February 1st, 2008
02:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Blitzer: Another record-breaking night

More than 8 million voters tuned in last night.
More than 8 million voters tuned in last night.

NEW YORK (CNN) - I am now back in New York after taking the red-eye from LA. My job may not necessarily be as glamorous as it sounds - but I am not complaining at all.

I was honored to represent CNN at the debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. It was historic - the first time we saw a woman and an African-American together on the stage poised to become the Democratic presidential nominee. The excitement at the Kodak Theater was palpable.

Going into the debate, I was a little nervous. I knew millions of people would be watching. And indeed, they were. We now know that a record 8.3 million watched in the United States – more than any other presidential primary debate on cable news ever. The previous record was the 4.9 million who watched our Democratic debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina earlier in January. Many millions more watched the debate on CNNPolitics.com, and on CNN International around the world.

I want to thank my debate partners, Doyle McManus of The Los Angeles Times and Jeanne Cummings of Politico.com, for joining me in the questioning. When I introduced them last night as excellent journalists, I spoke the truth. I have worked with them over the years covering many stories, and they really are among the best in the business.

Now, we get ready for Super Tuesday. It will be an enormous challenge for those of us in the television news business. But we at CNN have the best political team on television, and I can promise you this – we will be ready for all the action.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer


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soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. YRM

    Shameless pandering to Wall Street corporate criminals who are using Obama to knock out Hillary, then will install their corrupt crony in November.

    February 4, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Madar

    Wolf is just a reporter and US Natioals has the right to choose who they want for president.. Please stop the megative writing about him.

    February 4, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Bruce Waters

    Wolf, You have a great team. They did call in extra security for you at the Kodak. The noise was incredible.
    I would like to see a story on how the World sees the canidates: in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Obama has appeal in all these places.
    What do the Foreign polls say?

    February 4, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Julia

    Replying to the comment asking Wolf to stop calling his team "The Best Political Team on Television"...
    It is not self-serving, arrogant or smug when he's speaking the truth. If you don't like CNN and the way they cover the news, why don't you just run over to O'Reilly's arms at Fox News?
    For the sake of this girl's sanity, GROW UP PEOPLE.
    Do not come on a blog to ANTAGONIZE someone. If you have something constructive to say, that's fine. But it becomes tiresome and redundant to see the same ridiculous comments set out to purposely be mean-spirited.
    I'm the one in high school, not all of you. Why am I more mature that most of you?!

    On a more positive note to you, Wolf– Once again, you did a great job on Thursday night. I can't wait to watch you and everyone else tomorrow covering Super Tuesday!!

    February 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. LIZ

    The last debate in Cali was awesome and I loved it!!! HIllary kicked butt and proved....eventhough Wolf tried to switch her words.......she has what it takes to be president!!!

    President Hillary Clinton is coming!!!

    Shame we had to wait this long!!

    February 4, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Sam45

    Wolf you are a joke or a clown. Go back to a circus because you are a clown

    February 5, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Helen L Martin

    Let's stop all the bad polling and trying to influence who wins the election.
    Move On has to be the worst. In their poll they actually let members vote
    twice for president. This is the reason I quit Move On.

    Polls do influence voters. Stop them and let the American people decide.

    February 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Dana

    Last evening Hannity asked the Luntz group members who said they were going to vote for Hillary but changed to Obama what Obama has done for the country that would make them vote for him. Only one of 5 could say anything.
    Why would people vote for someone who has no substance and very few good plans for Americas future. Just because he is a great orator will NOT make him a good President.

    February 5, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Roger

    Thanks guys that right there was what I was talking about.
    Go Hillary

    February 5, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Roger

    "I see I am right,. Is there a problem with the fact of a female president, or is CNN really trying to swing the voters over to Obama for president."

    Kind of strange isn't it Connie since we are the world leader in spreading democracy? We rip other nations media for doing this very thing.

    February 5, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Chris

    I am white female and I will not vote for Clniton. And as for the my daughters none of them will vote for her. Change means change. Not the same words all the time.

    February 5, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. VERLA MCCAIN

    I AM VERY UPSET THE WAY YOU CUT IN ON JOHN MCCAIN SPEAKILNG AND LET OBAMA GO ON. I NOW YOU ARE FOR OBAMA, THE WAY YOU ALWAYS PUT OBAMA FIRST, I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT HAVE NOTICED IT.
    CNN NEED TO PUT A STOP TO THE WAY YOU ARE DOING THE OTHER CANDIDATES. EXPECIALLY HILLARY AND MCCAIN. YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO TREAT ALL CANDIDATES THE SAME AND GIVE ALL THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME AND RESPECT.
    I WONDER IS CNN AND MOST OF THE NEWS MEDIA ARE FOR OBAMA?

    VERLA SECREST MCCAIN, NO KIN TO JOHN MCCAIN.
    MONROE N.C.

    February 6, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  13. Sue (Seattle, WA)

    Actually, if you look at all the Democratic debates Wolf Blitzer has moderated for the recent primaries, he appeared to be supporting Clinton. I was pleased to see his interaction with BOTH candidates this time around at the Kodak. I don't know if he has been looking at the feedback from earlier debates, but I thought he was very balanced this time around. Also, I was VERY pleased by the questions. It appeared too often that when I watched the Democratic debates, some of the questions were too generalized and ethereal. Whereas the Republicans seemed to pick topic X and debate it. The debate at Kodak was very much issue-oriented and I believe helped to differentiate the candidates more. Good job I say.

    February 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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