Saturday, December 01, 2007

McQuaid in 2006: "Can The Nation Afford A President McCain?"

In 2000, Joe McQuaid, publisher of The Union Leader, called John McCain "The most liberal guy on the Republican side."

Then in a September 2006 article, McQuaid said, “in the midst of the most difficult and challenging war we have ever faced, can the nation afford a President McCain?" He went on to add “New Hampshire citizens must question why they should support him [McCain] for President.”

In the past, McQuaid has also heaped praise on the Arizona Senator. In July 2007, McQuaid said, "Meanwhile, Sen. McCain's campaign has had a rough time of it of late. But anyone who knows his story knows there is no quit in this man. New Hampshire is honored to have him here."

Here's a list of endorsements The Union-Leader have made since 1972.

2000 Campaign
U-L Endorsed: Steve Forbes
NH Primary winner: John McCain
Republican primary winner: George W. Bush

1996 Campaign
U-L Endorsed: Pat Buchanan
NH Primary winner: Pat Buchanan
Republican primary winner: Bob Dole

1992 Campaign
U-L Endorsed: Pat Buchanan
NH Primary winner: George H. W. Bush
Republican primary winner: George H. W. Bush

1988 Campaign
U-L Endorsed: Pete du Pont
NH Primary winner: George H. W. Bush
Republican primary winner: George H. W. Bush

1980 Campaign
U-L Endorsed: Ronald Reagan
NH Primary winner: Ronald Reagan
Republican primary winner: Ronald Reagan

1976 Campaign
U-L Endorsed: Ronald Reagan
NH Primary winner: Gerald Ford
Republican primary winner: Gerald Ford

1972 Campaign
U-L Endorsed: John Ashbrook
NH Primary winner: Richard Nixon
Republican primary winner: Richard Nixon

2 comments:

MadManMoon said...

The Union Leader is supposed to be the stalwart of conservatism and libertarian ideals. Yet, they choose not to throw their limited weight behind the only candidate who has consistently defended those ideals?

If the Union Leader had any integrity whatsoever, the would have ignored the pundits and endorsed Ron Paul. Instead, they embrace a continuance of a perpetual war mentality in the Republican party. It is truly depressing to see that, even in New Hampshire, conservatism has lost it's way.

Anonymous said...

They won't be endorsing any Libertarian extremist lunatics (thank God for that) but they sure picked a fine liberal to endorse, and it's perplexing. Aside from the citations you made here, there's the following:

Big Gov't. McCain: Campaign finance deformed
Union Leader editorial, Monday, Mar. 5, 2007
AS SEN. John McCain tries to convince Republicans that he's the conservative candidate for President in 2008, he has an enormous obstacle to overcome. He still does not believe in the First Amendment.

McCain's patently unconstitutional campaign finance law, which restricted the free speech rights of Americans and aided incumbent members of Congress, is far enough in the past that he could disavow it and claim to see the error of his ways. But he still believes in limiting political expression."

I'm confused what has changed since then.