February 1st, 2008
06:40 PM ET
10 years ago

LA Times endorses Obama, McCain

The LA Times endorsed Obama and McCain Friday .

The LA Times endorsed Obama and McCain Friday .

(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

soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Peter

    Any endorsement is great for Obama.
    I for one will still like Obama to have Hillary as his Vice President, they can work together and Bill will have no chance to mingo with the new government.

    Vote Obama for demograts please, there is something special in him. Can't you see? Please give him a chance and you will soon realized when he face the Rep. He will prevail and win big for the democrats.
    Vote Obama because is Bam ....
    Obama 08!

    February 1, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. freckles

    Who cares who endorses who. I care about issues. And Hillary explained twice last night during the debate this whole war issue and why she voted how she voted. But Obama, he's got to play it to the hilt! Because he has absolutely nothing else to bark about! I never saw anyone stammer on his words as much as he does and sings the same song over and over again.
    Americans should be smart enough not to vote for just one issue. I'm so proud to be on her side! Her voice has been heard! Go Hillary!

    February 1, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. Alice in Florida

    Gina – you're wrong – if Barack was there at the time, he would have voted "present."

    February 1, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  4. we three

    barack obama we are proud to have you for our next president, we love you

    February 1, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. veronica lynne

    He's in for a big disappointment.
    People make up their own minds. They don't let newspapers, politicians or celebrities make up theitr minds for them.

    February 1, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  6. Nick in Atlanta

    This story tells me two things:

    1. Voting for Obama is clearly the right step. He's a man of honor and ambition and he is the real promise of a better tomorrow! A vote for Obama is a vote for the safety of our country!

    2. I need to start reading the LA Times! They are not as biased as other media seems to be!

    February 1, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  7. media full of it

    i'm SO sick of the media distorting the news to suit their preference (cnn and nbc/msnbc (SO pro-obama it's sickening!). and they keep giving free air time to obama – maybe not breaking the letter of equal time laws but certainly the spirit of them – rerunning his statements and their michelle obama interview over and over with highly positive comments, then giving just snippets of hillary and attaching negative comments. and they keep picking out the polls that make it look closer than it is. they're just such obvious shills that i can't believe anyone believes them. surely americans aren't stupid enough to believe this crap! of course, i expect this to go to moderation like my other posts critical of cnn.

    February 1, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  8. xxx

    Have you read the book "THE RISE AND FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE"? Well that book doesnt have to be written if the Americans vote the right candidate. Its time for CHANGE.

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 2, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  9. tonymursalim

    USA needs a genuine president i.e. barack or mc cain who says what his heart says not a great pretender, smiling with no reason only to make people happy.

    February 2, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  10. charlene

    Obama is all fluff rhetoric. We need a real person that will be ready and RIGHT
    for the position of President of the U.S. and that person is HILLAR CLINTON!

    February 2, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  11. Chris

    It would be a shame to see Hilary get to the white house and encounter gridlock and resistance that she doesn't have the willingness or ability to overcome. She's too entrenched.

    Of all the candidates only Barack – with a focus on finding common ground and moving forward – giving no energy to negativity or divisions – can help turn us around.

    February 2, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  12. A Real American

    Wow. Oprah Winphrey, Michelle Obama, AND Caroline Kennedy all in California at the same time??!! Man, plus Teddy Kennedy is out there single handedly grabbing up major Latino support for Obama, in effect snatching it out of the grip of the Clintons ? YES!

    While the Clintons may try to lay "claim" to the African American vote because of what they "did" for blacks, they can lay no such claim to Latinos. That is TEDDY KENNEDY exclusive territory. That man is like God to them. Watch and see what happens in California. All Hillary has going for her in California is the women vote to secure her victory. However, she is now being overshadowed by Carolyn Kennedy AND Ophrah Winphrey? PLUS, Obama has a spouse (Michelle) that people LOVE.

