November 10th, 2007
03:43 PM ET
15 years ago

On the road to Vegas

The CNN Election Express stops at the Vail Pass for live reports.

ON BOARD THE CNN ELECTION EXPRESS (CNN)- We’re on the road to Las Vegas. And we’re two miles high. We set up shop and CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider did live reports for CNN Domestic and CNN International at the Vail Pass, nearly 11,000 feet in altitude.

We started the morning in Denver, outside the state capitol. The Democrats are holding their presidential convention in the Mile High City next summer. The party’s made major gains in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain states. They’ve picked up four House seats, two Senate seats and three Governorships over the past two elections.

Here in Colorado, Democrats control the governor’s office and both houses of the state legislature for the first time in 40 years. A region that was once reliably red is now up for grabs and Democrats hope to continue that trend in next year’s Presidential election. That’s one reason their holding their convention in Denver.

But Republicans say that they’ll hold on to the region, especially if Hillary Clinton wins the nomination.

Bill Schneider’s first live shot this morning was in front of the state capitol. But just as we were finishing up, we had to move. The city was setting up for Denver’s Veterans Day parade, and the CNN Election Express was in the way. So we quickly packed up, brought down the satellite dish atop the bus, and drove over to Mile High Stadium to set up shop again. Schneider was back at it, going live for CNN and CNN International.

After a few more live reports for CNN Domestic and our international network, we were on our way, up into the Rocky Mountains, and on the road to Las Vegas, where CNN will host Thursday’s Democratic Presidential Debate.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Don W Davenport FL

    she'd do much better protecting her "lead" if she were to get pregnant & take maternity leave?

    November 10, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. jack,baltimore,md

    so cnn what do you want us to write here......Isn't this your job, or is more about recording history.....Thank you anyway for letting us know you are in that time buy a jet is more fun......

    November 10, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Phillip,boston,ma

    Tell Obama if he hits on clinton again this time, She shoot in polls and he wont,get nomination and he wont or may be get elected and he wont...Tell him she prefer softballs and may be staged questions like for illegal aliens and she can also have it both ways and win the nomination........

    November 10, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. ben Davie, Fl

    how about two house seats, one senate seat and the governorship. also, back up your not so subtle criticism of clinton with reliable polls

    November 10, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |

    This is POLITICAL COMMENTARY? You're on the road, up on Vail Pass? Is this really pertinent and topical to politics or what we, the electorate, need to know? Well, I'm glad you're so excited about being up in that gorgeously intoxicating scenery, but me thinks the altitude is getting to you boys!

    I hope the writer's strike ends soon so Jon Stewart can mock your silliness again, and Steve Colbert can stop weeping.

    Speaking of which, I haven't seen any reports about Mr. Obama lately, is there now a concerted effort to redirect all of the attention away from him towards Edwards and Hillary?

    Let's try some serious journalism for a change!

    If you need to tout your own horn, next time blow a whistle.

    November 10, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. Jed in Texas

    Thanks,CNN.At least you still believe in free speech and allow almost every one to vent and give their opinion,Right ,Left or Middle.I think alot of these bloggers would like express their views on Faux News but they dont allow free speech over there!!!

    November 10, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |