December 4th, 2007
11:15 AM ET
15 years ago

McCain's New Hampshire boost

John McCain got a big endorsement in New Hampshire, but will it help? CNN's Bill Schneider takes a look.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain won the backing of New Hampshire's largest newspaper over the weekend. CNN's Bill Schneider takes a look at how much of a boost the New Hampshire Union-Leader's endorsement will give the Arizona Republican in the Granite State.

Earlier: McCain receives major New Hampshire endorsement

Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire
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  1. Joe,boston,ma

    Absolutely no one said anything about race when Chuck Norris endorsed Huckabee…it's a shame that when Oprah endorses Obama, people are quick to pull out the race card. Oprah has picked the best candidate. People are just feeling threatened by "Double O." They are truly a force to be reckoned with!

    Posted By PhillyNola, New Orleans, LA : December 4, 2007 11:10 am

    I totally feel you. Oprah is educated and she is no Paris hilton. She has her own dignity and character. She helps thousands in their daily lives. I would rather have Oprah than celebrities that I don't know.
    I think Mccain got a back up from Cut Schilling of Red sox. Is that not white to white or isn't he not a celebrity. Give me a Break America!
    Obama all the way!

    December 4, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Dave Reynolds NY, NY

    McCain is right, this will cause people to give a second look. That is all that he needs. Take the myspace/MTV forum he appeared on last night. Over the course of the hour, the opinion of him (as measured in instant polling) changed marketedly more favorable. That is, people heard his message, put aside their preconceived notions, and realized he was the best candidate for them after hearing him talk. Congrats McCain!

    December 4, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Stephanie, New York, NY

    WHY ARE NEWSPAPERS ENDORSING CANDIDATES? I thought they were supposed to be the free press; A neutral place that informed the public about both sides of issues. This goes against everything American journalism should represent!!

    December 4, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |


    Twice the News Paper's endorsements proved foretelling. Ron Reagan in 1980 and Pat Buchanan in 1986

    Twice they went into a close-but-no-cupie-doll ending. Ron Reagan in 1976 and Pat Buchanan in 1992

    Twice they were not good enough. Pete DuPont in 1988 and Steve Forbes in 2000

    Looks like this will be the final call for this paper to win in this World Series of Endorsements!

    Good Luck John McCain!

    December 4, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Lucia, Newtown, PA

    McCain has got to win. He's the only candidate, Repub or Dem, who can even begin to address the mess this country is in.

    December 4, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Jonathan Drake, Columbus, Ohio

    Lucia, have you heard of Ron Paul? Probably not. Your statement of "he's the only candidate, Repub or Dem, who can even begin to addess the mess this country is in." is...well, it's your opinion and you're entitled to it. But I would strongly urge you to take a look at Ron Paul's message and what he stands won't see him flubbing jokes in front of MTV audiences, and you won't hear him messing up scripted lines, simply because he doesn't have any. You won't see him switching from a tax-based question to accusing his opponent (obviously planned) of adopting "the same isolationism that allowed Hitler to come to power." Ron Paul not only shoots from the hip, he believes what he says, and if you're really looking for someone who can "begin to address the mess this country is in" well, I urge you to look at Ron Paul and the freedom he stands for.

    December 4, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. AJ, IL

    McCain is an okay candidate. He is pretty much one-dimensional. He talks mostly about national security, especially in regards to Iraq. When I look McCain I see an old guy (71 yrs old) who is a Vietnam Veteran that divorced his wife with kids to marry a heiress that is 20 years younger than him. He got an endorsement from a New Hampshire newspaper, good for him. This is the same guy who recently was singing "BOMB BOMB BOMB, BOMB BOMB Iran!" And now he is worried about China's military-buildup. With McCain he is mostly about military confrontations. With him as President, heavy US military presence will be in Iraq for a long time, military strikes against Iran will play out, and there will be a US military buildup in Asia for McCain to counter growing China influence.

    McCain for President, NO THANK YOU! He lost the bid in 2000 to GW Bush, Why is he still trying to run?

    December 4, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Kathe Oakland, California

    McCain, yes you are older but not wiser. I applaud your survival as a prisoner of war – I have a brother-in-law who was one too, but he went back, and on his 3rd tour, he was killed. So much for heros right.
    I think your time has passed McCain, the fact that you could even compare what a fellow republican running for President to Nazi – you lost me and you lost my respect. I would not have voted for you, but if you won, I would at least respect you as that is even GONE AWAY

    December 4, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Brad, Oak Creek WI

    Who's Ron Paul?

    December 4, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Jonathan Drake, Columbus, Ohio


    You know, that guy who champions the Constitution and personal liberty and ending the war and bringing the troops home and repealing the income tax and restoring a lot of federal issues back to the state levels and giving the American people back their freedom and limiting big government and...well, look here for everything else,

    December 4, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |