April 15th, 2008
03:40 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer: The pope - and politics

CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - All you political news junkies out there who watch a lot of cable news programs may have to suffer a bit of withdrawal in the coming days. That’s because we will be spending a lot of time focusing in on Pope Benedict XVI and his historic visit to the United States.

Needless to say, it’s not everyday that a Pope comes to this country.

Every minute of his trip has been carefully planned. We will be covering a lot of it live.

The Washington Post reports that 5,000 members of the news media have converged on the nation’s capital to report on the events, including the Wednesday morning meeting with President Bush at the White House and Thursday’s mass at the new Washington Nationals’ baseball stadium. It’s then on to New York on Friday for an address to the United Nations and a second mass at Yankee Stadium Sunday afternoon. He then returns to Rome.

We certainly won’t ignore the political news now that we are only a few days away from next Tuesday’s critical Democratic presidential primary in Pennsylvania. We know you have come to count on us for that. The political stakes are enormous.

The Pope’s visit is a powerful story that goes beyond politics. Still, there will be plenty of political overtones surrounding the visit. Several sensitive issues, including the war in Iraq, abortion, global warming, AIDS in Africa, for example, are likely to come up. And as you know, there’s always some political fallout when discussing those issues.

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soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. one nation under god!!!!

    oh dont kid yourselves dems america is not gonna forget about your weak candidates,the liar and the racist.

    April 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Mischelle from Illinois

    The Pope: a nice man in a nice robe with a nice hat.

    Again, for the non-catholics....snoozeville!!!

    April 15, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Todd

    Don't care if hes here but its better than Obama news! I was going to vote for him but he keeps doing and saying dumb stuff. Hillary or MCcain has my vote know!

    April 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. mitch from ark.

    i thought GOD had landed,to register,so ,HE can vote for obama in the fall.when i hit the mute button, i was so disappointed.

    April 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Carol

    You sure you want to cover the Pope. I would have thought you would still be bending your knee to Obama.....He almost walks on water according to you guys....not even our Pope can do that.

    April 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Yay! Since I am not catholic I can go back to watching lifetime. I'll see you in 6 days. Thanks for the warning.

    April 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Sharon Minnesota

    The pope has no right to influence the American presidential vote. We certaintly don't need the Vatican dictating to Americans on how to vote.

    I hope American Catholics will use their good judgement and stay in- tune with American values and not Rome's.

    April 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    President clinton, in his BITTER days, after cheating on his wife and disgracing himself turned to the CHURCH....hillary clinton should do so too for all the LIES and GREEDY ACTS of misguiding a whole nation into believing she is for the people,...the pope really needs to give a lesson on ethics

    April 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Marilyn, please bite your tongue. You are so way off base and very irreverent, ( and I don't mean irrelevant ) Unlike you the Pope's visit matters to people of all denominations. This is a very historic visit for the U.S.A

    April 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Brent

    maybe the pope will explain why his priests who have molested children aren't in jail and just get relocated.

    ps wolf

    your strategy session about jimmy carter was a joke...a few things you left out:
    1. Carter forged the biggest peace deal in Israel's history(Egypt)
    2. A recent poll suggests over 60% of Israeli's want their government to speak to Hamas
    3. You failed to mention the letter signed by many American statesment calling for talks with Hamas.

    My question is how has isolating Hamas worked out for everyone? It has solved nothing. Its made things worse.

    April 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Cynthia

    Excellent choice Wolf. Hilliary taken politics in th sewer maybe seeing the Pope on tv will touch her heart.

    April 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. henrie alabama


    April 15, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. J Houston, TX

    Perhaps what this country needs most is a reconnection to faith and values. Democrats snub their noses at them and Republicans only play at them to earn votes. What happened to the Ronald Reagans and John F. Kennedys?

    April 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Vancouver

    The Pope is visiting – hope he has a safe trip. End of story. This man's ideas are at odds with the vast majority of people in the modern world. He continues to support the abuse of women through restricting control over pregnancy. He underscores hate against homosexuals and he really doesn't accept other religions. Why does this go unreported?

    April 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. David

    Ugh. Who *cares* about the pope other than Catholics? Why should the rest of us be stuck with a veritable news blackout while we watch a boring play-by-play of some old guy shuffling around, waving and pontificating?

    April 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Conservative

    Who is paying for the Pope's security and celebrations? I suppose the taxpayer, again.

    April 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Lulu

    I wonder how long it will take before the Great Obama is attempting to compare himself to the Pope?

    April 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Obama Supporter

    Uh, I'm not Catholic and I really don't care about the Pope, who happens to be at least as much of a flip-flopper as HRC. Today he eveidently said the clergy sex-abuse scandals in the US were shameful and terrible. Of course, 3 years ago he said that it was just a "media conspiracy" and that the reports of pedophile priests were overstated.

    Please, if I have to hear one flip-flopper, let it at least be HRC so I can watch her demise?

    April 15, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Shelley

    I'm glad the spotlight will be off presidential politics for awhile. Everyone needs a breather! Maybe Hillary will come to her senses . . . In the meantime, we always have Cindy McCain's Tuna HaHa to enjoy! Ciao from Vancouver

    April 15, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Janet

    Great, Wolf. That will be a welcomed change over the non-issue red herrings that Hillary Clinton seems to like throwing at the media.

    April 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. Jed in Texas

    Sell all the gold and jewels in the Vatican and give them to the poor and I might care.

    April 15, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. shirley

    Well, if Senator Obama's Pastor is a hot political figure, how about the Pope? We should renounce and reject him. The catholic church has spent millions of dollars on sexual abuse lawsuits and they usually just transfer the offending priest to a different church. I say this only to point out the stupidity of using religion as a political tool.

    April 15, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    I loved John Paul II,

    I really really dont like this pope, and the GALL of his to say the church is ashamed WHEN HE HIMSELF WAS THE ONE COVERING THE CHILD MOLESTATION CASES UP.


    April 15, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Lord Voldemort

    Organized religion is the root of most of the evil in the world.

    It is the personal relationship with God, and I do mean YOU and GOD, no middle man.

    April 15, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Lord Voldemort

    It is the personal relationship with God, and I do mean YOU and GOD, no middle man, that is important. – is what I meant to say.

    April 15, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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