January 24th, 2008
09:33 PM ET
7 years ago

New York Times backs Clinton, McCain

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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. matt

    Hillary supporters need to consider this fact about the disgruntled voting public of 2008. ONE of the two big-party nominees is going to rebalance the national electoral scale in the same way Reagan did in 1980. Will it be Mitt Romney fro the GOP? Or Barack Obama for the Democrats? Hillary Clinton doesn't have that ability, she doesn't even have the strength to pull together the typical Democratic coalition. If defeating the Republican party is a goal that you value, then you need Barack Obama.

    January 25, 2008 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  2. Dem need to win

    Ny times for Hillary

    American people for Obama

    January 25, 2008 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  3. Tom, Boston MA

    The NYT has ZERO credibility politically speaking (remember Judith Miller?). It's beyond obvious who their masters are.

    January 25, 2008 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  4. Random Numbers

    GO HILLARY GO!!

    Just four years of a Hillary presidency will bury the Democrats so deep you'll need a backhoe to look them in the eye!

    January 25, 2008 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  5. Carrie

    The American people endorsement: Barrack Obama.

    January 25, 2008 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  6. NYC, New Yorker, NY

    Apparently
    All the Clinton support were consider uneducated people. And Barrack Hussein Obama supportrer were considred College Educated.
    Apparently a BS/MS in EE/CE is uneducated Deg.

    January 25, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  7. Joe

    Why McCain, because you are a democrat? Let's be honest the people on this board for McCain are either dems, lobbyists or of course the ny times that want a washington insider.

    January 25, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  8. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    eddie, Obama is confusing so many things in many ways. Sue B TX, you missed the point, Republicans are afraid of Hillary's nomination because they don't have the chance to win White House, but they are sure that beating Obama is easy as pie just like you think.

    January 25, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  9. Young Liberal

    New Yorker

    But yet you still use a person's middle name as a reason not to vote for them.

    January 25, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  10. charlotte

    Obama is no JFK , more like MLK

    January 25, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  11. Ray

    Go Hillary!!!!
    Go Hillary!!!!

    January 25, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  12. Dave

    Boooo!!!!

    January 25, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  13. W.D.Russell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    Well it is the NY Times. Five years ago they pulled their pom-poms out and cheered Bush's lies for war.

    January 25, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  14. A. Harrison

    I am pleased with this endorsement.

    On the Republican side:

    If not Huckabee, McCain indeed. My only qualms with McCain is keeping us in Iraq until the year 2100.

    On the Democrat side:

    Of course Hillary Clinton. Obama has a lot of energy and hope but we have not wiggle room to gamble on him turning his words into action. And after that Tony Rezco bomb, what's really going on Senator? And that's my point, we know nothing about Obama. I rather his dirt come out now than when he is in the general election if he is chosen. We know all the skeletons the Clintons have point blank, I trust knowing their business than not knowing enough about Obama.

    January 25, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. joe

    CNN/OBAMA NETWORK THIS MUST HAVE BEEN TOUGH FOR YOUR TEAM TO POST

    NYT ENDORSES CLINTON

    HEY CNN/OBAMA NETWORK WHY COULDNT YOU POST WHAT THE OTHER NEWS OUTLET POSTED?

    MSNBC/WALL STREE JOURNAL HILLARY LEADS OBAMA BY 14%

    LATIME/BLOOMBERG POLL HILLARY LEADS MCCAIN BY 4%
    ONLY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE TO LEAD MCCAIN!!!

    SOMETHING TELLS ME OBAMA WILL START TALKING LESS ABOUT HILLARY AND RACE AND MORE ABOUT ISSUES NOW...I GUESS THAT CARD DIDNT WORK FOR HIM....REMEMBER TIM RUSSERT IN THE NBC DEBATE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT OBAMA CAMPAIGN STARTED THE RACE ISSUE AND OBAMA AGREED AND SAID "HENCEFORTH IT WILL STOP" HA HA HA!!

    IT ALSO SEEMS PEOPLE ARE PICKING UP CNN INDIRECT/DIRECT PROMOTION FOR OBAMA...AND ITS NOT WORKING

    January 25, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. Find Your Voice

    It's a very sad day in journalism when integrity to the truth, and ethics concerning the public's right to know – seems to no longer matter.

    Perhaps Eleanor Roosevelt has words of wisdom for Democrats, and in particular to the journalists of the NY Times editorial board who support a Clinton candidacy:

    “ I think I learned …that practically no one in the world is entirely bad or entirely good, and that motives are often more important than actions..." (Eleanor Roosevelt).

    In addressing the arrogance of those who would deem themselves as somehow being "owed" the highest office in our land, while literally deceiving the American public, Eleanor Roosevelt might have this to say:

    “The outstanding issue today is much as it was in Jefferson’s day – trust in the people or fear of the people…
    Is the Government to be in the hands of the aristocrats…or shall it again be in the hands of the people ……who will be free, responsible citizens..? "

    We need a leader who is willing to serve the interests of the people, not a candidate who serves her own self-interests, as took place with the attempts to suppress the voters voice by Clinton-surrogates who sought to silence the Culinary Workers in Nevada.Obama – all because they dared to choose Obama for their candidate for President!

    Obama for President because Integrity, Truthfulness, honorable conduct and Ethics still matter to the voters, and to the will of the American people!

    January 25, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. CHANGE IS COMING

    "...the breadth of, yes, her experience."

    Yeah ok.

    January 25, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Sean McM

    Thank you NY Times.....now we won't need a 3rd party candidate!!!! The incompetents are fading away, one by one....Guiliani, Huckabee, Obama and Edwards next hopefully

    January 25, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. Cameron

    Bimmer January 24, 2008 10:01 pm ET

    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 .

    WELL SAID BIMMER... LOVE THIS.

    January 25, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    NYT spoke nothing but the truth about Giuliani. Exploiting such a horrific crime and claiming to be a hero, is a crime in itself. How could anyone trust Giuliani, where is his sense of pride and value of life.

    January 25, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Lawdog90, Chesapeake, VA

    While this is not great news, the good news is that Rudy didn't get the endorsement. It's another indication that Rudy's toast! Rudy down, Mitt to go!

    January 25, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. Dan, NJ

    That really seems like a luke-warm endorsement from the NYT. Establishment liberals seem to say:

    1. Hillary has exagerated the value of her resume, meaning she doesn't have the "experience" she claims and the "experience" she does have does not have the value she claims. Despite the endorsement, the NYT has made the charge that Hillary has misled voters about her "experience."

    2. Hillary should lead in changing the tone of her campaign, meaning she has led a dirty and negative campaign. Despite the endorsement, the NYT has made the charge that Hillary has rebuked the message of change in favor of the same old politics.

    For Kyu Reisch,

    Republicans want Hillary to get the nomination. She motivates the Rep. voter base to vote against her, drives Independents to vote Rep. (note how many Independents hav evoted against her) and alienates a number of Dems. Her unfavorable numbers are in the mid 40's nationally, meaning the Reps only have to sway 5-10 percent of the vote to retain the White House. That's math, not opinion.

    January 25, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Jim

    I'd be careful of the word 'hometown' with Senator Clinton. I believe she's from Arkansas.

    January 25, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. km

    Hello Democrats. Do you really think America is ready for a black president? I am a republican but I'm sick of how they have run things. I decided to vote democrat this time and so have some of my friends. However, we are from SC where for the most part we (blacks and whites) do not like each other. That is what the primary here has turned into. I don't care what you may have heard. I have lived here all my life and know how we dislike each other. So the majority is white (HIllary) or black (Obama) and if he wins the nomination many here and around the country will go back to republican just to keep him out. Sad but VERY true.

    January 25, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Not a stupid Democrat

    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.
    _______________________________________________________________

    Yes, if the wife is also a brain surgeon, duh. If you think all that Hillary did in the White House was bake cookies, you need to wake up.
    And I thought that's what a marriage is–for two people to be husband and wife. Just because Bill cheated on her does not make him not her husband....Last time I checked they are still married.
    You must be an Obama supporter or a Republican.

    January 25, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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