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. Jack

    Best political team. By far.

    I really do hope Barack wins the nomination and the presidency. It would be almost to good to be true. I would urge barack to ask Blitzer to be his White House correspondant. Heck, I'd ask CNN to become the White House correspondant for Barack. You have to love the media in this country!!

    GO Hillary!!!!

    February 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. oma

    Thanks M. Blitzer, and also same to your team, for a good service in covering the US election. I'm only dropping a line to tell that as a french who lives abroad from his country (not in the USA), and much interested in our world politics and state, Barak Obama looks like a great opportunity, both for our world to stand, and for your country to be the true leader it deserves to be: one without shame. My own country failed to do that for the last election, sadly. Barak Obama would look like a king on the side of Nicolas Sarkozy, that's for sure! I wish for Obama. He's got all my support, at least in thoughts. Please, people, go vote. Just vote.

    February 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Eric, California

    Thank goodness for REAL news reporting here in Los Angeles by ABC which reported today that "Survey U.S.A. has Clinton beating Barack Obama 53 percent to 41 percent. With John Edwards out of the race, Clinton has gained four points since last week's poll and Obama is up another three points."

    That's a 12 point lead for Hillary! CNN, apparently your sources are a bit skewed!

    Hillary '08

    February 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. alice

    I think Super Tuesday will be too close to call for the Dems. I think McCain will be the Rep candidate. At the end I think it will be Obama v McCain.
    Wolf I think you are doing an outstanding job on CNN.

    February 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Jasmine

    As a female who served in the Armed forces and would love to support a female as president, it has to be the right female, that's not Clinton. If anything, I feel that a person who changes their position based on their audiance is not a good reflection on any gender.

    February 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Jim , Houston

    Wolf Blitzer likes uncertainty because he goes around Politicians like an Old Mid-Wife!

    February 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. alan

    Ron Paul?
    LOL
    Seriously, RON PAUL?
    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
    Thank you for that.
    I needed a good laugh today.

    February 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Daniel

    You love the drama!

    You're always tring to cause a fight. You twist words.

    February 4, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. DK

    Yes, the media (including CNN) manufactured in the last 3 days such a tremendous story First, Obama gaining in the polls then bringing Obama and Clinton to a dead heat by today (Monday before Super Tuesday) and they did all this with sample polls of how many people? Maybe a thousand or two – that's really great reporting – GIVE ME A BREAK! The media needs to stop force feeding Obama to everyone and yes, I hope tomorrow the backlash gives them all red faces. GIVE ME A BREAK #2 – Obama would jump at the chance to be VP – why wouldn't he? All arguments given through CNN that Obama wouldn't want to play third fiddle to Bill is a bunch of silly boy talk. I'm sure Obama is man enough (or maybe not) to work for a woman. Finally, let me remind everyone – whose to say Hillary wasn't the one actually running the country the first time they were in the White House? See you at the polls.

    February 4, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Anton Frankovich

    It is quite obvious that CNN does not believe in equal time when it comes to Hillary and Obama. I've been watching you people every day, most of the day, and you are very consistent at favoring Obama over Hillary in the amount of time and reporting you give to Obama. Let's be fair and not show favoritism toward Obama. CNN has always been a favorite in our home, but you're about to lose our respect because of your slanted reporting during this political race between two very good candidates.

    February 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Eric

    Survey USA polls are out and shows Hillary doing very well in CA and MO

    24 hours till votes are counted in the California Democratic Primary, Hillary Clinton appears to fend-off a late charge from Barack Obama, 53% Clinton, 41% Obama, according to SurveyUSA's 12th pre-primary tracking poll. Other pollsters show the contest closer. In SurveyUSA's last 3 tracking polls, Obama had led among men. At the wire, the two are tied. For 9 months, Clinton has led among women, at one point by 50 points. At the wire, she leads by 23. Obama leads for the first time in the San Francisco Bay Area. But Clinton dominates in greater Los Angeles, and maintains smaller leads in the Inland Empire and Central Valley. Among voters under age 50, Clinton leads by 6. Among voters 50+, Clinton leads by 21. Clinton leads by 5 among white voters, but overpowers Obama among Latinos. Obama leads 4:1 among black voters, but there are materially fewer blacks in California than Latinos. Clinton leads among Democrats. Obama leads among Independents.

