December 2nd, 2007
03:20 PM ET
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McCain receives major New Hampshire endorsement

McCain received a major endorsement from an influential New Hampshire newspaper on Sunday.

(CNN)–GOP presidential hopeful John McCain received a major endorsement of his candidacy Sunday, from the New Hampshire Union Leader, New Hampshire's largest and most influential newspaper.

"We don't agree with him on every issue. We disagree with him strongly on campaign finance reform," the paper wrote in its Sunday edition. "What is most compelling about McCain, however, is that his record, his character, and his courage show him to be the most trustworthy, competent, and conservative of all those seeking the nomination. Simply put, McCain can be trusted to make informed decisions based on the best interests of his country, come hell or high water."

The newspaper's traditionally conservative editorial page is influential to the state's Republican primary voters who vote in the first Republican primary on the presidential nominating calendar. The endorsement is among the most coveted and sought after of the candidates in the GOP field each election cycle.

The endorsement appeared on the front page of the newspaper's Sunday edition.

The paper went on to say McCain, in their view, was the most qualified, and ready to lead the country. "Competence, courage, and conviction are enormously important for our next President to possess. No one has a better understanding of U.S. interests and dangers right now than does McCain," the paper said. "He was right on the mistakes made by the Bush administration in prosecuting the Islamic terrorist war in Iraq and he is being proved right on the way forward both there and worldwide."

The paper also noted McCain's time as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam war, and the torture he endured at the hands of his captors after being shot down, saying "he never gave in then, and he won't give in to our enemies now."

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of the New Hampshire Union Leader, the only statewide newspaper in the Granite State," McCain said in a statement released by his campaign. "It is yet another indication that I have the momentum to win the first-in-the-nation primary. New Hampshire voters deserve straight talk, and it is a privilege to answer their questions in living rooms and town hall meetings across the state."

"I alone have the experience, knowledge and judgment to lead as commander in chief from day one, and my candidacy will rally the Reagan coalition to win a great victory next November," McCain said.

New Hampshire will hold the nation's first primary in the race for the 2008 Democratic and Republican presidential nominations on January 8th. They will follow Iowa's first in the nation caucuses on January 3rd.

McCain is scheduled to campaign in New Hampshire on Monday.

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. ne,pa

    McCain is another Bush. Period.

    December 3, 2007 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  2. The Independent, Burleson TX

    In Response to:
    Posted By Les WA : December 2, 2007 2:16 pm

    I'd rather have a tax and spend democrat, than a SPEND and BORROW republican any time of the day. China own this country now, they're the biggest of US treasury bond issued by your President George Bush to fund his ILLEGAL WAR in Iraq. I bet you're happy buying those products Made in China from Walmart. China is using YOUR money to build their military that they'll soon use against YOU. Happy Now?


    Are you realy that ignorant? China would have nothing to gain by attacking America, seeing that both counteries are economicaly in bed with each other. Also in the event of an invasion, not only is the united states millitary still the superior citizens would form milita groups and repulse any invaders.
    I welcome any nation to try and take america. It would promote national unity unknown in our nation and bind us together again as we should be. no north, south east or west, no black white asia hispanic, all just one group one nation, a Nation of Americas.

    December 3, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Doug Hogue, Merrimack NH

    As most of you know by now, The Union Leader (New Hampshire's only statewide newspaper) has endorsed John McCain in the New Hampshire Presidential Primary to be held on January 8, 2007.

    This was a mistake.

    While the military record of Senator McCain is beyond approach, his liberal views on immigration make this a bad choice. While he continues to talk about border and homeland security, at the same time he favors citizenship for those illegally in this country. The vast majority of Americans have already made their views known on immigration but Senator McCain refuses to listen and continues to be out of touch with America on this issue.

    The Union Leader made an error in endorsing Senator McCain. The correct choice would have been Senator Thompson.

    In my opinion Senator Thompson did not get the endorsement because he is running a non-traditional campaign. He is going to the people, not the political "big wigs" in New Hampshire and other states. He is campaigning his way and putting forth solutions to problems (including immigration) that is making established politicians nervous.

    I am disappointed that Senator Thompson hasn't been in New Hampshire as much as other candidates. I also realize there are 49 other states that deserve his time and attention as well.

    The Union Leader has penalized Senator Thompson for his absence in New Hampshire. We should show the New Hampshire political establishment that we support a candidate that puts American citizens before illegal immigrants and politics as usual.

    Support Senator Fred Thompson in the New Hampshire Presidential Primary.

    December 3, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Dan, Chicago IL

    Why not McCain
    He is a war hero who has earned the respect of our military, he is faithfully pro-life, and he has the broad appeal and electability to defeat Hillary Clinton. Unifying around Sen McCain will bring victory in 2008.

    December 3, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. freetobeme, Rochester, PA

    Anyone who thinks that he is free because the government gives him a choice of Tweedledee or Tweedledum to vote for is an idiot.

    Anyone who thinks that he is free because his government leaders say he is free is an idiot.

    Anyone who thinks that he is free because his public school teachers said he was free is an idiot.

    Anyone who thinks that he is free because he lives in the United States is an idiot.

    If the United States is the freest nation on earth, God help the other nations.

    Your freedom is a gift from God that the government takes from you.

    December 3, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Jay, RI

    McCain you still want to bomb Iran after we found out today that they are NOT building nukes? That's right McCain, the U.S. Intelligence Report came out today and the President's National Security Advisor confirmed that Iran is Not, again, NOT building nukes!

    Your irresponsible comment about bombing Iran was insulting to the American public. You should bow out gracefully from this campaign. We don't need anymore fear mongering from people like you.

    Goodbye McCain. Nice knowing ya!

    December 3, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Blake Wood, Cedar Falls, Iowa

    Sen. McCain is the best candidate running for President, period. This wise endorsement by the Union-Leader demonstrates that it understands that it isn't necessary to agree with a candidate on every issue under the sun–what really matters is endorsing a candidate who has a command of the issues, is an accomplished statesman, and stands for courage, character, and integrity. I'm hoping that on January 20, 2009 John McCain will become the 44th President of the United States.

    December 4, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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