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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  1. Mike from Maine

    The problem with all of us at times, is that we are listening but not hearing what is being said. Listen to what is being said and you will see why it becomes slightly emotional. You have to love politics. Come on folks, the next 4 years will be crucial in repairing our Country. Look at the environment, deficit spending, health care and our borders. Exxon ALONE made somewhere in the range of, 40.6 Billion dollars in profit last year? Exxon alone! What do we talk about? Hillary getting watery eyed over the past. You must be joking.

    Let’s take Barack Obama. I don’t see a post or blog on this page concerning the millions of Americans being left behind by the health care plan he proposed at the debate the other night. What about the more than a hundred votes he missed? Clever words about the straight talk express missing wheels is not going to resolve this Country’s issues. Don’t get me wrong, Barack seems to be a great guy, but that doesn’t make you qualified for anything. Neither does being a motivational speaker. Having the ability to make people want to follow you down any road you are traveling doesn’t mean you know the road. Being a great speaker doesn’t mean you can lead a Country it merely means you’re a great Speaker! Is anyone listening to the answers? Listen to their answers before laying judgment. Not emotions, not the ability to motivate.
    Plans, agenda’s and solutions are what we should be discussing. Times running out and we ALL better start paying closer attention to what is NOT being said.

    February 4, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. lalalalala

    all you people should give a woman a chance to run as presidnt not that dude obama because like what kind of experience has he had nothing noda zip zipo so remeber to please vote for Hillary who cares about the country

    February 4, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. Michael- NYC

    of course.

    CNN is not covering Hillary's "Town Hall Meeting"

    CNN only airs negative Hillary headlines.

    What a remarkable event!!!!

    NYC LOVES HILLARY!!

    February 4, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain is too old people and even old people say he's too old, I'm one of them. He's a grumpy old man and even I don't like old men, especially grumpy ones. Maybe that's why Cindy fell apart.

    February 4, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. Patricia

    If Obama wins the nomination I am voting Republican.

    February 4, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  6. Alice in Florida

    Omigosh! All these pro-Hillary comments!!!!!!!!!!!! CNN, have you FINALLY hired an unbiased commentator??????????????

    KUDOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was starting to think you were all women-haters..........!

    February 4, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. Chuck

    I think we all agree that CNN has already picked Obama as their candidate for change and they are doing everything they can to make sure that Obama wins the primary. When did our News become so biased? I will vote for the best candidate based on what I know of each. It is too bad that CNN and the MSM won't ask the hard questions of Obama.

    February 4, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  8. Ed K.

    Wolf,
    The big loser in this election looks like it will be CNN. What are you guys doing? Let Obama run his own race. The sad thing about all the Clinton bashing is it is having an affect. Wolf, do you really want to be a part of a network that is compared to Fox News? Please just report the facts.

    February 4, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  9. Waytogo

    Why do you need Oprah, CNN or Kennedys make decision for you? Make up your mind and do what is best for you and your family. Every one wants a changes from Bush. But what is the changes Obama said he would bing? None except for change.

    February 4, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  10. cheryl Arizona

    fox news showed Hillary's town hall meeting tonight on live video. Goes to show they are not bias. Thanks Fox news.

    February 4, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. Allison

    Wolf wanted to let you in on a little secret Jack Nicholson endorsed Hillary Clinton today.

    February 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  12. Dem08

    The Hillary town hall was amazing. This is the canidate that can and will produce change for America. People really should view this before making their decision. Straight talk about the problems we face and real solutions.

    Good Luck Hillary.

    February 4, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  13. Ag

    It is very unprofessional out of Wolf Blitzer and the other biased CNN crew at all the negativity that they have tried to create against Mrs.Hillary Clinton who is by far the most qualified candidate for President. Wolf and the gang at CNN have attempted to make Barack Obama out to be some kind of God. It is ridiculous! Shame on you guys for not being neutral! GO HILLARY 2008!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  14. Marla

    I don't understand the moderation thing. Can someone explain why it takes so long to review a six sentence comment? Is it because it is criticizing CNN for being
    biased towards Hillary and promoting Obama the day before a major primary? The time when most undecided folks make up their minds.

