December 25th, 2007
12:01 PM ET
15 years ago

North or south poll?

Watch Bill Schneider's report about the poll standings in the presidential race.

(CNN) - Are the poll numbers of the leading Democratic and Republican presidential candidates heading to the North poll or to the South poll? Which candidates do voters think have been naughty? And, which do voters think have been nice?

On Christmas Eve, Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports on where things stand in a tight race to for the White House.

Watch Schneider's report and learn how national front-runners Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-New York, are doing in the early voting states.

Filed under: Iowa • Nevada • New Hampshire • Polls • Presidential Candidates • South Carolina
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  1. RonPaulRon

    Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton on the Supreme Court. Vote Obama!

    January 7, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. michael kilcannon

    All I can see witht eh candidates that talk the talk of change, is the same old tired rhetoric. Only Ron Paul has the guts to get out there and make take the stands on issues that have to be made. He isn't like others that change their stances with every poll that is out there. He isn't a senator that can't find the time (or guts I guess) to record his vote on the Senate Floor (where was he when the Iran vote came up? He wasn't there, but found the guts to attack Hillary on her vote!) He isn't a wishy washy governor that seems to have put his hand on the constitution and swore to uphold the bible.

    This country is sick and needs a Doctor, not a lawyer! DR Paul in '08

    January 8, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  3. Mildred

    Now that White Americas clam to fame is that they helped nominate a Black man to the front runner status. I'd like to see them help make him BECOME President. I'd also lke to see those very white states turn black, if there clam to fame is as true as their vote. It is interesting to note that less than 2% of the population in NH is Black. I haven't forgotten Louisiana, where was the entire Christian evangelist community or the so called rich whites, who earn a hundred thousand plus incomes; when the helpless poor African American Blacks needed them. If Hillary is as evil as the media makes out than Dick Cheney and Bush are Satan. Their satanic mission to destroy not only the world but the Clintons is working quite well. The Clintons will have their last say. There is such thing as judgement day, I think it is spelled out clear and loud in The Bible. The Christian whites and fundamental Republicans have a strategy to make Barrack Obama the front runner of the Democratic Party and then destroy him. There is no doubt in my mind this current administration is behind a Obama Victory. Launching their old dirty tricks by recruting young college students and promoting change. All this HYPE is gust a way of electing one of their own to do the Same old, same old.

    January 8, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  4. no demo

    Obama will never see the oval office. All the whites that are pulling for him are just trying to show that they are not racist, so he leads in the polls but i bet on the one day it really counts that all of these non racist white voters will go in the to vote will sit there , with no on else watching them and ask themselves " Do i really want a black in the white house" and vote the other way. Obama will never carry the southern states, why you ask, well being from Alabama myself i can tell you that he is not well liked and in the voice of many we would rather vote for a woman than a black . He is on top now like a pony show, but when election day comes reality will hit that America doesn't want a black in the white house. Oh and if any one has noticed in the last few elections that the south has chosen the president. I even heard it on CNN shows. Hosts have said " why does the rest of the country even bother voting because the south always gets who they want in office" So if your life is full of candy canes and gum drops, thinking that a black will get the souths vote then you are as empty headed as the Obama himself. Obama did come to Alabama to visit, He went to selma, the blackest city in alabama. I hope he doesn't count on the black vote, i mean what black vote?

    January 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. BJbear

    I thought the whole idea was to bring forth the best candidates and have them be elected president! The democrats don't seem to understand that! Neither of the top two current candidates can win the south. Since you need at least some southern support to become president, this may make both candidates losers to the dems. So, why are we going through all of this. For the networks, for the betting public. No, it's so the people of the US can regain control over their own government. There is only one candidate out there that has stated he would fight for the little guy. His name is Edwards.

    But, I'm sorry, the networks say he cannot win. If Gore ain't in it! Edwards better be. Otherwise, it's another 8 years of republican leadership. We'll all be broke, not just the government!

    January 8, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. David F.

    Romney For President!
    And Why you ask…?

    Ok, the Democrats…

    Hillary :
    She talk's alot about experience, but…what experience? Being a shady lawyer in a backwater state with a closet full of skeletons. Or maybe being the first lady now qualifies one to be the most powerful person in the world? NOT!

    Obama :
    He's always talking about change, the reason? Because he is a junior senetor who has very little experience in anything except local issues. So…presto "Change". This will all wear off soon. We have 11 Months to go and his message will wear thin early in that time.

    Edwards :
    He's just too angry, probably because he's been doing this for a few go rounds now and it doesn't seem to be getting any better.

    And the Republicans…

    Huckabee :
    Well gee wiz let me think of something. Christianity is his only message that resonates with anyone. So if that's your thing, he's your man. He's just not a candidate that can win…the nomination or the election.

    Thompson :
    Represents the current administration too much. You get the feeling he's getting his advice from Dick Cheney.

    McCain :
    He is a patriot, but thats sort of where it ends. Thanks for your service John! But It's just not gonna happen, whether you dilute the process by winning New Hampshire or not.

    Ron Paul :
    Great message. Getting back to the constitution, great. But many of his other ideas are just…out there. And he suffers an unelectable personality issue. Again, he's not going to win.

