January 24th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer: Get ready for a wild ride

Blitzer: We’re in for an intense few weeks

Blitzer: We’re in for an intense few weeks

(CNN) - Get ready for a wild ride - the next few days are going to be intense.

We have the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary on Saturday, followed by President Bush’s State of the Union Address before Congress Monday, and the Republican primary in Florida the very next night. Those will be big stories for us to cover, and we're gearing up big time. I will be heading up to New York to anchor our coverage from the CNN Election Center.

At the same time, we're already getting ready for some more big nights to follow. The Republican candidates will gather at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley next Wednesday, January 30, for their debate, moderated by Anderson Cooper. I will moderate the Democratic debate the next night at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Both are being co-sponsored with The Los Angeles Times and Politico.com, and begin at 8 p.m. ET.

The elections in two dozen states will follow less than a week later on Super Tuesday, February 5 - which means the stakes for the candidates will be huge in both debates.

I am sure most of you saw our Democratic debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this week - the most widely watched presidential primary debate ever seen on cable television. If you think that was a lively session, I suspect the next two debates will be even more intense.

Heading into the primary season's home stretch, the candidates will have a huge interest in laying out their respective differences. Some of the White House hopefuls will be more forceful – and perhaps more effective – than the others. And as we learned at this Monday's debate: with fewer candidates left on the stage, they will have more time to do precisely that.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. Paul, Atlanta

    McCain: World War 3! What a novel idea!
    Hillary: McCain you moron, our economy will slip, dollar will be doomed.
    McCain: I am an economizt. I can spell economizt!
    Hillary: No it is 'economist' you stupid! You're just like Cheney!
    Edwards: McCain you're too old!
    McCain: Yep, I am ready to wear diapers again! Yawn!
    Obama: You have to 'change' before you sleep!

    January 24, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. Jane in Illinois

    Until Obama came along, I was getting jaded like everyone else. Sick of political campaigns that only smear the other guy–never a campaign of ideas or ideals. Obama offers a national campaign and the possibility of a new Democratic majority. HC offers a 50+1 election that might as well be limited to OH and FL.

    We need our own "great communicator" and that is Obama. HC will unite the party alright...the GOP.

    We can't afford more Supreme Court justices that will not uphold the constitutional rights of its citizens.

    When 47% say they won't vote for HC, how is she the "electable" candidate.

    Obama can change the tone and get things done!

    January 24, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. Sekar

    I was expecting a question, but it was not. My question to democratic candidates would be, what if Bush Govt. starts war against Iran before the end of their term, how do you handle the situation? Hopefully, this question will be asked in the next debate. Thanks.

    January 24, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  4. A Florida Democrat

    Only the Florida Republican Primary is referenced? I know they took away our delegates, but Democrats are still going to vote in Florida on January 29th. If it is not considered to be the Florida Democratic Primary, then what process is it in which I will participate next Tuesday?

    January 24, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  5. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    Elaine, not to bash your so called intelligence, but I could give a tinkers dam if a woman is in the White House or not, IF she is qualified. It is quite obvious that you are voting for her simply because she is a woman, and that my friend is dangerous.
    If she is elected, you'll soon remember this post.

    January 24, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  6. Sukhy

    Mr. Blitzer
    What happened to the fair and honest news? Did Oprah Winfrey bought CNN for Mr. Obama?

    January 24, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  7. Jerry

    Mr Wolf I just dont get it. Three Clintons against One Obama in your future debates is what I suggest. Who is running for president ? Hill or Bill or peharps Chelsea is planning a run in 2016 by which she will be of age to run and the claim she has more experience because she has been the daughther of two presidents for 36 years(if Hillary wins the Election). .............................and by the way where is Oprah these days ? Where is an Oprah when you need one.

    GO Obama

    January 25, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. ethel

    but rex isnt that just what the people in s.c. did vote for obama because he was black ? yes yes and many says

    January 27, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Lu

    Looking forward to the debate! Wolf, just one request challenge the candidate when they say something that is not true, or when they don't answer the question just like Tim Russet does. They shouldn't get away with saying that is not true, I am tired of Hillary's lies!

    January 30, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. lee

    I think it is very wrong of a news station to run only one candidates ads on there stations. You news stations are suppose to be impartial. Yet I have only seen Obama Ads and nothing from any on the other candidates. I you are going to be partial to one candidate or the other then you should run no ads at all. You are supposed to be a news station and political ads are not news.

    January 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. Thumb

    Dear Huckabee supporters!

    If you want Huckabee to get his far share of news time let your voices be heard. We need to bombard the networks with emails. We believe Huckabee can still win! Stand up for what you believe in and stop letting news decide the candidates!

    A place to start:

    Don’t stop at TV shows, email newspapers, family, friends, and senators too! Go Huckabee!

    January 31, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Yolanda Diaz

    Agreed with you Lee 100 % not fair – but....

    January 31, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Mary Milles

    Wolf – butt out of the political process. Behave like a professional for a change and stop trying to pedal your perceived influence on the unsuspecting public.

    February 4, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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