January 6th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
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McCain wins major Michigan endorsement

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Senator John McCain picked up the endorsement of one of Michigan's largest newspapers Sunday, just a little over a week before that state holds its Republican primary.

In an editorial published Sunday, the Detroit Free Press wrote that while the paper "differs with McCain on a number of issues, the Arizona senator is a smarter, more tested pragmatic leader who has shown since 2000 that he knows how to build bipartisan alliances around issues ... He would be a formidable candidate for a party that needs one."

The Free Press endorsed McCain during his bid for the White House in 2000. The Detroit News also recently backed the Arizona senator.

The Michigan endorsements are unwelcome news for rival Mitt Romney, whose history with the state runs deep. He was born and raised there, his father was once Michigan's governor and he kicked off his campaign there last February.

But the paper was cool to his presidential ambitions Sunday. "Michigan-born former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has morphed into what he seems to believe is the perfect conservative Republican in pursuit of the presidential nomination," The Free Press wrote.

"Romney has been a capable manager of every challenge he has ever faced, and his Michigan roots might help a state that surely needs more friends in Washington, but who knows what Romney might morph into in the White House?"

Polls taken before the Iowa caucuses showed an unsettled Republican race in Michigan.

–CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson

Filed under: John McCain • Michigan • Mitt Romney
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Julie

    No state needs the competition from "cheap labor" brought here by illegal aliens who are willing to take American jobs for less.

    It is obvious that many Americans do not understand the Amnesty Bill John McCain is supporting!

    1. All illegal aliens including all convicted of federal crimes ( except a FEW with a certain type of sex crime) including Bank Robbers, illegal who have committed assaults; those who were previously deported.....would be able to receive a "Z-VISA" that would allow those illegal's to stay in the USA FOREVER and collect free benefits from taxpayers!

    2. They would be protected from deportation forever!

    3. John McCain bill did not require any illegal alien's to apply for citizenship, they could just stay forever use our free benefits; be protected and NEVER even try to be a real citizen; never learn English, never assimilate. IT WAS NOT REQUIRED.

    4. Once given a "Z-VISA" illegal alien would have a "special status" that the bill said would make them eligible for all the Welfare (etc.) Benefits that were normally reserved for only US Citizens. So they would be just as uneducated, but able to collect even MORE free Benefits and cost billions more in our tax dollar!

    5. Once given a "Z-Visa" their "special status" would allow them to apply for additional visa's to bring all their poor relatives here too.

    NO to John McCain!
    YES to Mitt Romney!

    January 6, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. asher

    It is not only the national media that does not like Romney. It seems that every republican canidate on stage last night finds he is a fake. Both Canidates and Media see Romney as someone who will change his position just to get a vote. He runs his campaign based on convenience not on his true convictions. I trust Fred Thompson. May not always agree with him, but I trust him. I trust John McCain. May not always agree with him, but I trust him.

    I just don't now where Romney stands. He bends the truth on so many little things that you get the feeling he is disingenious. Last night, Romney said he never said McCain favored amnesty. That was a flat out lie. He states it in his campaign ads, he states that in the stump, he states that during interviews. Whether McCain is in favor of amnesty or not is illelevant. It is the idea that he could just splurt out a lie to a national audience. If he came out and said, "Yeah, I beleive McCain proposal is of sorts Amnesty", that would be ok. But to lie is just stupid.

    To the Romney supporters: He may be smart. He may have a great background. But if he has no conviction and is not trustworthy, he can NEVER get my vote. And there are more people out there like me than there are of you.

    Remember that beatle song: "Money can't buy you love".

    it is the bottom of the 9th inning and Romney is down to his last out. At least he is going down swinging.

    January 6, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  3. Jake

    Michigan and the primary...hhhmmm.

    Seems I need look at the Republican Party for the first time because the Democratic Party has decided its candidate will not represent Michigan or Florida.

    I realize the National Democratic Party can find some solace in the Michigan Democratic Party is to blame for involvement in the January 15 primary. As a Michigan resident, however, I simply see the National Party as responsible for having chosen not to recognize Michigan delegates.

