December 2nd, 2007
03:20 PM ET
15 years ago

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. Les WA

    I'm a democrat, I always like John McCain, he is a true conservative. Although I will not vote for him, I'm happy for him!

    December 2, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. mark wilkes barre pa

    Atta boy McCain

    December 2, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Murph, Philly

    In response to:
    McCain is a putz.
    Posted By Joe Mahma : December 2, 2007 11:23 am

    You used the words putz, enough said, support Clinton and raise the taxes on your checks each week and loose Iraq and the "the children" that my friends are dying for, handing out candy and toys and having Al-Queda use the kids as shields and then blow a car bomb up.

    They endorse bozo ?
    most informed?
    most capable?
    they are as looney as Mcain is
    Posted By David MTL Ca : December 2, 2007 11:34 am

    Bozo? Home dont play that. McCain has flaws, but looney? Clinton panders, Mitt believe Jesus came to the Indians, Guliani has 911.

    December 2, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Jose Card

    It seems this newspaper just took the words out of my mouth. I would have subscribed to the NH Union Leader if I were to live in NH.

    Senator McCain's strongest points are his qualifications for commander in chief and characters for the leader. He can also relate to the voters. Senator McCain's presidency will encourage more recruits into our military, while Senator Clinton will cause a negative impact on our military retention rate.

    Joining the service is not just a job. It's an adventure and you could lose your life. You'd better believe in your commander in chief if you are considering it.

    December 2, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Les WA

    You used the words putz, enough said, support Clinton and raise the taxes on your checks each week and loose Iraq and the "the children" that my friends are dying for, handing out candy and toys and having Al-Queda use the kids as shields and then blow a car bomb up.

    They endorse bozo ?
    most informed?
    most capable?
    they are as looney as Mcain is
    Posted By David MTL Ca : December 2, 2007 11:34 am


    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?

    December 2, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. EB Rideout, Georgia

    Mark Maxwell from NY said it best –

    McCain had it in 2000, but he let Bush smear him without a fight. The wheels fell off the Straight Talk
    Express long ago.

    Union Leader or not, there will not be a President McCain residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2009.

    Ron Paul is the only hope for the GOP.

    December 2, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. RightyTighty

    McCain/Huckabee 2008!!

    December 2, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. E.H.HInojosa,Irving,Texas

    McCain is not the right person for the job. We've already had an old man in the White House,Reagan. McCain has a hot temper and that is not good for that kind of job. If McCain should win he will be in his seventies while president,that is not good. We need somebody a lot younger then that to run our country.

    December 2, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Who rules America?

    Does it really matters if a Repulican or Democrate wins the election? Do you want to know who really rules America? Read article by James Petras, Global Researcher.

    December 2, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. James Carver, New York, NY.

    George Vreeland Hill needs to shut his big mouth.
    It would be too bad if he winds up changing people's minds about some candidates, with the result being a Hillary Clinton win.

    December 2, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Len New York, NY

    McCain appears trustworthy and direct. He also looks like he genuinely cares for the country unlike the other candidates who are in it purely for the power. George Bush is an embaressment to Conservative principles: The war in Iraq has already been won (Sadam is dead and there are no weapons of mass distruction) to keep spending BILLIONS of our dollars there to build, school, feed, etc while Iraq sits on the wealthiest oil reserves on the planet is just wreckless. Bush is fiscally reckless and yes, whomever replaces him will have a tough time fixing up this mess.

    December 2, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. doug marcus sewell, nj

    i've been solid mccain until the fiasco over immigration. i really can't understand what he was trying to do but given that john is from a front-line state that actually has to deal with this, it did make me question my initial knee-jerk reactions to the proposed bill.
    however, mccain is under no delusion that the world is a dangerous place and not facing up to it is wrong. mccain doesn't follow the gop talking points or anybody else's for that matter, thus he always has to the extra mile to win the debate. he is not perfect, but i fail to find any disqualifying features from somebody that sees the world for what it is.

    December 2, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Lu, New york

    ANDROLOMA, Apologize to the world for what? Taking down Saddam and trying to give the Iraqi people a better life. That is compassion. It's too bad too many people don't understand what is at stake regarding Iraq. McCain doesn't need to apologize for anything; just stay the course regardless of polls. Most of the polls just prove most Americans get their "news" from a liberal slant and then believe it. If we, in this country, want to enjoy freedom we should help others gain theirs. What is wrong with compassion?