    Super Tuesday is going to deliver results for Obama that is going to have people scratching their heads. I predict that out of the 22 states, he will win 14.

    February 2, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Jose G.

    Well, I just QUIT my subscription to the LA Times.

    February 2, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Karen

    EE, yes it is times' first endorsement, but thats because the times has pruposely followed a policy of not endorsing anyone since a bit of scandal where one of the publishers was a little too close to Nixon. If you actually read the times then you would know.

    February 2, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Rachel

    Any endorsement for Obama is a decision well made, as far as I'm concerned. I was able to vote for the first time in 2000 and felt devastated when I saw the state of Florida turn from blue to red. I simply couldn't understand. And years later while traveling abroad in Scotland I had no good answer when a friend stared at a map of the U.S. and said, "Why would they put Bush on the throne again?"

    Then came Barack Obama. Whether you do or do not like the man, he's going to be force in American politics and he's about to change the trajectory of the country. I agree with those who say he's not only got style, he's got substance.

    February 2, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. JohnS


    I really believe that it is going to take the active support of Hillary for the DEMS to lose the White House again; Remember Gore and Kerry? How short minded can the Dems really be in this nation. Gore and Kerry (each a stronger candidate than Hillary) were the "accidents" of the Clintons– The Dems lost each time!!!!!

    Currently, the Dems are celebrating the "huge number of voters" out there for them because of the Independents (like myself), moderate Republicans, and young voters that have been brought onboard by Obama. Let us wait until the Dems put up Hillary as the nominee and the "voting pool" will run dry!!

    This is yours Dems to lose again; it always takes the Clintons for the Dems to lose the White House or to deal with issues of moral corruptions!!!

    WISE and Intelligent Dems should simply stay AWAY from the Clintons; they are the source of "curse" for the Dems!!!!

    No Clinton, not even Bill, can ever restore the ECONOMIC fortunes of the past; the conditions of the past (e.g., Internet bubble) that made that happen are simply NOT there today. The Clintons burnt their bridges BEFORE they left (in disgrace), the White House!!! And guess what? Hillary has been making stronger enemies since!

    The Clintons should simply GO away. We know Bill has been preparing for Hillary to be president since he was president. Why do you think she was the Secretary of the nation's HealthCare project that eventually failed? Equally, Hillary will focus on getting Chelsea ready for the White House. What is this nation up to?

    The failure of a Hillary presidency (which will certainly happen, given the history of the Clintons) will be a major setback for women (and other minorities) for generations to come!!!

    February 2, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Michael

    My wife and I marched against the war at large rallies in Hollywood and downtown L.A. before Bush even started the mess. I don't remember anything anti-war from the Times. I don't remember the Times ever showing the anti-war vision that it now faults Hillary for not having. I don't understand the hypocrisy.

    Just like I don't understand the Democrats who would vote for a determined hawk like McCain rather than vote for Hillary.

    February 2, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. AZDem

    If I hear one more programmed Obama-ton waxing poetic about 'change' I'm going to yak all over my keyboard. Sure, Obama's some nicely packaged charisma voicing a few words of visionary rhetoric. Too bad there's not much substance there. Experience has been a touch word, but let's try a new one: Leadership. Obama has spent three years in the Senate and has not done anything except pursue his presidential bid and show up occasionally to toss in a vote. Sure he's very successful at running for whatever office he's pursuing at the moment, but he has NOT been a leader of the party.
    What makes you people think he will suddenly buck up and be an effective leader of a nation????

    February 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. William

    America, wake up. John McCain has served his country. It is time for him to step down, and let new people take over. He spent 25 years in Senate! Enough is enough.

    February 2, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. Roger

    Barack Obama made the statement in campaigning the other day that he was more electable because Hillary Clinton supporter will vote for him in the general election if he becomes the Democratic nominee but that the Barack Obama supporter will not vote for Hillary Clinton if she is the Democratic nominee.