    February 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Adam, Los Angeles

    Hey all of you Clinton-Fanatics, he didn't mention her because he was writing about the people he interviewed over the past two-days.

    QUIT WHINING ABOUT CLINTON NOT BEING IN THE SPOTLIGHT OF EVERY ARTICLE!!!

    February 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. John Walling

    To the press:
    PLease don't shovell down our throats your favor candidates!...Let us, the people , the voters decide whom we think the best, the most experienced, the most able candidates are!...
    Why don't you all just do your job as reporters, good or bad but just REPORTES!...
    John

    February 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Andre

    Just like Sue from Jamaica, I live in Canada and these elections matter a lot to us up north. From a recent poll up here with Canadians, Democrats would squash the Republicans with a 75-25%. Even 35% of our hardcore conservatives would vote for the Democrats. Also, Hillary is preferred by 65% of us polled over Obama. The Clintons are very very much liked up here.

    Sorry, but having the Obama camp paying good money for inspirational speeches don't cut it. There's no money to pay others for doing the top job. Anyhow, whatever outcome affects our country immensely and just hope it's a Democrat that wins!!

    GO HILLARY!!!

    February 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Roz

    Way to Go CNN. The most Bias name in news.
    At least there are other forms of Media and Media Channels out there to find some actual facts on all the candidates instead of just Obama, Obama Obama.

    CNN when are you going to stop letting Wolf tarnish your ratings?

    February 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Ethio

    Mrs. Clinton has been involved in issues, everything from health care, which we know and prison reform and helping the military, speaking for women and speaking for Americans!!!! OBAMA I don't!!!

    February 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Mike J.

    Wolf i think someone should pull you out of Obamas you no what.Why cant we see at least one person on your show that is sticking up for Hillary Clinton.When will you people get it that Obama is a car salesman that will tell you anything to get the sale.Wolf why dont you give Hillary an interveiw.One without you trying to make her look like a fool.So the people can see she is the person for the job.Or are you afraid.You are dropping veiwers like flies.You might be helping Obama but your hurting reputation.

    Mike J.

    February 4, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Berni

    To Wolf and his so-called "best political team", your shameless bias for Obama and unfair treatment of Hillary is just nauseating for lovers of justice and fair play ! Many people also believe that you guys pick and choose only the emails that favor Obama and limit those that seem to be not so favorable towards him!

    February 4, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. Jasmine

    After so many elections reporting apathy on the part of the American voter, it's great to see the enthusiasm, and attention to the issues that this campaign has brought. I attribute that to one person, Obama. He is inspirational beyond anything I have ever seen. As a life long Republican who consistently voted for lower taxes and smaller government, this election I will proudly be voting for Obama. My willingness to pay more out of my own pocket is a testament to Obamas character that I feel supersedes my own benefits. American needs Obama and I will sacrifice personally for that.

    February 4, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Pat

    It will be so nice when this bickering is over and the " Situation Room " and the "Best Political Team In Politics?" get back to covering other earth shattering news as reported by Lou Dobbs and Jack Cafferty. At least I get a chuckle out of them. I have also run out of other TV stations to switch to.

    February 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Eric, California

    Thank goodness for REAL news reporting here in Los Angeles by ABC which reported today that "Survey U.S.A. has Clinton beating Barack Obama 53 percent to 41 percent. With John Edwards out of the race, Clinton has gained four points since last week's poll and Obama is up another three points."

    That's a 12 point lead for Hillary! CNN, apparently your sources are a bit skewed!

    Hillary '08

    February 4, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. apollo

    If McCain had won Maine, the media would have called it a devastating blow. Romney's win puts him within 6 delegates.

    Tomorrow will be exciting. Best wishes to all the candidates.

    February 4, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. john

    I think it's time to unleash Bill again.

    February 4, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Viktoriya

    Gallup poll, February 4.

    Clinton 47%
    Obama 43%

    Hillary 2008!!!

    February 4, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. Paul, Atlanta

    Hillary supporters will have the last laugh tomorrow. All the polls are biased towards Obama as the pollsters are only polling the young voters on the street. The seniors are going to come out tomorrow and overwhelmingly vote for Hillary.

    We have 90 year olds in our hospital who wanted to live for the day they voted for a woman president. Hillary is going to win overwhelmingly tomorrow, look for the result!

    CNN will not aire this statement since they are very biased towards Obama but it's just worth a try!

    February 4, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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