domingo, 16 de diciembre de 2007

Des Moines Register pide el voto para Hillary y McCain

En ambos casos, el periódico apuesta por la experiencia. Históricamente la influencia del endorsement del Des Moines Register ha sido importante en la ciudad de Des Moines y toda la zona central de Iowa. Hace cuatro años ofrecieron su apoyo al Senador John Edwards, ayudándole a obtener un sorpresivo segundo puesto en el Caucus. Esta vez, a pesar de las especulaciones que apuntaban hacia Obama, se han decidido por Hillary Clinton en la interna demócrata. El apoyo a John McCain entre los republicanos resulta más sorprendente si consideramos que el Senador apenas se ha dejado ver por Iowa, y no aspira a ganar el Caucus. El precedente más cercano en el GOP es el de 2000, cuando apoyaron al Gobernador -ahora Presidente- George W. Bush. En cualquier caso su influencia entre los republicanos es menor.

Why Clinton

(...) The choice, then, comes down to preparedness: Who is best prepared to confront the enormous challenges the nation faces — from ending the Iraq war to shoring up America’s middle class to confronting global climate change?

The job requires a president who not only understands the changes needed to move the country forward but also possesses the discipline and skill to navigate the reality of the resistant Washington power structure to get things done.

That candidate is New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. (...)


Why McCain

(...) Yet, for all their accomplishments on smaller stages, none can offer the tested leadership, in matters foreign and domestic, of Sen. John McCain of Arizona. McCain is most ready to lead America in a complex and dangerous world and to rebuild trust at home and abroad by inspiring confidence in his leadership.

In an era of instant celebrity, we sometimes forget the real heroes in our midst. The defining chapter of McCain’s life came 40 years ago as a naval aviator, when he was shot down over Vietnam. The crash broke both arms and a leg. When first seeing him, a fellow prisoner recalls thinking he wouldn’t live the night. He was beaten and kept in solitary confinement, held 5 years. He could have talked. He did not. Son of a prominent Navy admiral, he could have gained early release. He refused. (...)