December 30th, 2007
11:30 AM ET
15 years ago

McCain gets another New Hampshire endorsement

(CNN) - The Nashua Telegraph is backing John McCain in New Hampshire’s GOP presidential primary, giving the Arizona senator the endorsement of nearly every major paper in the state.

“At a time when some candidates present themselves to voters as something they haven't always been, we find the Arizona senator to be the genuine article,” the paper’s editorial board wrote in a Sunday editorial. “You might not always agree with his answers, but you won't leave a conversation wondering where he stands.”

The paper praised him for arguing with presidential rival Mitt Romney over the use of waterboarding at the CNN/YouTube debate, for his military service, and for his willingness to cross the aisle over the objections of party leaders.

The Telegraph endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama in an editorial last week. The paper also backed McCain during his 2000 White House run, when the senator won the Granite State’s Republican primary.

New Hampshire’s voters head to the polls on January 8.

- CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand and Sareena Dalla

Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. CAREN

    The Telegraph, is a conservative newspaper, hint, hint. Ya think it might have a kindred spirit in Obama?

    December 30, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX

    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 and polls do not tell the whole story about caucuses.

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 30, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Chris Fischahs, Los Alamos, NM

    South Carolina will be decisive this year...
    between Senator Thompson and Senator McCain...
    as to who will win the conservative vote.

    While Mitt pretends to hold conservative values, he has no core beliefs upon which to stand – he is a recent convert (as a prerequisite for this election and the conservative vote). NH voters will see this.

    Giuliani is inexplicable. A Republican? Pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-illegal immigration, corrupt adulterous. Whatever! (No further explanation required.)

    Huckabee is a preacher, not a leader. He is too liberal for the conservative voter, and he is incompetent on foreign issues (with a holier-than though mentality). His commutions and pardons are outragious, and the subsidizing of illegal immigrant scholarships is very awkward (for a Republican).

    So it is between Thompson and McCain.

    For me, Sen. McCain... while conservative... does not consistently stand on principle – he is prone to compromise his position (so as to avoid confrontation).

    As President, I want a man who is uncompromising on his core beliefs.
    I TRUST FRED to remain true to his principles.
    Clear. Consistent. Conservative.

    December 30, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Jason

    Amazing that the press that know Romney best from the Northeast have pretty much all spewed hatred for the man, and in the process backed John McCain. That should go a long way to tell people just how flawed a person and candidate Mitt Romney truly is. For my money, I'm with all of these newspapers in supporting a genuine, honest candidate like McCain. Hopefully voters see Romney like his friends in the Northeast do before they cast their vote for this snake.

    And Chris–great post, and good reasons to vote for Thompson. But I'm actually hoping that Fred gets crushed in Iowa, pulls out of the race, and endorses his good friend John McCain. Thompson had his chance, but I'm afraid he's just about dead in the race.

    December 30, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. Amanda Tanner

    Romney doesn't need endorsements from corrupt political dealmakers and purchased newspaper editors...he just needs votes from people who support improving our nation, our living standards, our schools, our national security, our government, our image abroad!

    Romney 2008-2016 !!

    Glad Romney is sharing the results of research with us….these are factual ads.

    I appreciate McCain's service to our nation, but he is not an agent for changing a system HE HAS BEEN A PART OF FOR SO MANY YEARS!

    Romney will bring change, efficiency and respect to the oval office!

    December 31, 2007 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  6. Tim, Minnesota

    I hope McCain endorses Ron Paul when he loses. He said he can work with other viewpoints. We'll see

    December 31, 2007 02:22 am at 2:22 am |