April 21st, 2008
02:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer: 'We could be in for a long night'

CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - Pennsylvania voters must now decide who will be a stronger Democratic presidential nominee in the general election against John McCain. The latest polls show Hillary Clinton ahead of Barack Obama - but those same polls show about 7 percent of the likely Democratic voters remain undecided. They could certainly tip the balance.

State officials also say that hundreds of thousands of new voters have registered – many of them about to vote for the first time. They represent a new element of the political equation, and they, too, could tip the balance. They represent a surprise factor.

In other words, we could be in for a long night tomorrow as the results come in. I will be anchoring our coverage from the CNN Election Center, beginning with The Situation Room at 4 p.m. ET.

If Clinton wins, even by a narrow margin, we will then gear up for the May 6 primaries in North Carolina and Indiana. I don’t think she would drop out. If she loses, however, her campaign would have to make a very tough decision.

On the substantive issues – like the economy, health care, housing, crime, the war in Iraq and other foreign policy matters - the two candidates have spelled out their visions in great detail on their respective websites. There are differences between the two of them, but not necessarily huge differences. That’s why you have heard so much from the candidates and their surrogates about so many other marginal matters.

The real differences, of course, are between the two Democratic candidates, on the one hand, and John McCain on the other. This idisagreements s very clear irrespective of whoever wins the Democratic nomination. In the fall, there will be very big between the two candidates on such sensitive issues as the war in Iraq, abortion rights for women, taxes, guns and a whole lot more.

Filed under: Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Peter in Oregon

    Lets play the news reel from a month ago when everyone said Hillary Clinton had to win PA by double digits to justify staying in the race...

    Obama '08

    April 21, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Emily from Fredericksburg

    With Washington & Texas still undecided, and Michigan & Florida still not resolved, Hillary should not drop out. This is democracy, and she needs to fight to the finish, regardless of the "whispers of the weak".

    April 21, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Sam

    If you Americans think Obama is not good enough for your country, there is clearly something wrong with you guys. Send Obama to UK. We will keep him as our leader for life.

    April 21, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Moses

    I'm just so disgusted with the clintons efforts to high-jack the nomination at all cost. The "Archie Bunker's" in Pa are far too set in their old fashioned ways to vote for any type of change. These people would rather doom my generation by electing hillary into office, rather then electing Obama, whose shown that he can bring people of all walks of life together for a common cause. Only in Pa could you vote for a woman who comes on ABC debate, and out right says practically "yeah I lied about Bosnia, what of it..Vote for me"

    Obama 08

    April 21, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. NoHillary

    Those who wish for peace and stability for the next 8 years, vote Obama. If you wish to perpetuate tyranny and dynasties – vote Clinton.
    That simple.

    April 21, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Tania

    Obama is immature and does not have what it takes to be the next leader of the free world.
    As for clinton's embellishment of her Bosnia trip , that is nothing compared to the lies Obama has told and has gotten away with.
    Take away his teleprompter and he becomes a man lost for words, nor does he have an original thought or concept of his own.
    The White House shouldn't be for sale and these enormous amounts of money that get raised are bordering on being obscene.
    The country is at war and the economy is suffering , people cannot afford healthcare and yet here we are , not looking at the issues but lauding a candidate for it's likeability.
    Hillary Clinton is the only Candidate who stressed the importance of fiscal restraint and a balanced budget.
    She has my vote..!!!

    April 21, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. v.ananthan

    Obama will loose Pennsylvania with bigger margin than what polls are showing..

    Obama must not think that he can say whatever he wants and getaway with that...

    Obama is using much more money than Hillary in ads but voters know who is the best candidate.

    -Hillary 08

    April 21, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Straight Shooter

    >\Let pray she bows out after the 22nd. She is one scarey Lady.
    forked tounge/power hungry/ And those are her better qualifications.
    Think Independant/ Vote for Change.

    April 21, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. merle 7

    Come on PA vote Obama amd get the big MO started it felt good when momentum was leading us to victory! Hillary don't carry that momentum like Obama does.I mean her supporters are happy sure, but it's like a bitter/sweet win for the country.Democrats will need this momentum in the fall to propel us to victory,which is something even the republican can't claim. After all the Dems are force to be reckon with this election year!
    vote against the Clinton machine and vote for a breath of fresh air!

    Obama 08!
    Yes We Can!

    April 21, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. ROY


    April 21, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. DLBsr

    It is sad when states stay silent with regards to their Presidential Candidates.

    Obama has no legitimate record to address African Americans in his on state. Or for that matter any other minority. Certainly none t to address the concerns of republicans be the moderate or other wise.

    The current president ran on the same rhetoric...” changing the way Washington does business" does anyone remember that line.

    He ran on the NCLB (no chilled left behind) and then had another African American sellout (former Education Sec "Paige") endorse the biggest lie ever told with regard to the state of Education in Texas.

    Obama offers little change if any, he has special interest folk working on his campaign, it would be unwise to think they will not have a say , so in his administration.

    Obama is nothing but a new face using an old line "Change". We have seen where that rhetoric has brought us. An unsafe, unstable, and unpredictable economy. A banking crisis so similar to the Savings and Loan failures, it's scary.

    Texas was silent and its silence help put this current president in office. Will Illinois do the same? That is the question.

    April 21, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Grif

    The Tide of Change... She'll most likely win every one, from now on.
    Then they will both lose in November... .

    April 21, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Mike R. California

    Does my opinion deserve to be stuck with "moderators" until the comments are closed?

    The Democrats have given the GOP an early Christmas gift. Hillary (like Bill) is a pathological liar. She will say, or do, ANYTHING in order to get elected. It's about power, not serving the people. Admit it to yourselves, Hillary supporters. More and more people who can actually think for themselves are seeing right through this candidate. She and her husband are, without doubt, political prostitutes.

