Obama Leads McCain in Newspaper Endorsements
Washington Post -- Oct. 18,2008
By Shailagh Murray
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Sen. Barack Obama has opened up a massive lead over Sen. John McCain in newspaper endorsements.
According to the Democratic Web site DemConWatch, Obama has secured support from 55 editorial boards, including from 10 newspapers that backed President Bush in 2004. One big coup: the Chicago Tribune, which has never endorsed a Democrat for president.
Obama's hometown paper compared him to Abraham Lincoln and reassured voters around the country that his promise was real.
"Many Americans say they're uneasy about Obama. He's pretty new to them," the Tribune wrote. "We can provide some assurance. We have known Obama since he entered politics a dozen years ago. We have watched him, worked with him, argued with him as he rose from an effective state senator to an inspiring U.S. senator to the Democratic Party's nominee for president."
Newspaper endorsements are of uncertain value, but they can be an interesting measure of public support in various regions, or from groups within those regions. McCain's count as of Friday, according to DemConWatch, was 14 endorsements, including from the New York Post and the Boston Herald, the only two in his column that rank in the top 100 in circulation.
The pro-McCain papers were enthusiastic, too. "McCain has been in Washington for many years now, but he is not of Washington," wrote the New York Post. "He knows where the levers of power are located -- and how to manipulate them -- but he is not controlled by them. McCain's selection of the charming, but rock-solid, outsider Sarah Palin as his running mate underscores the point."
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