January 8th, 2008
06:05 AM ET
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The Best Political Podcast


(CNN) - The 2008 presidential field faces its second test before New Hampshire's primary voters on Tuesday. In the latest Best Political Podcast, learn all you need to know about the presidential race in the Granite State.

CNN has new New Hampshire poll numbers. Suzanne Malveaux reports on the leading Democrats and Mary Snow takes a look at the GOP race on the eve of Tuesday's primaries.

Senior Political Analyst Bill Schenider reports on the desire for less divisive politics in New Hampshire and Dan Lothian reports on the Granite State's notoriously independent voters.

Plus, learn about a rare show of emotion by Sen. Hillary Clinton while out on the campaign trail in New Hampshire and find out which GOP presidential candidate held a press conference Monday to declare that he was not dropping out of the race.

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–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

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  1. Vote SMART America

    FYI – Despite catch-phrases motivated by BIGOTRY which try to indicate otherwise (and only sway the IGNORANT) Sen Obama is an incredible INTELLECT… in fact he is a MAGMA cum laude graduate of Harvard Law. I’m not suggesting that formal education is the sole form of education or a lone determining factor, but I am underscoring that surely such a superbly
    prudent individual understands the difference between ARTICULATING change and EFFECTING it. Considering her scholar self-label and the fact that her supporters unwaveringly emphasize her purported brilliance, I thought it interesting that Hilary FAILED to earn a cum laude degree.

    Follow Iowa’s lead… they don’t have the highest literacy rate for nothing.

    Don’t be blinded by BIGOTRY… vote SMART America !!!

    D, FL

    January 8, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  2. Vote SMART America

    FYI – Despite catch-phrases motivated by BIGOTRY which try to indicate otherwise (and only sway the IGNORANT) Sen Obama is an incredible INTELLECT… in fact he is a MAGMA cum laude graduate of Harvard Law. I’m not suggesting that formal education is the sole form of education or a lone determining factor, but I am underscoring that surely such a superbly prudent individual understands the difference between ARTICULATING change and EFFECTING it. Considering her scholar self-label and the fact that her supporters unwaveringly emphasize her purported brilliance, I thought it interesting that Hilary FAILED to earn a cum laude degree.

    Follow Iowa’s lead… they don’t have the highest literacy rate for nothing.

    Don’t be blinded by BIGOTRY… vote SMART America !!!

    D, FL

    January 8, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  3. Edward

    I think this is blatant advertisement meant for the margins of this website, not a headline. How rude!

    January 8, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  4. McCain = WAR

    McCain is a WAR MONGER.

    McCain will never get the votes of young people, a third generation WAR man who thinks my generation should spend a life time in WAR is wrong.

    McCain 71 cannot beat Obama, neither could grandma Hillary.

    We need a better choice and someone who is a world class statemen.

    January 8, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  5. Vernon

    Maybe now after all these years the Clinton News Network CNN can finally ask Hillary a real question!


    "Of all the women that have accused your husband of everything from rape, indecent exposure, groping, and sexual assault do you believe everyone of them are lying?"

    Yes? Well you must support abuse against women!

    No? Well why are you not asking the the sexual predator not be put in jail?

    January 8, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  6. Gane, Canada

    I am so sorry Americans!
    Every nation deserves its leader!
    Lucks to me that Hillary is to advance for you.
    You are behind England, Germany, India, Pakistan... even Afghanistan one day.

    Obama-Osama will bring you the "Change" similar to South Africa, I suppose.

    Lets you suffer 4 more years; at least!

    January 8, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  7. Tyrone

    Mitt Romney has a balanced approach and I am warning up to Mitt.

    His experience in bringing the world together in the Olympics means he has
    the balanced approach of consultation and acting in a prudent manner.

    McCain a 3 generation soldier seems to want to make my generation soldiers.

    January 8, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  8. AuntieEm

    I clicked on Duncan Hunter and got here.

    The press seems bent on choosing for us. Their non coverage of some candidates leads us to believe there are only three candidates running on either side. The lower tier can never advance if they are not allowed to speak. I respect Duncan Hunter for speaking out yesterday about ABC and Fox news arbitrarily taking him out of the debates. Fox didn't bother to cover the news conference. CNN covered it but removed his name from the headline. This seems to be somewhat suspect to me. Give Hunter a look. http://www.gohunter08.com Maybe there is something the media doesn't want us to know.

    January 8, 2008 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  9. Gbryant

    Would it be interesting to just watch the candidates and their campaign messages without the media putting ideas into everyones head and see what happens. People are easily lead and I don't know why CNN is doing this.

    January 8, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  10. Gavin Indiana HRC

    Barry Hussein Obama is just a 'tag-line' candidate. I'm sure he's a nice guy, but his speeches are nothing but "I Hope," "I Change," etc.... These are generalities are baseless. There's no depth from this young, inexperienced man.

    I'm sure he's a nice guy, but his flip-flopping, and negligent "present" votes as well as other shuffling demonstrate his inablility to lead this country out of Bush's disaster. Barry will be ready one day, but for now, this 'flavor of the week' is not making me comfertable about him being President.

    I expect Senator Rodham CLINTON WILL BE READY TO LEAD AND DELIVER MORE CHANGE on DAY 1 – NO on-the-job training required. Sorry Barry, but after GWB, we need a force. See you in 8 years and you'll be electable then.

    January 8, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  11. G


    January 8, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  12. Calvin Preddie

    I am surprised that the media has not yet focussed on what exactly is the change being promised by Mr. Obama, especially, and all the other candidates. Is the promised change something akin to salvation, or is it something, or things, that can be accomplished under the U.S. Constitution?

    Would a "new majority" made up of democrats, republicans and "independents" have a place in the Congress? Would the new majority have to morph into a new political party, or would this new group simply have enough members in Congress to outvote the existing members from the conventional parties?

    Do the existing "conventional parties" still have national committees that set the agenda for the respective parties, or do we now have candidates running for one of the conventional parties who can set their own agenda and forge different "majorities" which would presumably follow the "change" mantra of the new leaders without having the what, when and how of the change first explained to them?

    It could be that Americans are reacting to their mood of frustration after seven years of the current administration, without exercising their minds to determine if they have identified the changes needed and have considered how and when these desired chagnes could be effected.

    All progress comes through change, but all change is not progress.

    January 8, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  13. Jeanne Weidner

    I have to say I am so disgusted with this mornings CNN news. All they are covering is the Primaries. The one story they tell is about the French President's love life. What about Iranian ships confronting and threatening to blow us up in international waters? Why is there only one report on this buried. This is really jacked up!!!!!

    January 8, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  14. Leslie Cade

    i would like you to no you are doing a very good job. yes it is time for change and
    obama osama can not give that to us. its not because he cant do it. its because he will
    not when this race. yes this can be very fustrating at times. about iowa yes they were quick to out vote you thier ask yourself why. its because if obama osama wins this race. who in iowa will even vote for obama osama. leaving us without the change
    that we ask for. thier for giving us another republician president. which is why you
    and we must push harder to exclude this type of decetion.

    thank you very much and keep up the good work

    January 8, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. reaper

    Obama gives no specifics in his speeches- just a bunch of flowery language. I can't believe people are so stupid to fall for that stuff. Wait 1 minute- this is the United States- the most intellectually lazy country on the planet with a history of getting conned by politicians.

    OHhh- I'm voting for the black guy that can speak good.


    Tell me how you feel when your taxes get raised to pay for his $9 billion "urban aid" package to shut up Jesse Jackson. Or his philosophy on his website that teachers are being racist against non white kids in schools and that's why minorites fail and drop out so much or that the criminal justice system has wrongly jailed so many black men. The Obama presidency will be about how no one is personally responsible for their own actions. I and many others will vote Republican first.

    January 8, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. jason syracuse

    How dare you not give any exposure to Ron Paul CNN. He is the only candidate who speaks the truth of who the federal reserve truly is and by controlling our governments purse strings is the only way to controll gov. The only news i got from your broadcast last night was a guy w/ a sign telling me to go to Leno to see ron paul . Cnn will no longer be watched in this house for you are no different than fox news on supressing the truth . SHAME ON YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 8, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. media refuses to do their job and report FACTS

    Even though the media refuses to do their job and report FACTS so educated voters make their decision instead of being biased and suppoting ONE candidate. WE THE VOTERS WILL NOT STOP EDUCATING WHERE MEDIA FAILS MISERIBLY by Giving Obama a free ride and doing a disservice to the country. It really is about Obama's message. He can't point to a record of accomplishment so he talks about bringing people together and giving people hope. The media has forgotten their job! They are responsible to inform voters of the differences between candidates, not to endorse or support just ONE! As they have with obamaboy!
    **CNN last night Lou Dobbs said they polled the young voters supporting obama (which is how he is winning the recent caucuses) NOT ONE COULD SAY WHERE HE STOOD ON ANY ISSUE?? With the country at odds with so many foreign countries, it is horrifying to think of Barrack “Hussein" Obama (Muslim) running our country. You think we are in trouble with bush/Chaney!
    ROCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) – A group of about a dozen anti-abortion protestors interrupted one of Barack Obama's New Hampshire rallies Monday night.The group shouted in unison, "Abortion is abomination," forcing Obama to pause in the middle of his speech. When the noise erupted, Obama first paused and looked up into the balcony where they were standing. They were escorted out by police.Before leaving the room, one protestor yelled, "True change is ending abortion!" Change has been a major theme of Obama's campaign.

