The New York Times newspaper has endorsed Democrat Barack Obama in the
race for the White House, while The Detroit News has thrown its support
behind Republican John McCain.
In an editorial Friday, The New
York Times praised Obama for possessing character and intellect. The
newspaper credited the Illinois senator with having "a cool, steady
hand" and the ability to create a broad consensus to solve the nation's
The editorial accused Senator McCain of moving
farther to "the fringe of American politics." It called his selection
of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate an "act of
opportunism and bad judgment."
The Detroit News on Thursday
endorsed McCain, saying he is the candidate best equipped to lead the
country. The newspaper praised the veteran Arizona lawmaker as being a
proven leader with the experience, character and independence needed in
It charged that Obama would raise taxes, discouraging investment and the creation of new jobs.
A number of major U.S. newspapers have endorsed a presidential candidate in recent weeks. Among
them, The Dallas Morning News has backed McCain, while the The
Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times have endorsed Obama.