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Christie endorsement gets top billing on 'Meet the Press'

By DAN TUOHY
New Hampshire Union Leader

November 29. 2015 8:34PM
In this image taken from video, New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher Joe McQuaid discusses the paper's endorsement of Chris Christie for president on "Meet The Press." (Source: nbcnews.com)



Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie “is the guy who can take the fight to Trump, Hillary, ISIS,” New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid said Sunday morning on “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd.

McQuaid was on the show to discuss the Union Leader’s endorsement of Christie.

“Americans seem to be fed up with Washington and they’re looking for somebody who speaks with the bark off, as we say in New Hampshire, and I think Christie does that,” he said. “But, as we said in the editorial, he does that knowing what he’s talking about, as opposed to some others who don’t.”

Todd asked why the Union Leader would endorse Christie, a two-term governor of New Jersey, over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, based on his record and experience.

“Jeb Bush doesn’t look like he wants it and the public senses that,” McQuaid replied. “I’m looking for somebody who can get the nomination, and I don’t think either Bush or Kasich can do so.”

McQuaid said the governors in the GOP race, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich, were under serious consideration for the endorsement.

He said the past eight years with President Barack Obama, a former freshman U.S. senator, underscore the need for experience and administrative leadership.

Todd asked, “So you punished Cruz and Rubio for basically having the same resume as Barack Obama?”

“Punishment,” McQuaid said, is harsher terminology from the perspective of the Union Leader’s editorial endorsement. The endorsement does not mention either Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio by name.

The “Meet the Press” media panel asked McQuaid for his thoughts on “Bridgegate,” the scandal involving the closure of lanes on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, allegedly as political retribution for a local mayor declining to endorse Christie in 2013. Christie has said he had nothing to do with it.

McQuaid said Christie has “weathered” it.

“Nothing has tied Governor Christie to Bridgegate,” he said.

Christie is set to return to the New Hampshire campaign trail on Monday. He starts a two-day swing with a noon business luncheon hosted by Renee and Dan Plummer at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.

The couple will also endorse Christie.

dtuohy@unionleader.com

You can view McQuaid's segment on the show in the video below:



Presidential War Chris Christie


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