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Sunday, 27 January 2008

Reuters, Washington

The New York Times Thursday endorsed Democratic senator Hillary Clinton and Republican senator John McCain for their party's nominations to contest the US presidential election in November. In selecting Hillary, a New York senator, the influential newspaper's editorial board said her experience gave her an advantage over her chief rival in the Democratic race, Illinois senator Barack Obama, though on the major issues they were not that different.

'Hearing her talk about the presidency, her policies and answers for America's big problems, we are hugely impressed by the depth of her knowledge, by the force of her intellect and by the breadth of, yes, her experience,' the newspaper said.

During her years in the Senate, Hillary has immersed herself in national security issues and has won the respect of world leaders and many in the American military, the newspaper said, adding that she would be a strong commander in chief.

Hillary is embroiled in a tight nomination battle with Obama, who would be the first African American president if elected. Former North Carolina senator John Edwards has been running in third place.

The newspaper urged Hillary to take the lead in changing the tone of the campaign, in which the Obama and Hillary camps have been trading harsh accusations in a bitter public fight. 'It is not good for the country, the Democratic Party or for Hillary, who is often tagged as divisive,' the newspaper said.

In backing McCain, the Times editorial board said it had strong disagreements with all the Republicans running for the presidency, but among them the Arizona senator was an easy choice.

McCain's chief rivals for the Republican nomination are former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

'Senator McCain of Arizona is the only Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing from and on behalf of a small, angry fringe,' the newspaper said.

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