BLITZER'S BLOG: How many times will the tables turn between now and November?
February 21st, 2012
03:47 PM ET
2 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: How many times will the tables turn between now and November?

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – Things appear to be moving in the right direction for President Obama and his re-election drive – at least a bit.

The unemployment rate has been steadily going down in recent months.

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Santorum will be center stage at Wednesday's CNN debate
February 20th, 2012
03:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum will be center stage at Wednesday's CNN debate

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – It’s good to come back to the Phoenix area in advance of CNN’s Republican presidential debate at the Mesa Arts Center. The debate takes place Wednesday night. John King will moderate.

It’s amazing how quickly things have changed. Rick Santorum is now the front-runner. He will be center stage.

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February 7th, 2012
03:33 PM ET
2 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: No end in sight for slaughtering in Syria

(CNN) – The situation in Syria is exploding with death and destruction.

The United Nations now says more than 7,000 people – mostly peaceful protesters – have been killed.

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Filed under: Syria • TV-The Situation Room
BLITZER’S BLOG: The importance of debates
January 30th, 2012
04:05 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: The importance of debates

(CNN) – Because I’ve now moderated three of them, I know it will sound self-serving when I say I’ve really enjoyed watching all the Republican presidential debates. There have been about 20 so far, and they have been informative. Like the millions of Americans who’ve watched them on television, I’ve learned a great deal about the candidates. They’ve been really instrumental in shaping public attitudes.

Millions and millions of Americans who’ve watched the debates are now better-informed voters.

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Filed under: 2012 • CNN Debate • TV-The Situation Room
BLITZER'S BLOG: My thoughts before tonight's debate
January 26th, 2012
03:43 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: My thoughts before tonight's debate

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - I am blessed with a great team of producers and researchers who have helped me craft a lot of strong questions for tonight’s Republican presidential debate here on the campus of the University of North Florida. First of all, let me thank them. Hopefully, I won’t disappoint our viewers tonight.

This will be my third Republican debate in this presidential cycle. The ones I moderated at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa and at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., I thought, were solid and informative. We focused on some of the most important issues impacting Americans. I will try to do that once again tonight.

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Filed under: 2012 • CNN Debate • Florida
BLITZER’S BLOG: The gloves will be off in Thursday’s debate
January 23rd, 2012
04:30 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: The gloves will be off in Thursday’s debate

(CNN) – A week ago, the Gallup daily tracking poll of registered Republicans around the country had Mitt Romney at 37% with Newt Gingrich at only 14% percent. Guess what? That 23-point spread has now disappeared. The new nation-wide Gallup numbers: Romney 29% percent to Gingrich’s 28% percent. That’s a statistical tie well within the 3-point sampling error.

It only goes to show you how quickly political fortunes can change. Fresh from his double-digit victory over Romney in South Carolina, Gingrich now certainly has the political momentum going with him into Florida’s January 31 primary. He seems to be on a roll.

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Filed under: CNN Debate • Florida • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Polls • South Carolina
BLITZER’S BLOG: Gingrich tells me he smells victory
January 18th, 2012
04:26 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: Gingrich tells me he smells victory

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – All of a sudden this contest is getting very exciting.

In these final days before Saturday’s Republican presidential primary, the gap between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich seems to be narrowing – if you believe the latest polls.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina • TV-The Situation Room
BLITZER’S BLOG: Pres. Obama in full campaign mode
January 12th, 2012
03:56 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: Pres. Obama in full campaign mode

(CNN) – President Obama is now in full re-election campaign mode. If there was any doubt, just check out the campaign speeches he delivered Wednesday night at three separate fundraising events in Chicago.

“I’ve said before, I’m not a perfect man,” he told one Chicago group. “I’m not a perfect president. But I’ve promised you this, and I’ve kept this promise. I will always tell you what I believe. I will always tell you where I stand. I will wake up every single day thinking about how I can make this country better, and I will spend every ounce of energy that I have fighting for you.”

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • TV-The Situation Room
BLITZER'S BLOG: The next 10 days will be ugly
January 11th, 2012
03:42 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: The next 10 days will be ugly

(CNN) – Allow me to insert some caution in assessing the Republican presidential campaign right now. As much as so many folks are already suggesting that Mitt Romney has it all but wrapped up, let me suggest that it's not over yet.

Sure Romney has a solid organization with lots of campaign cash. He's also blessed with a strong super PAC that can inflict major damage on his GOP rivals. And beyond that, he has some strong political instincts and a wonderful wife and family who are major weapons.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • TV-The Situation Room
BLITZER'S BLOG: A salute to politicians
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum greets patrons at Mary Ann's Diner January 9, 2012 in Derry, New Hampshire.
January 10th, 2012
12:59 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: A salute to politicians

(CNN) – I know it will probably sound weird but I admire these politicians who are willing to put themselves out there before the American public knowing full well that all their warts will be exposed big time.

Most of them already have lots of money. They could easily coast at this point in their lives and sit back and relax.

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