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. Margarita


    January 24, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  2. wale azeez

    if clinton gets nominated instead of obama or edwards...I won't mind working for 20yrs to pay for bloomberg's presidential campaign!!!! cancel your nyt subscription...It would have been better if they remained neutral...too many people rely on them for unbiased news !!!!

    January 24, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. Chris of Pennsylvania

    As a moderate that leans towards the Republican side, I can say that the two candidates chosen by the New York Times are a dream come true. What more can a voter want.

    On the one side, we have an expert in foreign affairs who knows the importance of having a stable Iraq who also is not afraid of going against party lines.

    On the other side, we have a very strong candidate who is the only one capable of fixing the health care crisis. Every sensible person knows that everyone needs healthcare. Also, she is sensible enough to realize we can't just up and leave Iraq and made a good move in labeling the Iranian Rev. Guard a terrorist organization. They are supplying weapons openly to kill our troops. What else do we need to see that it is not a ploy of the Bush Administration.

    Good picks by the New York Times. They've picked the two STRONGEST candidates.

    January 24, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  4. sharon

    I am gonna cancel my subscrition with New York Times . Liars

    January 24, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  5. dee

    Hillary Voted for war with Iraq and Iran(2007) for Bush

    someone explain how experience paid off. She never learned from her mis-takes.

    Nafta – SC loss Jobs

    Please explain why would you want more.

    That type of old broken experience is irrelevant when you want change

    January 24, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  6. dee

    Obama 08

    Did Hillary experience help her vote on War?

    January 24, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  7. M&Ms

    Finally, the largest, most reputable paper in the nation, the NYTs, has the common sense to endorse the MOST QUALIFIED and KNOWLEDGEABLE candidates in either party. Get ready everyone...it's Hillary time! =) Our nation will be repaired and on good standing economically domestically and internationally with our foreign allies who love the Clintons. Hillary invests in our future by investing in our children. That is visionary!!!

    Don't worry Obama supporters, Obama can run in eight years when his voting record and position on the issues are better understood and more transparent.

    GO HILLARY 2008!!!

    January 24, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  8. Robb, New York

    What is the New York Times thinking by endorsing Hillary Clinton? They've allegedly been covering the news forever. Can't they see beyond Clinton's resume? Her rhetoric against Obama is just a taste at what we'll get if she God forbid gets to the White House. She'll continue to alienate Republicans and thereby continue the freeze on progress and domestic relations. She'll continue to keep this nation divided and broken. Are they endorsing a broken, divided America? It might be good for future headlines that'll sell papers, but God forbid we sacrifice the bottom line for a good, competent government.

    A good, competent government won't be found with Hillary/Bill at the helm. If anything, they'll make the Bush mess worse.

    January 24, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  9. Chris of Pennsylvania

    It sounds like the Obama supporters are the paranoid, divicive people. LIke the Clintons control the New York Times. Yeah right. Have you seen the comments!!! If that's how they feel, I help them move.

    Hillary vs. McCain <-– showdown for the ages!!!!

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

    The New York Times is the most popular and respected newspaper, it has won 95 Pulitzer Prizes and often regarded as a national "newspaper of record". They're not going to put their reputation on the line by choosing an incompetent candidate. Clearly, they know that what America needs right now is a president who has knowledge, experience & COMPETENCE to get the daunting job done.

    January 24, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  11. Chris of Pennsylvania

    Do you think Republicans are going to fall in love with Obama??? Yeah right, he's even more liberal than Hillary. They won't help him at all.

    January 24, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  12. mo

    i guess the new york times is getting rudy back for endorsing the red sox

    January 24, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  13. David

    An endorsement by the NY times is exactly what the republicans candidates don't want.

    The NY Times is a liberal to the tee paper,

    The republican candidates should be taking a big sigh of relief that they weren't endorsed and that the democrat is disguise John McCain was

    January 24, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  14. Jeffim, Miami, Fl

    True-blue, you are more like true-red.
    You think we believe your phony postings? no thanks. democrats can decide for themselves. enough of repugs! enough of true-red!

    January 24, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  15. Audrey in Alexandria, Virginia

    Well, the New York Observer, newspaper endorsed Senator Obama.

    This newspaper gave Hillary complitments however, they said Obama is a candidate who is a true leader and is a candidate who speaks to us like no other candidate has done. It may be on their website. It was a strong impressive endorsement for Obama.

    Check it out !!!

    Hillary speaks and it is like we all have heard it before.

    Obama speaks and it is, refreshing, from the soul with inspiration. It is real and from within. No one can teach you that. That is why we go back again . . . and again to hear him. We want more. And he will always have more that will keep us there listening in the future.

