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. Dozirulf

    Has anyone else noticed Hillary Clinton's old-lady-painted-on-eyebrows? Nasty. And quite unseemly I might add.

    January 24, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. Bimmer

    If networks were tllowed o endorse candidates, CNN would be the first in the block to endorse Obama becuase it thinks the country is not ready for a woman President who will take care of health care and try to balance the budget.

    January 24, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. Kristy

    It only took a few minutes for the moderator to check my message. There's no telling whether or not there is checking manually or automatically. If there is an understanding that there is filtering of obscene language or comments, then there's no reason to call CNN KGB.

    January 24, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. Kris

    I love how people try to say the NY Times endorsed Hillary because she is the senator from NY. Wake up. They had no problem calling out Giuliani for his failures and he was the city's mayor. Use a little common sense people instead of crying because your candidate didn't receive the most important endorsement out of all the papers in this country.

    January 24, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. Karen

    Yes, Obamabots, we know.....

    If it's an endorsement for Obama, it's good.
    If it's an endorsement for Clinton, it's bad.

    Obama gooooood.....
    Clinton baaaaaaaad.......

    January 24, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. Chris, Orlando, FL



    GO HRC 2008 !!!!

    January 24, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. Benton Nelson, Indianapolis, IN

    The one thing I noticed on with everyones comments is that no one said anything about Rudy Giuliani. Now this is a major New York paper but they pick John McCain and not America's Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Ok people what is wrong with that picture when a major New York City paper wont even endors their former mayor. Vote for Hillary

    January 24, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. Emily, Atlanta, GA

    I knew the NYT has good judgment, despite the occasional Maureen Dowd op-eds. I am more impressed with Hillary each day and less impressed with Obama.
    Go Hillary!

    January 24, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. wale azeez

    ray...glenn beck puts it as "we the people"....hence we can protest in any manner we like.....!!!, including cancelling our nyt subscription hillary has as much experience as my left foot...very divisive....nothing without bill....chose to stick with an adulterer...bad choices(iraq,iran,failed healthcare)., adamant (despite everybody telling her she's wrong on obama and regeanomics choose to air a false ad) and least of all she thinks all americans are idiots and she can play on their intelligence(cry,lie,and divide) this really hurts for her to think that americans are fools and can't see through her politicking...do i need to go on for you? I don't want my daugther growing up looking at hillary as a role model? There are better women than her....gandhi, mary slessor...list is endless my friend...

    January 24, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. John ny, ny

    Jacqueline- that is alright you can get your baised information from CNN

    hillary 08
    Jacqueline dubow January 24, 2008 10:19 pm ET

    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 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  11. joe



    only democratic candidate to take a lead

    January 24, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. Diane

    Hmmm, could anyone here see a McCain-Obama ticket?

    January 24, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. True_Blue

    We need a new political party! The Clinton's represent the old democratic thinking, divisiveness, they play by the rules and get little done. Bill Clinton virtually created Nafta, losing Millions of American jobs. Just listen to how racist Hillary Clinton's supporters are, they are not going to move this country forward in any way. The republicans are, quite literally, bankrupting America to make themselves pervertedly rich.

    We need a new party, made up of Neo-Democrats, progressives, independents, and yes, some republicans. We need to make a party that focuses on the people, all the people, of America. We need a party that will focus on smart Economic policies, a party that realizes that bipartisanship and transparency creates the best results in Washington. A party that realizes that when the American people are doing well, then the country is doing well.

    More than everything else, we need to throw out these aging political families that have dominated Washington for the past 35 years. We need a new political party!!!!!!


    January 24, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  14. John ny, ny

    More you trash more people see it right through your biased. Will vote for hillary. YOu can do whatever you want. You should change the name of your station- Obama news network.

    January 24, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  15. True_Blue




    January 24, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. glad ny times speaks the truth

    glad to see the ny times reach the right conclusion. obama doesn't have anything to offer that any candidate wouldn't have. clinton has the knowledge, intellect, and experience to be a great President.

    January 24, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  17. wale azeez

    if they (moderators) were really pro-obama like you claim...your post won't be on here duh!!! guess who got ripped off on education....you!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  18. chevyk

    Sad day in america. The Lobbylists are carefully making their moves. Clinton the Lobbyist favorite is now getting all the political trash to support her.

    OBama has my respect now and always. Bill and Hillary are both dead to me.

    January 24, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  19. Ray

    Looks like Obama Supporters are upset! Such Hate and Anger.

    January 24, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  20. w.owens

    Yes, but you get Bill for 4 years....all of the hate and ugliness of anti Bush people transfers to the same amount of people who are disgusted with the Clintons....nothing changes, 4 more years of the same

    January 24, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. justin

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

    HA! talk about fairy tales. the times editorial board clearly doesn't know what 'visionary' means.

    January 24, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. True_Blue

    I just canceled My New York Times subscription. What other newspapers do they control? I want to cancel those, too.

    I hope they don't own Mother Jones.

    January 24, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  23. Lars

    Appearently I missed something and Bill Clinton was a horrible president and we didn't have a surplus. Appearently he was really like Bush. Democrats are afraid Hillary is not electable... thats how we got Kerry in 2004 because we had to vote someone that was electable... Its amazing that people think Hillary will continue the legacy of Bush,

    Lets vote right, lets vote Hillary 2008.

    January 24, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. Ray

    Poor Rudy..I guess being from NY dosent mean you automatically get the backing or the NYT's. So, I guess you Obama backers can't use that to spin this against Hillary!!

    January 24, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  25. Alan

    Hillary's experience? Yes, it's called Bill.

    January 24, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
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