November 3rd, 2008
06:26 PM ET
6 years ago

Cheney's hometown paper endorses Obama

Vice President Cheney's hometown newspaper endorsed Sen. Obama Monday.
Vice President Cheney's hometown newspaper endorsed Sen. Obama Monday.

(CNN)—With just over a day before polls start to close, Vice President Dick Cheney's hometown newspaper named their presidential pick — Democratic Sen. Barack Obama.

"It is a foregone conclusion that Wyoming's three electoral votes will go to Sen. John McCain. It would be easy for the Star-Tribune to simply agree with the majority of voters in this red state and endorse the Republican candidate for president," the Editorial Board of Wyoming's Casper Star-Tribune wrote Monday.

"But this isn't an ordinary election, and Sen. Barack Obama has the potential to be an extraordinary leader at a time we desperately need one."

The board goes on to commend Obama's judgement, criticizing McCain's conduct during his campaign and choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

"If the John McCain of 2000 saw today's counterpart, he wouldn't recognize himself," the Board wrote. "McCain is no longer a GOP maverick, or the war hero whose principles were unwavering. He has flip-flopped on issues ranging from tax cuts to torture in an effort to win over the conservative base of his party. He has waged a dismal campaign based on fear and divisiveness."

Cheney formally endorsed McCain Saturday, while at an event in Laramie, Wyoming.

"This year, of course, I'm not on the ballot, so I am here ... not to vote for me, but I want to join daughter Liz, who is with me today, join us in casting ... our ballots for John McCain and Sarah Palin," Cheney said.

Obama quickly seized the moment as another opportunity to tie McCain to the Bush presidency.

"I'd like to congratulate Sen. McCain on this endorsement, because he really earned it. That endorsement didn't come easy," Obama said at the Pueblo rally.

He added that Cheney "knows that with John McCain, you get a twofer: George Bush's economic policy and Dick Cheney's foreign policy. And that is a risk the American people cannot afford to take."

Echoing Obama’s latest campaign ad, the Star-Tribune’s editorial board commended him for receiving endorsements from "extremely capable leaders."

"It's good to know that he turns to the likes of Warren Buffett for financial matters and retired Gen. Colin Powell on military issues."

soundoff (250 Responses)
  1. Ann Mahoney

    I went to high school with Dick and Lynn Vincent Cheney, and the Casper Star-Tribune is my hometown newspaper, as well. I am delighted that the paper took the brave stance it did in this reddest of red states. Maybe even Wyoming is going a bit pink.

    November 3, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. ShirleyY - Seattle

    I AM VERY SADDEN BY HIS GRANDMA'S DEATH. WHAT REALLY GOT ME UPSET IS THAT ON HUFFINGTON POST, RNC CRITICIZED OBAMA FOR USING HIS CAMPAIGN PLANE TO GO AND SAY GOODBYE TO HIS DYING GRANDMA.

    November 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Rita, MO

    Please, if someone thinks that Barack "timed" the announcement of his grandmother's death, they've got to be as daft as McCain is.

    November 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. grahame

    Interesting that Team America is too cowardly to have a real name. Typical Republican filth to insinuate that Obamas Grandmother's death is a stunt. You animals should have been drowned at birth.

    November 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. xedillx

    GET OUT THE VOTE!

    WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

    November 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Team America

    GA Voter-

    Your argument is weak, and typical of liberals. "Let's base this election on intelligence and what degrees each candidate has." Does experience count for anything if a person wants to be President? It's purely an argument of book smarts vs. street smarts. Obama can talk the talk, but McCain is the only candidate that has walked the walk on nearly all domestic and foreign policy issues in his service to our country. Experience matters big time if you want to be POTUS.

    My argument is more intelligent than your argument. Deal with it!

    November 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. tulsa

    Team America.
    You think she died today on purpose?

    What a vile, stupid person you must be. Vote for who you will,
    WE THE PEOPLE WILL TAKE OUR COUNTRY FROM YOUR KIND AND RETURN TO THE PATH OF UNITY ONCE AGAIN.
    VOTE OBAMA!

    November 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Conservative James, Phoenix, AZ

    I have posted on CNN for several years, even over the blogs from someone impersonating me. I have had it with my Republican Party. We are pathetic and traitors. I am proudly voting Democratic in this election.

    Go Obama, and down with Fake James

    November 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Chris

    Wonderful news. I look forward to the day we see Wyoming go blue.

    Early voted already – Obama/Biden

    November 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. political junkie

    Now all we need is Arizona to turn blue....

    November 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. Never Again

    Team America
    I hope all of you are your ilk talking about the "timing" of her death
    rot in hell,. This country would be much better of without the dregs of humanity such as yourself.

    November 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Chi4Obama

    Warning to the GOP:

    The early formations of an electoral college landslide have been spotted out west. Early evidence in Wyoming, and AZ suggest that the tide is turning within the Republican party.

    Please vacate your party while still possible. Many popular GOP figureheads have already done so.

    The projected timeframe for touchdown, is during the evening hours of 9-11Eastern time on Nov. 4th.

    Remember, you can still "Barack the vote".

    November 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. RichK413

    From my Family to yours Senator Obama, our thoughts, prayers, and our Hearts are with you at this time at your loss of your GrandMother. I'm sure she'll be watching over you when you accept the Office of the President of the United States.

    Rich & Terri King & Family

    November 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Anna - New Mexico

    My condolences to the Obama Ohana.

    There will be a lot of people who agree with the paper and behind the curtains they will vote for Obama. They may not admit it to their family or neighbors, but they will vote for Obama. He is the right choice for America.

    November 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Otis

    The only way Democrats would lose tomorrow....President Bush endorses Barack Obama.

    Too bad they didn't do that weeks ago....

    November 3, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Ernest

    I am not surprised. We do not have time for jokes.

    November 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. California Gold

    In these last hours of a record breaking campaign I found Obama's comment about Cheney endorsing McCain to be funny. I'm sure McCain campaign gurus cringed over Cheney's endorsement. Really at this point in time endorsements and making a case that McCain is the same as Bush is nothing new. Enjoyed Obama having a bit of fun.

    November 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. LJ

    Where's the knockout punch Obama. You're not floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee....

    Obama You Are History!!!!

    VOTE THE REAL HERO MCCAIN

    November 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Anthony

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. Adam

    Wow...a piece of the media supporting a liberal candidate. huge shock.
    mccain/palin!

    November 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Tim

    Only in the MSM is this considered news. Who cares who Cheney's home town paper endorsed. Which candidate did John Wayne Gacy's home town paper endorse? Obama. Which candidate did the Son of Sam's home town paper endorse? Obama.

    Pathetic.

    November 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. pipes

    If they endorsed Chey, then throw the endorsement back

    November 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. jason, tx

    That's just funny. It keeps getting better.

    November 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Tom - Oregon

    Lights out for McShame.

    November 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. pipes

    If they endorsed Cheney, then throw the endorsement back

    November 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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