    Obama is the future.

    January 24, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  16. True_Blue

    Tell me how the media was able to convince the millions of Hillary's idiotic supporters, that she has the most experience. She has never explained it. She has been a senator for almost two terms, she has about 7 years of political office. Obama has 11 years as of now.

    There are scores of other democrats who have literally 20, 30 , and 40 years of real experience and knowledge and intellect. So how is it that American is suddendly convinved that a popular first lady is now ready to be president, with 7 years of political office experience.

    Talk about the media twisting things out of control.

    If you still have a brain and a soul after this primary, do the right thing and don't vote for Hillary. Not only does she lack political experience, but she is a hate monger and just as divisive as Bush. Case in point, did she try to Unite democrats this election? Did she respect her candidates? Did her husband? Has she ran on issues, or has she divided the Democratic party between those who don't like blacks and those who do?

    She's an inexperienced first lady with no negotiation skills who just divided the friggin democratic party on racial news bites.


    January 24, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  17. eddie

    One guy is very interesting, if Hillary win, he will move to Canada. Do you know more than 50% Canadian love Hillary.

    January 24, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  18. BobW

    The Clinton News Network censored me again! Was it because I asked, "Did being the president’s cuckolded spouse give her the experience everyone is talking about?" or was it the "People have even forgotten how Bill had a track record of indiscretion that followed him from a hotel room in Little Rock to the Whitehouse" comment? Sorry CNN, I'll go back to looking the other way. Let me know when it's okay to bring up the rest of my comments.

    January 24, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  19. tina

    to sour grapes Obama fans, go ahead and whine like your candidate!
    move to Canada? why not call mommy Oprah and move to Chicago ?

    January 24, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  20. Doesn't Matter

    I don't support Obama neither Clinton's, but I noticed that how the Clinton's are trying to use their name for granted I believe you have to earn it.
    My question for those Clintoneans is why do you thing Mr. Clinton gets that upset on the CNN reporter, why do you think he is accusing CNN I think it is just because they were trying to KEEP HIM HONEST!

    January 24, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  21. mary

    If Nevada is an example, endorsements don't mean a thing.

    If Hillary gets in the WH I bet all her promises of universal health care and all her promises to re-energize the economy will sit stagnant. And we'll be stuck in Iraq forever. Same with John McCain.

    Have people forgotten she VOTED for the war in Irag? And didn't she promise that in her first 100 days as First Lady, she'd put forth a universal health care plan? People are just plain stupid!!! They're so enamored of the Clintons, they'd lick the turd off their shoes.

    If she steals (oops, I mean wins) the election, the people who voted for her deserve what they get. I'm afraid it will be business and partisanship as usual in Washington. Her "vision" for America is to be President. Obama's vision for America is his true core belief that he can bring people together and move the coutnry in a new direction and he has already. I have Republican friends who say they are voting for Obama. Yey!!

    We have just one more chance to set things right in this country and in the world. If Hillary is nominated, my vote will go to John McCain, the lesser of the 2 evils.

    But I'm placing my money with Obama.

    Go Obama '08!!

    January 24, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  22. Hillary 08

    Just because Hillary is a staunch Democrat does not mean that she can't work with Republicans. This is what she has been doing for 8 years in the Senate. But she is also willing to fight for Democratic values, such as universal health care. Her plan is truly universal, unlike Obama's plan. There are some concepts which cannot start off in the middle.
    Obama may be able to make a good speech, but he cannot make Republicans agree to something like universal health care with a good speech. It may produce applause, but in the end they are beholden to their special interests. Some things are too partisan, and no words of "unity" and "hope" can make them less so.
    This is what I admire about Hillary. While she can work with Republicans, with issues like universal health care, she is willing to fight for the Democratic stand, so that by the time the bill goes through both Houses of Congress, it does not end up too far to the right.

    January 24, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  23. eddie

    Nevada endorsement did help Obama. But he did not have the ability to win, even the union used the dirty ads. It mens that he does not have enough experiences. He needs more experiences.

    January 24, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  24. sharon

    some one tell me just what the hell the clintons have done to the right wing the little men are going crazy go hillary

    January 24, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  25. Angelino, CA

    I am leaning toward Hillary, but will vote for a Democrat no matter who the nominee is. A weeek ago, I thought the Democratic race would be a toss-up between Hillary & Obama. Now I definitely feel the tide has turned for Hillary. South Carolina will be Obama's. But, on Super Tuesday, Hillary will sweep across the nation.

    Let's go, Hillary, our next Madame President!

    January 24, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
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