president. WHEN WILL HILLARY STOP RUNNING ON WHAT SHE AND BILL DID IN THE PAST!
Too bad all these newspapers can't shave 10 years off of his age.
McCain is TOO OLD and a 1 termer at best.
Get a reality check, people!
Another thing I like about McCain is his health care plan. He asked everyone to take responsibility for their own health, instead of completely depending on the government or the health insurance company.
I totally agree with personal responsibility.
President Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
All McCain asks of you is to ask what you can do for yourself by keeping yourself in shape and eating healthy.
I think everyone should pay some premium and a copay to control waste in health care and keep us from going bankrupted. Those that cannot pay need to do community services for their share if they are able bodies.
I DO NOY CARE
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!
WOW Another lib paper backs insane McCain, who cares, he likes illegals to come into this country, he thinks he should have the presidency handed to him, he's a crazy old man nad forgets who he is and where he is going most of the time, that is when he is taking his meds.
He gets upset and yells like Hitlery does, so what is the difference between the two?
He's bad news like Hickupbee is.
McCain is still crazy, no matter who endorses him. The media is in the tank for this nutball.
I DONT THINK MCCAIN WILL GET THE GOP NOM.. I THINK ROMNEY WILL OR HUCKABEE.. CLINTON WILL GET THE DEM NOMINATION.. CLINTON 08
These endorsements are hilarious. I used to be an editor and it is beyond me why anyone would give a bunch of editors any more credence than anyone else. Paper endorsements are relics of the past, but the media love to self-report them.
McCain is a has been and has already had his chance of becoming president.
He has always been a Bush man and pushed for the surge in iraq, and money
for them to waste on the illegal war.
He has no votes in our house hold.
It's been predicted that he'll have to bow out of the presidential race due to his
I tried 4 years ago to get McCain nominated. I am once again going to vote for the person with the most exp. Someone commented on his age...Experience comes with age. Does Hillary ,Obama have the exp? I don't see any other republican with the years of exp. I will absolutely NOT vote for Hillary....PLEASE...Clinton..Clinton...Bush...Bush...WE NEED CHANGE.
do not use mccain and founding fathers in the same sentence. He is far from one. He was a war hero but nothing more.
The last thing I trust to make my decisions for me are a newspaper. For those of us in America who believe in the underlying unalienable right of independence, including of thought, let the papers, liberal or conservative, endorse who they will. We in America will vote the way we want, independent of editors of print or electronic media.
Mitt Romney '08!
Just another liberal paper endorsing a liberal candidate.
Not at all unlike the liberal state of Arkansas re-electing Huckabee because he ran the state like a liberal.
Doesn't anybody see through this non-sense for what it has to mean about the candidates?
Who cares about the newspapers? We are all listening to the talk radio. And they all mostly seem to favor ROMNEY.
I ENDORSE HILLARY, ME, LITTLE OLE ME WITH ABOUT AS MUCH INFLUNCE AS SOME OF THESE OTHER YEAHOOS. EVERYONE OF US WHO INTEND TO VOTE, ARE FOR SOMEONE . MAYBE A NEWSPAPER HAS MORE INFLUNCE BUT NOT IF EVERYONE HAS A MIND OF THEIR OWN!!!!!!
I'm voting McCain.