    December 2, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. John Round Rock, Texas

    For me, McCain's biggest drawback is his too-eager willingness to believe Dimmicrats when they need to make a deal. The Dims tend to lie a lot and make promises they have no intention of keeping. McCain believes them and acts like they're rational and patriotic Americans. When, alas, they often are not. Take Billary, for example. The Queen just wants the crown – that's all she's there for – the crown. "It will be me," she tells the press – the "inevitable" one. Her ego and her condescension know no bounds. She wants to rule your world. Then you're next.
    McCain, on the other hand, wants to be a "public servant," but doesn't remember well what that means. It, first of all, means you don't jerk around with the Constitutions, even for "very good reasons." So, McCain/Feingold is a dogturd that should never have happened – but it did, with his help, on his watch. He'll have to do better than that as a President. But, he's at least as capable as Romney and Giuliani, and probably more trustworthy. Who knows, he might make a decent president. We'll see... Cheers, John

    December 2, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. CBH Marine, Camp Pendleton CA

    I agree with the newspaper, and I'm not even a Republican. My first choice: Obama, second: McCain. Last: Thompson, and God forbid Romney gets the nomination.

    December 2, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Jose Card

    Senator McCain will never criticize his general that his report of field operations is "a willing suspension of disbelief". Senator Clinton said these exact infamous words to General Petraeus, who has a Ph.D. in International Relations from Princeton.

    How can any servicemen or women die for such an insulting commander-in-chief, who is very ignorant of military operations and foreign relations?

    If you are very ignorant of a subject and pretend to be the expert of it, you will make a fool of yourself.

    Only fools will let another fool lead them.

    December 2, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Karen Houston TX

    I am unimpressed with McCain. I hated his comment about "Vetoing tax bills with an old veto pen that Reagan gave him". Gag. He is piggy backing on the greats like Ronald Reagan. I see him as a fake. Using his war veteran dramatics to get attention. He is too soft on illegals which puts him completely out of the running for me.

    December 2, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Richard, Raleigh NC

    I like McCain for the reason the paper says, that he's the most likely candidate to make good decisions, no matter what they may be.
    The paper may help McCain most by showing that his campaign isn't dead; his numbers dropped because people assumed he couldn't win, so if his comeback continues, he could pick up even more momentum than expected due to independents seeing that their vote for him wouldn't be a waste.

    December 2, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. Joe, Carlsbad CA

    ron paul 08

    vote in your primary

    December 2, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    McCain is very soft in illegal immigration and is best buds with Ted "Swimmer" Kennedy on this issue.

    If 70% of the nation are against illegal immigration and you defy the "will of the people" (remember us, the voting citizens)you will lose

    December 2, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  21. Trent, Chapel Hill nc

    Now that McCain's generating some buzz again, maybe he'll stop trying to imitate Reagan and go back to his typical Maverick style. I like McCain, but I think he's trying too hard to get that conservative vote, which we all know he's unlikely to get anyway....

    December 2, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. Jonathan, Holiday, Florida

    Maybe I read this wrong, but why is a union leader supporting an anti-union candidate?

    December 2, 2007 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  23. Daniel, NY

    McCain is the only Republican candidate to tie Obama in this new general election poll just released by Rasmussen today.

    December 2, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  24. Joeley Reno, Nevada

    This poor guy needs to spend some serious time in an all inclusive spa.

    Go back to Arizona John, your time has come and gone.

    December 2, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  25. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Only 2 Presidential candidates for 2008 have not had their integrity removed by their undergraduate liberal education and indoctrination at law school. One is a Naval Acadamy Graduate and the other a minister. I do not agree 100% with any candidate, especially the ones running as democrates who will raise taxes on the middle class and cut spending on defense and national security unless it strengthens their union special interest. I believe McCain got the message from American Citizens that the borders must be secured first and no amnesty or path to citizenship for law breaking illegal immigrants. To DrRev and his medical marijuana campaign if it is legalized for medical use, then part of the law should require that the patients should give up their driver's license as they do not need to be driving after medicating themselves.

    December 3, 2007 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
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