December 21st, 2007
08:15 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain scores Boston Herald endorsement

McCain won a big newspaper endorsement Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Boston Herald endorsed Republican John McCain Thursday, praising the Arizona senator for his "brand of courage that is rare in the public arena these days."

The endorsement comes five days after McCain received the backing of Boston's other major newspaper, the Globe. Both papers reach a sizeable number of voters in neighboring New Hampshire.

"There are times in this nation’s history so perilous that they cry out for a steady, experienced leader, a person so trusted that we would put the fate of this country in his hands," the Herald's editorial staff wrote. "This is one of those times, and Sen. John McCain is that person."

"In an age when too many candidates are driven by polls and focus groups, fashioning and re-fashioning their ‘core’ beliefs, McCain is a man of unwavering conviction and integrity," they added. "His values, his beliefs, his goals are what they were when he first entered public life, what they were in 2000 and what they will be a decade from now."

The editorial also states the paper is breaking a "decades-old tradition" by not endorsing both a Republican and a Democratic candidate this election cycle. That decision came, wrote the editorial staff, because they agreed with Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman when he said "no one should let party lines be a barrier to choosing the person we believe is best qualified to lead our nation forward." Lieberman’s remarks came earlier this week, when he announced his own support for McCain’s candidacy.

The endorsement comes the same day an American Research Group poll out of New Hampshire shows McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tied at 26 percent among Republican voters.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Scott Edwards, Columbus OH

    Why is this old news article being reposted? So we can again see that McCain got a meaningless endorsement? Thanks Mr. Mooney, your biases are showing.

    And just a hint, you should at least delete the older comments before reposting old news. Thanks

    December 21, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. J.Crobuzon

    Is it courage or just careless, reckless and foolhardiness?

    December 21, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. scott, lithonia, georgia


    December 21, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. PS, KC, MO

    So – if I remember correctly, McCain now has the endorsements of the DesMoines Register, the Manchester Daily Union, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. All these are heavy weights in their respective markets.
    Of course, I still don't think it will make any difference. I just don't think McCain can win the nomination, let alone the presidency.

    December 21, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. J, Seattle, WA

    McCain is a clearly focused thinker. He takes action. He has experience. He doesn't need on the job training in the White House. He has and will continue to gain consensus in Congress. He has innovative ideas on how to deal with the health care system. You misinformed pundits out there may want to ask the guy what his plans are before making judgments you will later regret. John McCain is not for blanket amnesty. Who made that up? He is for compassion. I think we can all spare some compassion for each other. He is absolutely for closing the borders, right now. He is no puppet of Bush. They happen to be members of the same party, but so is Huckabee and Ron Paul. BIG DEAL. So, sorry Hillary, what are YOU going to do? Tell us we need to keep the illegals here because we are all one village? Sounds like one world government to me. And who wants Bill near the White House again anyway?

    December 21, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "McCain is one of the few who's the real deal — a person, not an image, with the courage and integrity to state his positions and stick to them."

    How can you possibly say this with a straight face? McCain has gone from a moderate whom Bush bashed the hell out of in 2000, to a far-right religious extremist with no sense of fairness or basic reality. His vote against children's health care was sickening, and shows he is UNABLE to take an independent stance on ANYthing.

    Retire, McCain. You're boring and irrelevant.

    December 21, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "The Boston Herald is only trying to throw a desparate wrench in the Romney campaign, due to a bunch of liberal-leaning journalists who are hell-bent on getting revenge on Mitt for his four years of conservatism in the bluest state in the union."

    The Herald is owned by Rupert Murdoch, dumbo.

    And you seem to have forgotten: Romney was pro-choice, anti-war, pro-health care as Massachusetts governor. It's the only way he could have gotten elected there. He even said he was not a lockstep Republican, and thought they (Repubs) were wrong on many issues.

    Do people like you just ignore truth on purpose? I truly don't understand your comment.

    Romney's the biggest flip-flopper running for Prez from either party.

    December 21, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. wm walsh

    john,i wanted to say thanks for your service in the military,and you must be a strong man to endure what the most of us cannot even imagine for the six years there, for that im greatfull that you returned,when you were in arizona i hoped that one day you might run,and you did,then when you stood up against bush i thought you had your own mind, but then you turned again and backed the worst president of any country that has ever been,well the times have changed and its time to move on, build that little cabin in the hills and relax,we cant use you, youve made yourself as scary as the demons that haunt you, we just did 8 with the scarriest individual on the planet,go fishing john,

    December 21, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. Jose Card

    Senator McCain is the candidate you can trust. The voters have no control over what their candidate will do after election. That's why you have to vote someone you can trust. I can trust Senator McCain's character, integrity and experience. The only thing I am unsure of is his immigration policy, but he is listening to the people on this one.

    December 21, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. Jose Card

    We voters don't have much control once our candidate is voted in. That's why you have to be able to trust him or her.

    Senator McCain has earned my trust and he is the agent for peace and change.

    December 21, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    If by some cruel twist of fate we MUST have a republican for president, I sure do hope it's McCain

    December 22, 2007 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  12. J, Seattle, WA

    McCain caters to no one, and genuflects only to God. He's not 'a has been', and most importantly, he IS NOT Little Bushes buddy. Little Bushes buddy is Mitt Romney and the Mormons. If you don't figure that out now you will at some point, much to your chagrin. Further, this is a real conflict in Iraq. Apparently some of you folks were not paying attention. The rape of the revenue and the people, ours and theirs has been driven by the likes of Haliburton and other private companies using the conflict as cover. Not McCain!

    December 22, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. J, Seattle, WA

    How old was Reagan when he was elected?

    December 22, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  14. GRACE


    December 23, 2007 03:24 am at 3:24 am |

    CARLY...NEWTON, PA DEC 21 8:54AM
    $63,440 LAST TIME I HEARD, NOV. 30.

    December 23, 2007 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  16. Allen, Atlanta, GA

    REPUBLICAN CLUE-IN TIME: THE ONLY REASON THE MEDIA IS TRYING TO "RESUSITATE" THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN IS BECAUSE HE IS THE WEAKEST REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE. This is the only reason a left-wing rag like the Boston Herald would say anything nice about a republican. Endorse the strongest democrat and the weakest republican. They know exactly what they are doing.

    December 23, 2007 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  17. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Posted By Steve, Lyons, CO : December 21, 2007 6:17 pm

    Just curious buddy, whom are you supporting his election cycle?

    With you open mind, I am sure it is someone who is "genius".

    December 24, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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