February 4th, 2008
09:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Blitzer: I love the uncertainty

CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer.
CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer.

NEW YORK (CNN) - The excitement is building, especially for the candidates. I could see that when I taped an interview today with Sen. Barack Obama for The Situation Room. We went through several substantive issues. He was certainly cool and collected when we spoke. But I could also see he was pumped.

I could see the same thing Sunday when I interviewed Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. They have been working for so long to reach this pivotal point, and the pressure on them is clearly enormous. When the process began more than a year ago, there were certainly other prominent candidates out there, including Rudy Giuliani, Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, Chris Dodd, Fred Thompson, among others. But they fell aside, and we are now in the final stages of selecting the two parties’ nominees. The whittling-down process is almost complete.

The process could be completed on Super Tuesday – or not. That is now up to the millions and millions of voters out there who are getting ready to cast their ballots and in the process make history.

We have learned a great deal about the various candidates. We have also learned a lot about the primary and caucus process in recent weeks. And if the nomination process is still up in the air after tomorrow, we are about to learn a whole lot more. We will be learning about very complicated party rules, so-called superdelegates, and more.

If the polls are right – and that remains a big 'if' given some of our recent experiences – we are more likely to get finality on the Republican than the Democratic side. What I love about all of this is the uncertainty and unpredictability. Let’s get on to Super Tuesday.

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–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer


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soundoff (551 Responses)
  1. Elmer L. Wilson

    Do you people possess the ability to spell correctly AND use proper English?? This 'crap' is absolute nonsense. If your computer has 'Spell-check', USE THAT please. As for Senator Clinton vs. Senator Obama, neither is an official nor unofficial representative for Satan........I would think. What with the simple fact that the American electorate 'sent' the current 'idiot' to 1600 Pennsylvania two times, either Senator would undoubtedly prove to be QUITE an improvement. GOD watch over this nation.

    February 4, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. JC

    Please fellas learn another name besides Obama, this one sided reporting is really getting on my nerves. It's very obvious you all want Hillary Clinton to lose, but do you have to shove Obama down the rest of our throats constantly. Is it really to much to ask that CNN representative (yes, all of you guys) allow us (all of america) to decide whom we would like to vote for. On another level, we all know that Senator Cliniton has what it takes to become President of the United States, does a woman scare you "boys" that much?????

    February 4, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. lisa

    Tom in MA,

    Every comment I have made was still in moderation. Don't feel bad. We must be too controversal for them.

    February 4, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. d

    WHERE IS CLINTON'S NAME....... HOW RUDE, WOLF

    February 4, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. kuhrdan1

    CNN has placed its bets on Senator Obama. I am religious about watching CNN. Senator Obama is showcased in very flattering terms. Whenever Senator Clinton is addressed it is minimal coverage and the images used are unflattering. The only staff of CNN who maintain any perspective is Jeff Tubin and Lou Dobbs. Everyone else have sided with the high priest of rhetoric, Senator Obama. Ultimately the voice of the voters will be heard irrespective of the bias in reporting and the dribble of pundits.

    Senator Clinton for President 08!

    February 4, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. Lourdes

    um....don't you guys bashing CNN for loving on Obama realize that by focusing on Obama so much they are doing him more harm than good because people naturally DON'T want what is being pushed down their throats? CNN is pro-Clinton all the way...they just recently changed their strategy on how to push for her. Look at home much anti-Obama ire they inspire with this new strategy. Talk about sheep....

    I wonder if this will get posted.....I hope so. This whole "moderation" game is pretty useful to their agenda.

    February 4, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. georgia dem

    attention bloggers
    don't be shocked your posts don't make it on
    CNN is so full of their own selves it is pathetic
    THE WORST POLITICAL TEAM ANYWHERE!!
    They should just be honest and say they are drooling for Obama
    who is all talk and will make a lousy president
    he is not seasoned
    so he can whip up a crowd big deal
    he has shown his ego and his immaturity many times
    I have watched all the debates and Hillary is by far the best
    and of course there is Opra who can not talk with out making refference to her money and her being black
    good grief!
    but that's what moves this country
    people act like it is
    "Dancing with the Stars" instead of the most important job going
    they are moved by personalities and words that beat them into a frenzy
    well
    it ain't over til it is over and the votes are in
    and as far as 'Bill being in the White House with nothing to do'
    What an insult
    he has an aids foundation that I am sure some people that he has helped would differ
    with that statement!
    He was a great president and should be treated with respect

    February 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Lee Chang

    Roger, I agree with you. USA must not have a President in training.

    February 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. Jose G.

    Wolf- You are tarnishing your professionalism by your obviously biased reporting. I wouldn't even call it reporting. Thus, my family and friends have been watching Fox lately. Your job is be objective. Put yourself in check . Give all the candidates equal coverage.

    February 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. Sensible

    We want more coverage on Hillary because she is in touch with reality and has messages that truly matter, unlike Obama who's still busy dreaming.
    Hillary is president!

    February 4, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. smart vote

    A vote for Obama is a vote illegal immigration, soft government, broken borders, and no nation security. America there is still alot of terrist out there waiting for the chance to harm us and if we don't have the tough pres. we will be doomed. Vote for a better America not a weak America insperational words with no action. Talk is cheap. If you want to be inspired go to church, and let a real leader lead this country.

    February 4, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Dem08

    Watch Hillary's town hall tonight. CNN has not posted my post from earlier. Make an informed decision. If this does not get posted, I will just have to think that CNN really is bias to Obama. We all should listen to watch each canidate has to say and not believe hearsay and slanted news stories.

    February 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. NJ's voice

    CNN is so ANTI Hillary. When she wins tomorrow, you know CNN is going to try their hardest to play down Hillary's victory. And they say FOX was bad!!!!!

    Hillary 08..

    February 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. keith Pike

    Here we are America,its the Eve of Super Tuesday, Please take some time refelct,in the battle its takes time cool down. Get some rest andf be ready to vote. Because i will be the first one there to vote for Hillary clinton 08.

    February 4, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. omatseye

    I guess its obvious Hillary will win. Good luck to the democrats on the generally election though

    February 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. d

    Roger....... says it well... we cannot afford to have a nice guy in the White House. My vote goes to Hilliary, and I respect Roger's choice of candidate.

    February 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Esse Akpaidem

    DeWay, MO: Obama bught his house after his besseller book sales: Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope. He has said it many times. Get informed. Vote Obama 08

    February 4, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Gary of LA

    Hey WOLF: Where is your interview with HILLARY? Do you even care?

    This is the reason why we do not watch CNN, very impartial! GO HILLARY!!!!

    February 4, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Esse Akpaidem

    DeWay, MO: Obama bought his house after his bestseller book sales: Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope. He has said it many times. Get informed. Vote Obama 08

    February 4, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. JN COELHO

    Change For Better or Worse?

    Are Americans easily carried away by style(other unimportant perceptions)and not the issues?

    February 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. Emily

    I, too, posted feedback on why we should vote for Hillary, but ironic...my comments stayed in moderation too. CNN and mainstream media have completely gotten out of hand with non-chalantly casting their own opinions onto us...by NOT reporting on Clinton and only focusing on Obama. What happened to un-bias media, fairness and ethics?

    February 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. Fran

    I want to say that I am afraid that if Obama gets in he will go spending crazy like the Republicans!! Maybe he is a Republican in disguise!! He spent a lot of money for running an ad on the Super Bowl!! I do not want this man spending my hard earned tax dollars on something like that!! What would he do in the White House?? It just shows me that he is irresponsible!! No one has mentioned about him spending xxxxxx amount of dollars on his ad about the super bowl but had it been Hillary!! Well the new media would have been all over THAT!! I am tired of you (the media) trying to push folks into voting for who you want!! We are not stupid, I hope anyway. You are saying the Republicans are afraid of Obama, that is bull, they are really afraid of Hillary!! After all it was a WOMAN, who got the Stimulus package going! She was the first to mention it and put onto paper and then Obama came up with his plan and then Mr. Pres, decided he best get in on the good side of folks for his legacy and he came up with a plan....And NO ONE and I mean NO ONE gave Hillary an ounce of credit for it....Hillary you go girl hang in there!!

    February 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. talmis

    WOLF, REALLY...WHAT HAPPEN TO YOU?
    NOT EVEN MENTION HILLARY'S NAME BUT YOU MANAGE TO MENTION MOST OF THE DROPOUTS?....(yes you also forgot Ron Paul...but Ron Paul did not win any single caucus or primary...and even with all my sympathy to his followers and understanding their outrage ...I think Hillary's case is just to ask in bold letters WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH CNN???....)

    HILLARY HAS A LOT OF SUPPORTERS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE VOTING FOR HER AND YOU ARE JUST FLATLY IGNORING THEM!!!!

    CNN...THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS?????

    WOLF, I USE TO ADMIRE YOU...AND I AM REALLY SURPRISE...IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING PERSONAL AGAINST A CANDIDATE YOU HAVE TO LEAVE IT AT HOME AND BE FAIR!!! OR YOU CAN NOT CLAIM TO BE "THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS"....

    February 4, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. Mick

    I watch CNN at least two hours a day, but can't stand to see all the plugs for Obama anymore, the sad thing is I do like him even when his supporters call it the " Black House" things do change in the great USA.
    Jack is the "Man" and I can't understand why he is so bias with the Democrats, he needs to "chill" with the Clintons.
    Hillary has her issues, but she could have been a good leader, however CNN and other Media took her right out of the race, so much for every vote counts, at this time I will vote for Obama so my vote will count

    February 4, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Mark

    Okay, I'm an indepentant and I'm going to show my age but I voted for Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Ross Perot. OMG, I'm baffled by the support for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Don't get me wrong, we are way overdue for someone other than an old white guy in the whitehouse and I'll be voting for Obama. I would gladly vote for a woman like Condeleza Rice or someone like Margaret Thatcher if one ran for president.

    The Clintons had 8 years in power. Did you forget what they did. Do you remember what they didn't do?
    Whitewatergate
    FBI Filegate
    Travel office firing gate
    Intern gate
    What is the meaning of the word "IS" is gate
    Rose law firm billing record gate
    I could go on but you get the point. Hillary is so Good Old Boy Establishment that she stands to go to the bathroom.

    February 4, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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