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Largest Paper in South Carolina Backs McCain

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Largest Paper in South Carolina Backs McCain

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The McClatchy paper, The State, the a largest daily in South Carolina, has endorsed Sen. John McCain in the critical GOP primary approaching.

Here is an excerpt from its editorial today.*

The two remaining contenders here happen to be the two strongest candidates -- Mike Huckabee and John McCain. Gov. Huckabee is an exciting newcomer who shows a wonderful ability to connect with voters' concerns, and Republicans could do far worse than to choose him. But his utter lack of knowledge of foreign affairs is unsettling.

It's not just about Iraq and Afghanistan. As freshly demonstrated by the incident involving U.S. warships in the Strait of Hormuz last week and the assassination earlier of the opposition leader in the world's most volatile democracy (which possesses nuclear weapons, and shelters Osama bin Laden), our commander in chief will need a far broader and deeper understanding of our relationship to the world than on-the-job training can adequately provide.

Clearly, the best Republican candidate to lead our nation at this time is U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona. …

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