April 15th, 2008
03:40 PM ET
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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. WhosehadEnough

    Wolf.....Where is Pastor Hagee going to be during Pope Benedict's visit? Having a barbeque with Sen. McCain?

    April 15, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Carrie Pa

    I welcome the Pope's visit. We all need a break from this mess of a primary. To all of you Pope haters: chill out! He is a man of hope and peace.

    April 15, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. andrew of california

    Has Revelations started. What is he here for?

    April 15, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. apple

    geez.. lots of inane comments

    (you needn't print this )

    April 15, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    Is the pope Catholic?

    April 15, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. EBC

    Wolf, Thank GOD for the Pope.

    I was getting so SICK and TIRED of the media telling us how upset we are over Sen. Obama's bitter speech when infact its the MEDIA that is spinning it and overstating the American people's voices.


    So please get it STRAIGHT and stop the bias madness!

    Try telling the truths for a change!!!

    Sen. Obama was right on point and Americans UNDERSTOOD every word he stated to be the truth.

    I pray for you all, GOD is truly watching.....

    April 15, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Elizabeth

    Wolf, please tell your friend Lou Dobbs to get a grip. If he doesn't understand what Barack was saying maybe he needs to take the job on Channel 11, Katie Couric's place. He doesn't need to be on CNN. Ask anyone when they are buying gas, groceries, being without a job or loosing their home if they aren't bitter. We all don't make $110,000 million dollars with $800.000 speaking fees in China and Columbia. Most people can also tell the truth.

    We watched him all of the time but now -Not.

    Wolf you are excellent.


    April 15, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. protestant


    April 15, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. David Nye

    Let's see, the Pope is Anti Abortion. He will encourage Hispanics to think about that issue, perhaps. That favors McCain.
    The Pope is rather conservative, even as Popes go, so presumably he is not coming to the US to promote women into the clergy or offer a new vision of birth control for over-populated Third World countries.
    But perhaps, if we are lucky, he will say or do something that helps the US to find away out of Iraq.

    April 15, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Franky

    "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.'

    Thank you Wolf, thank you......

    April 15, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. Joan Nedlik-Bezek

    I notice you're subtly plugging for the witch Hillary. When you gave poll numbers earlier and she was slightly ahead you didn't remind those watching that there is a 4 point error margain in the polls. You jumped on that when Barack was leading. And I thought you were one of the good guys. Tisk tisk, I am truley disappointed. Please don't vote for Hillary for Gods sake. I am white american, and a an independent. Barack will probably get my vote, it sure won't be her after what she's doing to the party. It seems to me that if she can't get elected this season she is going to make sure Obama doesn't. It's all about Hillary. She's already setting herself up to run again in 2012. To do that Obama can't win. She's disgusting.

    April 15, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. Nick

    Hey Marilyn, David, and crew:

    If you really believe that the Pope only matters to Catholics, you've got to be really ignorant. The Pope is about more than Catholicism. Do you turn off the TV when the news covers foreign elections? How about when there is an act of terrorism in a different country? This is an interconnected world and sticking your head in the sand is just plain stupid.

    April 15, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Pamela Marie

    I'm having trouble pin-pointing why exactly the Pope's visit matters at all..

    As an atheist I could not care less about that guy. Religion has absolutely no place in government. If he wanted to visit the White House, he should buy a fricken ticket during scheduled tours like the rest of the schmucks.

    April 15, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. Closet Catholic

    As much as it pains me to say; I think the majority of Americans are right not to care about this. I will defend to the death the values of my faith, although the power structure in our church is out of touch and money hungry. Most Catholics are good, hard working people who give back to their communities. Our Church only cares about holding on to their past. Sadly the rest of us suffer because of their inability to fix the problems in our Church. This Pope is the personification of all that is wrong with our religion. Only with new leadership can Catholics hope for a better future with each other, and the rest of the world.

    April 15, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. Patty-California

    Amen! It is a breath of fresh air to have a break from the bickerings between the Clinton and Obama camps. Go Pope Benedict!

    April 15, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. democrat

    For non Catholics the Pope's visit is of no interest.

    April 15, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. 2012

    Hey, that's refreshing, Wolf! Instead of your daily worship of Bacrap-O-Rama, you're gonna tell us about a Nazi in a dress? Now that's what I call Change! I Hope you'll keep it up!

    April 15, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    i have been listening to the suituation room for as long as i know, and now i see the host biasness toward obama, i left and now are watching hard ball where they seems to be equal in the criticism of the democrats candidates

    April 15, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. JAMES

    I am a african-american in Indiana and i would just like to say that i know that you may have a prefence to whom you would like to see as president of the USA, you also have a job of great responsiblity and that is to report to the American people the news as it happen in a responsible way without bias or slant, especially in an Presidential election so that "WE THE PEOPLE" can make a informed decision. I just thought you should know that in the mist of all your counter parts you are "ONE OF THE ELITE" WITH great interigty! I KNOW that you must have great releif when you are able to get home to your family. Keep doing what you know is GOOD, RIGHT and TRUE! THERE'S a lot of us out here that appreciate you and are informed because of you unbias information. keep up the good work. BE BLESSED!

    April 15, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. Festus, Montana

    . . . .God did not say wear red Prada shoes.

    April 15, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. Jerri

    Gee, You certainly have some very insensitive comments.They don't care if the pope is making an historical visit to our country and they hate Hillary. Wow maybe they should attend a sermon on hate.

    April 15, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. Joe Fantozzi

    Well let me see .........The Who..........The head of one of the most tyrantical sects known to man...........Does anyone even believe that there is an ounce of truth that comes out of the Vatican.........That's just a place that syphons money from the poor and gives it to the mafia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Joe USMC

    April 15, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. J

    Can someone tell the Pope that the Church age is over ?

    Also, it would be nice if the Pope can debate Pastor Hagee regarding who is right about God's magnificent salvation program.

    April 15, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. CA Girl

    Those of you who are not Catholic, you can be a bit more respectful of those of us who are!!

    April 15, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. Linda from Houston, Texas

    Hey Wolf,

    I hope your coverage will pre-emp LOU DOBBS program, because I can see he is getting more and more bitter every day, even though he is rich. I can not imagine what he will be saying once Obama becames president.

    In the past, I agreed with him on some issues, but he has become fanatical and BITTER.

    I hope Katie Couric comes to CNN, and if she doesn't get Larry Kings job, I hope CNN dump Lou Dobbs and give her that time slot.

    We love you Wolf and Cafferty!

    April 15, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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