Huckabee drops out of race after ‘journey of a lifetime’

The Associated Press IRVING, Texas — Mike Huckabee bowed to reality Tuesday and out of the Republican presidential race. “We kept the faith,” he told his end-of-the-road rally Tuesday after John McCain clinched the nomination. “I’d rather lose an election than lose the principles that got me into politics in the first place.” The genial […]

McCain reaches magic number to clinch GOP nomination

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — John McCain clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, an extraordinary comeback for a candidate whose White House hopes were dashed eight years ago and whose second bid was left for dead eight months ago. “The most important race begins,” he said in an Associated Press interview. According to the AP […]

Obama, Clinton split New England, duel in Ohio and Texas; McCain gains GOP nomination

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton split a pair of New England primaries Tuesday night and vied for bigger prizes in Ohio and Texas in a riveting Democratic presidential race. Arizona Sen. John McCain, an unflinching supporter of the war in Iraq, clinched the Republican nomination. “We are in Iraq […]

First person: A man of action

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mario Cabrera is involved in student government at ENMU, a past president of his fraternity, and has been to Santa Fe to lobby for university causes. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico University student body president Mario Cabrera is dressed casually in a button-up shirt and jeans. […]

Opinions matter, even small ones

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I have a lot of opinions. But today, I’ll just give you three. They’re not enough for individual columns, but each has pop culture, sports or political merit. • One of my friends has joined an online group dedicated to creating a worldwide carrot shortage on May 15. The […]

Taxpayer-funded campaigns never were good idea

Freedom Newspapers Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, looking more and more like the presumptive nominees of their respective parties for the presidency, are engaged in a rather arcane discussion about whether they will honor an agreement made almost a year ago to accept only “public” financing of their general election campaigns. This would be […]

Ballot lists candidates, not ideology

Freedom Newspapers A critical drumbeat that Arizona Sen. John McCain isn’t “conservative” enough persists into a second week after Super Tuesday gave him a dominating lead for the Republican nomination for president. McCain is widely viewed as the presumption nominee with a commanding total of party convention delegates. But concerns about McCain’s true commitment to […]

Obama takes delegate lead

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Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Photo: Rick Wood Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama greets supporters gathered Tuesday at the Kohl Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. By David Espo: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama powered past Hillary Rodham Clinton in the race for Democratic convention delegates Tuesday on a night of triumph sweetened […]

Hostility will do nothing to change U.S. fortunes

Freedom New Mexico He talked about wanting to do what was best for the party and for the country and at some level he was no doubt quite sincere. But last week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acted like the businessman he was while amassing the fortune that made it possible for him to play […]

GOP faithful still have tough choices to make

Freedom New Mexico The fallout from the Super Tuesday presidential primary contests has Democrats still taking their time to pick between two popular candidates while Republicans are trying to decide if they can embrace the front-runner from Arizona, who is better known as a maverick than as a party standard bearer. Sen. John McCain already […]

Romney drops out

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — John McCain effectively sealed the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday as chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his faltering presidential campaign. “I must now stand aside, for our party and our country,” Romney told conservatives. “If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall […]

Clinton threat to core principles of freedom, liberty

Freedom New Mexico Despite polls showing Barack Obama surging, and despite his surprise victory in several states on Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday widened her lead and apparently strengthened her grip on the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Thanks largely to a sizable win in California, Clinton more than off-set smaller state wins by […]

McCain seizes GOP command on Super Tuesday

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Democratic Party of Curry County volunteer Larry Moreno directs Helen Gay toward the voting booths after handing her a ballot during the Democratic caucus Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. By David Espo: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain seized command of the race for the Republican presidential […]

Republican presidential candidates

By Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: The following profiles of presidential candidates are intended to help voters decide whether individual freedom will advance or retreat if the candidate is elected. Today we focus on leading Republican candidates. We looked at Democrats on Wednesday. Mike Huckabee Although former Arkansas Gov. (and ordained Baptist minister) Mike Huckabee’s […]

McCain wins Florida GOP primary

By Liz Sidoti and David Espo: The Associated Press MIAMI — Next stop, 21 states at once, the Republican presidential nomination the prize. Sen. John McCain won a breakthrough triumph in the Florida primary Tuesday night, seizing the upper hand in the GOP race ahead of next week’s coast-to-coast contests and lining up a quick […]

McCain wins South Carolina; Romney wins Nevada

By Davd Espo: The Associated Press Sen. John McCain won a hard-fought South Carolina primary Saturday night, avenging a bitter personal defeat in a bastion of conservatism and gaining ground in an unpredictable race for the Republican presidential nomination. Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama split the spoils in Nevada caucuses marred by late […]

Economic policies make Republican race tough to call

By Freedom New Mexico Republican voters are having a hard time settling on presidential candidates, now that the party has three separate winners after its first three major primaries. In Michigan on Tuesday, Republican Mitt Romney salvaged his political campaign, which had been withering following losses in New Hampshire and Iowa. Arizona Sen. John McCain […]

Romney wins Michigan GOP primary

By Liz Sidoti and Glen Johnson: The Associated Press DETROIT — Mitt Romney scored his first major primary victory Tuesday in his native Michigan, a win he desperately needed to give his weakened candidacy new life and set the stage for a wide-open Republican showdown in South Carolina in just four days. Romney was the […]

Clinton, McCain win NH primaries

By David Espo and Philip Elliott: The Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won New Hampshire’s Democratic primary Tuesday night in a startling upset, defeating Sen. Barack Obama and resurrecting her bid for the White House. Sen. John McCain powered past his Republican rivals and back into contention for the GOP nomination. […]

McCain may lose status as media darling

Editorial Arizona Sen. John McCain owes much of his caché as a media darling, as well as his reputation as a “maverick,” to being a non-Republican Republican who bucks party orthodoxy on a host of issues. One of the only issues on which he doesn’t part company with President Bush and most Republican colleagues in […]