November 5th, 2007
08:01 AM ET
6 years ago

Blitzer: All eyes on Iowa this week

WASHINGTON (CNN)–The presidential candidates are trying to put their time and energy where it counts most this week — one year before Election Day - and less than two months before the first primary season contest.

Look for all the top Democrats to be in Iowa throughout the week, leading up to a must-attend dinner and fund-raiser with party activists on Saturday.

Iowa is the place where Hillary Clinton's Democratic rivals have the best, and maybe the only shot at stopping her. And she's showing new weakness after she got roughed up in the latest debate.

The Republican candidates are also branching out on the trail this week. With Mitt Romney leading polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, the former Massachusetts governor will hunt for votes in Florida and South Carolina.

Sen. John McCain spends two days in Iowa this week, where he's slipped in the polls, while underdog Mike Huckabee has surged to second place - ahead of, or tied, with national front-runner Rudy Giuliani.

Look for Giuliani to play catch-up in the lead-off caucus state later this week.

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– CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer


Filed under: Florida • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • John McCain • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Race to '08 • South Carolina
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The next time the droning Wolfman says to a guest "let me interrupt you," I hope the guest says "no, I haven't completed my response and would appreciate your courtesy in allowing me to finish," in the very effective way that Nina Totenberg did today on Inside Washington, by repeating "if I may finish" two or three times until her colleagues finally let her. I'm tired of the pompous and arrogant talking heads like Chris Matthews cutting off rational discourse, something civlized hosts like Tim Russert or George Stephanopoulos hardly ever do. You'd never get away with this behavior in court, where the rule is "one person speaks at a time."

    November 4, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  2. Kap

    Where is Hillary's "new weakness"? The new ABC poll and Rasmussen daily tracking dispute that. Also, "new weakness" implies there's an old weakness, whereas she's clearly led the pack all year as being most prepared to lead. The real "new weakness" is the steady and substantial increase in Obama's negatives (the ABC poll).

    November 5, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  3. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Wolf Blitzer, like his colleague Bill Schnedider, must be reading an older poll of Iowa U showing that Obama was only 2 pts (28 vs 26)behind Hillary in Iowa – "the new weakness". However, the most current poll by ARG showed that Obama was 10 pts behind her (32 vs 22) in Iowa.

    Obama, like Romney, go for broke in Iowa and other early primary states by spending a lot of money on ads to get votes. Romnye appears to succeed in leading these early states, while Obama does not.

    November 5, 2007 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  4. Earl, Ohio

    Hillary won't win in Ohio, because we don't have enough illegal immigrants to vote for her with their illegal driver's licenses.

    Sorry Hillary. You're not Bill, nor will you ever be. Keeping dreaming, because you're not "our girl".

    November 5, 2007 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. greg opelika alabama

    hillary is going to be the next president i am so excited . obama that sounds like a terriost name good god. go girl go .

    November 5, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. David, Ohio

    That's funny, Earl, because I'm from Ohio too and last I saw she's got 45% here. She also leads polls versus the GOP here. Ohio is a blue state now, and Ohio loves Hillary. So please don't let anyone think differently. Go vote in the Republican primary, then watch Giuliani lose big time.

    November 5, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Eric, Carol Stream, IL

    If Hillary or Obama became President, we would roll into some of the darkest days the country has ever known. It would start with bankruptcy.
    Please see the light and vote for Ron Paul.

    November 5, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Wayne, Greenville TX

    If Hillary or Obama became President, we would roll into some of the darkest days the country has ever known. It would start with bankruptcy.
    Please see the light and vote for Ron Paul.

    Posted By Eric, Carol Stream, IL : November 5, 2007 10:33 am

    Funny – I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday, who's a Libertarian. He said that he thought if Ron Paul did not get the GOP nomination (and right now, he seems to have a snowball's chance in Hell of getting it), he'd run as a Libertarian. And he's drain enough votes away from the GOP nominee to hand the election to the Democrats.

    So you folks better start getting used to the phrase "President Hillary Clinton". It's beginning to look more and more inevitable. (Although I'd prefer Barak Obama...)

    November 5, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. sonya, atlanta, ga

    at this time four years ago, everyone was saying get use to President Dean. Polls are irrelevant at this point, especially the national ones.

    November 5, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. laurinda ny

    Just watch what happens in Iowa . I have nothing else to do this week, so Im going to also be keeping all eyes on Iowa. Go Barack !

    November 5, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    I'm hoping the good people of Iowa are taking a good look at the candidates – I was so disappointed in their past straw poll that favored Mitt – simple because he bought and paid for their vote with BBQ pork.

    We don't need a President that you "can sit down and have a beer with." We don't need someone who "looks presidential." We don't need anyone willing to hug Bush.

    The field is wide open. I hope we will elect someone who finally puts the good of the country before the good of their political party.

    Iowa – you need to put some thought into this if you want to be the first ... its a huge responsibility, not to be taken lightly.

    November 5, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. DBA New York, NY

    The newest polls show that in general election matchups- Mrs. Clinton wins, but is unable to get higher thatn 49% in any matchup.

    Edwards and Obama are both able to get over 50% in some matchups.

    Also, crucial independents are still favoring Obama over Clinton.

    Mrs. Clinton may need to bring Ross Perot out of retirement to get elected.

    November 5, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Still baffled by Hillary supporters....its like they are blinded to everything she is....very much like a cult leaders followers are to them...if she asks you guys to "wear black Nikes and wait for the comet" – don't do it....(wait...on second thought...maybe she does know something...)

    November 5, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Keith, Chicago, IL

    DBA: The ABC/Washington Post poll released over the weekend has Hillary at 57% vs. Romney; 56% vs. Thompson, 52% vs. McCain, and 50% vs. Giuliani.

    November 5, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. CNB, Washington

    WARNING THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS REDICULOUS AND BASELESS

    ("Hillary is ready to lead").

    Not to simply bash a particular candidate but this is something that I just cannot understand. Anyone, Hillary supporter or not, please show me ANYTHING that supports that statement. WHAT HAS SHE LEAD?!? What great accomplishment can you point to that supports that statement? Being a former first lady and being a politically active person does not make you a leader, I have seen nothing from Hillary that shows she has an ounce of leadership skills within her, yet her supporters run around like she lead us through the great depression or a world war. She isn't that great people. Remember, just because a candidate shares your similar viewpoints doesn't mean they have what it takes to lead congress to get anything done about those issues.

    November 5, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. CNB, Washington State

    WARNING THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS REDICULOUS AND BASELESS

    ("Hillary is ready to lead").

    Not to simply bash a particular candidate but this is something that I just cannot understand. Anyone, Hillary supporter or not, please show me ANYTHING that supports that statement. WHAT HAS SHE LEAD?!? What great accomplishment can you point to that supports that statement? Being a former first lady and being a politically active person does not make you a leader, I have seen nothing from Hillary that shows she has an ounce of leadership skills within her, yet her supporters run around like she lead us through the great depression or a world war. She isn't that great people. Remember, just because a candidate shares your similar viewpoints doesn't mean they have what it takes to lead congress to get anything done about those issues.

    November 5, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |

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