ABC News’ David Chalian, Teddy Davis and Tahman Bradley Report: Sens. Hillary Clinton and John McCain have captured the endorsement of Iowa’s statewide paper.
Of the Democrats, the Des Moines Register’s editorial board writes that their imaginations were inspired by Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., but in the end Clinton’s preparedness to confront the nation’s challenges won them over.
In the Republican race, the board writes that McCain’s tested leadership in matters foreign and domestic make him most ready to lead America and rebuild trust at home and abroad.
The Clinton campaign needed some good news to help shift the narrative a bit and this can certainly help on that front. And the editorial clearly plays directly into Clinton’s campaign message of experience and ready to lead on Day One.
It’s important to note that the DMR endorsement usually carries a bit more sway in Democratic circles due to the left-leaning editorial page. McCain, a senator from Arizona who is on his second White House bid, has largely ceded Iowa to front-running rivals Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney as he prepares to make his stand in New Hampshire. However, capturing the two key early state editorial endorsements (New Hampshire Union Leader and Des Moines Register) in addition to the Boston Globe may cause voters to give McCain a second/third look.
On Saturday, before the outcome was known, Obama weighed in on the Register endorsement saying, "Obviously, we would love to have the endorsement of the Des Moines Register and any newspaper here in Iowa — I think it would be disingenuous to pretend that we haven’t actively sought it."
He went on to say that field organization matters more.
In 2004, the Register endorsed John Edwards, helping to lift him to a second-place finish in the caucuses.