January 1st, 2008
01:00 PM ET
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CNN's Ballot Bowl: Unfiltered views of the candidates

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(CNN) - With just days for Thursday's Iowa caucuses, CNN takes an unfiltered look at each of the presidential candidates in the first New Year's Day Ballot Bowl.

Starting this week, the candidates are entering a five-week spring that will likely decide the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees.

After the Iowa caucuses, New Hampshire will hold the the nation's first primary just five days later on January 8. Michigan will hold it's primaries on January 15.

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  1. Donald, Butte, MT

    Enough of the same sound bites and petty whinning from all the "candidates (sic).

    When are they going to pinned down to the real problems confronting this country??

    Bush's assault on the Constitution, 'signing statements', burgeoning deficit spending and earmarks, increasing public debt owned by hostile foreign governments, foreign investment in critical financial sectors, declining viability of our military forces, Supreme Court and Federal judgeship nominees, America's enforcement of the Geneva and Hague Conventions regarding the Law of Land Warfare ( the illegal imposition of rewards on the heads of personnel in Iraqi and AFghansitan), assault on our borders, Immigration!!!, fuel independence ( screw vote buying ethanol constituents in Iowa), assault on our civil liberties, capture of Osama Bin Laden, preemptive attack on perceived threats, our self-imposed idea of democracy on the world, the government's illegal invasion into our lives - internet, phone call, mail,e tc!!!!,

    Need I go on?

    January 1, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. connie floyd, crockett,texas

    yes, I've been looking for a place to complain about the coverage from CNN. Cnn is the only news I listen to, so when you are biased it really irritates me.
    I watched all day and I maybe heard 10 minutes of Hillary. Everytime I turned around you had Obama on.
    His speech is the one I have heard about 100 times so far. There is nothing but rhetoric with his speeches. There is no plan. All he talks about is how he hoping to get people to work together.

    January 1, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Vic Novosad, Sugar Land, TX

    First, I do not intend to vote for Barak Obama to be the Democratic Party candidate. Nevertheless, there are many folks who are backing him, and if the race is a close as the polls say there are - there's a big chance that Obama might win. If that happens, democrats who are looking to retake the White House had better be aware.

    There are already emails making the rounds that are sounding just like the ominous lies about Obama, along with far-fetched stories that the swift-boaters effectively put out concerning John Kerry. There were lies and everyone knew it. But guess what? The 'boaters's actions put George Bush back in office. And this is exactly what the opposing party will do to Obama. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is seasoned against such dirty tricks and gutter tactics of the opposing Republicans. Plus, she has presidential qualifications.

    What I'm saying, fellow-democrats - if Barak Obama wins the primaries and becomes the Democratic Party candidate - just get ready for the outlandish claims and smears they will float out to keep him in Illinois and the Republicans in office.

    January 1, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    People, pollsters, pundits give undue importance to the IOWA caucus. Isn’t it time to break the back of this myth of IOWA’s importance? They haven’t picked a winner since 1976.

    Bill Clinton and John Kerry won the democratic nominations without winning in IOWA. Enough with the rural pandering.

    What has happened to all the Analysts at CNN. Can somebody reporter/commentator/Analyst tell the public that the 2008 primary season / cycle is DIFFERENT from yesteryears! We are talking January 3rd caucusing next to the New Year. Then New Hampshire then South Carolina THEN:

    SUPER DUPER TUESDAY. Its going to be different this time. The early states voters may as well stay warm at home. Super Tuesday will decide the nominee. That needs money and organization which the fringe candidates including Edward (the contender in Iowa & New Hampshire) do not have!

    I still am betting on the come-back-kid McCain for the Republican nominee, now that DIRTY TRICKS Dubya Bush Jr. and Karl Rove are no more!!!!

    Go Hillary44 08! http://hillaryis44.org/

    January 1, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. mike, dallas, TX

    Yep, very "unfiltered"

    Hillary gets several minutes of LIVE uninterrupted coverage; more than one event.
    To give a "balance" CNN shows an Obama/Oprah event from almost a month ago. I did not know that was Obama's last campaign stump and he currently is on vacation and not campaigning (That is what you will think if CNN is your source for "unfiltered" coverage)

    January 1, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. mike, dallas, TX

    What happened to the quality Ted Turner era of news coverage by the likes of Bernie Shaw, Frank Sesno etc? What the heck happened to CNN?

    January 1, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. Ajay Jain

    Congratulations CNN TV!!!

    By running the "I-Report hour long segment" 10 times in a weekend and New Year Eve, and New Year day. You have shown me the light of the day. Cable has repetition but you have crossed the LIMIT!

    I have discovered my options in FOX NEWS, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC, ABC News, and CBS News.

    Bye bye CNN I have been watching you and reading CNN.com for the past decade since you were the TURNER machine.

    People, pollsters, pundits give undue importance to the IOWA caucus anyway. Isn’t it time to break the back of this myth of IOWA’s importance? They haven’t picked a winner since 1976. I will wait for Super Tuesday on FOX NEWS though I know they are not FAIR & BALANCED! The most powerful name in NEWS?

