Houston Chronicle Endorses Obama, McCain in Texas Primaries

    HOUSTON, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Houston Chronicle, after
 conversations with presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack
 Obama, endorses Obama in the Texas Democratic primary. In the Republican
 primary, the Chronicle endorses John McCain.
 
 
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080216/LASA001LOGO) Here are excerpts from the endorsements: -- The Chronicle believes Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois is best-qualified by life experience, skill and temperament to be the standard bearer for his party. In a conference call, Obama told the Chronicle editorial board that "more than any other candidate, I can bridge some of the partisan as well as racial and religious divides that have developed in this country that prevent us from getting things done." -- Bested rival Mitt Romney said of Sen. John McCain, "This is a man capable of leading our country at a dangerous hour." The Houston Chronicle agrees ... As a naval aviator and prisoner of war during the Vietnam conflict, McCain proved his courage, honor and resolve beyond question. If years of deprivation and torture could not break him, the stress and challenge of an international crisis are not likely to. Full text of our endorsements is available on http://www.chron.com. The Houston Chronicle, the largest newspaper in Texas and the nation's seventh-largest newspaper, has evolved into a multimedia company publishing online and commercial print products, in English and Spanish, reaching specific audiences with unique delivery programs. In addition to the Houston Chronicle's 1.2 million daily readers and 1.7 million readers on Sunday, Chron.com, the Chronicle's online site, averages 77 million monthly page views and 6 million unique visitors each month. The Houston Chronicle is owned by the Hearst Corporation.

SOURCE Houston Chronicle

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