    If the National Democratic Party so chooses not to recognize my delegates at the National Convention, I will simply choose a candidate that represents Michigan, without regard to party.

    Sorry National Democratic Party, you are loosing an adamant supporter.

    January 6, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  4. Joyce - Fairbanks, AK

    I lost all respest for Senator McCain during the debate with Mitt Romney over immigration. He denies supporting illegal immigration yet pushed the Immigration Bill, S1348 along with Senator Hillary Clinton, Kennedy & Schumer. This bill would have allowed millions of illegal aliens now within the U.S. to pay a $5000 fine and become legal. In the Immigration Bill passed in 1986, Ted Kennedy promised "This amnesty will give citizenship to only 1.3 million illegal aliens. We will secure the borders henceforth. We will never again bring forth an amnesty bill like this." They not only have lied to us but have not built the fence to secure the border they promised to build last year.

    Senator McCain you talk about flip flopping, you only changed your position on immigration when Americans flooded the White House with phone calls and emails demanding our current laws be enforced. Hopefully in the coming elections we will have an administration and members of Congress that will do their job in which they were elected to do. For too long our legislators have sold out to lobbyists and big business which is destroying our country.

    January 6, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. Smart Ass McCain

    It will be interesting to see if John McCain is still a smart Ass after NH

    January 6, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  6. sullivan o'mark

    A race to the white house, and getting a new leader for Americans, with a new 'strategy for CHANGE' should not be a race of rancour and backstabing:"We build and we do not destroy".Senator Hillary Clinton's personal attacks on B .Obama following Democrat's debate was a disgrace.She should look for other avenues of criticisms and stop unnessary slanders just to swiftboat Obama.
    From Minnesota.

    January 7, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  7. NIck Young

    Short sweet and simple......McCain is the man that will get the job done. He is the one real candidate running I feel I can depend on ......His words are straight forward, meaningful and honest.....He has my vote

    January 7, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. NIck Young

    Short sweet and simple.....McCain is the man that will get the job done and is the one real candidate running I feel I can depend on to do what he says he is going to do...The rest just say what we want to hear and have little or no intention of doing what they are promising...My vote is for McCain

    January 7, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  9. Robert

    I've never understood how a newspaper's endorsement can make headlines anywhere other than in that particular newspaper. How many people are swayed by a newspaper's endorsement?
    Newspeople really think highly of themselves.

    January 7, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  10. Tejano Tater

    Figures Detroit, home of the Librano's would back one of the three most corrupt, devisive, backstabbing, con artists ....besides McPain, or HIS HOLY HIGHNESS Huckabee, or Hilly-Billary who ELSE could a leftist propgandist rag endores if they fear the likes of decent, strong, intelligent candidates with real principles such as Romney, Obama, and Thompson. Detroit ceased being anything but a crime factory generations ago. Ask anyone who dares live there, and dodges bullets and sucks smog in their daily fight for survival in their "enlightened/progressive" mecca...lol..yup...Detroit...you are welcome to have Hillary/McCain/Huckabee in YOUR city, but I think AMERICA needs leadership, and not backstabbing bigots for a President.

    Democrat, or Republican, or Independant, ...NOBOADY outside of the Good 'ol Boy KKKlan in Arkansas wants to see the Grand Wizard Wannabe coalition of the likes of Hucka- with their finger on the button in the Whitehouse!!! Yikers!!!

    January 7, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  11. Steve, New Hampshire

    I'm an independent in NH and Mitt Romney blew away the competition at the debate tonight. He definitely convinced me to vote for him.

    I was between McCain and Romney, but tonight, Romney strongly, intelligently and passionately showed (1) Mitt is tough on illegal immigration while McCain still wants amnesty and just calls it a different name, (2) Mitt is an economic genius who will cut the income tax and corporate tax, and eliminate the death tax, while McCain has proven to align himself with the most liberal senators against the Bush tax cuts, (3) Mitt is youthful, energetic and a problem-solver while McCain seems a bit tired and petty, and (4) Mitt is a Washington outsider and an institution-reformer, while McCain is an old Washington guy bouncing around the same, failed policies.

    I'm convinced NH saw their man tonight- Mitt Romney.

