December 29th, 2007
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's now less than a week until the Iowa caucuses on January 3 and the presidential race has turned to issues of foreign policy and experience in the wake of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination.

In the latest Best Political Podcast, Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and Barack Obama, D-Illinois, spar over how their campaigns reacted to news of Bhutto's death. Wolf Blitzer speaks with Clinton and Jessica Yellin speaks with Obama.

Dana Bash is out on the trail with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as the GOP White House hopeful tries to seal the deal with voters in Iowa. But, Huckabee's response to the crisis in Pakistan has called the GOP front-runner's foreign policy credentials into question. Bash reports on a surprising admission by the Huckabee campaign.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is also using the situation in Pakistan to question Sen. John McCain's readiness to be president. Mary Snow reports from Iowa on the recent back-and-forth between the two GOP candidates.

Speaking of Iowa, voters in the Hawkeye State are being inundated with political ads. Suzanne Malveaux reports about how approximately one-third of television air time in Iowa has been dedicated to political ads as the caucuses approach.

Plus, because it's Friday, The Best Political Podcast has a fresh serving of Campaign Trail Mix.

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–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. randy

    Concernning the statement made by Obama's wife about his bid for the Presidency:
    I believe that it reveals an uncertainty on her part as to absolute support of her husband's quest. I also believe that it shows a possible lack of true determination and loyalty to fulfill the role required of a future First Lady.
    Statements or connotations such as this should be closely scrutinized by the American voters before casting their ballot on election day. A man is only as succesful as his strongest supporter, which in this case should be his wife. Any sign of or lack of toal confidence on her part will definately deter his performance in office or in the arena of any setting Political or not.

    December 29, 2007 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  2. Nick F.

    As imortant as this election is going to be I may not even end up voting not because I don't care,quite the contrary,because I do care.Life is the greatest gift God has given us and if their are any candidates who don't support abortion I'll vote for them.By the looks of the current polls I can sit back on election night and see what advocate of death and sin wins.

    December 29, 2007 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  3. Boston Strider

    Nick, please remember how things were. The negativity consumes you while you blame "sinners" for causing what is in you, targeting them, not in them, targeting you. Everything will remain backwards until you understand this.

    December 29, 2007 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  4. David

    Everyone should vote, Its YOUR country, No humanbeing will feel the same about everything, people are different. few people say they do not want another family back in the white house, thats a foolish reason to base a vote on for your country. The true fact is the ecomony was better under Bill Clinton and Al Gore, the world has changed Bush/chaney has made even more US enemies, that threatens our freedom and welfare. Our economy is failig, we are losing jobs and homes. The smartest we can do is send people like Bill Clinton to talk with world leaders and get support. They like him! That is something Hillary will do on day one. Also Hillary was a very involved politican during her 8 yrs as first lady and has continued after they left the white house, unlike barbra bush, or the current first lady.
    Hillary has been a continued advocate for childrens health, womans rights and strong supporter for the middle class. Obama may be a nice guy, unfortunately we just cannot afford to take a chance at giving him 4 yrs to learn the job. we are in trouble NOW, we cannot wait. We all are still very concerned that bush has another year, unless we can get him impeached! again, I have to vote for experience and thats cleary Clinton We cannot take a chance on someone like an Obama, since the oprah show they have caused people to immediatley divied into race and religion, in my opinion they pushed us backwards in time. theres no way he could bring our own country together.

    December 29, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. K. A. Noone

    Come on Nick F. (comment above), America needs everyone to get involved in the political process. The truth is we can't all agree on everything. I personally have chosen Obama because he most closely matches my concerns about foreign policy, health and energy.

    I find Clinton a big turn off and Edwards a nice enough guy but not a great statesman to make me proud. Only Obama fits that bill.

    I really hope you'll vote, Nick. We're all in this together and your voice counts more than you know! Le't's be proud of America, proud of democracy. Don't forget that people died for the vote. We just can't let them down.

    God bless.

    OBAMA 08!!

    December 29, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. La'Kitgum, Concord, NH

    OBAMA: "My wife and I were talking the other day. And she said 'We're not doing this again'. And those of you who met her know she doesn't mince words,” said Obama. “She meant that in eight years, I'm not sure we'll be the same people we are now."

