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. Carly, Newtown, PA



    GO MCCAIN!!!!!!!!

    December 21, 2007 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. RH, Indiana, PA

    "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.

    This means something to me. Who could say that about Hil? I mean, who is she really except what she thinks the populace wants? I don't think anyone knows.

    December 21, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. Bill, Columbus, OH

    McCain is an honorable man, but for the past six or seven years he has been absolutely looney tunes. Bush dragged his military service and overall well-being through the mud in 2000, and now all McCain does is parrot every bogus idea Bush has had for the past seven years. Fear and war-mongering will not win this presidency, thank goodness.

    December 21, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |

    A loser newspaper knows a loser politician when it sees one.[PS they also like compatable company]

    December 21, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. Mark A, Winston Salem NC

    Can someone answer a question for me? I am a moderate conservative, but am yet to be convinced that this War On Terror is a real conflict. How many people out there are willing to die to attack America, maybe 25000? We are a nation of 250 million. Why do we allow propaghandist fear to control our foreign policy? If we truly secure the borders, what fear do we have left? And if we became energy independent, these terrorists would cease to have funding. So how do we win the war on terror, or whatever they wanna call it? My vote is for energy independence. Someone smarter then me explain it.

    December 21, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. Chip Pudims

    Until recently, I have been undecided on who to support for the 2008 Presidency, but combining Lieberman's endorsement and McCain's softened position on waterboarding with his integrity and cooperative nature across party lines, John McCain will get my vote.

    December 21, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. Terry, El Paso, TX

    John McCain is conspicous among both sets of candidates in his honesty and courage. He calls 'em as he sees 'em.

    He has the courage, the heart, and the guts for the job of President. It is easy for a candidate to take a "courageous" stand for policies that will please his supporters. So, Huckabee courageously tells evangelists that they are the salt of the earth and Clinton courageously tells those who oppose the war that she will draw down troop levels. However, Huckabee does not tell Evangelist Christians that they have a racist streak that runs deep and Clinton does not tell war opponents that we should stay and fix what we broke.

    McCain, on the other hand, tells Conservatives that we can't deport a dozen million people and that torture is torture regardless the legal-speak of those who openly support torture. He speaks of his support for SOME policies of the Bush Administration while his namby-pamby competitors pretend that Bill Clinton is still president and act as if they never heard of Bush.

    Unfortunately, McCain is locked into the Conservative mind-set, and that renders him incapable of facing and dealing with the real issues that the nation faces. He gets my vote for Secretary of Defense. I hope that whichever Democrat is elected in 2008 will find a place for this rare man of courage in the new administration. His kind is rare in our generation.

    December 21, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. Greg Golden Valley, MN

    I used to respect McCain, and would have considered voting for him in 2000. He used to be a maverick who supported what he thought was best regardless of party agenda. He is now a shell of the man he once was, as he caters to the ultra right religious minority, gives unwavering support to Bush with the exception of torture.

    December 21, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. Chris, Wilmington, DE

    Thanks to everyone who wrote (and continue to write) John McCain off. He will easily float under the rader and get the nomination. What's wrong with my party when the majority doesn't understand that this is the best candidate to beat Hillary Clinton (Look at the polls). Are you actually going to tell me that you would rather have Clinton then McCain, you Republicans out there?

    December 21, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. MaryJo Phoenix, Az

    Sen Mccain needs to focus on stopping up the border in Ariz. Those of us in Phoenix are tired of the Illegals demanding rights, changing our laws and a hoard of other issues. They are not US Citizens. When they are, then they can gripe all they want Mccain needs to be stronger in that area. Other wise he could be a good choise.

    December 21, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I have concern that McCain is trying to reach out to groups that he once opposed because they are intollerant. Does that mean that he is becoming more intollerant as well. I thought that he among other Republicans were trying to pull people into the fold. McCain does have a bit of a maverick style, but I haven't seen that in a while.

    December 21, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. La'Kitgum, Concord, NH

    The key word is "Proven" ability.

    I trust I am confident Hillary will be our next President. Obama talks about changing the usual way of doing things in Washington BUT he has never identified one thing he is going to change and he has never mentioned what he wants to change it into.

