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April 24, 2014

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Vegas papers split over presidential endorsement

Republican presidential candidate John McCain picked up an endorsement Sunday from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, while Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama gained the endorsement of the Las Vegas Sun.

The Review-Journal says McCain's experience makes him better qualified to lead the country through uncertain times. The newspaper also praised McCain's opposition to any tax hike and pledge to control federal spending.

"Sen. McCain has a proven record of battling the drunken sailor culture so pervasive in our nation's capital," the Review-Journal wrote. "He has been an outspoken advocate for fiscal restraint, angering many of his colleagues by embarrassing them over their penchant for pork."

The Review-Journal also pointed to McCain's tenure on the Senate Armed Services Committee and praised his stance on Iraq.

"Sen. McCain realizes the long-term ramifications for failure in Iraq and is prepared to make the difficult decisions that will no doubt confront the next commander in chief," the Review-Journal wrote. "His military background and foreign policy experience project an image of strength, decisiveness and determination, in stark contrast to Sen. Obama, who has voted to cut and run in Iraq ..."

The Sun says Obama demonstrated superior judgment by opposing the Iraq war from the start and by picking Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate.

"As Americans consider who should be the next president, it is clear that we are at a crossroads. Americans are looking for someone who not only has a steady hand and is a consensus builder, but who also is a strong leader and who has faith in the greatness of what our nation has to offer even in these most trying of times. We believe that man is Barack Obama," the newspaper wrote.

The Sun called McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate "an insult to the American people" and criticized McCain's voting record.

"McCain portrays himself as a maverick, but the reality is that on fundamental economic and foreign policy issues, his record is almost identical to that of George Bush, whose job approval ratings are abysmal," the newspaper wrote.

On the Web:

Las Vegas Review-Journal: http://www.lvrj.com/

Las Vegas Sun: http://www.lasvegassun.com/

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