(CNN) – Barack Obama and John McCain Friday won the backing of the Los Angeles Times, one of the most-read newspapers in the United States and most influential in delegate-rich California.
In separate editorials, the paper praised Obama as an "inspiring leader who cuts through typical internecine campaign bickering," and McCain as a consistent conservative with "fundamental individualism."
Both presidential endorsements are the paper’s first since 1972.
"[Obama] electrifies young voters, not because he is young but because he embodies the desire to move to the next chapter of the American story," the editorial read. "He brings with him deep knowledge on foreign relations and on this nation's particular struggles with identity and opportunity. His flair for expression, both in print and on the stump, too easily leads observers to forget that Obama is a man not just of style but of substance."
The paper also praised Hillary Clinton, but faulted the New York senator for her original Senate vote authorizing use of force in Iraq.
"Experience has value only if it is accompanied by courage and leads to judgment. Nowhere was that judgment more needed than in 2003, when Congress was called upon to accept or reject the disastrous Iraq invasion. Clinton faced a test and failed, joining the stampede as Congress voted to authorize war," the editorial read.
On John McCain, the liberal editorial board noted it disagrees with many of his stands on social issues, but wrote, "The Arizona senator's conservatism is, if not always to our liking, at least genuine.
"It reflects his fundamental individualism, spanning his distrust of big government, his support for immigration reform and his insistence on a sound American foreign policy," the editorial read.
California voters head to the polls Super Tuesday, February 5.
– CNN Producer Alexander Mooney
I am from Saudi Arabia. I was listening to Mr. Obama speaches last 4 months. He is amazing. I w'd clasify him as "National Treasure" He is rare. I wish we had great leader like Obama in Arab World.
We all know that the LA Times is a republican paper. The only reason they are endorsing obama is because they want him to win because they think the republicans can beat him and they know they can't beat Senator Clinton. It is obvious why so many republicans are backing obama. The Clinton Democrats aren't dumb enough not to see through their underhanded plan.
Throw away the labels. Just try that . Then take a new, thoughtful look at the candidates and see who you think is best. When is the last time you tried that? Take out Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, religious right, media bias, corporate influence, television presence and spin and all of that.
Don't act so surprised that there are people trying to influence your vote. That is what they do. It starts when you begin listening to them.
Follow your own mind and heart and do what is best for you, your family and your nation. Remove the other stuff and just think for a little bit.
Elections don't highlight the challenges we face, they hide them – behind rhetoric and hyperbole. We all agree this country is not what it used to be. Let's start there. Who can fix things? Who wants to? Who is willing to support them? Does that end once you pull the lever?
Remove the labels, vote your conscience, and then put down the party colors and come together. We haven't done that in a while, and that makes all those who would influence you more successful when we don't. We're not informed, we're directed.
For the record, I don't know who I'm voting for yet.
I'm still thinking.
Good job LA Times.
Dems are going to win in November!!!!!!
Go Dems ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE.
Question for everyone:
Who will be McCains running mate if he wins??
If Hillary, Obama or Edwards team up which I think they will – the Republicans will have to pull a rabbit out of the hat, who will it be??
Would love to hear your thoughts on this.
If you vote for McCain your will turn this country back 30 years farther! We have a war monger president, what difference would McCain do? nothing at all.He would just be the gate keeper of the same that is going on now. I beleive it would even worse.
McCain is a mad old man, he gets upset if someone doesn't like what he says and takes it as a personal attack, just like the libs do. Hitlery is the prime example.
A vote for McCain is a vote for Hitlery, he is the best friend for the libs.
Tom Daschle asked him to cross party lines, he doesn't know anything about the economy. He swears at people when he goes off and that isn't what we need with a guy like him with his finger on the nukes.
He has his goon Hickupbee getting votes away from Romney so he will keep the most qualified person to lead this nation. We need Romney to help this country move ahead, not the same thing we are going through right now. McCain is a war monger and worse than Bush is or ever would be.
Vote for Romney, he is honest and McCain and Hickupbee are not honesty at all.
CNN and FOX news are more of the same- No truth
Obama Kids, spare your time to educate yourself on THE ISSUES and realize how weak your candidate is. Snobbish Snobama doesn't deserve all those hooplas!
HIllary all the way to the White House!
