( dpa )- The New York Times newspaper is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain for their party's presidential nominations in editorials published online Thursday night.
The influential editorial board said they were "hugely impressed" by New York Senator Hillary Clinton's "depth of knowledge" and "force of intellect."
The Times editorial board said though Democrat rival Illinois Senator Barack Obama had built an "exciting campaign," Clinton's experience gave her an advantage.
"As Democrats look ahead to the primaries in the biggest states on February 5, The Times' editorial board strongly recommends that they select Hillary Clinton as their nominee for the 2008 presidential election," the newspaper said.
The editorial board said though it had strong disagreements with all the Republicans running for president, the choice in endorsing McCain was an easy one.
"Senator John McCain of Arizona is the only Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing from and on behalf of a small, angry fringe. With a record of working across the aisle to develop sound bipartisan legislation, he would offer a choice to a broader range of Americans than the rest of the Republican field," the newspaper said.
The Times also clarified why a New York-based paper is not backing Rudolph Giuliani, the former two-term mayor of New York City, saying, " Mr Giuliani's arrogance and bad judgment are breathtaking."