February 11th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
7 years ago

Blitzer: Don't count on endorsements

Blitzer: Most endorsements don't make much of a difference.
Blitzer: Most endorsements don't make much of a difference.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – My email inbox is usually loaded these days with releases from the presidential candidates boasting of major presidential endorsements, usually from politicians and newspaper editorials. On the Republican side, John McCain is lining up tons of GOP endorsements, most recently from Florida’s popular former governor, Jeb Bush. The Republican establishment quickly seems to be lining up behind him – now that he appears to have the nomination mathematically wrapped up. These late endorsements are not exactly profiles in courage.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are getting tons of endorsements as well. The lists keep on growing. They are both courting John Edwards right now. No doubt, they would each love to win Al Gore’s support. But how much do these endorsements really matter?

Most experts believe that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s endorsement of McCain before the Florida primary helped. The same is probably true of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s endorsement of McCain. Both of those governors are popular.

But McCain suffered an embarrassing and crushing defeat over the weekend in Kansas despite the endorsement of Sen. Sam Brownback. In Massachusetts, Obama had the full-throated endorsements of both sitting senators, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, as well as the governor, Deval Patrick. But Clinton won. There are plenty of other examples.

I have often felt that most endorsements probably might not help, but usually can’t hurt. Of course, there are some endorsements that probably can hurt. I suspect The New York Times’ endorsement of McCain for the Republican nomination didn’t help shore up his support among the conservative base.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. j.r.

    So sick of seeing Obama's face on cnn today, time to give Hillary more money...have a good day....

    I really don't care who endorse's who, I don't care how much good press a candiate gets, I have my own my, listen to the issues, and make a selection....

    RUN HILLARY RUN

    February 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Joe

    It's amazing that Wolf pointed out a good observation and complimented Senators McCain, Obama and Clinton for getting a tons of endorsements. But yet the Obama supporters have already attacked the Clintons, eventhough Wolf was referring to ALL candidates whether Democrat or Republican.

    Seriously, Obama supporters RELAX already. This is just a simple observation. He was not discrediting Obama's endorsements. You people are fanatical!

    February 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Diane C. Bonacci

    Wolf:
    What in the world is the holdup in New Mexico? With 99% of the vote in, I can't
    see why a projection cannot be made at this time. I see that Clinton his ahead.
    Is that why no projection is made? For crying out loud, give us the winner now
    or find out what is going on down there.

    February 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. observer#1

    Endorsements are good for the media and give some coverage to the endorsee. When all is said, who cares who Hulk Hogan, a prime example, endorses? Mostly it serves to rekindle questionable past of those doing the endorsing. The majority of voters are not going to care who endorses who. We should be more concerned with our antique election system.

    February 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. sophiek

    to amy.....how sad that you have to rely on who some else is going to vote for to make your decision.

    check out the canidate's record, experience and what they stand for . then make up your own mind.

    who cares what kennedy, shriver, kerry and oprah think.

    February 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Animal

    What I would like to know is HOW IN THE WORLD CAN you predict a winner in any state............... 5 minutes after the polls close ? These exit predictions that you all make are crazy... LET THE VOTES BE COUNTED AND THEN TELL WHO THE WINNER IS..........PERIOD YOU'LL HAVE IT RIGHT THEN

    ALSO TRY TO IMPARTIAL TOWARDS THE CANDIDATES, UNLIKE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING.......PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE Obama all you want when John Edwards gives HILLARY HIS DELEGATES and HE WILL......THEN MAYBE ALL OF YOU AT CNN WILL STAND UP AND TAKE NOTICE AND KNOW THAT A WOMAN IS GONNA BE PRESIDENT.

    February 12, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. saman

    Hey wolf, great job at CNN,
    I am an Obama supporter and i was wondering if you know what happens to delegated awarded to people who've dropped out of the race, for instance would Huckabee be able to count on some of the delegates awarded to Romney?

    February 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. Maria Belem Gerard

    Wolf Blitzer:

    You are and all the media are giving hours and hours of free publicity to Senador Obama.
    CNN does not give much time Senador Clinton.
    Why all that favoritism?

    February 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Carlos

    Global Minority- I draigsee. At least not TOTALLY controlled.And I can hardly wait until the rotten fruit starts coming her way. The Black version of Evita Peron.

    February 16, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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