    Well unless he retracts that statement immediately in this fast paced election, for this Hillary Clinton supporter who for party unity and so did not want more Bush Whitehouse years made that statement true is now here by giving notice that it is no longer true. If I do not hear not only a retraction of this statement and a encouragement by Barack Obama for his supporters to vote Democrat no matter who ends up getting the nod as the Democratic nominee I will be setting out this election if Obama wins the nominee! He went way to far! If he waits till the convention to get all unity mode it will be to late for me! Lets see if Barack Obama wins any better without the support of the Hillary Clinton supporter then Hillary would without the support of the Barack supporters!

    February 2, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Marti San Diego, CA

    How about an endorsement of a candidate's ability to flat out lead and deliver results.

    Here’s what the CEO of one of the businesses Romney helped said about Romney’s LEADERSHIP:

    Boston, MA – Today, Staples Founder Thomas Stemberg released the following statement regarding Governor Romney’s record of growing businesses and creating jobs:

    “At this critical time for our economy, the United States needs a leader in Washington who actually has a record in the private sector of creating jobs. That leader is Mitt Romney. He knows what it takes to create jobs because he has done it time and time again. As a businessman, Governor Romney took a chance and invested in the first Staples store. Today, tens of thousands of Staples employees across this country have jobs because of that decision. That’s a clear record of action that Mitt Romney repeated time after time. Washington needs leaders who can do more than just talk about creating jobs.”

    February 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. Real Change

    Let’s analyze the candidate’s campaign for change;
    Hillary’s idea of change is having a woman as president, but reliving the past as she continues to remember the nineties. Continue to keep the same old way of doing business in Washington. Claiming to finally have the answer to health care which is only an untested idea on paper not knowing weather it will work or not and requiring you to buy into her plan. Taking away the ability of people to make their own choice and leaving it up to someone to decide for us. Is this not just an idea of hope? Just as she stated in the debate the other night when asked if she would have the troops out of Iraq in her first year, he r response was I hope so. Yet she stated in an earlier debate that hope isn’t a strategy.

    Obama’s idea of change is to change the way we do business in Washington to move the country into a new direction. To provide health care for everyone who wants it and to allow those who already have coverage to make it more affordable for them while still allowing us to make our own choices. To unite not only America but the rest of the world so we can have a better world to live in.

    I for one have already lived yesterday and know I can’t go back to change what has already happened.
    Now it’s time I live for tomorrow which is the future, for which Obama is looking towards and beyond unlike Hillary’s idea of doing twentieth century politics in the twenty first century. America needs to finally move forward and support the person willing to lead us into the future not the past.
    Hillary for once was………..
    Barack for what will be………

    February 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. John

    Of course they endorse McCain...

    Incredible… I felt something was way wrong, and it’s finall dawned on me what it is.

    The Republicans are really being played for fools…

    Take a man (McCain) who is liberal and has spoken of changing over to the Democrat Party in the past. He knows he can count on the liberals support and endorsements if he runs Republican, and that’s a big plus. How many calls and late night dinners did it take? McCain knew if he went against Hillary/Obama on the Democrat ticket, he would just be another candidate and wouldn’t have a chance.

    And here’s the beauty of the strategy – a liberal (Democrate at heart) running and winning on the Republican ticket with liberal endorsements, and of course the Independents he can count on because he is liberal… faces Hillary/Obama as a peer … a party nomination winner.

    What genius – what deceit – he has a better chance at the White House with this strategy and there is the added bonus of destroying the Republican Party as well as Rush says.

    What a guy… Republicans, you better wake up before it’s too late.

    God help us – People… please, for the sake of our country and our party – VOTE ROMNEY !!

    February 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Jon, Los Angeles

    Good judgement by LA Times! Obama is the right one for the presidency at this time when judgement outweighs experience.

    February 2, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. MAD

    Obams's campaign is spamming people's personal email addresses with insider information as to who's name is on the account! Who is selling this information to them?

    February 2, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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