    So there you have it – right from the horse's mouth. This statement implies:
    1. Obama may not really have the character, the calling, and the heart to lead a nation because he would not endure in the face of defeat.
    2. He may just be an opportunist at best — seizing the moment he finds favorable to him because as he unfolds his true or new character, he might not have the same fighting chance at the top post.
    3. He may be may be employing emotional blackmail on the American people .

    Out from the mouth comes what's in the heart. I can hardly wait for his triangulated explanations to rebutt the implications of his own statement.

    December 29, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. KEITH JAMES LOUTTIT

    CNN = POLITICS

    FOX = NEWS

    NBC = ENTERTAINMENT

    ABC = SPORTS

    CBS = JOURNALISM

    USA = FREEDOM

    December 29, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Mark M. (Story City, IA)

    I am very impressed with the ideas of Ron Paul, and I will support him in our caucuses next week. He favors limiting the growth of government, a return to balanced budgets, and securing the southern border. He also favors an early end to our war and occupation of Iraq, and a policy of non-intervention in foreign disputes that don't involve us. Stop funding the regime in Pakistan. I have had the opportunity to examine several candidates from both parties, and the senior staffs of several others, and the only one that comes across as "real" to me in terms of ideas for the future of our country is Ron Paul. Please take a serious look at Ron Paul, Iowa Republicans. I support him for President.

    December 29, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Jimmy Crackhorn

    I see the media is back at its old game ignoring and debasing a candidate that has raised more money than any of the others this last quarter, Ron Paul. He's not a loon, he's not qa crackpot, if you love this country you will take the time to listen to what this man says and not take the soundbites from flip mouthed reporters on Fox and CNN. The media is biased and unfair, Ron Paul has a solid following of smart and bright citizens, not the lunatic fringe they enjoy implying.

    Ron Paul set a record earlier this month for over $6,000,000 cash raised in a single day by small contributions from thousands of individuals across the country. Before you decide I ask you take an hour and watch some of the videos on YouTube.com under Ron Paul or Ron Paul 2008. There's a lot of material there that will make you think. He's right....about almost all of it.

    December 31, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. Gallant

    My fellow american please don't be to stupid to vote for OBAMA BINLADEN.

    A terrorist senator by the name of OBAMA BINLADEN will not be fit to became President of this great nation. WAKE UP !!!! WAKE UP !!!!! citizen of IOWA, this is a serious matter. Ones you vote for this terrorist guy, he will be much worst than BUSH.

    Let us all be united to make a HISTORY, and by voting Hillary CLINTON, WE WILL ABLE TO MAKE AMERICA A GREAT NATION AGAIN. DON'T WE ALL WANT THIS TO HAPPEN? AMERICA GREAT NATION.

    Bravo!!!!! vote for HILLARY CLINTON !!!!!!!

    Henry Gallant

    December 31, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. Gallant

    In this times of many trial and worries that our nation is encountering, we will not gamble nations pride and dignity, we will not vote for this "OBAMA BINLADEN"

    Hillary Clinton will be the best candidate to beat the Republican. No one else, OBAMA will be dangerous.

    Just try to look back on her husband records, Clintons are wise and talented individual.

    Gallant

    December 31, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. Jimmy Crackhorn

    Mitt Romney is a bona fide liar and he talks out of both sides of his mouth. How can anyone trust a man that will say anything to get elected (uneducated in his own oath!) and then profess to believe in the truth and light of his faith? How can you be interested in a NeoCon man from Arkansas, Huckabee, a religious zealot who will only do more of what Bush has done to this country? Fred Thompson? A booming voice but not exactly a man of great reason or intellectual skills. McCain? He is Bush reincarnate and he has flip flopped so many times he is nothing more than a parrot of the Republican Party Although I respect his record and sacrifices as a veteran I cannot vote for him to bring real change.

    There is only one candidate talking about the virtues of the founding fathers, the trueisms of our constitution, and the aggregious breaches that have been purpetrated on it and the American taxpaying citizen by those in power. We need a real man of the people that understands the federal reserve system, understands legislative oversight, understands the military, and understands what it means to be an American. Go to YouTube and listen to Ron Paul, then listen to Newt Gengritch, then listen to Ronald Reagan, then Dwight Eisenhower....take the time and you will see the light, our country depends on it. Thank you for reading my two wordy posts.

    December 31, 2007 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |