Manchester Union Leader Endorses Sen. McCain for President

"John McCain is the man to lead America."

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Following on the endorsement of Sen. Brownback, the biggest New Hampshire newspaper, the Union Leader, endorsed Sen. McCain for President today.

We don't agree with him on every issue. We disagree with him strongly on campaign finance reform. What is most compelling about McCain, however, is that his record, his character, and his courage show him to be the most trustworthy, competent, and conservative of all those seeking the nomination. Simply put, McCain can be trusted to make informed decisions based on the best interests of his country, come hell or high water....

McCain is pro-life. Always has been. He fights against special-interest and pork-barrel spending, and high spending in general, which ticks off liberals and many in the GOP who have wallowed at the public trough. Yet he also has the proven ability, unique among the contenders, to work across the political divide that has led our government into petty bickering when important problems need to be solved.

The Union Leader has made some unlikely choices for their endorsement in past years and they don't have a long streak of winners in their stable. But most of those candidates were long shots even in NH whereas McCain is tied for 2nd in recent NH polls. Will the conservative paper's endorsement help win over undecided conservatives? Or like other endorsements, is this newspaper unable to convince anyone who wasn't already convinced? And underlying all of this, is the McCain surge for real or just an interesting article for bored reporters?

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Dr Paul is by far more conservative. That is unless you define conservative as limiting free speech through the incumbentant protection act (aka McCain Feingold). Dr Paul has 20 year record in congress of never voting for a new tax or tax increase. Can McCain say the same? Dr Paul has alwys voted for less gun restrictions. Again McCain can notsay the same.

Pauls Honesty has never been questioned even by his strongest opponents. He is often been called the only honest man in DC.

Travis Pahl

Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman


Spelling is not my fortay! :)

It's forte, and you have time to fix that!

I'm on it! You won't regret the time...

Keep it up!

funny that everyone jumps on this one. Forte (pronounced fortay wrongly) in American English is probably our most embarrasing word. It is one thing to sound like a hick, but much worse to sound like a hick trying to sound like a Marquis.

The French word Forte is pronounced "fort". We for some crazy reason ad an "ay" sound at the end to sound more French. Which is beyond odd since that is not how the word is pronounced in French. We would be better to use the world as an anglicization such as "parlay" for the French Parler. That would change the word to "fortay".

in actuality the word should be pronounced "fort" but since few do so, let's just change the spelling to fortay and at least sound like we have a clue.

Molon Labe!

Actually, Forte is Italian (or Latin) - not French. The word is used in musical dynamics to mean "loud" or "strong", and is the opposite of piano. As an Italian word, "fortay" is the closest english pronunciation.

Considering where the good doctor's head was, when practicing medicine, is it any wonder that the man has issues?

the word under discussion is the English word Forte, which comes from the French word Forte. The meaning of the word is "strength". When an English speaking says "this is not my forte", they are not talking about the musical word forte, that does come from Italian.

I admit that the two words are a possible reason most pronounce forte incorrectly, but unless you are in an orchestra, the italian originated form of Forte rarely comes up in conversation.

by the way, you can just look this up in a dictionary.

Molon Labe!

So let's call it even.

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life. - Frank Zappa

Yes my spelling sucks, but forte was a joke... hence the little smile after the mis-spelling.

anyway, I have typed way too much on this subject, I am going move on now, nothing to see here :)

Molon Labe!

This might be the battle of the surges. It's likely that New Hampshire can not handle more than one surge at a time. So, if Huckabee wins Iowa, does this erase the Union Leader's endorsement of McCain from the voters' memory?

How solid is Romney's lead in New Hampshire? I know he's ahead by 8 to 20 points depending on the specific poll. But how much of that holds up if he loses Iowa to Huckabee? Do any McCain supporter jump on to Huckabee's bandwagon after a Huckabee victory?

These multi-candidate primaries are a tangled web of complexity.

I beg to agree....with Spiral...

Huckabee will do nothing in New Hampshire. Just like McCain will do nothing in Iowa. These are just mini-surges.

Romney has broad based support that makes him competitive in all states. He has shown strength in such diverse places as IA, NH, SC, MI, NV and FL. Rudy is going to try to circumvent the South and Midwest by trying to stay relevent long enough to get to California and the Mid-Atlantic States. I cant's see how any Republican can support a nominee whose whole strategy is to by-pass the geographic heart and soul of the modern Republican Party.

