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. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    wale azeez-you got ripped off on your education. The pro-Obama moderators control the content here. And Hillary is leading in NYS 2 to 1. She's also leading nationwide by a large margin.

    January 24, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. joe

    what? no new york endorsement for giuliani???

    GO HILLARY 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Connie

    Dear Obama!

    You bring life to American politic. Once, you are out of the picture. The American Politic is dead in boring. Clinton will be a thrifty president!

    January 24, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Tim

    Congratulations to Hillary's Edorsement by the New York Times news paper. America's largest news paper. This country needs a ture leader right now. I would like to encourage all South Carolina voters to vote on the best candidae for President Saturday. Hillary 08

    We love you Hillary

    January 24, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  5. Schultz

    Who is on the editorial board at New York Times? They are kidding themselves if they think Billary can win the general election.

    January 24, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  6. John Ruggeri

    I am thrilled with the endorsements on both sides of the isle ..... I feel as the New York Times does , senator Clinton by far has the broadest knowledge not only for the growth of this countries difficult issues , but I feel she is also equipped to manage the international community . I am not so sure about senator McCain, however out of the republicans he certainly is the most real.

    Thanks so much,

    John Ruggeri

    January 24, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. lydia fraser

    Thoughtful endorsement that speaks the truth.

    January 24, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. charlotte

    givemeabreak, as usually you don't know how to read, what it said was to overstate the importance of a resume. Key word IMPORTANCE. Funny how you leave out a key word.

    January 24, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. joe

    "exciting campaign around the notion of change, but holds no monopoly on ideas that would repair the governing of America." on Obama campaign.
    I agree, Obama has yet to tell us on how to tame the GOP Kerry eating machine, fix the economy, fix the health care for 47 mil Americans except saying change, change
    Change what, change how?
    The only thing that Obama has proved to us so far in this campaign is that he can whine and he is a hypocrite about negative attacks. And a cry baby.

    January 24, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. Khwaty

    I'm Edwards supporter, but if Hillary is the nominee for the democratic party, I'd vote for her.

    January 24, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  11. kuhrdan1

    It is about time the issue of "experience" is addressed with reason. The balloon of the mantra of change appears to be deflating.

    January 24, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. carlo

    The NYT is just like the New York Stock Exchange; in fact, most of the owners of the NYT sit on the NYSE board. These are the New York, blue-blooded elite, who have their own agenda in endorsing her. The NYT is the most powerful newspaper in the country. You really think that they are endorsing her for nothing?

    BTW, every time a paper or a person endorses Obama, the language from the Hillary camp is "so what?" Guess its different when someone endorses her, huh?

    January 24, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. Jacqueline dubow

    I canceled my subscription to the NYT. This Clinton endorsement, just before the primary in South Carolina, is such a sleazy move. Have you any historical sense of what this country has been created for? What kind of example are you showing to the rest of the world????
    Are you blind??? Are you deaf??? Or are you just following the money trail... This is a shame.


    January 24, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  14. Politics in NC

    Great Call NYT. We can have two presidents in the White House. Hillary and Bill. Beats Obama who will probably only be 'present' in body...or is that vote 'present'

    January 24, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. Lisa, NY

    I'm so disappointed in the type of campaign the Clintons are running – i just canceled my subscription to NYT and I will not support her in November if she wins the Democratic nomination.

    January 24, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. Andrew

    Good call by NYT for both picks.

    HILLARY IN 2008!!

    HILLARY IN 2008!!

    HILLARY IN 2008!!

    January 24, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. Kristy

    Isn't this ironic, after all the "American Idol" spin that some newsmedia has tried to inject, The New York Times has gotten us back to where we were to start with Clinton vs McCain. They are the best choices from each party and while I would prefer Clinton, I won't be upset if McCain were the president. I think that both of them are the most experienced and would do their best for the country without letting "interest groups" from influencing them. They are both strong individuals that are battle tested and would treat the country right. It would be a hard decision because I think that they are both much more in the middle than either admits. That's what the country needs. This is no time for a "roll of the dice" for "hope" for Huckabie from Hope, Obama that wants "hope" or Edwards that demands "hope". It's time our country needs a president that wants to be intellectually engaged in all aspects of the presidency and can string 1 sentence together that is syntactically correct as well as properly pronounced.

    January 24, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  18. Politics in NC

    What kind of bs blog is this? 15 minute wait for a moderator. Why don't you call yourself the KGB

    January 24, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  19. ny

    Was it not long ago when Obama was getting one of these a night, that all you Clinton sheep were bashing him and saying that this doesn't matter. And for that, I say way to "unite"!

    January 24, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  20. Dee Ward Mena, AR

    Smart newspaper. Smart lady. I read a blog today where someone said everyone loves to hate Hillary but if you ask them why they don't like her they cant' tell you. He also said he was a Clinton hater until he decided to delve into her background and research what she has done for this country. And after reading his research he found out what an intelligent person and qualified person she is and doesn't understand why she is so disliked and he would be voting for Hillary in 08. I wish more people would check into her background and see what work she has done as I have friends myself that can't say why they dislike her. On the other hand, I don't know how she could be so disliked if she was voted the most admired woman in the world. AS for me, I am a Hillary supporter as I was a Bill supporter. I have met and talked to both of them and I can tell you that they are both very intelligent. She would make a wonderful President and I for one am ready for the peace and prosperity that we had during the Clinton years. Oh yes, I worked for a company one time and the wife of the owner didn't like one of the employees and the owner told her, you don't have to like every employee, you just need good employees that know their job so even if you don't LIKE Hillary, vote for her because she would do a good job.

    January 24, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  21. Debbie, California

    After having the Clintons lie to your face and after having the Bush adminstration lie to your face, why would anyone on earth willingly want to put another liar in the White House??? Wake up people!!! I bet you Hillary supporters are the same people who put George Bush in office for another 4 years. Believe anything you hear.
    What a disappointment....

    January 24, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    AMERICA IS A DEMOCRACY NOT A DYNASTY – we need Barack Obama NOW!!!

    George H. Bush -Vice President: 1981-1989

    George H. Bush – President: 1989 – 1993

    William J. Clinton – President: 1993 – 2001

    George W. Bush – President: 2001-2009

    Hillary R. Clinton – ?President: 2009 – 2017

    *36 years of the same two families holding the executive office of the United States of America.

    *28 years of the same two families serving as President of the United States of America.

    January 24, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  23. Pat, Nevada

    Can any one say Hill-ary? Hill-ary! Hill-ary! We indeed need a new face – a woman in the White House, and she is capable of leading on DAY ONE!

    All politicians stretch truths and false hoods. But it was the Clinton administration that brought the United States out of the red. And, because of Bush we are facing a recession if things do not change!

    IMO I do not know why he wasn't impeached long before this. He has brought disgrace to us and it needs repairment and the only one that can do this is HILLARY!

    January 24, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  24. j. Page

    Great for America....Finally we needed the Clinton's FOUR years ago. Those who are still dreaming about a vision for the future...well it takes a whole lot more than a vision to repair what has been going on for 8 years, A Clinton did it before and maybe it will take TWO CLINTON'S to do it again. Great for America!!!! Thank you NY!!!!

    January 24, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  25. Troy

    AMEN to that. I knew my subscrption to the Times is worth every penny !

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
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