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University of Iowa Newspaper Endorses McCain, Obama

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University of Iowa Newspaper Endorses McCain, Obama

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The Daily Iowan Friday endorsed Barack Obama and John McCain for the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, becoming the second student-run newspaper in the state to endorse that pair.

"Obama's commanding oratorical abilities should not distract voters from his policy proposals, objectives that outline a return of 'united' to the United States," the Daily Iowan editorial board wrote in their endorsement of the Democratic candidate. "We believe his judgment and ideas are the best fit, not just for a party but for a people."

Obama has actively courted the student vote throughout the campaign -- encouraging students to caucus in early January despite the fact that many universities will still be in the middle of winter break. The University of Iowa newspaper cited Obama's stance against the Iraq war, his plan for broadening health insurance and his message about curbing global warming as reasons to support the Illinois Senator. Three other Democratic candidates -- Chris Dodd, Joe Biden and John Edwards -- were lauded for aspects of their campaign in the editorial. One-time frontrunner Hillary Clinton was not mentioned.

In the past two weeks, the Daily Iowan had run guest columns from three different Democratic candidates -- Obama, Edwards and Biden. …

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