    January 7, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  12. Jay Bee, USA

    Romney is a man of integrity. He kept his word to the people of MA. He will keep his word and represent the American people well. McCain is a good man, but Romney has the energy and enthusiasm to make things happen for the next four years. A vote for Romney is a vote for someone that represents the people that elected them. McCain ignored what the people of Arizona wanted – no free pass to citizenship!

    January 7, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  13. Lame McCain

    McCain is so lame, his smart ass comments are Lame.

    McCain has been reduced to getting an endorsement from a Liberal Paper.

    Is McCain going to have his mom call Barack names too and say oh thats not my opinion.

    January 7, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  14. Steve Blaine Washington

    This article was taken from a press release by the Christians United For Israel Press release. John Hagee is the paster for the Cornerstone Baptist Church in San Antonio where Huckabee spoke 23 Dec 2007 which wants to bring about Armageddon and the subsequengt return of Jesus Christ by lauching a military strike against Iran. It is fine and dandy to be for Israel and to protect Israel but to kill a billion Muslim in the process is stupid.
    The people invovled surely have not given any thought to what Jesus Christ and God would do to the people invovled in such an action. There are some bad Muslims but Muslims are spirit children of God just like everyone else born since the time of Adam and God has his own plans for settling the Muslim problem.The 2nd coming of Jesus Christ is the great and dreadful day of the coming of the Lord. I think there will be very few people left on earth when Jesus Christ comes and I do not think you will find many of the departed in Heaven.
    McCain Openly Courts Hagee
    We’ve noted here a few times in the past that John McCain has admitted to
    meeting with Armageddon advocate John Hagee of Christians United for Israel,
    though such admission have also been buried in news articles chronicling
    McCain’s difficulties winning over the Right.

    Well, it looks as if McCain and Hagee are about to bring their relationship
    into the open, judging by this press release from CUFI:



    Senator John McCain will make a surprise appearance at the Christians
    United For Israel Washington Summit in a strong show of support for Israel

    Who: Senator John McCain, Pastor John Hagee, Founder of CUFI; Former Prime
    Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Newt Gingrich, Ambassador Dore Gold, Senator
    Joe Lieberman

    What: CUFI has emerged as one of the most important Christian grassroots
    organizations in America. CUFI has held over 55 Nights to Honor Israel in
    different cities across America. Last July, CUFI rallied over 3,500
    constituents to Washington for its first DC Summit.

    Visuals: Leading experts in Middle East affairs will be leading panel
    discussions. 4,000 individuals will gather together to show their support
    for Israel.

    Where: Marriott Wardman Hotel
    Washington, D.C.

    When: Tuesday, July 17 at 1:30 PM

    Why: To introduce the association to Senators and Congressmen, expressing
    concern for Israel’s security and CUFI’s support of Israel’s right to the
    land by biblical mandate.

    Press Contacts: Kara Silverman 212-584-4331 or ksilverman@5wpr.com

    It’s not much of a “surprise” appearance if CUFI is announcing it a day in
    advance, now is it? In fact, the only thing surprising about this at all is
    that McCain and Lieberman would agree to share the stage with a man who
    wants to bring about Armageddon and the subsequent return of Jesus Christ by
    launching a military strike on Iran.

    January 7, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  15. Sidney madsen

    For one minute keep in mind who or how many people does a newspaper represent. I've personally wondered why an editorial carries so much clout. So one paper endorses a canidate what exactly does that mean? how many actually people does that represent? Am I naivee or does that mean one person has an opinion. McCain is terse and showed his true colors in the last election. I get this errie feeling we are all being suckered in by his plan to get rid or Romney. the accusations of flip flopping to me is hysterical. Not one of those candidates is not guilty of changing their minds on numerous issues. Personally I am warry of anyone who isn't open to readdressing issues as the world and it's populas is constantly shifting. I can tell you I think differently today than I did 5 years ago. that old argument they keep throwing out to Mitt is really getting stale.don't they have something better to throw at him.

