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McCain Picks Up Union Leader Endorsement

Republican Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign got a big boost this morning, receiving a key endorsement from the Manchester Union Leader, New Hampshire's largest daily newspaper and an influential force in state politics. In a front-page editorial, the paper's publisher declared that "John McCain is the man to lead America" and urged voters to support him in the state's crucial Jan. 8 primary.

Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid wrote that McCain's "record, his character, and his courage show him to be the most trustworthy, competent, and conservative of all those seeking the nomination."

Here is a statement released this morning by the Arizona Republican's campaign following the endorsement:

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of the New Hampshire Union Leader, the only statewide newspaper in the Granite State. It is yet another indication that I have the momentum to win the first-in-the-nation primary. New Hampshire voters deserve straight talk, and it is a privilege to answer their questions in living rooms and town hall meetings across the state.

"I alone have the experience, knowledge and judgment to lead as commander in chief from day one, and my candidacy will rally the Reagan coalition to win a great victory next November."

By Eric Pianin  |  December 2, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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