January 10th, 2008
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The Best Political Podcast

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(CNN) - New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary anointed two new front-runners – Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and John McCain, R-Arizona.

In the latest Best Political Podcast, Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley reports on the Granite State primary results, Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider delves into CNN's New Hampshire exit polling data, and Dan Lothian previews the contest for the black vote in the critical South Carolina Democratic primary.

Plus, Sen. Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, discuss New Hampshire's results and some controversial primary eve comments by former President Bill Clinton.

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–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Karen

    Subscribe to this? Are you kidding? You have this garbage out there, you keep spinning the campaigns, coming up with commercial slogans for the candidates and refuse to cover the issues. The slap down of the media by the voters shows you just don't get it. Based on the titles and issues you have on this morning, you have no intention of providing news.

    January 9, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. ranee

    as it is now there is no one will be able to change the country. our country is like
    a multistory complex stucture how can senator obama could change. who ever
    listen and welcome the statement change is very childish.

    To make a change people ,politicians and elected members have to work together. Experience and understanding with communication should be the key factor.

    nobody would be able to stop the war and bring the troops back. World is focusing on us we have to do the right thing. besides war economy also should be focused in addition to immigiration.

    we have to pick right candidate .Its going to hard.

    media as usual mess up the people. by interviewing a handful of available people
    it should not come with results which misleed the people

    January 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Claudia

    Two percentage points is hardly a victory. Am I the only person who noticed how contrived Hillary's tears really were? If you watch the clip, right before Hillary "finds her voice", she glances at the camera to make sure the "moment" will not be missed! P-l-e-a-s-e.....The Clinton's are master campaigners. Hillary is not the best person for the job. "Come on people"

    January 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. JACKIE

    I am so sick and tired of speculation by the news media political know it alls about who has already won the nominations for President. Shut up and let the people do their thing and decide. One caucus in Dog Patch Iowa and one primary in N.H and the press has ruled a winner!!! Give us all a break and let the people listen to what the canidates have to say and we decide not the media. There's a long way to go.

    January 9, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Brian Deal

    CNN has become so full of itself I want to vomit. The "best" Political Podcast?
    Give me a break.

    January 9, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Jason

    I don't see how Clinton is a front runner. Obama is leading her so far in delegates pledged, votes cast in favor and percentage margin of wins.

    January 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Steven Bengtson Sr.

    I enjoy hearing from many of the people who report the news (not Lou or Glen) but I agree with Karen there is too much opinion and not enough facts. When you were visited by Michael Moore he got you moving, is that going to be necessary again? Issues might include facts on education, health care, employment, how low the Fed has to drop the rate to keep the republicans looking good, and other things that are quickly slipping away from Americans! GO HILLARY!

    January 9, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Todd

    NO!! NO!! NO!! New Hampshire did not anoint two front runners. The media anointed two front runners. You can't have less than one-half of one percent of a nation's population anointing anything other than a personal sailing vessel.

    The media is so charged and motivated to find and push the candidate/s that they want to see that they believe will generate the most news revenue and cash revenue from the news stories. Get it right.

    New Hampshire simply pointed out the three candidates they feel most represent their collective beliefs and concerns in persons to run the country. With a difference of 2 percentage points (neighborhood of 7,500 votes) that is essentially a draw on which is more desired from the State of New Hampshire.

    Iowa caucuses have not been going on for a long time...barely 4 decades, New Hampshire hasn't been going on too much longer as the front of the line.

    There needs to be a SINGLE super Tuesday type format where the nation as a whole decides the primaries as opposed to being told how to vote by the media en mass. Shame on you CNN!!!!!

    January 9, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. La'Kitgum, Concorde, NH

    The truth is coming out. Starting NH, Americans are beginning to understand that in politics, endogenous is more important than exogenous – that reality and fact are more important than rhetoric and body language or charisma without substance. Americans are beginning to understand that Hillary stands for what the President of the USA should be and not Obama with his empty promises. Obama's leadership leaves a lot more questions to be answered but foremost, how can he be an agent of change without experience? How can he change what he does not know? How can he change what he does not have? Experience in economy, healthcare and security are all in Hillary's bag and Hillary can change them for the good of all America. Obama has a bag of experience but it is empty. He has nothing to change.

    My prayers and Best wishes to Hillary and I urge all Americans (black, white, oriental, hispanic) to support Clinton because they will never regret their votes. We did it in NH. NH understands that it is issues, not body language, which stands out in this campaign and Hillary is all about issues. Listen to her carefully instead of cheering at her and you will understand just like the people of NH did – the issues matter,

    January 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. CDR

    "THERE IS SOMETHING HAPPENING IN AMERICA!" Since August The Honorable Senator Barack Obama has been gaining increasing momentum. In late December, the Obama campaign closed a huge double digit gap in New Hampshire. On January 3rd, the Obama campaign swept Iowa and on January 8th in New Hampshire, (largely a Clinton stronghold) the Clinton regime escaped defeat only by the skin of there teeth by 2 percentage points but not without deploying very NEGATIVE, UNDERHANDED, and SUSPECT tactics which will surely hunt the Clinton regime.

    Despite the inflated overprojections from most polls days before the NH Primary, CLINTON IS NO COMEBACK . Never place too much stock in polls, particularly when vetted against reason, and it was unreasonable to expect a nearly 40 percent voting difference over a 2 week time frame from previous steady and consistent projections. However, the Obama campaign did make significant large margins of gain. The Obama Campaign drew larger crowds compared to both Clintons. The Clinton regime, should have coasted through NH but they limped out barely and it is reasonable for every expert to say that the Clinton regime is underperforming and some triumphant comeback is not the case as the Clinton regime continues to lose ground.

    "THERE IS SOMETHING HAPPENING IN AMERICA!" and it is can be simply put that the Clinton regime "The Establishment" is losing votes and the Barack Obama Campaign "The Future" is gaining votes and delegates. CHANGE is on the Horizon and "Yes ,we can be the CHANGE we want to see in the World" when we BELIVE and VOTE for Barack OBAMA (A CHAMPION FOR THE PEOPLE and "THE PEOPLE'S CHAMP!")

    OBAMA '08

    -CDR

    January 9, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Karen

    Thank you Steven. CNN while you're it, why don't you put some links to the Senate site so people can review voting records (and make an informed decision), to medicare.com or sss.gov so they study the history of the programs and the costs (and make an evaluation of candidates proposals), to historyguy.com or globalsecurity.org. so people can begin to understand the complexities of foreign policy. Heritage Foundation has a view on immigration, how about some other sites? Have more guests on to explain monetary policy and then contrast with the candidates positions. How amazing it would be if a citizens had their own solutions! How amazing if the people actually had a voice.

    I know I'm a wacko... I have Congress.org in my favorites. Come on CNN. America wants something different from it's govt. I would like something different from my news media. I'm trying to earn my right to vote. Help us out.

    January 9, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Tom Masters

    I agree with Todd, there should be nationwide campaigning with ONE MEGA TUESDAY situation where the media cannot wield the power they constantly abuse leading the mindless clone masses to vote in a manipulated-by-the-media manner.

    January 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Carla from Canada

    Hillary won because intelligence won out – except for those people who want Oprah as first lady. The same Oprah who chose another country for her view of philanthropy – a segregated school no whites allowed. Where was she when the people in New Orleans needed schools, houses, anything? She took the usual oprah opportunity for a photop, posed in some water thing and away she went. I thik theU.S.is finally starting to understand who will actually do something for the disenfranchised people of America, black or white.

    January 9, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. george

    Please,put politics aside.A VISION has nothing to do with experience.Obama has the VISION.maybe if you have time,you can read your (HOLY- BIBLE) about the called NOAH....thanks

    January 9, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Tom Masters

    george, what in the world are you talking about, you sound like one of the news guys (and Romney) that just wanna hear themselves speak, what are you trying to say?

    January 9, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Margarita, Los Angeles

    IS OPRAH WEALTHY ENOUGH TO BUY SOME JUDGES IN FLORIDA???? OBUMMER WOULD NOT EVEN BE A BLEEP ON THE RADAR IF OPRAH HAD NOT OPENED UP HER FAT...... WALLET! ITS HARD AND EXPENSIVE PULLING THAT TRAIN.

    WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES… UNITE!!! I
    T IS TIME FOR ONE OF US TO BE PRESIDENT. WE KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN HOMES INSTEAD OF SOME OTHER PART OF THE WORLD. SHE IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE THAT LOOKED OVER PRESIDENT CLINTONS SHOULDER AND BALANCED THE BUDGET AND GAVE US SURPLUS…. ALL OTHER CANDIDATES NEED ON THE JOB TRAINING, SPECIALLY THAT "JUNIOR" SENATOR. HE MISSED 130 VOTES AND HE SAYS HIS WIFE WON'T EVEN LET HIM RUN AGAIN IF HE DOESN'T WIN THIS TIME.

    THE WOMEN I KNOW WILL SUPPORT YOU AND SO WILL OUR HUSBANDS DON'T BE AFFRAID TO TELL THOSE IDIOTS INCLUDING CNN TO GO POUND SAND!

    January 9, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Yuan

    I agree with Concorde. We must be responsive citizens on electing eligible candidate. On most issues, the Democratic candidates have similar bases. But who can be the best commander for executing the jobs? Does Obama have enough records to tell to what level he can run the job? Does he have deep enough connections to widely apart politicians and bring them together for the jobs? Does he have enough recognitions in the international affairs? Why he doesn’t think this job needs tremendous knowledge, skills but only visions, hopes? I do not see his sincere for obtaining such skills. He could be another Bush to act without discipline but enthusiasm. But unfortunately, the United State can’t afford mistake any more. We simply exhausted all resources into another recession. I simply lost most of friends in the world…

    I was also bothered by his wife at beginning. Her speeches and manner did not make me comfortable to see her as a First Lady at all.

    January 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. JACK, NY, NY

    January 9, 2008 2:07 pm ET

    I don't see how Clinton is a front runner. Obama is leading her so far in delegates pledged, votes cast in favor and percentage margin of wins.

    ___________________________________________________________

    Jason–still living in fairy land of HOPE with realitycheck...next year she is going tobe your president as well....whether you see it or not it doesn't matter.

    January 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Kimberly

    I am a resident of michigan and am triying to remain among the middle class. My husband and I both work for Ford and really connect with alot of what John Edwards stands for. I will now be voting for Hiliary Clinton because Mr.Edwards must not care about the hard working people of Michigan otherwise he would have made every effort to get his name on our primary ballots? How will this move affect Edwards and Obama? Dont they need Michigan's votes?

    January 9, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. salidah

    Both candidates worked hard in NH but the voters in NH are highly intelligent, well informed and as you can see, they voted on the issues. That is what we want. We want to hear FACTS. We what to see candidates' stand on issues, I agree with Karen, we want to see the candidates voting records, where they stand on ISSUES. I have hopes and dreams for this country, and I know it will require strategies, planning hardwork and some inside knowledge of internal and international affairs. When you go to apply for any significant job, you are required to have some experience or activities that relate to that job in your background. The job of president of the United States should not be taken lightly.

    This is a critical time in our country's history. Women, democrats, republicans, independents, UNITE. Let's join to show the world that this country has indeed breached the glass ceiling. Men have been in control of this country and many countries for centuries and we see the world now in chaos, with war, genocides, threat of nuclear warfare everywhere. Women can resolve these issues without flexing muscles. Lets's give a qualifed, educated intelligent, knowledgeable woman a turn to run this country. I know we will see better results.

    January 9, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  21. D

    How legitimate are these NH primary voter fraud allegations?

    As most of you know in NH you can register to vote on the spot.

    Did the Clintons bring in bus loads of their Washington cronies and lobbyist buddies to vote in NH?

    I guess when a former President’s vicious tirade of fabrications and Senator 'Experience' tearing up when inevitability seemed less inevitable were not enough, the Clinton Machine needed to implement their contingency plan.

    January 9, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  22. Effiong

    I guess all the news stories is about how wrong the polls have been in the NH primary but what i haven't heard is that these are the same polling results we were hearing on the republican side of the campaign in NH and for some reason the projected winner in the polls John Mccain also was the exit poll winner on Tuesday night. There is nothing wrong with these polls, i think there just seems to be a little bit extra stuff going on and i am not suggesting race..I am just saying how come one side was right and the other so wrong with the same strategic polling? May be the media outlets can add this perspective to the discussions

    January 10, 2008 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  23. No beef to Obama

    Lack of Policy Detail Raises Doubts About Obama. By Mort Kondracke

    MANCHESTER, N.H. – A door-to-door canvasser here for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) told me all during the weekend before Tuesday's primary that his team was encountering independent voters torn between Clinton and Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.).

    Surely an anomaly, I thought. Then I ran into such a voter, a teacher taking her young daughter to campaign events. I asked her, "What about Barack Obama?"

    "I've seen him five times," she said. "What he says sounds great, but it's all fluff. There's no meat there."

    And that, I think, is one reason Clinton pulled victory over obama because his litany of objectives pretty much devoid of any details. Obama rarely engages in question-and-answer sessions with voters to give them a chance to draw him out.

    Right now, he's a national Rorschach test, with voters reading into him their fondest hopes for what America can do and be. but the New Hampshire results indicate that Democrats aren't going to anoint him

    He got the culinary workers but Senatorial endorsements aren't flooding in. It is time for Obama to put meat on the bones and show where the beef is.
    New Hampshire, I think, served as a check on a runaway romance they might regret

    January 10, 2008 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  24. Clinton 2008

    Lack of Policy Detail Raises Doubts About Obama
    By Mort Kondracke
    MANCHESTER, N.H. – A door-to-door canvasser here for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) told me all during the weekend before Tuesday's primary that his team was encountering independent voters torn between Clinton and Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.).

    Surely an anomaly, I thought. Then I ran into such a voter, a teacher taking her young daughter to campaign events. I asked her, "What about Barack Obama?"

    "I've seen him five times," she said. "What he says sounds great, but it's all fluff. There's no meat there." reason Clinton pulled out a victory over the Illinois Democrat here. Obama delivers thrilling speeches about "hope" and "change
    But it's a litany of objectives pretty much devoid of details. And Obama rarely engages in question-and-answer sessions with voters to give them a chance to draw him out New Hampshire results indicate that Democrats aren't yet ready to anoint him. Outside one rally in Lebanon, N.H., I asked Obama campaign manager David Axelrod if more substantive speeches were coming soon? David Axelrod said after Obama nailed down endorsements????? WHO CARES!

    Obama just isnt ready for the serious challenges that face the new President

    January 10, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  25. OBAMA NO SUBSTANCE

    THERE IS SOMETHING HAPPENING IN AMERICA..VOTERS ARE WAKING UP AND SEEING THERES NOTHING TO OBAMA BUT A CHURCH SPEECH

    January 10, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
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