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. Bob

    I misread the beginning as "The excrement is building".

    I liked it better that way.

    February 5, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Ciara

    What about Hillary Wolf ? I have noticed the very biased commentary from Wolf against Hillary. When he ( Wolf) actually mentions Hillary its always negative.

    The media helped put Bush in power.....Lets not pick someone we necessarily like. Obama would not be considered ready in any other country, only America.This time lets go with the best candidate

    STOP BEING NEGATIVE TOWARDS HILLARY...lets have some pro Hillary commentators

    February 5, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Christina

    Christy – You are so wrong about Hillary. To say the 'Clintons let us down once' is outrageous, considering the 8 years of peace, prosperity, RESPECT and ADMIRATION of other nations and the BUDGET SURPLUS that Bill's administration gave us! No doubt every book you've read was penned by a Clinton-bashing, right-wing Republican. You are obvoiusly unaware of the lies they've printed and the "scandles" that they've created. It is really a shame when someone's opinions of a candidate are not based on what the candidate actually did or said, but on what others (who hate the person) said about the candidate. Please starting reading the facts instead of hateful, lying fiction – you will learn a great deal more.

    February 5, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Andy

    CNN stop pushing for Obama

    Go Hillary!!!!

    February 5, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Jen

    I think that Wolf should be fired too

    GO HILLARY

    J

    February 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. ao

    FEATURE THE MIT STUDY ABOUT CLINTON AND OBAMA HEALTH CARE PLANS – LET SOUND SCIENCE AND RESEARCH BE HEARD!!! LET THE TRUTH BE SPOKEN!!! HILLARY IS RIGHT ON MARK WITH HER COST, WHICH ACTUALLY IS LOWER THAN OBAMA'S WITH BETTER RESULTS (ACTUALLY EVERYONE COVERED). THIS IS A SCIENTIFIC FACT BASED ON SOUND RESEARCH AT MIT – BEFORE CRITICIZING ME, CHECK IT FOR YOURSELF!!!

    February 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. sean c

    REPUBLICANS FOR OBAMA !

    Our government is sadly and badly broke. We have rode this monster for too long in the wrong direction. We have run out of time and options. Major positive change will be needed. We are looking at a complete engine overhaul, at this point a tune up will be wasted $. LET"S GET IT DONE AS ONE NATION UNITED!!!

    LEAVE YOUR SHORT TERM SELF INTEREST AT THE DOOR. WHEN WE CUT THE WASTE AND INEFFICIENCY OUT OF HEALTH CARE, WE WILL HAVE MORE MONEY TO PUT TOO EDUCATION, RENEWABLE ENERGY AND PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT US ALL. OBAMA08!!!!

    February 5, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Andrea

    How could anybody deny that CNN is pushing Obama

    CNN should stay out of it ...I do not want Wolfs opinion

    Obama is another example of a candidate who is NOT qualified to become President. The rhetoric is great but NO SUBSTANCE if he were a WHITE YOUNG WOMAN he would not have had a chance from the get go.

    PEACE and Prosperity

    PS Obama playerd the race card in SC ...how pathetic is that? Oh yeah he wants to unite the country ???!!!!

    February 5, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Paul

    .I would love to see a black man becomes president of the US before I died, but the way Obama is complaining about a vague comment from PresidentBill C. Imagine what would happened if he wins the DNC nommination. Obama might be the first or the last chance of a black becoming president of the US depends. Just imagine George Bush being a black president, this Country would be in fume by now.

    February 5, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Gary H. Boyd

    Hey Wolf - Couldn't help but note over time that you always conclude discussions with others with the term "thanks very much". It's become your trademark so why not consider it as an inscription on your tombstone as and when.

    February 5, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. nathan

    I believe Ralph Nader and Michael Bloomberg (NY Mayor) have an obvious connection.
    It is clear their goals are to create a diversion by running a third political party to reduce votes in the general election from the Democratic Party.
    Ralph Nader's ploy to subtract votes was successful during Al Gore's 2000 bid for the White House. Many agree had Al Gore won the 2000 election it would not resulted in a military invasion of Iraq.
    It seems the effort by Bloomberg and Nader to formulate a third political party for the 2008 general election appears to be an APAC paradigm. The Christian Conservative Right is heavily influence by APAC lobby groups. This means we can expect if John MacCain is elected he would probably be a bigger APAC puppet than Bush. I believe if we dig deeper we will find a significant correlation between APAC, Bloomberg, and Nader.

    February 5, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. D.B

    I have a question? why is it that most of u r attacking Wolf? It's his personal business whom he choose to vote for whether you all like it or not.

    He is doing his job and getting paid for it... thats jus life

    February 5, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. a voter

    I am angry the CNN has deleted from coverage anything that isn't beneficial to the Obama campaign. Take Michele's nasty comment about Hilary Clinton not being able to control her own home, how could she control a country. ...or she could have said take care as opposed to control, whichever, it was nasty, below the belt politics as nastily usual. Add to that no reporting that i"ve seen of Obama refusing to be photographed even near Gavin Newsom at a Obama fundraiser in SF because he had supported gay marriage, and his avoidance of any stand on women's rights to abortion. The man of GREAT CHANGE lets his wife play dirty, but apparently wouldn't support her right to control her own body.
    There is so much NO DIFFERENCE between the two candidates...except what you don't say.....or, as with Clinton's racial divisiveness...over stated and over saturated.
    As far as I can see, you are not at all unbiased in just reporting the facts and issues.

    February 5, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Bruce Marshall

    Is this True???
    Senator John McCain is apparently not eligible to be elected Presidentof the United States under the clear provisions of the Constitution.

    McCain is not a natural born citizen inasmuch as he was born in the U.S. Navy Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone, which was never part of the United States.

    The Constitution states, “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible for the Office of President.” The 14th Amendment did not alter this provision.

    The status of the U. S. Navy Hospital in the Panama
    Canal Zone is described by the U. S. Department of State in its Foreign Affairs Manual (7FAM1116.1-4(c)): “Despite widespread popular belief, U. S. military installations abroad and U. S. diplomatic or consular facilities are not part of the United States within the meaning of the 14^th Amendment. A child born on the premises of such a
    facility is not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and does not acquire U. S. citizenship by reason of birth.”

    February 5, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. georgia dem

    come on CNN
    post our comments
    CNN has done evrything in their power to have Obama win
    it is all about hipe
    and nothing about real
    you people at CNN are pathetic
    Obama is all talk and no substance
    and Oprah what a laugh!
    She gets ticked if her rich feathers are ruffled
    the day Oprah inspires my vote is the day I die
    give me a break people
    VOTE HILLARY!!
    TESTED!!
    Omaba is twisted!

    February 5, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. AMAZED?

    I've noticed that CNN is constantly showing an ad for an upcoming documentary on African Americans and their plight. The program still doesn't have a date. Is this a thinly veiled attempt to stimulate black people to vote as a block for Obama? Interesting timing CNN.

    February 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Joseph

    February 5, 2008 2:22 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    i keep hearing pundits and political analysts saying Obama is too abstract and not specific enough, my question is how much more specific have any of the other candidates been? i am also seeing comments like…….obama is running on nothing…, allow me to say that this is the kind of ignorance that America has become known for all over the world, this offcourse is not the fault of every single American, but just a few air heads. On experience, before Ronald Reagan became president he was an Actor (he was a fine president nevertheless),….., now can somebody please tell me what he was running on? And does anybody remember when Bill Clinton was running, his age at the time he was running….and who he was running against….and most importantly when he was asked about his experience during a debate, does anyone know or remember his answer? Another question if a man and a woman become one in Holy matrimony……wouldn't voting Hillary into office be the same as putting Bill back into office? Now tell me out of all the candidates running both on the republican and democratic side, who would you rather have speaking to the American people and the rest of the world as president of the UNITED states of America.

    February 5, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Joseph

    i keep hearing pundits and political analysts saying Obama is too abstract and not specific enough, my question is how much more specific have any of the other candidates been? i am also seeing comments like…….obama is running on nothing…, allow me to say that this is the kind of ignorance that America has become known for all over the world, this offcourse is not the fault of every single American, but just a few air heads. On experience, before Ronald Reagan became president he was an Actor (he was a fine president nevertheless),….., now can somebody please tell me what he was running on? And does anybody remember when Bill Clinton was running, his age at the time he was running….and who he was running against….and most importantly when he was asked about his experience during a debate, does anyone know or remember his answer? Another question if a man and a woman become one in Holy matrimony……wouldn't voting Hillary into office be the same as putting Bill back into office? Now tell me out of all the candidates running both on the republican and democratic side, who would you rather have speaking to the American people and the rest of the world as president of the UNITED states of America.

    February 5, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Vancouver-Truth

    Hallelujah! I've been at home a lot and watching CNN a lot more than usual, and I've noticed a real bias against Hillary. My comments don't get posted, but I'm delighted to see that I'm not the only one who has noticed this bias. I wonder if the executives at CNN are doing a rethink? Surely, they know the objective reality here.

    February 5, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. voter2

    CNN is so biased ....its sickening and ALWAYS very anti- Hillary.

    And yes Obama's wife said some very nasty things about Hillary, completely below the belt.
    Obama played the race card in S.C but naturally the media attacked Hillary.
    The US needs to pick the best candidate and lets be honest that is not Obama who is full of rhetoric with no substance. Obama keeps talking reaching across the isle when he can't seem to reach across to Hillary in his own party.

    IF OBAMA HAD BEEN A YOUNG WHITE WOMAN , HE WOULD HAVE BEEN WRITTEN OFF A LONG TIME AGO.....BEING BLACK IS HIS VALUE

    LETS VOTE FOR THE BEST CANDIDATE.

    February 5, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Charlotte

    Wolf, in your interview with Obama regarding the 16mo. withdrawal of all troops. Did he back off or what? To make a statement to send a message to Iraq. Is this a strong message, I think not? I got a mixed message from him as will the government of Iraq.

    February 5, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Charlotte

    One other thing, if you love uncertainty then support Obama.

    February 5, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Pomila singh

    the major issues listed by your web site as election issues are not representative of the issues that the large majority of americans care about. These issues are what media has time and again used very effectively to keep americans divided and move towards fundamentalism, much like the Taliban. These are major issues of self made Media moguls, which have led to divisive and stupid policy matters in the past 10 years or so.
    Majority of the americans care about, universal Health care, high tech jobs, economy, global warming, higher education, crime, ending Iraq war, accountability, corruption and greed, equality etc etc. when will the media Moguls change their Questions and become a serious part of resolving the major challenges that face our children. Wake up and become serious. Stop asking wedge issues that do not help a country move forward and only help us to become a fundamentalist nation, in the footsteps of Taliban.

    February 5, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Pomila singh

    The major issues listed by your web site as election issues are not representative of the issues that the large majority of americans care about.
    Majority of the americans care about universal Health care, high tech jobs, economy, global warming, higher education, crime, ending Iraq war, accountability, corruption and greed, equality etc etc. When will the media Moguls change their Questions and become a serious part of resolving the major challenges that face our children. Stop asking wedge issues that do not help a country move forward and only help us to become a fundamentalist nation, in the footsteps of Taliban.
    The Dems will win this time inspite of divisive politics of the media.

    February 5, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. PAM

    The major issues listed by your web site as election issues are not representative of the issues that the large majority of americans care about. Majority of the americans care about universal Health care, high tech jobs, economy, global warming, higher education, crime, ending Iraq war, accountability, corruption and greed, equality etc etc. When will the media Moguls change their Questions and become a serious part of resolving the major challenges that face our children. Stop asking wedge issues that do not help a country move forward and only help us to become a fundamentalist nation, in the footsteps of Taliban.
    The Dems will win this time inspite of divisive politics of the media.

    February 5, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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