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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  1. just a note

    The annual Harris Poll TV star list showed Oprah – who has spent the past five years as the No. 1 personality on TV – has been dethroned by fellow talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres.

    January 24, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    Matt is absolutely correct. While I don't support either of them, truly educated folks are behind Obama, while the feminist, Britney Spears type crowd rally behind Clinton.
    It's obvious if you just look.

    January 24, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Wes

    If Hillary is the democratic nominee then I will vote Republican. She will divide this country even more than king George has done. The behavior of her husband is terrible to say the least. Can you imagine the state of affairs in Washington with Clinton the sequel? No more Bushes, no more Clintons! We must move on.

    January 24, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. joe hoffman

    jack, you rail on politicians for saying what we want to hear and then you rail on McCain for "not listening to the people on Iraq." Make up your mind!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Dave Hutchins


    CNN and all the MEDIA need to take a careful look at whats all at stake VOTERS need to know . support the candidate Who will Keep OUR JOBS HERE CREATE JOBS HERE Keep OUR TROOPS HERE. CNN GIVE this GUY DUE Airtime and YOUR Consideration.

    Thanks D>H>

    January 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Shirley, The Villages, FL

    Why is everyone ignoring the 8000-pound elephant in the shadows? Climate change must be dealt with, the sooner the better. The Bushies have tried to discount global warming as voodoo science, but it's the one big issue hanging over this small world of ours that will ultimately force all nations to talk to each other.

    Stop snipping at each other in the debates because it just gives the Republicans fuel for the general election (Karl Rove is already behind the scenes waiting his turn). Stick to the issues, and be very specific about how the Dems are here to solve the people's problems, as opposed to the Reps who only want to bring up the tired old issues of gays, guns, religion and abortion.

    This country is already on life support, despised in the world, but the Dems can right the ship of state with a positive message about the issues. 70% of Americans want a big change and are desperate for the Dems to give them hope.

    By the way, we watch PBS Nightly News, and it's the best, most balanced news. Don't understand the contest between CNN and Fox. PBS is terrific.

    January 24, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Al, Los Angeles, CA

    Belle, I respect your point. Many who bash Obama, do so based on Hillary/Bill taking words out of context. You are proof that some logical people do back Hillary.

    I disagree with you though, we don't know the details behind closed doors. Obama's not stupid, he wouldn't take credit if it wasn't due. A sr senator would make him look silly will 1 comment to the press & it would play on the Clinton News Network for weeks.

    Wolf I have lost respect for 2 people I had admire for years, Bill Clinton and Wolf Blitzer. You seem to revel in the ratings. Et tu Wolf?

    How's that? 😉

    January 24, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |

    Obama 08

    January 24, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Liziman

    Today Polls
    Although a generic Democrat has an 18-point lead over a generic Republican in the NBC/Journal survey, the race is much closer when McCain and Clinton are paired against one another. In that match-up, McCain holds a lead of 46-44 percent over Clinton, although that difference is within the poll's margin of error. And in a McCain-Obama contest, the two men are tied at 42 percent.

    January 24, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. gene

    Well that does it. Just got through watching CNN. Jack Cafferty , in a McCain segment, trashed Hillary again, by reading the right wing nuts comments. I am going to start contacted their sponsors . I don't have to business with them. If CNN does not post it, I will post it on MSNBC and Fox. I think they will be happy to do so.

    January 24, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. Bimmer

    CNN is to biased towards Obama to have any credibility this election.

    It lacks courage to ask tough questions of him.

    It also discourages others to do so.

    What a shame.

    If he were not of mixed race then CNN would be more probing towards him.

    January 24, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. julie

    Thank-you Gene! CNN the most one-sided name in news! Wolf, Cafferty is ruining the sit room.Was my all time favorite until mr, hate became big. He sounds just like Hannity! Please! lets have fair coverage at least from you!

    January 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. sky

    Im voting for a republican if Hillary wins.
    I cant believe people actually can take it when Hillary talks about "Change" – what a joke! That was Obamas' line from the start of his campaign, in reference to over 20 years of Bush/Clintons in the white house!

    They (Clintons) know how to manipulate people Ill give em that – Im starting to believe no one can stop that political MACHINE, I have hope, but its dwindling fast...

    January 24, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. sky

    Im voting for a republican if Hillary wins.
    I cant believe people actually can take it when Hillary talks about "Change" – what a joke! That was Obamas' line from the start of his campaign, in reference to over 20 years of Bush/Clintons in the white house!

    They (Clintons) know how to manipulate people Ill give em that – Im starting to believe no one can stop that political MACHINE, I have hope, but its dwindling fast...

    January 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. K

    hey get truth guy...yeah i bet she does eat a lot of meat lol.....hope she leave Obama alive tho..we need a new President.......PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYAHHHHHHHH

    January 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Laura

    Well, I had switched to CNN, but sorry Wolfe, you are rapidly joining the ranks of Fox Noise and MSNBC.....gotta turn you off.
    Matt, I don't know what world you're living in, but your comment sounds to be rather uneducated....Oh, Wait,, I forgot, you probably got your political education from Wolfe Blitzer. What a joke. Thing is, most of the people that sit around and get their news from the press don't actually get out and vote. Too much work to get up off the couch and put the remote down.
    CNN you are to blame for the negative image of America. You sell ads because buffoons got nothing going on and get jollies out of watching the candidates duke it out. And the whole lot of you are only too eager to keep on pushing those buttons because thats entertainment.....NOT NEWS, entertainment. No wonder the world hates the US. Just read the crap from our mouths on here. We are a pitiful people. And we can thank CNN for "lifting" us to that level.
    Think I'll start a letter writing campaigne to the sponsors: Capitol One, Bayer, Geico, Progresso, Bank of America, Ritz, to name a few. They need to know CNN is going down just like FOX and MSNBC. I'll be sure to NOT purchase their products as long as they continue to support this crap. And I'll keep at it as long as CNN continues to CREATE the news (very selectively and in true entertainment fashoin I might add) rather than REPORT it.

    January 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. An Agnostic Democrat

    As is clearly in evidence, people with (college) education, gut instinct and brain and heart power are voting for anyone other than Hillary! Imagine that! Anyone with half of a brain could figure that one out. That would exclude the need to watch her pathetic attempts in the debates to recreate her histrionic self for the umpteenth time ( and exclude her several other remakes on the campaign trail as well!). 47% (negativity rating) of the public know they don't like the "original" Hillary and that number hasn't changed one bit since she began her run for the oval office. Thumbs down on that one!

    January 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. brian

    Check out the story in the LA Times today. He accidently or didn't mean to vote the way he did on several issues. Very interesting reading.

    January 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Oley Turner

    Hey Wolf, watch you daily. The self destructive tactics used by the Obama and Clinton campaigns can be reduced to a minimum if the media makes the accuser identify themselves by name and produce proof that their accusations are based on facts and can be proven. If not, do not put the statements on the air.


    January 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. Kevin Topeka, KS

    Edwin Finch January 24, 2008 5:13 pm ET

    After Democratic Debate, the CNN cameras were still on stage and showed Chelsey Clinton and Howard Dean talking with John Edwards for a length of time I think was more than just a hand shake. But as always, the pudits were taking about something else at the time.

    I think the 3 of them together makes a good news story ——– BUT THERE HAS BEEN ZERO COVERAGE ABOUT IT. What were they talking about? Was it purely congratulations to Edwards for the best , level head performance of the debate? Or was there something more important taking place?

    I also saw that exchange. I am a professional lip reader. The conversation was rather mundane. Dean was promising not to make that wierd scream during their threesome planned later that evening.

    January 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. Bimmer


    Do you have any credibility or sense of deceny left after the last debate?

    January 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. Viktoriya

    CNN is obviously loves Obama. But I really love to watch Hillary on Debates. She is one smart tough person. Her answers are very detailed, without extra wording.
    Go Hillary!!!

    January 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. Bill

    If the order of the states that held their democratic primary/caucus races had been reorderd Obama would be better off before Super Tuesday. South Carolina first which I think the result (Obama wins) still would be the same even though Obama had not been tested in a primary or caucus. Then New Hampshire and Nevada in the same order as they did this year. If the Iowa caucus was held right before Super Tuesday and Obama won then Obama would have the bounce into Super Tuesday from Iowa. As it stands I think Obama will get a slight boost for a couple of days and then things move a little closer in the polls but nothing really changes for Obama. Expections that Obama would win South Carolina have been around for some time. Obama needed one thing like McCain actually achieved and that's to move ahead in the national polls. Obama has never led the national polls. The lastest NBC/Wall Street Journal has Clinton with a 15% lead nationally. Our current national economic conditions and the war in Iraq stabilizing may be large factors in this. The poll also shows why South Carolina seamingly the best primary state for Obama is actually the worst. It will seem like Obama's win will largely come due to his African-American heritage. Out West are some very important states California and Washington. Obama needed to win a large diverse primary like Florida before Super Tuesday to show he can deliver a more diverse group of voters. Maybe next time the national parties will rethink this whole accelerated schedule because it seems to benefit some candidates at the expense of others.

    January 24, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Alice

    Obama needs to grow up, get some experience, and stop being such a whining crybaby before he can be President. He might be grown up enough eight years from now once Hillary is done – at least, I hope he is, because I NEVER want to see another Republican in the White House!

    I bought the most HILARIOUS thing today – it's the "George W. Bush Out of Office Countdown Calendar" – has one of his crazy quotes or goofy mishaps for every day until he is finally out of office

    Only 361 days of that idiot's reign left as of tomorrow – THANK GOD!

    January 24, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. Kerry

    Wolf: Well as a mediator your grade should be around D it would of been higher but considering. I will raise up to C.

    January 24, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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