    Go Hillary44 08! http://hillaryis44.org/

    January 1, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  8. Mrs. America

    I watched all seven hours, even though it meant starting at 7 a.m. in my time zone. Thank you for the coverage. Excellent, excellent.

    January 2, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  9. connie floyd, crockett,texas

    i agree with sugarland, texas, iowa and new hampshire independent young voters, don't be naive. the republicans are going to eat him alive. you had better not waste your vote, we need the presidency this time.
    you all are stupid if you think that they love him. they dont. You are being patsied.
    HILLARY 08'

    January 2, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  10. connie floyd, crockett,texas

    Devon, what are you a republican, you can't know what they did in Arkansas because you apparently cant read

    January 2, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  11. Maeve

    Heads Up, Folks!

    The media, including CNN, deperately WANT Obama and Huckabee wins to be the top stories at the close of the Iowa caucases.

    The media are guilty of trying...again...to urge people to vote the way that will make their dream stories come true, by slanting their coverage: choosing photos and placing photos in complimentary or less complimentary way son front pages and politcal pages, allowing longer film footage of certain candidates and cutting off footage of others, disregarding some poll numbers while emphasizing those that have it going the way that make their hopes seem more plausible, etc. etc. They are not "covering the news"; they are MAKING the news!

    If you are relying on the media to get an accurate assessment of the candidates or what is happening in the primary process, you're getting dragged around by the nose.

    January 2, 2008 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  12. Marsha Schlesinger

    I need the ballot bowl to cover all the candidates equally. Just because a candidate is lower in the polls doesn't mean that they won't get higher. Look at Huckabee! I'd like them to cover on the Republican side today: Thompson, Hunter, and Paul as well. On the Democratic side: Bill Richardson, etc.
    I just want them to be equal but I do appreciate their coverage.

    January 5, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Alejandro Sanchez

    When did contrasting public records during an election become negative, nasty, mean, etc? McCain, Huckabee, Obama and the Main Stream Media(including CNN) are attempting to defraud the American public by running away from their records and deviously stating "they are above such and won't play that game" Of course they refuse to debate or answer for their positions on important issues (immigration, taxes, etc.), because they believe in "government against the people". They are saying "I'm going to ignore the people's stated desires because I know what's best for you". This is frightening and if you check their records, it is exactly what McCain, Huckabee, Obama and the MSM are all guilty of.

    January 5, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. P. F.

    Dear american people this is the thoughts of a Mexican person who lives more in this world and observes the lower income life styles of america. What I am about to say is not intented to be racist or offensive to other people.Though, my thoughts are that if Obama is the canidate for the black community, there will be a huge controversy in the U.S. As everybody knows that having experienced reverse racism with members of the black community, nothing good can come of his election to president. Let me explain why. As the years have passed since the horrible times of slavery, the black community has experienced many tough times. The more that time passes the more the build up of hatred and anger is growing toward what had happened to that community. I have noticed that the people have increased their negative attitude toward everybody who is not of that community. The continual growth of arrogance is incresing. I have seen that the people of this community have a huge chip on their shoulders when they act as if they are better than everybody else and that everybody else owes them something. Let me just say that if obama is elected then the arrogance will increase and we as other communities will have that shoved in our faces.

    January 6, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. P. F.

    I believe like a women that america is not prepared for a women president. If a women is elected, then the traditional american family structure would be lost. Also, femanist will use this in a negative way.

    January 6, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. l jones

    I WOULD REALLY LIKE SOMEONE WHO IS HOLDING A TV QUESTION AND ANSWER PROGRAM A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION THAT NO ONE WANTS TO ANSWER. ALL OF THEM SAYS THAT THE BORDER HAS TO GET UNDER CONTROL. A FENCE, MORE PERSONNEL. THEY DONT SAY HOW.

    MY QUESTION IS WHAT WILL THEY DO WITH THE 2600 MILES OF A 4 LANE HIWAY ALONG CANADA AND MEXICAN BORDER. , THE BILL IS
    i-69 . IT ALSO INCLUDES A DIRECT RAILROAD FROM MEXICO TO KANSAS CITY, MO TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE TRUTH ON HOW TO PROTECT OUR ILLEGALS ENTERING THE MEXICAN BORDER WITH THIS BILL THAT GIVES THEM ANOTHER WAY TO COME HERE ILLEGALLY.

    January 12, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Betty Haak

    CNN seems to be biased in favor of Clinton over Obama in their coverage. We have noticed that stories show Hilary and Bill and one Obama. Also certain, reporters remarks are over the top for Hilary.

    There is no outrage that Clinton related Obama's win SC to Jessie Jackson. I am an independent, who would never vote for Jessie Jackson, but will vote for Obama. I am outraged that Clinton is trying to marginalize a candidate who is not a divider.

    Is there something your viewers should know about the heads of news rooms? Will you publish the party and the contributions in past congressional and presidential races of your reporters.

    If this is not addressed all news outlets will lose all creditility

    January 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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