Someone said "CNN be fair" implying that they are unfairly offering more coverage of Obama than Clinton. Well, all you have to do is look under "categories" and you will see that next to "Hillary Clinton" there are 769 articles and next to Obama there are 652, over 100 less. So I agree, CNN be fair!
Sorry, the song is by conway twitty and Loretta Lyn
Ron Paul is going to shake up this race after Super Tuesday since he will be the only one left against McCain. Romney and Huckabee will both be out of money and support, and will drop out within days. This leaves the Republicans to chose between the liberal McCain and the only true conservative of the bunch, the Tax Payers Best friend every year running, Dr. NO Himself – Ron Paul.
How interesting that so many people are still willing to go down the same old road with Hillary when half the country say they will not vote for her under any circumstance its like a old comfortable pair of shoes with a hole in them you just hate to change Go Obama.
Media stop what you are doing – dirt on Clintons
I watched most of it on factchecks.org and similar – Apparently is its not correct
Stop saying yes we can Obama people. What does that mean anyway? Obama is full of hot air. Just words no action. I am sick of it!!!!argh!!!
Latina voting for Hillary 08!
He is a born leader – Obama is going to the White House.
correction: he is born loser that is why he is stay in chicago
Norrie B Harris February 2, 2008 4:43 pm ET
He is a born leader – Obama is going to the White House.
MORE FACTS ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON
I hope more and more people see the light of day:
Hillary's claim to "35 years of experience." Subtract her years spent as first lady of Arkansas and in the White House, and her time working as a lawyer in the Rose Law Firm and in other jobs.
As Reason Magazine's Steve Chapman reported in November, Hillary Clinton has "just under eight years of experience in elective office - one more than John Edwards and four fewer than Obama." And, to boot, Hillary the Feminist has her man to fight her battles.
how surprising, not
ANOTHER NEWSPAPER... THAT CAN'T DECIDE IF THEY
ARE FOR THE WAR OR AGAINST IT. GO FIGURE.
LA Times don't care about our soldiers lives in Iraq.
McCain is an extension of George Bush whom is responsible for more American deaths in Iraq than the terrorist of 911.
WHY ARE THE ROMNEY IS SPENDING SO MUCH MONEY AGANIST CLINTON
AND NOT MC CAIN...HE IS NOT RUNNING AGAINST HER!!!!!!
DO YOU THINK THAT IF OBAMA WIN THEY KNOW THEY CAN GET ELECTED
BECAUSE HE WILL NOT HAVE THE EXPERINCE.AND IT IS VERY INPORTANT
TO KNOW .WE ARE PUTTING SONEONE TO TAKE CONTROL OF WHAT IS RUIN
FOR US .....NOW WE HAVE A CHANCE TO START TO GET OUT OF A DEEP HOLE
AND PUT US IN THE GREEN FOR OUR FINANCIAL WEFARE!!!!!!!!
Just a note to the wise. If Obama is the nominee, it's my intention to show my displeasure by voting for a leader that I know and that I feel that I can trust. McCain. If not McCain then Romney has a record that can be looked at and jugged. No do nothing no nothing with no experience Obama come lately for me, thank you. I know many people that feel the same way. The DNC really let us all down by letting this dude in the race. I for one don't intend on forgetting it. Weather he wins or not! There needs to be a change alright. A change at the DNC to start. We need experienced candidates so we don't have to face a situation like this. I want to see a record going back 15 or 20 yrs. Mostly in public office or in public service of some kind! Something! Not nothing but a real estate lawyer and 2 or 3 yrs in the senate with a questionable record! Just not good enough! NO!!
Newspapers are an outdated method of communication. When they throw one in my driveway, it goes right to the recycle bin. TV Commentators they aren't journalists, they are the equivalent of monkeys who are told to put the cog in the machine. They don't do research on issues because that might involve ...work!, and they alone will be responsible for sinking the Obama ship because if he is the party nominee, they neglected to spotlight some of his weaknesses and believe me the Republican party, who is promoting him as much as his supporters won't hesitate to bring all his dirty laundry out for all to see. They know he will be taken down when they hit him with the Rezko crap 2 seconds after he wins the party nomination and you can set your watch to that prediction. By that time, Hillary – our best chance of winning the White House – will already have been excluded and McCain or Huckabee or Romney will be looking for the key to move in. Go ahead, set your clock!
Women, women, women. We are our own worst enemy. Jealosy or spite, we take no delight in our sisters sucess because it shines a bright light on our own failures to do something to succeed. What a shame.