    January 7, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  16. Lisa

    Romney grabs onto whatever is blowing in the air. He quickly switches to follow the polls. After Obama's success in Iowa – he (as most others) quickly jumped onto the "Change" theme almost to the point of nausea. Romney listened and thought – oh they like Obama's being an WA outsider – then he wanted to run as the WA outsider, he thought they like Obama's youth – and thought that of the Republican candidates – he was the most youthful. He put out attack ads – but once he heard that people don't like negativity (and the others were responding to his attacks on them) he acted as if he was the victim and said all of this negativity has to stop.

    Romney sure talks a lot about "family", he brings it up constantly in his debates – but it really strikes me odd for a person who speaks so much about his sons, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren that he never mentions his wife when he talks about "family" – it is just the offspring and their progeny.

    Most of the other candidates do not invoke their wives into the debates – but they are also not bringing up their children and grandchildren as well.

    Romney does come across as a used car sales man. He is marketing himself, and if you don't like what you see, give him a few more sentences and he will become what you want to see.

    January 7, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  17. Lisa

    A question that Romney never answers if how he is going to achieve sending 12 million illegals back home. What will happen to the jobs that they vacate? What will happen to the homes/apartments that they are currently renting? (If there is a lot of vacant housing right now – how will 12 million more vacancies (or a million – considering families) contribute to our housing market?

    The fact is the USA was sleeping on the job for decades when it came to illegal immigration. People set up here with the compliance of the government.

    Yes we do like laws in our nation. However, we do find it sometimes better to compromise to get the job done rather than go hard to spite ourselves; such as when plea deals are arranged to get immediate and certain consequences rather than going for the prolonged costly trials which could lead to having no consequences.

    It is one thing to say that you are strong against criminals; but lets be realistic.

    Oh, and while you are sending all the illegals back - where do their American born (citizen) children go? Perhaps into foster care where we the taxpayers will be paying for their cost of living?

    We don't need a black and white thinker – right or wrong, but someone who can see the complexities of the situation and come up with a fair solution.

    January 7, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  18. Karen Houston TX

    Why would a newspaper endorse a candidate that they disagree with on a number of issues? How can a long time Republican who has spent the last 30 years in Washington bring bipartisanship? Exactly where is the IQ test that shows McCain’s level of intelligence?

    McCain has been pushing for different forms of amnesty for a very long time. Why endorse someone who wants to give our nation to millions of people who snuck in?

    The Detroit Free Press has just unmasked a special kind of ignorance. In essence they said, “We have decided to ignore all of the problems with John McCain and we've also decided to label him smart because it helps US feel better about endorsing someone that we don't agree with".

    January 7, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  19. therealist

    McCain vs Obama

    A refreshing change in American politics..

    January 7, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. me

    oh yeah cnn is so liberal! thats why they hardly show obama on the station
    huckabee huckabee obama doesnt get close to the press that the others get from cnn liberal yeah right..

    January 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Kelly G.

    McCain should get the republican nomination. As someone from Michigan... I hope he wins the primary there over Romney. Romney's just too polished – he actually reminds me of John Kerry a little (ideals aside.) McCain should've won the 2000 nomination... except his own party sabotaged him because the Bushies were so much more infulential and had Karl Rove in their camp. He deserves a shot at the presidency. McCain's confident in his own views yet still open to listening to others. Romney's the "everything to everyone" candidate. Go McCain!

    January 7, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Patrick C.

    "Wake up Republicans!" John Mccain for president? Are you crazy! Mccain tried to shove amnesty for illegal immigrants down our throats every day intill America stoped him, did you forget?he voted against the Bush tax cuts'TWICE.' He voted against english being the offical language,He voted against the marrige amenment,Remember Mccain/Feingold,Mccain/Kennedy,the gang of "14"Remember when he attacked christains.Well, stright talk friends, Johnny boy cant be trusted and we cant trust him to be our president,he will kill the republican party ,GOD HELP US!!!!!!

    January 14, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  23. Valerie

    Senator McCain's two sons serve our country. As a pilot, John McCain proudly served our nation. It is undeniable that he loves the United States. He respects the rule of law and understands the complexities and dangers of our world.

    I, for one, will sleep better at night knowing that President John McCain's steady hand is at the helm.

    Let's give him a chance. He's earned it.

    January 21, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
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