    As for Obama, again we must be honest with ourselves before we can properly critique him. His voting record in the senate demonstrates a pattern of wishy-washy – don't dare take a stand LACK of voting that should, by itself, show he is not a leader! He has abstained from so many votes that he should be ashamed to refer to himself as a senator. He was elected to represent his constituency and has failed miserable every time he declined to vote on an issue. What kind of leader does NOTHING in order to "not make a mistake that could come back on him"? Furthermore, and again this requires one to be honest with ones self: he has involved himself for decades with a radical sect of "Americans", if they can call themselves that. Separatists are probably a better word. His wife is more racially biased than anyone in mainstream politics could ever get away with. Why is she allowed to do this? Are we afraid to call an African American a racist? Pathetic. Wake up Americans!

    John McCain is by no means a perfect candidate. He does, however, often buck the entire system and refuse to toe the party line. He has his own ethical standards and sticks to them more than any other candidate we've seen in quite some time. He is experienced in life, politics, and war. He has seen the worst war has to offer. Again, be honest: would this man subject so many people from so many countries to the horrors of war without reasonable cause? No matter who takes over, they will have to deal with extremism and our security and make decisions about how best to use or not to use our military.

    Appeasement has been shown throughout history to be an unlikely resolution in the long run. We don't speak German and live under tyranny because of the blood of millions of brave souls in the 20th century. Don't stomp on their graves! Our military is based on a volunteer army. Don't join without considering the chance of being deployed in a deadly situation. If all you want is free training and college money, but don't want to offer your life, potentially, for the security of your country STAY OUT OF THE ARMED FORCES.

    Admit to yourself one last thing: it is not, and has never been, humanly possible to peacefully coexist on this planet. Think about it. I certainly don't have an answer to fix it. I do know that large portions of our national treasure are given out as aid to many, many countries around the globe. America is not a bad country! People didn't cry about our involvement around the world so much when the big bad Soviet Union posed a threat. If a nuke of any size gets detonated in New York, or most places in this country, you can say goodbye to the American way of life as our financial system will collapse like a deck of cards. We will be worthless. Try and get some money from your investments or bank accounts when the system collapses. No commerce, no money to buy food, looting, bare cupboards and fighting among ourselves for the Darwinian right to survive. Do you think it can't happen? Just wake up and be an American who supports America. That is the best we can do. Then, together we take our chances living in a dangerous world.

    April 21, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. jonsid

    I believe part of the reason Hillary needs to win is because of her daughter. She has been preening her for a job in politics ever since her campaign began. She expects that if she wins, her daughter will have much more of a chance to rise as she has. She might even be thinking of a Chelsea run for President some day. If Hillary doesn't win, that dream is all but over. Too bad for Chelsea, but I'm not sorry for Hillary.

    April 21, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Melissa Atlanta, GA

    The results of the PA primary really don't matter (unfortunately); no matter who wins and by how much, the bottom line is Hillary will not leave this race. The dems will have to drag her off the convention stage kicking and screaming. If Hillary wins PA, the ONLY reason is that the Ditto-Heads have been instructed by the God-Father of Talkradio to cross-over and vote for her to get Obama out. Why hasn't the media addressed this???

    April 21, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. ds

    She'll stay in to continue collecting others' money to pay her debt. Poor little rich senator.

    April 21, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Jacob S

    My only hope is that she wins at best by 5% or thereabouts. If so, I think she would be a fool not to give up at that point but she's not exactly renowned for stepping out gracefully, so who knows?

    As to a possible independent run if she loses, not only would that present yet more examples where she lied/mislead people but that would be a recipe for failure. If luck is on our side and intelligence is with voters, most of them will ignore her and go with Obama as if she weren't running again at all. More likely, though, many of her supporters would stay with her, while Obama's would stay with him. Meanwhile, McCain would still have the vast majority of right leaners and win easily and handily. I realize her campaign hasn't exactly been great at devising winning strategies but even she must realize how stupid a move that would be if she truly wants a Democrat in the white house.

    As to the people who will vote McCain or not vote at all if their candidate of choice(Hillary) is not nominated, they are being fools, too caught up in their pride to do what is right. I don't care how much you hate Obama/Hillary, if you call yourself a true Democrat or Democratic sympathizer or whatever, for you to vote for what is essentially 4-8 more years of, at the least, Bushlike policies just because you're angry that your favorite candidate lost is vindictive and will only hurt the country. I loathe what Hillary has done in her campaign, but I would vote for her in November in a second if it meant a vote against McCain and his policies. But hey, if you want 4+ more years of Bush because you can't swallow your pride, then be ready to reap what you sow.

    April 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |


    April 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Bill Morris


    April 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Peter

    Clinton wil win PA by 10 point.
    Obama with his outspending her 3 to 1 ,4 to1 cannot close the deal.
    She won big Sttates were in November are must win in order to be in the W.H..
    Do not forget Florida and Michican were if Obama is the nominee will go Republican.

    Think about it and vote Clinton 08
    best qualified and prepared candidate.

    April 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Suziku

    We may be in for a long night but it definitely won't be spent with you!

    April 21, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Peter

    Clinton wil win PA by 10 point.
    Obama with his outspending her 3 to 1 ,4 to1 cannot close the deal.
    She won big Sttates were in November are must win in order to be in the W.H..
    Do not forget Florida and Michican were if Obama is the nominee will go Republican.

    Think about it and vote Clinton 08
    best qualified and prepared candidate.

    April 21, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Sarah

    The thought of Cruella as President makes me ill!!!! OBAMA 08'

    April 21, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. pam Eugene OR

    Please Hillary, go home and take Bill with you. You deserve each other and America deserves better.
    Obama 08

    April 21, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Sarah


    April 21, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10