BLITZER’S BLOG: Get ready for ugly, nasty campaign
December 30th, 2011
04:52 PM ET
6 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: Get ready for ugly, nasty campaign

(CNN) - Get ready for a really ugly general election presidential campaign.

The negative ads are going to be intense no matter who wins the Republican nomination.


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  1. Jason

    One day soon, our reckless economic and military ignorance will be called an act of war. Who will come save us from ourselves? Will they say they are defending their strategic interests? What if they say they are protecting the freedoms of humanity and democracy?

    What if sound money and jobs are only possible when we aren't sending $5 billion out of this country every day?

    What if Christianity teaches peace and not preventative wars and aggression?

    What if we save ourselves?
    Ron Paul & Jon Huntsman 2012.

    December 30, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. fred ca

    Start with the money from the alliance of Wall Street, Lawyers, drug companies and Unions who bought obama his position and are giving even more now to keep their cash register in office. Add in the graduates of the chicago political thuggery machine that surrounds obama. Yes, it will get ugly and nasty. That is all the obama gang and the dems know how to do.

    December 30, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Have to agree with that prediction.

    December 30, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. MTATL67

    This is a miserable field of candidates. Nothing says there has to be an opposing candidate. As in Congress it is clear that the GOP leadership was absent yet again.

    December 30, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    You think it's ugly, Wolf? More like absolutely hysterical ... haven't laughed so hard in years at the political campaign media coverage now masquerading itself as news.

    December 30, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Lisa A.

    Excellent , Jason. What is so hard for people to undertand?

    December 30, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Valerie from Raleigh

    To say we should expect an ugly 2012 presidential campaign is a true understatement. Look at what the Family Values, Christian, Republican candidates have done to each other! There is no longer honesty with Republicans as anything and everything is twisted, mis-stated and turned into an absolute lie to try to get an advantage over all the other candidates. With what I have heard from them so far, they all will qualify as an employee of Fox News when the election is over and President Barack Obama is firmly set in the White House for another four years. Fox News has great difficulty with the truth and this bunch will certainly fit in. I wonder what decent, former Republican statesmen think of what has happened to the once-proud Republican party. Sad.........

    December 30, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. politics as usual

    CNN could help by not providing bandwidth to posters who only talk to hear their heads rattle. I have never seen such ugly comments anywhere as those I have read on this site.

    December 30, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    The Obama re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee have already started their own attacks against Romney. They assume he has the best chance of winning the GOP nomination. They also think he has the best chance potentially of defeating the president.
    They are correct on both counts. But do expect to see more bribes like the payroll tax cut where Obama used the Social Security Trust Fund cash to put a little money in voters pockets going into this election year. In fact, the election politics should pretty much be his guiding light for all of 2012. This will be even more intense than the politics that have driven every decision he has made in office, so it should be quite a spectacle to see what happens when a political hack like Obama kicks it into overdrive.

    December 30, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. george of the jungle

    Just when you think it can't get worse it will. The repos have screwed each other so badly when they turn on our president no telling what lies they will make up and fox will keep it going. you betcha!. Just look at the comments they repos make now . They don't even pertain to the subject matter. Just one negitive remark after another. Look at the dumb birther remarks made today. Repo stratigy is to keep saying this nonsense untill people start to believe it. Vote all repos out.

    December 30, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Mikey

    @Fred – Interesting comment. Helps understand the Abi-normal mind. For the record, President Obama's election was the result of receiving more votes than any presidential candidate in history, having more individual donors than any campaign in history, and having more volunteers working their behinds off than any candidate in history.

    With all the big money behind the GOP, accusing the democrats of buying elections is laughable. President Obama's average donor gave less than $200 in total. The average donation was below $100... and that includes any "big money" he received. I expect that you probably like your fantasy better.

    December 30, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Terry, VA

    There is nothing mean or nasty about pointing out Obummie's record. He is a complete failure due to incompetance or he has intentionally set out to destroy this country. Either way, he must go if this country is going to survive. No counrty in ALL OF HISTORY has survived by being a welfare state which Obummie is promoting.

