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. John Allan

    If the New York Times is endorsing McCain then conservatives everywhere should worry. The New York Times is a liberal infested mouthpiece for the Democrats. If they want McCain, that's all true conservatives ever needed to know about McCain. My vote's for Mitt Romney, someone who will be loyal to the GOP.

    January 25, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  2. Clintons legacy

    Hillary Clinton is the only first lady to come under criminal investigation. Hillary fans check the facts.

    January 25, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  3. Thomas

    Great, i really want to support McCain, now that he is right up there with Hilary. NOT!

    MITT 08!!!!!!!!!

    January 25, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  4. Steve

    NYT for McCain & Clinton
    CNN for Obama, Time for?
    Fox for ?
    MSNBC for ?
    ABC for ?
    CBS for ?
    WP/Newsweek for?

    It's the Media-free-for-all Presidential election!

    With 2 surprise results to date, looks like the Media is doing its best to manipulate the election to avoid more egg on their faces?

    January 25, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  5. tomdavie

    the new york times is the most read newspaper in the united states.

    This is no small endorsement.

    Congratulations to Hillary and Senator Mc Cain.

    If she and John win the nominations, I could very well be a labour of love. They both have high regard for one another.

    But then again, it would be an election so....................

    January 25, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  6. steve addison - wilmington, nc

    Would you let the wife of a brain surgeon operate on you....Hillary's experience is a wife...not even a wife as she was cheated on. Not even sure what I would categorize this manipulative beast. The New York Times is bought by the Clinton machine.

    January 25, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  7. abigi







    January 25, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  8. Berni

    To the Obama follower who threatens to move to Canada if Hillary Clinton wins, what is he going to do when he comes and finds out that we Canadians have been following the United States elections very closely because as your next door neighbor and ally in the democratic world we know that what happens in your country also affects us. As such we have researched and educated ourselves on the issues , the background, achievements, plans and credibility for leadership of each of your candidates. We are independent- minded and intelligent enough not to let race, gender, or party affiliation affect our preference but many of us believe Hillary Clinton is the right choice and the best change for America and your allies.

    January 25, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  9. Big Brother 2008

    Which puppet will you choose?The one made of wood or the one made of plastic?

    January 25, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  10. K. Wilkinson

    Two good reasons not to read the New York Times.

    January 25, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  11. Caesar

    Look out!
    People are already saying Clinton vs. Mccain. Remnicent of FOX news claiming Bush was winning Florida, not Gore – ring a bell?
    Here we go again.
    Are they really trying to make us think its over already?
    If people are buying this... then we trully are collectively stupid people... fickle and easily persuaded.

    January 25, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  12. Bay area Demo

    to david

    please move to canada regardless of who wins.
    u.s doesnt need ppl like you .(even canada doesnt)
    u.s is a democracy and u shoould stand by whatever the majority decide

    January 25, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  13. Truethis

    Did Hillary get an endorse from a major newspaper in Iowa? Did she win there?

    The Republican and Karl Rove are preparing as we speak......So enjoy you Clinton lovers the little victory for now b/c there will be no Democratic president in the White House and the 23 seats that are up for the Republican will stay as Republican. And guess what? Nothing will be done.

    Thanks NYT!

    January 25, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  14. ees

    Great endorsement NYT! Your editorial reminds all of us that we need the strength, the wisdom and the vision of Hillary and as a leader she will do a great job of leading our nation. Bravo!!!! Hillary '08.

    January 25, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  15. Susan

    There are two Clinton's running for Democratic office. Bill had his turn and should
    go home and bake cookies! Let Hillary run on her own hot steam and run solo.
    They are destroying any chance of getting a Democrat in office. I would not vote for her, though I'm a born Democrat. She waffles too much and menopause will be a big problem! She had already said she would not communicate with enemy country's,
    but open communication made Pope John Paul great!
    The Clinton's are just a big machine, rolling over the hopes and dreams of voters
    who want Obama as President!

    January 25, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  16. Chat

    Go Hillary, my whole family will support you!! It's time to have a lady president.

    January 25, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  17. Femi Leye

    With the venom in Wale's statement one will think he has personal score to settle with the Clintons..why not leave this great woman alone, you need not commit ad hominem fallacy to make a point.

    January 25, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  18. Sidney

    Oh imagine that, what a surprise, and who said the media is liberal. This is just such a joke. Why does any paper come out and endorse anyone? I thought the whole idea of reporting the news was to keep open and unbiased opinion so as to be able to report news and not interpret it., I personally wonder why they ever endorse anyone, for any election it is exactly what they should not be doing.

    January 25, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  19. sunny

    how can hillary "change the tone" of her campaign...when its "hillbilly" that are running as a team????

    January 25, 2008 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  20. Cathy

    So because the Republicans hate Hillary people shouldn't vote for her??? I thought we're supposed to be electing a president who can do the job, not because he/she is likable??? As she has said in the debate, the Republicans have been at her for 16 years and much to their dismay she's still there. The people here should grow up and realize that governing a country isn't all about personality. You owe it to the people who need help the most to elect a competent president.

    January 25, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  21. Nancy, Dallas TX

    I'm gonna get tickets to D.C. for Hillary's inauguration!

    Thanks, New York Times!

    January 25, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  22. Jim, American in Paris

    The only choice is Hillary!

    She has the best record and the best ideas for the US.

    Support Hillary and you'll see a new America!

    January 25, 2008 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  23. shaun

    This editorial is a complete farce, laughable at best. Hillary uniting the county? Hillary is the most experienced? If you consider 6 years as a corporate lawyer for walmart, 8 years as a first lady, and 8 years as senator which helped to get absolutely nothing done in congress, then I guess she has ample experience to be the president...president of mcdonnals...This endorsement is clinton bias. It stands for "We remember you bill clinton", but nothing which has anything to do with hillary. This woman has benefited more from someone else's work than anyone I've ever seen in my life, and if this comedy doesn't end soon november's gonna be the biggest disapointment ever.

    January 25, 2008 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  24. James Brown ( Independent )

    Well so much for Clinton and McCain...............LOL.............Evene the people that live in NY hate that paper.

    January 25, 2008 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  25. Rob

    I'm not sure it's a good thing for a republican to get an endorsement from such a liberal newspaper. If we elect McCain or Clinton we will get more of the status quo. It's time for a Washington outsider. Romney has my endorsement.

    January 25, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
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