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. Angelina

    What else is new, the elite will always support the Elite. THe NY times loves the Clintons and the Clintons love the NY, has always been that way........

    January 24, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    HILLARY 08.

    January 24, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Amy R

    I am not surprised. New York Times endorses their New York Senator. The big deal will be if she actually can win the primary in her own state. I doubt it. Stay tuned...

    January 24, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. gina

    Thoughtful analysis by the New York Times. They acknowledged Obama's excitement, but realized his ideas are nothing special. This was clear during the CNN debate if you were willing to see the lack of depth in Obama's responses. I really like Obama, but the Democratic party would be wise to let him mature and gain more experience. He would be fabulous on the next go around. Our country and it's economy is in for some hard times. I want an experienced, bright, hard working leader who does not have to spend the first 12 months in office just getting to know what's what. Hillary can unite everyone when the time comes.

    January 24, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. tomdavie

    I bet that paper lines many bird cages.

    January 24, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. mcsummit

    McCain vs Hillary – candidates of substance- that's a win win for America.

    January 24, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. wale azeez

    hey follows i did statistics in school, so you can do your own poll from home... considering that the www access to this post is random, count the # of anti-clinton, anti-nyt endorsement on this post and there you go
    Conclusion: The majority of these posts are anti-clinton...so therefore in a general election clinton loses sorely!!!!

    January 24, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. Max C

    The NYT's endorsement is not a strategy, Harriet. It's typical for a single newspaper to endorse a candidate from each party. Please, for those who hate Hillary, please explain yourselves. If she "has no experience," as one argument goes, then what, exactly do you hate? If she does have experience, none of the HRC haters have bothered to comment. However, with regards to explicit policy changes, head to head on every issue, she knows more and is more deeply engaged with the nuances of foreign and domestic policy than either Barak Obama or John Edwards.

    January 24, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. Ryan M.

    Laughable!!! "Hillary should lead the way in changing the tone"... Huh? She's the one who LED us into division....

    Look, Democrats... The Clintons are not good for your party, they are good for the Republicans... Nominate Hillary and lose Independents.... She cannot unite, because she has already chosen to divide.

    January 24, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. Bimmer

    For those who want to come to Canada if Hillary wins, perhaps should reconsider because:

    The voters in Canada ,Great Britain, India, Israel, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Germany and even Pakistan are enlightened enough to elect women heads of states.

    Canada is no sanctuary for men who do not like women because theey are brighter .

    January 24, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. Lisa

    How can anyone say that Hillary can unite the country? All she ever does is complain about the Republicans. She is insulting of anyone who thinks different than she does. What does she want to do surround herself with a bunch of "yes men" – isn't that what happened with our current administration?

    She doesn't have enough "Democrats, like-minded Independents and Republicans who have seen the light" to win an election. In fact most Democrats are jumping ship away from her quickly. She is the captain of the Titanic.

    January 24, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. aware

    Thanks New York Times 🙂

    Hillary Clinton does have the depth of knowledge, the power of intellect and the breadth of experience to lead and to unite. I agree that Barack Obama "...holds no monopoly on ideas that would repair the governing of America."

    Hillary Clinton is our best chance to regain the White House in 08.

    January 24, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. GiveMeABreakinTexas

    So "she sometimes overstates her resume" wow! What a shock..we would have never put 2 and 2 together on that one now would we. Very informative.

    Man those favors you owe must be getting bigger and bigger Hill...sure hope your and Bill's money isn't in the stock market like my 401K. Why I bet you and Bill made money in some of those Hedge Funds...like the one Chelsea is working for. Hmmmm is that yet another debt to be paid. Well anyway those hedge funds won't let just anybody in so maybe not.

    Payback will be hell...right after Obama wins this nomination. Maybe he'll give you a cabinet position or something...don't see him wanting you as his VP. I really don't think Bill's book is going to sell very well either...he's been making a lot of people mad lately.

    January 24, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. Paul, Atlanta

    Go Hillary!!

    January 24, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  15. JAM

    I haven't made my final decision yet, but I think they are right. These are the two best choices for the country right now.

    January 24, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. Ray

    Obama supporters are such babies! "I'm gonna cancel my NYT because the picked someone other then Obama" Grow up! Its a newspaper. Many others have picked Obama. Look at the one in Nevada..what was it, you know the one that was backing Obama, but did not really have anything nice to say....

    January 24, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. DR

    Capable of uniting and leading? You're talking about Hillary Clinton, right? The former first lady? Key adversary of the vast right wing?

    While her leadership qualities are beyond reproach, proclaiming Hillary Clinton "a uniter" is beyond belief. To say so is to deny the last 16 years of partisan bickering that will only escalate if the Clintons are re-elected.

    Sorry, but no...

    January 24, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  18. agron


    January 24, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. Young Liberal

    Wow, why is a major media outlet endorsing a candidate. They basically just said WE ARE NOT A CREDIBLE NEWS SOURCE. I hope every Obama, Edwards, Guliani, Huckabee, and Romney supporter cancels their subscriptions if they have one. This is rediculus.

    Change 08

    January 24, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. charlotte

    Obama gets an endoresement, his supporters yell, HALLELUJAH, Praise the Lord, Yes we can, Yes we can..
    A major endorsement for Hillary and McCain

    January 24, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  21. Rabbit

    deja vu

    Feb 1993 al-Qaeda sponsored terrorist attack World Trade Center. Clinton Administration could not find mastermind.

    1998 Clinton Administration bombs Iraq for 4 days making sure Saddam does not have the capability of nuclear, biological, chemical weapons.

    Sept 2001 al-Qaeda sponsored terrorist attack World Trade Center. Bush Administration could not find mastermind.

    Present day...we are in a war with IRAQ.

    Hillary should have known there were no WMDs in Iraq when voting.

    So the cycle will repeat...when something goes wrong...there will always be Iraq.


    January 24, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  22. Boca

    NY Times endorsed the war in Iraq. that's all you have to know

    January 24, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  23. Amy in Iowa

    Hillary can never win the general election. If she wins the primary, you can forget about a democratic president.

    January 24, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. Wishes4future

    If someone runs there campaign bad doesnt that reflect on how they will run the country? I dont think Obama is perfect but any time he is in the mmud it is because Clintons distorted or lied about things

    January 24, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  25. Mark S

    Figures the NYT would support McCain, the most left wing republican in the field. McCain is basically an older, more wrinkled version of Hillary. He launched the open borders gambit to welcome all the illegals and launched the bill to make torturing terrorists illegal. I don't see any ideological difference between him and Hillary. If the republicans nominate McCain, they deserve to lose. At least with Hillary in office, we can let her take the blame for America's problems while letting Bill leave his stain on the place once again.

    January 24, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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