    December 30, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Mikey

    @Four – The reason for the payroll tax holiday is to put money into the economy. It's not a bribe. I can see you logic gets twisted by your obvious overwhelming distain for our POTUS. I am very proud of our President. Too bad for you that you are not.

    December 30, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. dgb

    wolf–obama is a fraud and you investigate nothing...his birth cert says daddy born in kenya...what more is there to say..he is why is Osmama still in office...Corruptiuon–and the media is really abunch of fools.

    December 30, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. dgb

    obummer will try toi say his record belongs to bush

    December 30, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. politics as usual

    I wanted to be proud of our president–I voted for him–but I have lost HOPE that he can effect the CHANGE that is really needed to turn our economy around. That said, I don't hate him, by any means. I just don't feel like I can vote for him again.

    December 30, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    @Four – The reason for the payroll tax holiday is to put money into the economy. It's not a bribe.
    "Put money into the economy" ? The Congressional Budget Office estimates payroll tax cuts would generate between 10 and 90 cents in economic activity for every dollar of budgetary cost. Doesn't quite seem like borrowing money from the Social Security Trust Fund is getting us much though, does it? But the real justification? Bribe as many voters as possible with one swipe of his pen. That's an easy one for Obama. Let someone else worry about funding Social Security. That's not his problem.

    December 30, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. Terry, VA

    @ Mikey- you must be one of Obummie's welfare cases. All working people don't mind paying money into Social Security Benefits. The fund is already broke and to further rob from it shows that Obummie and his idiots want to destroy that program until he can promote further class warfare to steal more money from others that contribute the most. Glad you are proud of him. I think his policies stink.

    December 30, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Every time you libel and slander Ron Paul, people look him up, and he gains support. Every time you tote the asinine assertion that he "can't" win, people look him up, and he gains support. When you ignore him, people wonder why, look him up, and he gains more support. When you call him a racist, black Americans laugh at your ignorance.

    Ron Paul’s governing stance is, has always been, and will always be, individual liberty for all Americans, period.

    What is disturbing at this point, is not that you continue to unapologetically persist with your outrageous lies and mischaracterizations, because that is predictable; but rather your inability to see just how badly this irreversibly damages your credibility. So please, keep up the good work and stay desperate.

    December 30, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Keith in Austin

    When you have a record as deplorable as Obama's, all that's left is to blame, defile and attack others. Coupled with his clear ambition to DIVIDE us as a People, Obama will run the dirtiest campaign in American History! Count on it!

    Cleary, 40 perent of Americans voters will vote for Liberal Democrats. 40 percent are Conservatives voting Republican. The Independent vote comprising the remaining 20 percent of the electorate will be the deciding factor. Thankfully Independent voters are leaving the Obama camp in droves for the right reasons. All the DNC mudslinging in the World can't change the simple fact that Obama has been a terrible President and his left-wing policies have been strongly detrimental to our Nation.

    December 30, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Politics as usual.

    December 30, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. once upon a horse

    @ Terry, VA....

    it has been the Republicans i recall that said if you're not doing well or if you're unemployed it's YOUR OWN FAULT. So I think you're blaming the wrong folks if your life in VA is rotten right now. Besides I really don't think you know what a welfare state is. If such existed here then the poverty rate would not be rising and there would be less homeless people because the government would be taking care of them. Just saying........

    December 30, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. willie floyd

    Why do we never hear from the Obama bashers some of the great things GWB did for our country-you know like 2 unfunded wars, unfunded tax breaks for the upper class, and most importantly having him "forced" on us by the supreme court.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    December 30, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. T'sah from Virginia

    ►BLITZER’S BLOG: Get ready for ugly, nasty campaign
    And after the RIGHT is done – Bring out the Champaign
    Because there is more to come and it won’t be a ho-hum
    Obama waits on the side to chide with whatever may come

    Obama 2012 – Because

    December 30, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Once the Republican dust settles, we will see the Republican groups begin to launch their attack ads against President Obama.”

    Past 3 years Fox and right wing radio talk show did that, now voters realized they were lying .Now Republicans has to sell their products its going to hard

    December 30, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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