(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
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My vote goes to Curtis Madison he is what this country needs, he's in shape smart and better looking than all the other canidates combined. He will bring the toughness and the intestinial fortitude back to the presidency. Unlike these old weaklings they got running now. My choice is clear and it's Madison. 2012.
Madison in 2012!
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Bravo, L.A. Times!!!! Great call on Obama. You echo his supporters' sentiments [from all ages, races, income groups and backgrounds] exactly.... THANK YOU! =)
now it is obama time. he will sweep the election. no doubt, just wait for some days.
I don't think Obama is perfect. I don't even agree with him on every issue. No human being is perfect. But I am relatively sure he has the interests of the country at heart instead of self glorification. NO MORE OF THE OLD GUARD
Watch out Hillary we're gaining on you! An influential newspaper's first presidential
endorsement since 1972?
A think a good choice and an interesting matchup for the presidency. However, I still think John Edwards would have been more effective.
A well deserved endorsement by a well respected newspaper. This is going to be huge in California. I read the Times so I know. Congratulations Obama.
HILLARY CLINTON 2008! SHE WILL WIN JUST LIKE SHE DID IN FLORIDA!
Obama wins either on super tuesday, or more likley the next 4-6 weeks when he takes 80% of the states in feb/march. He is gaining some real momentum and people, lot of people getting behind him. The longer this drags out, the better for Obama in my opinion. Let the games begin.
Oh my goodness here comes the Obama haters...1 ...2...3...go!
Pots calling kettles black..Hillary really taught you guys well.
I am tired of the vote on war issue also. For a canidate that wants to look ahead, Obama can not get over the past( and some others also. Americans overwhealmingly supported this war in the beginning and this rush to critize is hypocritical. Also, when asked in 2004, Obama stated that if he would have been in the Senate, he may have voted the same way. Its funny how he has now moved away from that statement. This man will do anything to get elected. The debate last night proved once and for all that Clinton has a greater command of the issues that effect Americans and has the best plan to restore America to her greatness.
Ah, just look into the reasoning behind why L.A. Times endorsed Barack Obama. They state his "deep knowledge of foreign relations"!!!! This is truely a joke when we all know how many times he has met with world leaders, how many times he has travelled to foreign engagements, and how many times he visited Iraq. NOT! And they say the reason that they did not endorse Clinton is because of her vote on the Iraq war; and then they endorse McCain who did vote for the Iraq war!!! I guess readers get the picture! Next time you go to a news stand, compare the left over pile of L.A. Times and that of other more reputable newspapers. Truely amazing!!!!
This is awesome news! Can't you feel change in the air? His momentum is building. I am so proud of my country. I haven't said that in a while.
I work in Dallas, TX as a caseworker and work with many groups of people in the urban community. I am a white woman my husband is a Iraq war veteran. I think Obama has what it takes to inspire the people I serve who come from all backgrounds and races looking for leadership and honesty. I am proud that Obama can cross racial lines for unity, stick up for veterans and he more than once spoke out against the war in 2002 and not just in Chicago.
Obama 08 from Dallas, TX!
I can't believe all these people still on the Clinton bandwagon, as well as the women voting for Clinton soley on the merit that she is woman. Do your homework people.
Down with dynasties. No more Clintons or Bush's. I am so tired of her overused line, it took a Clinton to clean up the first Bush...This entire country needs a huge shift in thinking.
Hillary was endorsed by Heida Fleiss and Castro.
I am a Ugandan, and even I agree with the LA Times, particularly their basis for the Obama endorsement. Sadly, I am still waiting for any of the candidates to add their voice to the Kenyan situation. It might be premature and unfavorable to campaign strategy, but this is a matter of importance to Africa; it will show what candidate is interested in the continent.
Polls don't matter....they do not include the undecided, Independents or people whio switch parties for the primary or caucus. They also do not poll anyone who does not have a landline.
Just will have to wait for the votes which is the way it should be.
Hillary is the winner !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My vote will go to Mrs Clinton !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Still find it hard to believe that someone (Obama) with great ideas but no real plan of executing them could be endorsed by this great newspaper. Clinton will win California!!
CNN is still biased against CLINTON. Please be fair CNN! Don't fall into FOX New's category! CNN should put DOBBS as the head of CNN and maybe, just maybe CNN will stop drifting in the wrong direction.
Clintons are on sale – "2 for 1″ type of merchandise;
Obama – 'all IN one' – not for sale.
Follow Florida lead..... vote for Hillary Clinton to show these bias media what Americans really want. Go Hillary, Florida got it right.
Go Obama, you are the one we are waiting for so long. you can change this country. keep the good work. you were absolutly terrific last night.