November 12th, 2007
09:03 AM ET
7 years ago

CNN's headed to Las Vegas

CNN's Bill Schneider gives a preview of the upcoming presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.

ONBOARD THE CNN ELECTION EXPRESS (CNN) - We’re in Southwestern Utah, on the road to Las Vegas.

Utah is considered the most Republican state in the country. President Bush grabbed 72 percent of the vote here in 2004. The governor and both senators and two of the state’s three house members are Republicans. The last time the Democrats won this state in a presidential election was 1964.

We started this morning in Grand Junction, Colorado. After a couple of live reports by CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider for our domestic and international networks, we packed up and headed west.

We crossed over the border into Utah and soon set up shop in the middle of the rugged desert. The gang in the control room asked for our location. I couldn’t give a town as a locator, because there was no town for miles around. Grand County was the best I could do.

We moved on and drove some through some beautiful yet desolate landscapes, as we made our way west through the Beehive state.

We’re on the road to Las Vegas, where CNN and the Nevada Democratic Party will put on Thursday night’s presidential debate. The national party made Nevada more of player in the presidential primary calendar, moving the state’s caucuses up to mid January. Nevada’s growing Latino population and its large union workforce are two reasons why the Democrats made the move.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: CNN Election Express
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Laura - Tulsa, OK

    Interesting that Harry Reid, Nevada's Sen. is a Mormon. Why no discussion of his ability to be a political leader ?

    November 12, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Mac, Severn, Md

    Laura of Tulsa:

    Good point. Why isn't Harry Reid grilled on his religion? Hasn't he turned everyone in Nevada into Mormons yet? And just exactly what religion does Mrs. Clinton practice? And shouldn't we be very worried about Mr. Obama's early religious training?

    People CHOOSE to make religion an issue in some cases, while ignoring it in others. It is meaningless.

    November 12, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |

    When you guys get about 15 miles past the Green River, stop at the rest area just after cty rt 24, and try not to go ga-ga over the view of the San Rafael Lift. Get your cameras out and have fun with the scenery!

    November 12, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. jacki,nyc,NY

    You people are you sure you are writing your comments at the right place?.....just asking..

    November 12, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Matt, Chicago

    The way Bill is dressed, there should be a 'Wright-Brothers-era' plane behind him instead of that bus.

    November 12, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysian national carmaker Proton plans to team up with companies in Iran and Turkey to produce "Islamic cars" for the global market, a news report said Sunday.

    Proposed by Iran, the collaboration would include installing features in automobiles such as a compass to determine the direction of Mecca for prayers, and compartments for storing the Quran and headscarves, Proton's Managing Director Syed Zainal Abidin told national news agency Bernama.

    Hey, maybe you guys could get Proton to manufacture a bus for you that has a compass to help you find NEWS?

    November 12, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |


    November 12, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Justin, Indy IN

    I dont think any DEMS are making a big deal about the Mormon faith, sounds like its all the other Republicans running & you guys. also Laura you saying that people choose to make religion an issue in some cases & ignore it in others, well your making Obama's religion an issue, arent you???

    November 12, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Dave, Austin

    Hope they brought their bikes...shame to miss out on some decent riding that close to Fruita and Moab.

    November 12, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Ron Campbell Cambridge Ontario, Canada.

    I notice that CNN talks out of both sides of their mouth. A couple of years ago your cherrished Lou Dobbs made a big deal out of the fact that John Kerry's tour bus was made in Canada, (not that there is anything wrong with Canadian Buses, actually they have a much better reputation for quality than there US competitors) But the point I want to make is that the CNN political Express is a Prevost made in Quebec Canada! I congratulate CNN for picking the best bus money can buy, but If Lou thought it was wrong for Kerry to purchase or lease a Canadian product then why did the ever politically correct CNN?

    November 12, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Harmon Lincoln NE

    so CNN is in Las Vegas to host a debate. It's hard to have a debate without all of the candidates participating. As if it isn't bad enough that they stuff Hillary down our throats in these debates, now they are not even letting Gravel attend the debate. What has happened to our air waves?

    November 12, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    I hope CNN asked the questions to every candidate fairly, not like Tim Russert, he manipulated to provoke a quarrel unfairly, pointed Obama and Edwards to attack Hillary. It was the worst debate in the history. CNN is the most trusted news media, I am sure they will do their best.

    November 13, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  13. Jeff Atlanta, GA

    I wonder if the press that is wanting a closer election for ratings is EVEN going to talk about all of Obama's inconsistencies tonight. First and foremost why he feels he should attack Hillary for the Kyl/Lieberman vote, when he didn't even vote at all on it!!!! The Press has given everyone but Hillary a completely free pass, I'm sure it will continue tonight as well.

    November 14, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |

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