December 12th, 2007
02:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Iowa debate: It's getting hot in here

JOHNSTON, Iowa (CNN) - As the candidates face off in the debate hall at the Maytag Auditorium in suburban Des Moines, the national political media is watching and reporting on all the action from a media filing center just a few rooms away. And it’s close quarters.

There are far too many reporters, producers, writers and camera operators in a room way too small to hold the crowd. And this media filing center also doubles as a live shot location for our CNN reporters and correspondents from other networks.

The space is also being used as a spin room as well. It’s the smallest debate media filing center space we’ve been in to date, and we’ve been at a record number of presidential debates this year.

It may be cold outside, here in media center, as we sit on top of each other, it’s quite cozy.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Charles

    Congratulations to Mitt Romney (not my favorite Republican candidate, incidentally) for being the only candidate on stage to eschew the rhetoric of the extremist economic supply-siders, and make some sensible remarks about taxation. Bravo!

    December 12, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Bryan, Firestone, CO

    Take it to 'em Romney!! Huckabee is a two-facer...will show you his nice guy face that says he won't run any negative campaigning, then he'll stab you in the back with his other face with comments that subtly stirs up the stereotypes, the animosity and religious intolerance in others.

    December 12, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. demwit

    Where’s the bubonic plague filled flees when you need them..

    December 12, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Marty Klein, Lansing, KS

    Waaah ....

    December 12, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Charles

    Fred Thompson, by the way, is either a multi-millionaire or one of the most financially incompetent people in public life. What do you think he gets paid per movie or network TV appearance? He may not have Romney's fortune, but he's undeniably wealthy.

    December 12, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Charles, Des Moines, IA

    wow – Romney was hot at the debate! Did you hear his response on education? Phenomenal! What a record! Who beats that? No one. That hushed every other candidate out there.

    So here's the real deal. Romney is this country's best choice for America's future. Come on Iowa. Join me in January to put Romney in the White House. I really like most of the other candidates, but Romney is head and shoulders above the rest.

    December 12, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Chris, Council Bluffs, IA

    Interesting post-debate review. CNN had a room with 28 Republicans and asked them who was voting for Romney before the debate. About 4 hands went up. Then he asked how many thought that Romney won the debate. All but maybe 1 or 2 hands went up. VERY impressive

    I think we know who the next President is...Romney, without a doubt

    December 12, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Daniel 6, Detroit MI

    Joe Biden can get it done. Why? Because he can get votes from both sides of the isle. You don't have to ask what he will do as president. Just look at what hes done.

    December 12, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Jon B Olathe KS

    Ever get the feeling that some people that post on this blog are paid staffers? Messages to rehearsed and targeted...

    I mean seriously,

    Charles, Des Moines, IA : December 12, 2007 4:35 pm

    What normal mid-westerner talks like that? I've grown up in the midwest and that post sounds like someone trying to sell be a stolen car.

    December 12, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. M.Kuykendall, Mesa, Az. 85215

    I hope the voters in Iowa, are not Color Blind. Color should not effect their vote, and neither should Ophra, a show host, who ignored the cry for help from where she grew up during Katrina.She grew up in South Mississippi, and never has anyone from her home town on her show, she is above the poor people that she grew up with, it is a shame that she would not even recognized them during Katrina.
    O'Bama appears to be a very nice,warm, YOUNG man, that someday may well be qualified to lead the Country, but not in 2008. It would be so scary for him to get the bid, just because of the backing of Ophra, who is not what she tries to show her great audience. She is doing this for O'Bama, because he will allow her to use her popularity, and the race card to help him.
    Colin Powell would never stoop to allow a TV Host do that for him, he should be the one running for President, he is qualified. The office of President should not be run by such an unproven person, as O'Bama. I had rather see McCain, or Hucklebee be elected, and I am a die hard Democratic, but Ophra is trying to push an in experienced young man into a very difficult job,because he is Black. What a shame, she grew up in the South which as a whole was just like she is a raceist, only she is reversed. Do not think for one minute she would be out helping a White O'Bama. What a sham, Hollywood is on the trail for helping O'Bama, next Michael Moore will hit the trail. What happened to voting for those that have experience to lead a Country in dire need of a great leader? This man is not too long out of his teens who Ophra is pushing because he is Black. Besides Ophra knows nothing about foreign policy, and we need someone so bad who does, Condi Rice, or Colin Powel if they need to be Black, not Opra out pushing the race card in something so important to the World's greatest Super power, at least now. Who knows if Americans fall for a Popular TV Host, who is pushing a very young man that has no proven record for any office, and to push O'Bama for President? Give him time to grow up and prove to Americans if he has what it takes to first be more than a 1 time Senator? He almost a child. Ophra just got on the Ban Waggon, because she thinks she can influence Women who watch her show daily to vote for who she wants elected. Not the one who can lead a Great Country like America, which is NOT a daily TV Show. I think she should at least visit Iraq before she starts using her "Star Power" to try to elect O'Bama because he is Black. Tell the truth Ophra, I know you from when you were growing up and you now think you can use your fame and power to push this young man into a position that he is NOT prepared to hold. Please let the race card fall to the past.

    December 12, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Ed orlando Fl

    1.moderator Carolyn send your makeup person back to barnum and bailey you had more facial makeup on your cheeks and lips than Bozo the clown. You did not act like a clown your job far out did the usual Blitzer, Mathews,Wallace, Brian Williams, and the rest of the moderators who usually are more concerned with their own choice or their own EGOS. You moderated instead of trying to steal the spotlight as most of the old moderators do. Allen Keyes, I thought we got rid of that loser four or five elections ago. Best benefactor is any democratic contestant after watching this gaggle of losers.

    December 12, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. Independent in IA

    ...This man is not too long out of his teens
    Posted By M.Kuykendall, Mesa, Az.

    Read the rules, please. Obumble is in his mid to late 40's. Rule is you have to be at least 45 years old to run for President of the United States.

    December 13, 2007 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  13. Rafi, NY NY

    "Read the rules, please. Obumble is in his mid to late 40's. Rule is you have to be at least 45 years old to run for President of the United States."


    December 13, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |