From The Guardian:
Barack Obama’s team moved quickly to exploit what it viewed as a late and unexpected campaign gift – the endorsement of John McCain in a rare public appearance by the vice-president, Dick Cheney.
In contrast with President George Bush’s absence from the campaign trail at the weekend, Cheney flew to his home state, Wyoming, to speak at a rally in support of the Republican ticket.
“John is a man who understands the danger facing America,” Cheney told a rally in Laramie on Saturday. “He’s a man who has looked into the face of evil and not flinched, he’s a man who is comfortable with responsibility, and has been since he joined the armed forces at the age of 17. He has earned our support and confidence, and the time is now to make him commander in chief.”
McCain has been at pains to distance himself from the administration, pointedly saying in the final presidential debate that he was not Bush.
Cheney had announced his endorsement for McCain before, but, like Bush, had been largely absent from the campaign trail during the past two months. His decision to participate in the Laramie rally at the weekend was prompted partly by a desire to speak on behalf of Republican congressional candidates and to deliver what amounted to an emotional look back on his career. He will retire from politics on inauguration day, January 20.
He devoted most of his speech to praising the congressional candidates, but included passages on McCain, and, in particular, Sarah Palin, who is closer to Cheney’s brand of conservatism, saying of her: “I’m pleased that he has chosen a running mate with executive talent, toughness and common sense.”
From The Irish Times:
BARACK OBAMA has seized on vice-president Dick Cheney’s endorsement of John McCain as evidence that the Republican candidate would continue the policies that have dominated Washington for the past eight years.
Mr Obama’s campaign is featuring Mr Cheney’s endorsement in a new television ad and the Democrat teased his opponent about it yesterday at a rally in Ohio.
“President Bush is sitting out the last few days before the election. But yesterday, Dick Cheney came out of his undisclosed location and hit the campaign trail. He said that he is, and I quote, ‘delighted to support John McCain’. I’d like to congratulate Senator McCain on this endorsement because he really earned it,” Mr Obama said.
“That endorsement didn’t come easy. Senator McCain had to vote 90 per cent of the time with George Bush and Dick Cheney to get it. He served as Washington’s biggest cheerleader for going to war in Iraq, and supports economic policies that are no different from the last eight years.”
From The Gainesville Sun:
With about 47 percent of eligible votes in Alachua County already cast, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden made a late campaign stop in Gainesville on Sunday.
Before a crowd of about 4,500, Biden spoke critically of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and mocked the senator’s most recent endorsement yesterday from Vice President Dick Cheney.
“If you ever had any doubt about whether John McCain would bring change, well all you gotta take a look at, is what happened yesterday,” Biden said, who has served as the senator from Delaware since 1972. “John McCain received a coveted endorsement. He was endorsed by Vice President Cheney. It’s not surprising. Dick Cheney has been wrong about everything else the last eight years. The man is on a roll.”
From Editor & Publisher:
NEW YORK For the past six weeks, we have chronicled the landslide in newspaper endorsements for Barack Obama (see tally on our site, with an update to come today), now about 250 to 110. Included in this have been well over 50 daily papers that have switched from backing Bush in 2004 to supporting Obama this year. Then there are the embarrassments such as the largest paper in Alaska, The Anchorage Daily News, also endorsing Obama.
Now comes another signal: This morning, Dick Cheney’s hometown paper in Wyoming, the Casper Star-Tribune, switched to Obama.
Here is a revealing excerpt from the newspaper editorial supporting Obama. Once again, a key factor in the GOP defections: McCain showing “poor judgment” in picking Sarah Palin.
It is a foregone conclusion that Wyoming’s three electoral votes will go to Sen. John McCain. It would be easy for the Star-Tribune to simply agree with the majority of voters in this red state and endorse the Republican candidate for president.
But this isn’t an ordinary election, and Sen. Barack Obama has the potential to be an extraordinary leader at a time we desperately need one.
McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, however, shows extremely poor judgment. She has shown repeatedly that she is simply not ready to fill McCain’s shoes.
Obama’s advisers are extremely capable leaders. It’s good to know that he turns to the likes of Warren Buffett for financial matters and retired Gen. Colin Powell on military issues. With his emphasis on diplomacy along with a commitment to protecting America, Obama gives us our best hope of regaining the respect of other nations.
If the John McCain of 2000 saw today’s counterpart, he wouldn’t recognize himself. McCain is no longer a GOP maverick, or the war hero whose principles were unwavering. He has flip-flopped on issues ranging from tax cuts to torture in an effort to win over the conservative base of his party. He has waged a dismal campaign based on fear and divisiveness.
The three presidential debates showed Obama to be a calm, thoughtful leader with a unique vision of the future. The contrast with his opponent, who seemed angry and erratic, could not have been more stark or more telling.
We endorse Barack Obama for president.