Paper backs Obama, McCain

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For the first time in a very long time, the New York presidential primary actually matters, thanks to a decision to move the date of the voting to this Tuesday instead of its usual date after the nominating process is all but decided.

As such, New Yorkers have a greater responsibility to make considered choices. The Brooklyn Paper selected candidates who are most likely to restore America’s position as a shining beacon to the world while meeting the needs of our people at home:

Democratic Primary: Barack Obama

After 16 years of virtually non-stop partisan bickering, the nation can ill-afford to elect a Democrat whose candidacy exists — in no small part, mind you — to settle old scores with the GOP.

Sen. Hillary Clinton has touted her experience — but as the popularity of Obama’s campaign shows, the country is crying out for change.

True, on most substantive issues, Clinton and Obama hold similar views. But Obama is the candidate whose message of hope can cut through the partisan morass, bring our nation together and begin to restore America’s damaged credibility overseas. We’re not discounting the challenges ahead, but the time has come for a president who appeals to our idealism, not our partisanship.

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Voters should note that the Democratic Party will distribute delegates on a proportional, rather than winner-take-all, basis this year, meaning that every vote will count. Sen. Clinton’s “home field advantage” may net her the most votes statewide, but Obama can still pick up dozens of delegates — delegates who will be needed if this battle goes all the way to the national convention in August.

Republican Primary: John McCain

The Republican Party has offered Brooklyn voters only one real choice: Sen. John McCain.

The Arizona senator is consistent, candid and intellectually honest. Even when we disagree with McCain, we leave the debate with respect for his position.

We also respect that he has bucked his party on immigration, understanding that America can’t simply arrest and deport all 12 million “illegal” immigrants, whose only crime is that they sought jobs in the Land of Opportunity.

Other candidates talk about “giving back” to the nation by getting elected. But, lest we forget, McCain, who was tortured nearly to death during five years as a prisoner in Vietnam, has lived a life of “public service” in the true sense of the term.

Updated 4:35 pm, July 9, 2018
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Antoine Charvet from E. Williamsburg says:
I guess since your paper is endorsing John McCain you decided not to run the story about Ron Paul supporters canvassing Bay Ridge's Republican enclave. Why even bother sending a photographer out to document our efforts and not even print a story?
Feb. 2, 2008, 3:35 pm
Lisa from Park Slope says:
What a silly, empty endorsement. Couldn't you come up with something a little more original than Obama's press lines."A candidate whose message of hope can cut through the partisan morass, bring our nation together and begin to restore America’s damaged credibility overseas."??? You've given your endorsement to a man who has been virtually unvetted by the media for the most important job in the world. Barack Obama was a stranger to all of us not more than 2 years ago and to this day, remains so. Framing this as a oversimplified choics between hope and experience is not helfpul as voters try and sort through complex issues. This is why Hillary is running so much stronger across every indicator, from leadership to ability to get the job done. She doesn't talk in empty platitudes. To sum it up in the words of Maxine Waters who spoke before more than 10,000 people at a rally in California for Hillary, we don't need hope, we need help. This paper has just reinforced why it barely appears anymore, even on the floors of local banks and other retail establishments. It really is quite a bit of superfluous nonsense.
Feb. 2, 2008, 11:59 pm
jmpw from clinton hill says:
Feb. 3, 2008, 4:05 pm
Grant Hill from Carroll Gardens says:
I am born and raises in NY and Your two bit endorsements speak volumes about the lack of intelligence involved in gathering information about these two candidates. Obama is a press junkie with NO message and a criminal past involving donations to his campaign from shady people. Hillary is a NeoCon liar, have you forgotten she worked for Walmart as a board member for siz years?! During the time the child labor scandal erupted? Oh and Mccain was a part of the HUGE KEATING SCANDAL!!! He also wants the American people to subsidize illegal immigrants? So let me get this straight. I am supposed to work hard to pay non US citizens health care, education, day care and living expenses? Who the hell are you people writing this dribble?. Where are your reporters? Are they watching Fox News? Utter and sheer idiocy.
Feb. 4, 2008, 12:24 pm

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