    January 8, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. gene

    The first two states, New Hampshire and Iowa allow independents to vote in the primaries. Now, I do not want to deprive anyone of their right to vote, but I do think that the polictical parties should have the right to select their own person and then give the independents in the general election their right to vote as they please. If the independents do not like this they should form their own party, make their own rules and present their own selections.

    January 8, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. tex

    Obama can't win the electoral college- this will be revealed during the general election- the majority of Americans that vote are moderate and middle class. Look on Obama's website- his views won't fly- too many black men are being wrongly accused and put into prison, non white children are being trapped in failing schools so they drop out, in favor of amnesty for illegals that have broken into the United States. Obama has no sense of a philosophy of personal responsibility. The Democrats were stupid not to pick a moderate like Clinton. Now they will lose in the general election. Thanks.

    January 8, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Yolanda, SC

    I hope all these republicans who are pushing for Barack Hussein Obama's win today will also vote for him in the general election.
    Interesting to note that the democrats want Hillary Rodham Clinton, after all this is a democratic rimary right?
    you know Bill maher is right democrats sure knows how to loose the general election.

    January 8, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Shirley

    I posted a comment sometime after 9AM central about ,among other things, Barack's inability to remove his Grandmother from harm's way in Kenya in which I asked the question, basically if he can't help Grandma what can he do for us?
    I had hoped someone would enlighten me. Unfortunately I cannot find my comment. I know it posted with the additional remark " Your comment awaits moderation or something to that effect. Can someone tell me where it might be??? I would like an answer to my question.

    January 8, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. kelci

    Can someone help me with this question? Hillary says she has all this experience but the only thing that I know she was is a senator. Is she counting the year that her husband was in a office?

    January 8, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. gene

    Obama can not win the general election. He will lose all of the south and the border states and New Jersey, New York, Michigan and Pa. Rudy and or John McCain will rip him apart. Iowa and New Hamshire allow independent top vote in the primaries, which is not representative of either of the polictical parties. When the vote shifts to those states to where the two established parties vote in their own interest, the results are going to be a lot different then Iowa or New Hampshire. Believe me most of the Hillary bashing is being done by the repugs and also not the traditional democrats. If you want to see who the the news media wish to win, just tune in to MSNBC, CNN or FOX. All are anti Hillary and they are doing their best to destroy her, but to the traditional democrats when we move on the super tuesday, Hillary will win the day.

    January 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Sheila

    As a committed liberal democrat, I think Sen. Obama has done great dis-service to the party by running for President. Amidst all the grand eloquence, one fact that appears to have been successfully buried is that he is a freshman senator with good public speaking skills. What experience does he have in foreign policy, or domestic governance? What are his credentials as an chief executive – because that will be one of his many roles in Government? His supporters seem to be more like groupies making decisions out of passion than out of logic. Bill Richardson has the experience at state and federal levels of government and Sen Clinton has experience in government at it's highest levels and foreign affairs. By selecting Obama, democrats will expose such vulnerabilities to the other side when it's time to vote for the president. Message to Obama supporters: By selecting Obama, you are just setting this country fup or another 4 years of Republican (mis)rule – with expanded war, destroyed economy, and with our education system so compromised that our students will face the world with science and geography education straight out of the 16th century. In effect, vote for Obama and make Huckabee the President.

    January 8, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. bennie

    in my short life time i have voted for 8 president candidates, some won some lost some had the presidency stolen. i find the common denominator to be they are all promising change and better health care, some time they even throw in a job. the one glaring fact is none deliver. another fact that stands out is the least qualified to govern and grow an economy try to insure their place in history by getting us into a war. the results has been that some rich peoples kids get rich, poor peoples kids get killed. there are wars we should have fought as in world wars 1/2, some are laughable like Regan's deadly fight with that mean old Grenada or the show of force in panama, others have been a disaster for Americas and the young men who fight them and untold riches for the few ie;rmk/brj in Vietnam and Ch excuse me haliburton presently. there is one moire war the one we should be fighting for the right reason, Afghanistan. if we are not careful we are going to once again prove to the world that we are male chauvinist who would rather elect a dreamer who has never done any thing or a war veteran whose one claim to fame is setting out a war in a pow camp, which in some minds make more of a hero than those in the jungle or sands. right or wrong i prefer voting for the most qualified

    January 8, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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