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. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    The Boston Herald is really liberal, the conservatives won't be impressed.

    December 20, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. RB, from the bay state

    It's too late for John.

    His time came and went, thanks to the dirt heaped upon him by George W. Bush a few elections ago.

    And the Boston Herald is a Murdoch tabloid rag anyway, and doesn't carry much weight these days.

    December 20, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Danny, CA

    John, You are in a different class but only thing you should change is your stance on immigration. You cannot allow illegals to become legals here without due process. This way you will have better chance to be our president. Good Luck.

    December 20, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. James, Alexandria VA

    Why do you guys keep reporting on McCain and Thompson like they still have a chance? you media elites think that newspaper endorsements are more important than support from average citizens. Morons.

    December 20, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. David, Oregon

    For the first time I have moved away from the conservative “Dark Side” and now support Mike Huckabee for President. Just too many power hungry conservative Talk Show Hosts supporting the Wall Street Power Brokers and their candidates. Mike Huckabee has single handedly moved the election system into the light for all true conservatives and Americans by removing the “For Sale” sign from Washington DC.

    December 20, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. Tom Dedham, Mass

    So RB, the Globe "Democrat" would be the "paper of record" in this state?

    So the Herald is owned by Murdoch so it is bad no matter what?

    You should love the Herald as they have done nothing but bash Romney, are they just "fair and balanced" when they do that, but totally biased otherwise?

    December 20, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. Julie , Seattle, WA

    Yes, Senator McCain the illegal issue is a huge problem but it can be resolved amicably and fairly. You are still our candidate Mr. McCain.

    December 20, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  8. Deven, Austin TX

    Actually the herald is conservative.

    And McCain is now tied with Romney for first in NH 26 26, with Rudy at 16 accroding to the new ARG poll.

    December 20, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. ne,pa.

    If you want more of the same then vote for McCain.

    He's another Bush.
    He's a fear and war monger and soft on immigration.

    He'll NEVER get my vote!
    It's time for change!

    December 20, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. Tony, Wilton, ME

    The Herald used to be a pretty good paper – before it was taken over by the record American then NewsCorp.

    It still has excellent professional sports coverage.

    Politically, it's okay as a bird cage liner.

    December 20, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |

    Apparently John McCain receives the republican and democratic endorsements from this paper.

    December 20, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    Big woop. 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. Nice try Herald. We can see right through this one, just like the Globe endorsement. Ho hum.

    December 20, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  13. Ajay Jain

    Thank God, it was not Hucabee!

    McCain will be a much better GOP nominee for Hillary to beat. Because he is a war monger! Surge supporter!!

    Rudy has bitten the dust. Romney has gone blitz even before Iowa.

    Go Hillary 08!

    December 20, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. aj huntington ny.

    According to wikipedia:

    The (Boston) Herald is conservative in its editorial stance, in contrast to its competitor Globe's generally liberal editorial page.

    So the story is that the liberal Globe endorsed McCain !

    December 20, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. Diane S , Springfield, Ma.

    The Globe is liberal , the Herald more right-wing in nature. Both have come out for McCain which adds to his recent surge around the country.

    December 20, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  16. Ali A. Akbar, Texas

    The original commenter is wrong and on a dead base. We're looking for broaden out perspective. That means getting moderates!

    Ali A. Akbar

    December 20, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  17. Just Wondering, Texas

    For the first time I have moved away from the conservative “Dark Side” and now support Mike Huckabee for President. Just too many power hungry conservative Talk Show Hosts supporting the Wall Street Power Brokers and their candidates. Mike Huckabee has single handedly moved the election system into the light for all true conservatives and Americans by removing the “For Sale” sign from Washington DC.

    Posted By David, Oregon : December 20, 2007 8:21 pm
    You are so right! Huckabee has moved the "for sale" sign from Washington and replaced it with a for "free sign" at the border!

    Get real! Look to a real leader for answers. Not a bigoted, lying, manipulating, tax hiking, criminal loving flop as a governor.

    Mike Huckabee rose spending in Arkansas from 6 billion to 16 billion while he was governor! He raised taxes 21 times. Over 100,000 constituents declared bankruptcy while he was governor. Meanwhile he fought for special tuition and scholarships for illegals. He pardoned over 1000 criminals including sex offenders and murders. He was the key note speaker at an anti-Mormon rally in SLC in 1998. Can you really support a man who aggressively participates in slandering millions of people who he now wants to serve in political office? It was his brilliant idea to round up people with aids and quarantine them while Hollywood financed research for a cure. Are you so blinded and shallow minded that you would support a bigot? He has lied repeatedly to cover up glaring blemishes on his record and reputation. He has been investigated and indicted several times by the ethics committee. And this man actually appeals to you?

    Have you done your homework at all, or are you just another voter mesmerized by his good ol' boy charm and over all lack of intelligence and accomplishments? Please don't tell me that it is because you are a Christian therefore you choose to ignore everything but the fact that he calls himself a Christian therefore he must be for you!
    I am a Christian and I wouldn’t vote for this man if he were the last man on earth!

    You need to do a little more research before you decide to support the likes of Huckabee!

    December 21, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  18. glider187

    You want to talk about courage? How about Joe Biden voting to fund the troops against the wishes of his party and against the other Dems running for President? He knew it would hurt him politically but as he says "some things are worth losing elections over."

    Biden 2008: Courage, Competence, Candor

    December 21, 2007 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  19. Sarah, San Diego, CA

    Wow, they just completely discredited themselves as journalists by endorsing a candidate. The point of the news is to bring UNBIASED, UNFETTERED truth to the American people, not pander to politicians one way or the other. I'd laugh at them if it weren't so sad.

    December 21, 2007 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  20. Eric, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Exactly – we need someone willing to find the consensus solutions to break DC deadlock and delay on tough problems.

    For those saying no chance – see the head to head electability polls on realclearpolitics.

    For those pointing to immigration, consider that the candidates of inaction mostly admit that we need to increase legal immigration, we cannot deport everyone already here, and the visa proposal included penalties, background checks, a requirement to return to the citizenship queue, and a plan for greater employer liability.

    McCain is one of the few willing to work with the other party, and the swing voters necessary in the general election crave a president like that.

    December 21, 2007 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  21. David, Bay Area, CA

    To David in Oregon:

    I'm afraid that "For Sale" sign won't be going anywhere if we elect Huckabee. He collected hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of "gifts" during his time as governor, including over $50,000 in one year from a businessman whom he shortly thereafter appointed to a government position. He was admonished five times by the Arkansas Ethics Commission for failing to report some of the "gifts" his family received and the money he paid himself out of his campaign funds. Just use your favorite search engine to look for "Huckabee ethics commission".

    December 21, 2007 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  22. Seam, Philly PA

    McCain is nothing more of the same old, and I mean old, politics as usual. This is Bush Part 3.

    December 21, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  23. Independent, NJ

    I'm an Independent that currently favors the Dems. I can't stand the Rove/Bush machine that luckily is falling part. However, if the best the Dem party can produce for the top job is Hillary or Obama, I'll vote for McCain if he wins the primary.

    December 21, 2007 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  24. Mark, Shreveport, La

    Agree or disagree with him, Senator McCain is an honorable man.

    December 21, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  25. RB, from the bay state

    Hey Tom Dedham,
    I don't read the Herald unless someone leaves it on the seat of the train. The WINGO games were fun, but that was long ago.

    The Herald should br bashing Romney before he gets too far along, considering the poor job he did as governor.

    PS – Michelle Graham will be pleased that you parroted the "Boston Globe Democrat" line – you're a good soldier.

    December 21, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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