    Obama is just a Cry Baby. He knows pretty well he does not have the experience required to lead a world power like the USA. Now he is gone into Scare Mongering. C'mon dude, talk issues. Is the sky falling over you yet? Run and hide under Oprah's skirt..!

    Hilaary .. 08

    December 21, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Kerry, Lexington MA

    Lead the country? Into years and years of more war? What does this guy know how to do other than to fight? This country needs a strong economic leader, not a military man. America will regain it's security through the economy. Our economic security is surely at greater risk than our national security at the current time. Romney is the candidate best qualified to lead the country.

    December 21, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Joelle, Milwaukee, WI

    John McCain is sooo dead meat!

    Poor John is still attempting to find a way to get even for his 5 year term as a POW. He wants to start by attacking Iran, and then, and then...]

    Bury this guy and let's move on to the REAL GOP candidates!

    December 21, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. M. Williams

    Well done McCain. The straight talk express is barreling down the highway past all competition!

    December 21, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. HH, Pittsburgh, PA

    If you like sending your sons and daughters to war, by all means back this warmongering, illegal-alien-loving neurotic.

    December 21, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Daniel, NY

    McCain is truly on fire. A new Iowa poll has him AHEAD of Romney!!!

    December 21, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Tom Dedham, Mass

    The Herald's editorial page may be more conservative, but many of the local columinists are anti-Romney and lean left big time.

    With a few exceptions and to me ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION being the main one, it would not be a bad thing if this highly decorated, smart and accomplished, reach across the aisle type of guy won the Presidency.

    McCain is a good man period, and is worthy of the endorsement.

    Romney burned some bridges here no doubt, by nationally bashing how this state is run and the stranglehold immbedded politicians have on the processes and he is paying the price.

    Strangely though, he is being proven right by the fact that wholly liberal and Clinton crony, Deval Patrick is finding out how "things DON'T get down in this state".

    December 21, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Patrick, Denver Colorado

    Generally if a candidate is too conservative for democrats and too liberal for republicans he is doing something right. His support from avearge americans that aren't on the far right and left make him appealing to me. Also his stance on the issues that are unpopular make him have more integrity in my eyes than all the other candidates. I do like how Biden voted to fund the troops even though none of the other democratic candidates would do so. Both of these men should be applauded for doing whats right, not what's popular.

    December 21, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. david,newton,iowa

    he latest sleaze coming out of the Clinton campaign re Obama being a muslim and using drugs.... It is truly revolting. People think she's a phony because she is a phony. I was neutral on her up until that point. Now I loathe her. She's shown her true colors again...much as I tried to repress the memory. I'd vote for Obama or McCain over her in a heartbeat.

    December 21, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. JDS N.C.


    December 21, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Ben, Keene NH

    I'm a registered independent in New Hampshire and I've seen a passel of candidates up close in 27 years here. 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. I won't be voting for him in the primary but he's won my respect as one of the few authentic people - and perhaps the only one on the Republican slate this year - to run for the office.

    December 21, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. AJ, IL

    Sorry McCain. You maybe a war hero and Vietnam vet., but you have several issues that many Americans should not ignore. First and foremost, AGE! If McCain were to become president he would be 72 years old, and 76 at the end of his term. McCain looks like he is 80 years old. Secondly, McCain is the same guy who was singing "BOMB, BOMB, BOMB, BOMB, BOMB IRAN!" a couple of months ago, before the NIE report came out. Also, McCain has repeatedly been saying America should be up its military presence in Asia to counter the military buildup of China. McCain only wants to be known as a War President. He wanted war with Iraq. He wants war with Iran and China. This guy is delusional. It does happen as we get older.

    December 21, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Frank, Worcester, MA

    the Herald is a rag anyway. McCain needs to be put out to pasture.

    December 21, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Dave, NY, NY

    At the end of the day it won't matter whose endorsement he gets. He has already shown his true colors on border security and this country is sick of tired of the border not being controlled.

    What this nation needs is streamlined
    comprehensive immigration reform and that would not include more not caring who comes in and out of this country as they please. Also it would be nice if the visa system was uniform which would mean no more quotas per job or country of origin. The Constitution calls for immirgation immigration law without any respect of particular groups.

    December 21, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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