Even if you don't like Romney, you have to give him credit for working his tail off and and making his case to the people of South Carolina. He went out of his base like no other candidate in this race and made the sale.

unless by nothing you mean he won't win New Hampshire. A recent Poll had Huckabee tied for second in New Hampshire. I would say anything above third in NH is good news for Huckabee. He would be doing pretty well if he managed to get a first place in Iowa and a second place in New Hampshire.

5 NH Polls this week and Huckabee is generally fourth. Plus, people up there don't know him. His brand of conservatism will not go over well in the "Live Free or Die" state where Republicans abhor taxes.

...released today has Huckabee in 3rd place and climbing in NH, beating out McCain and CRUSHING Thompson 13% to 2%!

Realclear has outdated ARG poll that you cite to.

Here is ARG poll more current than those you cite,

And thats with virtually no money or advertising there, Huck now has money.

No Chaplain. RCP has the updated ARG poll with three other new polls. Read it again. Romney will win, McCain should get some traction from the Mancheter endorsement. Huckabee is unknown. He got a little buzz from the bump, but voters do not know him. He will have to do in NH what Romeny had to do in SC and that is make the tough sell. This is old Republican turf. Big Government Southern Democrats in Repubican clothing will have a tough time.

...and thank you to Mr. Romney's campaign manager!

McCain will not do well in IA, and Huckabee is rapidly approaching his ceiling in NH. However, Romney does not have a broad base of support once you go inside the demographics. I already posted on this. If Huckabee takes out Romney in IA, McCain is very well positioned to do well in NH. The reason is that Romney is an anti-Giuliani candidate in NH, and if Romney is not in the race, a substantial amount of his support in NH will likely go to McCain if he is not seen as viable. Romney knows he is in serious trouble, hence the "Mormon Speech" this coming week. Will McCain actually pull out NH, or will Giuliani swoop in ... I don't know.

Proud supporter of McCain '00 and McCain '08

He's actually managed to move up to 3rd (out of 5) on my list... something that would have been unthinkable a year ago.

I'm not sure how much a newspaper endorsement helps him, though. Is the Union Leader like almost every other local daily in the US? (i.e. a liberal rag barely fit for wrapping fish) I really got no idea as I'm not from the area and don't read it.
Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman

No, Manchester is one of the last strongholds of the old New Hampshire small government rugged individualism Republicans that are sadly vanishing.

I wish just one of our two local papers was any better than the LA Times.
Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman

Conservative Manchester v. Liberal Boston. Here's a link to an interesting article on the Manchester Union Leader and creeeping presence of the Boston Globe and the purplization of Republican New Hampshire. But still the MUL endorsement is always big news for Republicans.

As much as I admire Huck's progress in Iowa, he'd kill us in a general election. Many of my friends are moderate independents who really would never vote for a Christian conservative after their experiences with Bush. Worse yet, I would have a hard time supporting Huckabee even if he sweeps the early states because of his horrendous stances on taxes and immigration.

It's good to see McCain catching up, because I think Romney and McCain are our best candidates to be effective conservative presidents and be electable in the general.

Glad to see McCain doing well and getting a boost. I especially like the pork comment.

Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart. And you'll never walk alone. You'll never walk alone.

Nothing deep here, but McCain is just too old.(as is Thompson)

It's unfortunate, but I think our viable choices are rather

limited. Ron Paul is just entirely too bizarre, of course.

Huckabee is ok socially, but ran Arkansas like a democrat with

regard to taxes and illegal aliens.

Romney is somewhat solid, but much too slick and has

flip-flopped too much. Anyone have a center guiding them


Guiliani...well, we know his weaknesses.


They're all very flawed candidates.

but compared to Hillary, Edwards or Obama, they're godsends.

ahhhh...if only Thompson were 15 years younger! lol!

Oh, one final word to Ron Paul supporters... Get therapy!

You need to move out of your Mom's basement!

Fred's only like 2 years older then Giuliani. He just LOOKS old.

John Bolton for President


I'm leaning Romney, but McCain is pretty solid in 2nd place right now (and a pretty close 2nd as well). Look at the issues he is with us on: life, smaller government, Iraq & the GWOT, plus I think he's actually the most electable. Like many here, he was dead last on my list just a short couple of months ago. I don't like McCain-Feingold, but I didn't hold it against President Bush when he signed it after saying he would veto. I'm so-so about the Gang of 14 - I do believe it made it easier to get Roberts & Alito (as well as Owen and Rogers-Brown and IIRC Pryor) confirmed, but we threw a few good judges under the bus as well. And I'm pretty much where McCain is now on immigration (he joined me, I didn't have to change), enforcement first and then a path to citizenship/guest worker. Sure I don't agree with all of his positions, but that's true of any candidate (even Fred whom I'm closest). Who knows, by primary day, I may be even pulling the lever for the good senator from Arizona.

