January 9th, 2008
03:42 PM ET
1 year ago

Blitzer: 'It's a brand-new ball game'

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Wolf Blitzer during Tuesday night's New Hampshire coverage of the primary. Photo: Jake Herrle/CNN.

(CNN) - For the Democrats, the next two states on the presidential nomination circuit are Nevada and South Carolina - both very different than either Iowa or New Hampshire. There is a significant African-American and Hispanic community in Nevada. About half of the likely Democratic voters in South Carolina are black, compared to a tiny percentage in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Watch for the candidates to adjust their strategies somewhat.

For both the Democrats and the Republicans, there will be less retail politics in the coming days and weeks. The people of Iowa and New Hampshire had the luxury of getting to the see the candidates up close and personal – all the time. That will change now. There are going to be so many contests compressed around a short period of time around the country, building up to Super Tuesday on February 5.

I suspect that means you will be seeing even more of the candidates on national television shows, including mine. That is what the political strategists call "free media." They don't have to pay thousands of dollars for 30 second commercial spots. John McCain and Mike Huckabee so far during this campaign have been especially adept in taking advantage of "free media," which is critical for both since they are relatively strapped for cash.

What I am especially pumped about right now is that after New Hampshire, it's a brand-new ball game on both the Republican and Democratic side. The battle is intense, and it will remain that way for at least the next four weeks.

Once the political dust settles and we know the two nominees, I will be anxious to see if a serious third party candidate emerges. That would further energize and complicate this race.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer


Filed under: Nevada • South Carolina • Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Milka

    Wolf, can we now gather around roundtable and discuss how we can help Barack to win the next state coming?

    January 9, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Brian

    I wonder if now we will have questions asking what can Obama do to bounce back to Number one. This country is so unequal and that is what Barack is advocating as foundamental change!

    January 9, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. sal lincoln nebraska

    I think its time to see how many people would agree, that CNN and the rest of the network news organizations are working for the corporate ellite and keeping information from the american people...Sounds alot like the Stasi if you ask me, i would be very careful about letting this go any further...Letting CNN and the rest ignore what happend in NH and letting this disinfranchisement of US THE AMERICAN PEOPLE go on it is a totally inexcusable action....Its time to see how many peopel would agree, see if a class action lawsuit is a viable option, see if we can prove this is a propaganda news station and force the FCC to take action and remove CNN and the likes from the airwaves for taking away our right to choose a canidate and put their own personal corporate interests at the forefront

    January 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. jimmy

    I usually try to like this guy(wolf Blitzer) but because of how he has been with this elections, I just think he is a liar just like Hillary. I don't have time for these kind of people!

    January 9, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. joan

    I am sure if it is Hillary, Micheal Bloomberg will lauch his party for the bid. I can not wait if this happens. If not then I have so much room in my heart for Obama as my next president!!

    January 9, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Karen

    Thanks Wolf for clarifying that for us. We would have never known this wasn't over without you. This is it? This is the big issue you came up with? Anything else you want to spoon feed the people?

    January 9, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. joan

    Hillary Clinton Makes History
    All other candidates makes History too:

    Mike huckabee being a minister and very low class in the race

    Barack Obama African American

    John Edward coming from poor family and self made millionaire

    Bill Richardson Hispanic

    I just don't think this favour with hillary should so much stretched. We are not even nearly through with this!

    January 9, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Dave-o, Honolulu HI

    I don't get how the talking heads on the corporate media outlets can sit here and make predictions this early in the process. This is part of the problem, that all of the candidates feel like if they don't play in the corporate media's arena, they cannot ever hope to win. This is what is wrong with American politics. Whenever this amount of money is going to be spent, the potential for corruption and abuse is increased.

    January 9, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Tom Masters

    This is not a brand new ball game, it's the same mess we started out with!

    January 9, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. OBAMA SUX

    Why are you playing the race card again?! If you want to throw in the black percentage throw in the Hispanic percentage too, Hispanics won't be voting for Barack no matter how hard he tries to pander to them in Cali.

    January 9, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. NewPatriot-Arizona

    bush,clinton,bush,clinton AGAIN! I don't think so !

    January 9, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Jimenez

    The only liar we see is Obama. Lying to our youth. Misleading the gullible. Clinton won NH because the people in NH know what we need as a country. I take a bow to you. Thank you for stalling the Obama circus. He has made a joke of the democratic party.

    January 9, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. John New York, NY

    Hey Wolf...most of us reading this, no matter what party or candidate we support...could care less about how "pumped up" the news media is.

    January 9, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Rob, Washington, DC

    Sal stop being a paranoid conspiracy theorist. People need to give it up already. Every time I read the ticker somebody picks out one particular story about one candidate and declares that CNN is biased or ruled by corporate interests. As far as I can tell the network runs stories on everybody. Next thing you're going to do is tell us about shadow governments and 9/11 conspiracies right?

    January 9, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Bob

    Next Billary will dance the mexican hat dance to impress Latinos...

    January 9, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Terri in NYC

    Dear Wolf...

    How about you guys go back to reporting things AFTER they happen.

    That would be NEWS. You remember that? The stuff you're supposed to tell us about without your own opinion attached to it?

    Forecasting is for the WEATHER.

    Lou Dobbs is the only one calling all you guys on your massive massive abdication of journalistic standards.

    Stop looking for ways to be RIGHT, and stop acting like your opinion matters.

    It doesn't. OURS DOES.

    Terri in NYC

    January 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Jake, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Romney leads the Republicans. Go Romney

    January 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. John Czarnik

    It’s clear to me that New Hampshire women will not follow Opraha’s every command as it is apparent Iowa women will. Maybe it’s the difference of being in the middle of the country versus being a bit more cosmopolitan on the East coast, where people in general march to their own drum beat rather than follow a piped piper. Perhaps the polling discrepancy is because, maybe the phone calls were made when the Opraha show was airing in those cities, but when these folks turn off the television they think for themselves. Congratulations people of New Hampshire you do think for yourselves and not what the television pundits or Opraha Winfrey tells you what to think! You have restored my confidence in this political process…for now.

    January 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. adams

    Obama continues to be a threat to national maturtity.

    Amature political rookie Obama continues his up hill battle for the nomination, as the most unexperienced canadate in U.S. history.

    We all know it will take a heavy weight like Hillary or Edwards to win back our dear
    America.

    Vote to win the white house Vote Hillary or Edwards.

    January 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Score one for the Clintons, great work!!! The gender card worked in NH however we should be careful not to play that song too much because the rest of American saw a few things:

    1. Saw and heard the entire statement
    2. How the Clintons threw Chelsea into that little girl outfit to make her look like a teeny bobber to woo the younger voters wearing tight jeans and pulling her hair back into a little 12 years old ponytail
    3. How she will use the term 'I listened to you' after all these years... 35 years of experience and NOW she decides to listen.. in NH... after the tears....? OKAY... right...

    Hillary is a calculating woman and any woman falling for this should be careful not to help Hillary destroy the meaning of Womanhood. Womanhood is not defined by Hillary's actions and YES we should have a woman President... but just not this woman called Hillary Clinton.

    January 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Karen, NYC

    Score one for the Clintons, great work!!! The gender card worked in NH however we should be careful not to play that song too much because the rest of American saw a few things:

    1. Saw and heard the entire statement including the campaign kickbacks
    2. How the Clintons threw Chelsea into that little girl outfit to make her look like a teeny bobber to woo the younger voters wearing tight jeans and pulling her hair back into a little 12 years old ponytail
    3. How she will use the term 'I listened to you' after all these years... 35 years of experience and NOW she decides to listen.. in NH... after the tears....? OKAY... right...

    Hillary is a calculating woman and any woman falling for this should be careful not to help Hillary destroy the meaning of Womanhood. Womanhood is not defined by Hillary's actions and YES we should have a woman President... but just not this woman called Hillary Clinton.

    January 9, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. adams

    The respectable Obama is a good man but this is'nt American Idol.

    Amature political rookie Obama continues his political russian rolette with the American people.

    We all know to win back our dear white house and remove the neo cons we need a
    heavy hitter like Hillary or Edwards.

    January 9, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Jack Jett

    It will not be a new day until Blitzer leaves his strong Israeli ties behind and attempts to be more fair in his coverage.

    January 9, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Jimmy dean

    Isn't anyone going to investigate how these votes were counted? Does anyone wonder who counted them? What voting machine was used? It was diebold and it just so happens anywhere that diebold was, both hillary and mccain did well. It's really a shame that the real news doesn't investiage these things.

    In fact the media hasn't even investigated why so many pollsters were wrong. I've also read that people are calling in and finding the candidate they voted for recieved zero votes, even though the person calling had voted for that same person.

    Yup, there is a huge fraud going oin in the primary process, I wonder if any of the news outlets will break this story, it could change history, oh well, lets just put up some pictures of britney spears, cause we're a bunch of tools with no lives... the media is obsessed with this retarded girl who can't sing instead of the our soldiers getting slain in Iraq.

    Priorities CNN. PRIORITIES. It's funny though, CNN is on track to destroy itself if it continues to support and ignore what Bush does. If Bush has his way and all his people get his way, Fox news will be the only news house on the planet. You should look over at MSNBC... they actually *gasp* question things! Without a bias either! Can you believe it!!

    January 9, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. jack

    Karen, NYC
    can not say it better!

    January 9, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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