    February 4, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  15. sad reality

    CNN still making thinks up for rating, polling 500 democrates has it at dead heat.
    read the fine print,
    All to continue false momentum for Obama, sad.

    February 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. Jon

    The presidential preference straw poll had Dr. Paul finishing third with 19%, two-points behind John McCain. But in the only measure that counts, delegates won, Dr. Paul beat McCain and came in a firm second–and very close to first-place finisher Mitt Romney.

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – While most reports about this past weekend’s Maine Caucus focused on the purely symbolic presidential preference poll, in the meaningful race to secure delegates to the state convention Ron Paul is primed to finish second with likely 35 percent of the total delegates.

    Delegates to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis are elected by the state delegates. Internal results from 10 of 16 counties, including the largest cities of Portland, South Portland, Lewiston, Auburn, Augusta, Waterville, Bangor, and Brewer, show Ron Paul picking up 215 of 608 State Convention delegates so far reported, or 35%.

    “Ron Paul’s strong second place finish in Maine, in which he beat John McCain, is proof that this race is far from over,” said Ron Paul campaign manager Lew Moore. “We’ll continue to battle for every delegate in this wide-open race for the Republican nomination.”

    In the presidential preference poll, with 70 percent reporting, Ron Paul is in third place just two percentage points behind John McCain. However, the Maine preference poll is purely a beauty contest, and in the actual election of state delegates the so-called “frontrunner” McCain is far behind Ron Paul.

    February 4, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. Corona

    Why do you suppose EVERYONE, republicans, democrats, the media, Obama, Washington insiders on BOTH sides of the isle, are all taking swipes as Hillary? Are they all afraid Hillary will actually bring much needed changes in Washington and bring a representative for us, the people to the table? CNN is so busy saying Obama over and over and over again, and showing Oboma's "change" sign and bombarding us with how well Obama is doing, according to them, they seem to forget they are there to report the NEWS. You keep belaboring how badly the pundents predict how "we the people" will actually vote. How about you stop trying to tell us how to vote – report the news.

    February 4, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  18. Nate

    Anyone who thinks the USA is a Democracy just look at the 2000 elections, the corporate lobbyists in Washingtion, the Media bias in their coverage, and the multi million/billionaires who run the government and control the population. They don't want Ron Paul to pick up momentuem and votes because he'll expose the corruption and get rid of the corporate lobbyists looking for government hand outs. He'll stop the war that helps the rich corporations. He'll cut spending and cut the IRS and Federal Reserve. The Media is controlled by corporations and they promote fear mongering and controlling the population.

    Wake up and vote to save America. Vote for Ron Paul!!!

    February 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  19. Right on Day1

    Clinton took in $823,087 from registered lobbyists and members of their firms in 2007. Plus lobbyists "bundle" donations for her from other sources. She gets double what McCain gets.

    Obama $0.

    source Bloomberg

    February 4, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  20. Matt

    Sheesh, I hope Obama wins the nomination. He is the only person other than Ron Paul on either ticket that I see who is not the same old, dredged up Washington insider schlock we keep voting for again and again. Hillary?! Are you people serious? Might as well see if there is another Bush family member who wants to run. If we get her, here we go again with 4 or 8 more years of the same old business as usual. Crimeny, are we that dumb? Maybe. Huckabee? No way. Paul? Too much of a Tin Foil Hat quotient to be a legit contender, even though you have to admire the balls to take unpopular positions and say it how it is. McCain? As bad as Hillary, again, the old same insider career politician crapola for 4 more years. Romney? Eh, maybe, at least he has private sector business experience, and maybe for once understands that the US must not run continually at a deficit.

    Wow. We are screwed. At the very least, we need the LEAST insider quotient possible, which leaves us with Paul or Obama, I guess, and of those two, Obama is about the only real choice.

    This from a lifelong Republican, by the way...

