January 24th, 2008
09:33 PM ET
10 years ago

New York Times backs Clinton, McCain

The two national frontrunners won the endorsement of the New York Times (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

(CNN) - The New York Times is endorsing hometown senator Hillary Clinton, but picked Republican John McCain over former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, for their party's presidential nominations in editorials published on the paper's Web site Thursday night, moments before the Republican presidential debate in Florida began.

The editorial board - which frequently clashed with Giuliani during his two mayoral terms - devoted the heart of its endorsement of McCain to a brutal repudiation of the New York Republican. "The real Mr. Giuliani, whom many New Yorkers came to know and mistrust, is a narrow, obsessively secretive, vindictive man who saw no need to limit police power. ...Mr. Giuliani’s arrogance and bad judgment are breathtaking.

"The Rudolph Giuliani of 2008 first shamelessly turned the horror of 9/11 into a lucrative business, with a secret client list, then exploited his city’s and the country’s nightmare to promote his presidential campaign."

The paper said it disagreed with McCain over many issues but that "with a record of working across the aisle to develop sound bipartisan legislation, he would offer a choice to a broader range of Americans than the rest of the Republican field."

On the Democratic side, the Times called Clinton "the best choice for the Democratic Party as it tries to regain the White House."

It said Barack Obama had built an "exciting campaign around the notion of change, but holds no monopoly on ideas that would repair the governing of America."

Clinton, wrote the editorial board, "sometimes overstates the importance of résumé," but "hearing her talk about the presidency, her policies and answers for America’s big problems, we are hugely impressed by the depth of her knowledge, by the force of her intellect and by the breadth of, yes, her experience.

"We know that she is capable of both uniting and leading."

The Times, which backed Clinton in both her 2000 and 2006 Senate bids, also urged her to "take the lead in changing the tone of the campaign."

New York's voters head to the polls on Super Tuesday, February 5.

UPDATE: Shortly after the endorsement was posted, several opposing campaigns, including Rudy Giuliani's, issued releases highlighting it - since the support of the paper's liberal editorial board is not necessarily a helpful one for a GOP presidential candidate.

The Giuliani campaign even included a link to the article - despite the piece's attacks on the former mayor and his record.

Filed under: GOP debate • Hillary Clinton • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. Psych

    Truth in the making

    January 24, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. wale azeez

    yeah that was kind of expected...I have been reading nyt for the longest...and recently they have followed bill clinton all the way even to the restroom on the campaign trail....to cover him...today alone they covered 3 stops of bill...You would have thought bill was the only prez. candidate...I am going to call 'em up and cancel subscription...i am not paying to support liars!!! hell no!!!!

    January 24, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. John, NY

    ooooh what a surprise. Clinton gets all endorsements only from people and companies that she has benefitted from.

    January 24, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. wale azeez

    every reader of this post...call up nyt and cancel your subscription if you have one..in protest of their biased endorsement...they are simply paying their dues to the clintons...america owes the clinton nothing!!!! We (america) are the reason why the 90's were great not bill!!!! bill is sore loser that rode a wave of american genius!!!

    January 24, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. John

    Good choices all around. A fight between Hillary and McCain would be pretty cool. I read the editorial and yeah the NYT made a pretty big deal out of dissing Giuliani. Funny stuff.....

    January 24, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. Cheryl


    January 24, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. Bimmer

    Hey is anyone suprised that rag supported her.

    January 24, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. julie


    January 24, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  9. X

    Endorsements unfortunately do not mean a thing.

    January 24, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. matthew

    Go Hillary!

    America loves you!

    January 24, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. Obama supporter

    OMG! The New York Times just LOST ALL CREDIBILITY! OMG!

    January 24, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. Clinton

    Of course, there is a long list of favors that HRC has done for the decision makers in NYS. As a lifeling resident I can say EVERYONE knows this...

    January 24, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  13. Ginny CA

    More good news for Hillary. A great endorsement from a great paper!

    January 24, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. Slownomad

    Hillary is definitely capable of uniting. Uniting the Republicans and a lot of Independents against her. And losing some of us Democrats, too.

    January 24, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. Stephen

    What experience?? Really, its just an illusion of experience!

    January 24, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. Ed

    Hillary cannot win in November. If the Democrats want to win the White House, they need to nominate John Edwards.

    January 24, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. cheryl

    Hillary I would love to see you win I will vote for you, but please change to tone of your campaign talk more about the issues forget about Obama and concentrate on the business of america.

    January 24, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. lc


    She can hire him as Presidential tutor, or Puppeteer- starting on day ONE!

    January 24, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. James

    Good for Hillary.

    January 24, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  20. Christine

    Wow – big surprise. NYT endorses a NY senator known for strong arming people. NY Senators have all pledged superdelegate votes. In an article one commented that no one wants to cross her because if she loses the Presidency, she'll still be sticking around as Senator and you don't want to get on her bad side.

    That's not leadership. That's fear.

    So we are going to trade an Idiot (GW) for a bully?

    We are doomed.

    January 24, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. David

    If Hilary gets elected, I'm moving to Canada.

    January 24, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. Bimmer

    NY Post should know more than any other paper what Hillary has done for that city and the state of New York., and espceially for upstate New York.

    Great endorsement and great examples for others to follow.

    January 24, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    with this endorsement who cares if she does not win South Carolina. Haters where are you going to move when she wins?

    January 24, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. Harriet

    NYT's strategy is brilliant.

    Endorse Clinton and McCain knowing that many Democrats will vote for McCain if Clinton is on the ballet. Clinton loses but the NYT's can say "we tried" and stay on her good side.


    January 24, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  25. neoconbuster

    Even if everything the NYT says about Hillary is true, she is still unfit for the presidency. She and her race-bating, gas bag husband, if they were to re-occupy the White House, if America is so stupid, she will have only one agenda item: getting re-elected in 2012. Everything else will be secondary. They proved over and over again during "their" rather mediocre presidency. The NYT just doesn't seem to understand that she takes huge amounts of money from the very interests that oppose what she promises. Either Obama or Edwards gives us the only chance to break this paralytic, self-destructive oscillating dynasty of Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton....

    January 24, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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