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New York Times Endorses Gore, McCain

March 5, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Times has endorsed Vice President Al Gore and Arizona Sen. John McCain for the upcoming state primary on Super Tuesday.

The Times, which has not endorsed candidates for the presidential primaries since 1992, will publish the announcement in Sunday edition’s op-ed page, according to a press release on Saturday.

The release said the endorsements were made because of the competitiveness of the contests and as a ``tribute to the vigor and seriousness that the four candidates have brought to this campaign season.″

The Times said it chose McCain over Texas Gov. George W. Bush, because Bush has embraced a ``hard-right agenda″ and has allowed himself to become ``an instrument,″ of his party’s congressional leaders, the newspaper said.

McCain, on the other hand, ``has a proven ability to get votes from the vital center of the American spectrum,″ which also cited his bravery in challenging leaders of the religious right ``for intimidating the party with religious-based litmus tests.″

On the Democratic side, the Times said it chose Gore over Bill Bradley because the long, hard-road of campaigning had shown ``a lack of energy″ in Bradley’s campaign.

``If overeagerness to please is a defect in Mr. Gore, Mr. Bradley possesses an even more disturbing inability to convey a real hunger for the opportunity to serve.″

The newspaper lauded Gore’s ``passion to lead, a determination to leave a positive mark on history, and a burning desire to step out if his mentor’s shadow and prove that he possesses the self-control and presidential high-mindedness so lacking in Mr. Clinton.″

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