    February 5, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  21. micheal

    obama please ride on..you get my vote

    February 5, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  22. plain jane

    NICE COMPILMENT FOR OBAMA, WOLFE.

    THE MEDIA IS FOR OBAMA. THEY WILL BUILD HIM UP AND THEN START TO TEAR HIM DOWN. THEY ARE FAILING THE VOTERS BY NOT DOING FACT FINDING. CHRIS MATTHEWS ON JAY LENO MADE ME SICK. I GUESS HE WANTS TO THE THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT.

    OBAMA HAS REALLY CHANGED HIS STYLE ONCE HE GOT THE BACKING OF OTHER POLITICANS. THE IRONY IS TWO FOLD

    1, HE IS CAMPAINGING AGAINST THE BURACRACY IN
    WASHINGTON..WHICH IS THE SAME BURACRATES SUPPORTING HIM

    2. HE IS NOW A PUPPET TO THEM. SOLD OUT BEFORE DAY ONE.

    HOW CAN HE SAY HE WILL BRING CHANGE WHEN HE WILL NOT HAVE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ON AUTOPILOT FOR HIM.

    iF HE THINKS HE WILL BE READY AND RIGHT ON DAY ONE, HE NEEDS TO REALIZE THAT IS BUSH'S DOWNFALL. A PRESIDENT IS NOT A ONE-MAN SHOW.

    IT IS SAD THAT THE NEWS CORRESPONDENTS ARE SO BORED AND ARE FALLING FOR THE oBAMA EXCITEMENT AND FAILING TO BE BIAS.

    GUESS IF IT'S AGAINST ANYONE BUT OBAMA, IT'S OK.

    THE GOOD OLD BOYS CLUB ARE REALLY SHOWING US, AREN'T THEY.

    I SAW NO MENTION OF CLINTON OR MCCAIN. INTERESTING!!!!

    .

    February 5, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  23. Christina

    I think it should be uniform across all 50 states that:

    1-All cities, states, counties, etc. will use optical scanning voting. Not even a monkey could mess that up. Also, there would only be primaries only and voting would be simple for everyone including the elderly and/or disable.

    2-No ballots will or can be mailed in a week prior to the actual election date. Any ballots that are submitted ahead of time are returned to sender! This eliminates ignorant voters from voting to soon and voting for someone because of name recognition.

    3-You declare what party you want to be placed in and can only vote for that candidate or primary. In other words, if your card says Dem. you can only vote in the Dem primary and so forth. This eliminates those not of a particular party from voting in the other party's primary just because their primary is over. Indep. would be allowed to vote in the general election for the candidate of his/her choice.

    4-No winner take all crap. Split the delegates according to votes obtained.

    5-No electoral college crap. The winner is the person SELECTED by the people.

    And what are you people talking about? The article is about a most unusal and very interesting political season – on both sides – and all you folks can do is argue who is the best among Hillary and Obama? Please give it a rest. They aren't all that much different, except they are criminals and morally challenged people and he is not.. Get over yourselves......

    February 5, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  24. Michele

    As a 40year old American woman i would like first to congratulate my home team "the NY GIANTS" for their victorious win…"SUPER GIANTS"….I was born in Portugal but came to the US at the age of 10 and have been an American citizen for 20 years, I am proud to call myself an AMERICAN, not a "Portuguese-American" not a "European-American but just an AMERICAN because that's what i am, that's how i feel, and for the first time in my life i will vote. Im from Newark, New Jersey , a real melting pot in the US, and my vote without a doubt goes to Hillary Clinton, and in November if Hillary is not in the race then i will have to vote republican.

    "Miracles happen, just believe…………………..

    GO GIANTS !!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!

    February 5, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  25. Michaela

    I agree with "against the whiners"! Clinton supporters consistently appear to be VERY whiny, polarizing and pugilistic–like the object of their support. Obama supporters, I've observed, tend to be more conciliatory, composed, and level-headed–much like their candidate. Gives one an idea of the direction our country will go in depending on the person we choose to lead us.

    February 5, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
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