Two thirds of the world is covered by water,
the other third is covered by Champ Bailey.

McCain fighting very hard to give Social Security benefits to illegals who committed identity theft. I know. I know. McCain has said that he "got the message" on illegal immigration. He will now first make sure the border is secured and then, he will fight to give Social Security benefits to identity thieves.

Yeah Darin, but he's just too old! (Trust me as an old person

as well!)

The Rest Home isn't a far off event for McCain...

And let's face it...he sponsored McCain-Feingold, and only

came around on immigration after the phones were shut down

in Washington... To not instinctively be against the amnesty

bill is just plain stupid.

Moreover, he STILL maintains it wasn't an amnesty bill!

My perfect GOP candidate:

Huckabee on life and marriage

Rudy on crime

McCain on Iraq

Tancredo on immigration

Hunter on GWOT

Thompson on guns

Romney's business experience (and hair)

Alas, the perfect candidate eludes us.

You've indirectly pointed out exactly why each of these candidates is doing as well as he is: each candidate has found his niche and is pulling those niche voters into his camp. The perfect GOP candidate is a fool's errand. What the GOP needs to find is the BEST candidate out of the group.

Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock.

Manchester Union Leader is no longer the Conservative voice it once was. Just a weak croak of it's former self.

I wouldn't vote for McCain under any circumstance. The guy is a flake. At the last debate the first thing he said was 'it wasn't ANEMSTY'. Sigh.

Only against Hillary or any other dimmocrat. But, McCain's a flakey nutcase. If McCain gets the nomination/wins election, there's no telling how far left the guy will tack. He's just not trustworthy; and, believe me, once President, the guy is arrogant enough that whatever the Conservative base supports, he will oppose. Anyone who continues to deny the reality of the "amnesty" bill will continue to push for it. McCain has still not heard the base's voice and never will.

I don't think Romney can survive a loss in Iowa. Romney's strength in Iowa and NH is his ability to spend money. With the amount of money he has spent, he should be doing much better than he is; and I think Romney has reached a ceiling of support that no amount of money will allow him to break through. Romney just isn't a viable candidate - not this time. A vote for Romney is tantamount to a vote for Hillary and I think it's time we acknowledge that.

Huckabee is also not a viable national candidate - he does not connect with the fiscal conservative faction of the GOP coalition, nor does he offer any national security credentials.

Republicans need to step back here and look at the big picture. Nether Romney nor Huckabee improve the GOP outlook in the short or long term.

Romney is far more electable in the general than Huckabee. Huckabee's stances on taxes and immigration just kill me, and I don't see Arnold's Republican base, for example, voting for Huckabee.

The problem with your argument is then who? Rudy, SoCons will never accept him. They will sit out the election rather than vote for Rudy. McCain, McCain-Fiengold is a deal breaker, Amnesty for illegal aliens also kill him. Thompson, lack luster candidate.

Gee... I few months ago I had already predicted McCain, who should have won, would not do so. But maybe he will after all. So much for that prediction.

I think I am done predicting things for this GOP presidential nomination race. I can see any one of the big five somehow ending up the nominee. (No, Paul is not one of the big five!)

So I will just wait, and watch. It is sure to be intereting.

If you took the entire Republican slate of top tier primary candidates, diced them up and discarded all the liberal parts you might be able to piece together one decent candidate that was actually recognizeable as a Republican.

If find myself not liking a single one of them. Fred Thompsen comes closest in terms of being my kind of Republican but he has no fire in his belly. Rudy has some admirable leadership skills but in too many respects comes down on the side of the liberals. Romney has said most of the right things but in the past he has said most of the wrong things; it is hard to trust him. McCain I despise for several reasons but most of all because of his stance on immigration and I don't like his current position much better than his old one. And Hucklebee is just a Republican version of Jimmy Carter: an evangelical big government socialist with a charismatic personality and a good smile.

I think because of our early primary that Wyoming's delegates don't get counted. Given that it doesn't matter anyway I'll probably pull the lever for Tancredo just to let everyone know I think the entire top tier field stinks.

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