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.
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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!!!!
ooooh what a surprise. Clinton gets all endorsements only from people and companies that she has benefitted from.
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!!!
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.....
KEEP THEM COMING! HILLARY 2008
Hey is anyone suprised that rag supported her.
YES! HILLARY 08
Endorsements unfortunately do not mean a thing.
America loves you!
OMG! The New York Times just LOST ALL CREDIBILITY! OMG!
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...
More good news for Hillary. A great endorsement from a great paper!
Hillary is definitely capable of uniting. Uniting the Republicans and a lot of Independents against her. And losing some of us Democrats, too.
What experience?? Really, its just an illusion of experience!
Hillary cannot win in November. If the Democrats want to win the White House, they need to nominate John Edwards.
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.
HILLARY HAS NOT PROVED SHE CAN LEAD WITHOUT BILL!
She can hire him as Presidential tutor, or Puppeteer- starting on day ONE!
Good for Hillary.
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.
If Hilary gets elected, I'm moving to Canada.
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.
with this endorsement who cares if she does not win South Carolina. Haters where are you going to move when she wins?
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.
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....