    Giuliani :
    Good man, was in the right place to handle the 9/11 crisis, but couldn't beat Hillary in a Senate race, why does he think he'll be President? Sorry Rudy.

    So…Governor Romney. :
    A guy who's a family man, finished at the top of his class, headed up an Olympics, has done great in business and knows how to run a government! None of the other candidates come close in terms of qualifications! Take a closer look for yourself and get behind the right person for the job!

    January 8, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Ed from Texas

    Wow!!!! Ron Paul? I watched the You Tube....and I really did not ave too, to hear his backers talkabout revolution, hating democracy....the world is controlled by corporations....get rid of free market....only leads to corruption....must go back to Utopia....he has support....yes, and so does everyone else. Even Fred Thompsen has support.

    Uhmmm...being an independent who has served on elections of Democrats and Republicans...I am definitely going democrat this year. Romney...change...second generation politician...really is that change?
    For the others....Huckabee is the closest thing to change...but maybe he should get the old Clinton propaganda machine to make people to spin his "accomplishments" as Arkansas governor.

    Ron Paul? Maybe he should run with Lou Dobbs as a third party, or even with Bloomberg.

    The Democrats have some strong candidates this year, and it is interesting to see that there is alot of Hillary love. Iowa and New Hampshire deal with candidates for two to three years, so when they vote, they are probably the most informed voters in the country, because the candidates are grilled everywhere they go. They did not vote because of race, they voted on issues. Something that Hillary is now avoiding. She will only win the White House if we want the same old same old divided politics and mudslinging. Playing dirty only lets the dirty win. Thus we see Bush in office. The Republicans will use fear to win, and this shouldbe avoided at all costs. War has been justified by fear, not reason, and we need not make that mistake again.

    Obama won because of a consistent message, and Edwards had the same game plan. Clinton ran as an incumbant, and look at how she is doing now. I do not trust her. For many reasons. The main one was she is getting the backing of the Democrat power is that change? If she has 35 years of change....where is it? What has she effectively changed? Her change is running as a woman...and that is not a good reason to elect anyone. Just like electing Obama just because he is African-American. Do you know that Bill Clinton had the same disparaging remarks about experience, intelligence, and using hope as a message...with little action, mostly talk. And I think he won that election in '92, and now he is mad because Obama is running on that platform now. The change he promised and did not deliver is the one that Obama is running on now.

    Most of the comments above are absurd...Obama's name, because he is black, can't win the South, no experience, only one person looked at his record and did not agree with him, the rest is all on fear and racism. Concerns over his family background? Because this family is from a third world country and not from Europe. Would it be better if his name was Jerry Smith? Would we really be worried if he was educated in Geneva? As for the South...the South is still segregated and color counts. Jimmy and Jane Cracker still waits for the "Old South" to rise again...confederate.... I mean ole heritage flags...waving. Democrats have traditionally had a hard time winning the South, and Hillary is a Yankee...a Yankee woman...even worse. Everyone here in the South knows that...the Baptist vote won't allow for a woman vote in the South. That has been the history...Texas is one of the few places in the South where women can get elected.

    Edwards needs to win South Carolina or at least half of the Southern states on Super Tuesday or he is finished. Then we can all sit back and watch the Republican smeer campaign begin on the Democrats of Billery and Obama the terrorist. The country is tired of the ultra -conservative politics of the Republican party (2006 elections as a forcaster) so McCain better win the nod...or the Republicans will be taken out by the indepentent vote. Moderates are goingto decide 2008, and it is important that all of you bloggers get out and vote. This is an important time to vote. There are some good candidates out there, and go out and vote in your caucus and primary. Break these old stereotypes, I think this election is wide open on both sides, and most people blogging have never seen it this wide open in their life times. Be apart of the process and let us get the best person in there, even if it is a Republican or Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Dre Atlanta

    I was going to vote for Hillary but I feel Obama will bring changes to American which we need badly. I am tire of these long term politician in office and we are still struggling country with these politician who does not care about what American people feels. I just read the congress are getting a $4000 raise. What have they done for us as American people nothing at all. I feel Hillary won New Hampshire because Clinton went to her rescue when she started to cry. I thank God that I live to see that strong African American man that want to bring American people together who we would not judge him because of his color judge him because that he can bring changes to American who young people would look up to obama as a strong leader for all American people. I love Hillary she a great warrior who can fight the republican party who stop Health Care for children, minimum wages, high gas prices, foreclosure, war in Irag. I feel Obama would do the same but more by bringing republican, indepent, demoncrats together. Let join hands in bring Obama as our leader of United States of American. Let bring Hillary as vice president of United States of American. I feel American will be a better place to live for all American people.

    January 9, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. James

    CHANGE is an action word. ... I still have no idea how Obama will bring about this change. So he gets in office. ... then what ? Jesse Jackson and John Kerry will tell him what to do next I'm sure.

    January 10, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. James

    Comparing Obama to MLK, JFK and Reagan. ... please, his resume is not even in the same stack. He may have potential, but putting a one term senator who can deliver a firey message in this group is assinine. ... and that's putting it kindly

    January 10, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. chien Ng

    Obama gives us too much hopes that we can't grab them

    January 12, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. mark

    It amazes me how some individuals believe everything they hear.Obama is the only canidate that can bring real change. I do not want to see another 20 years of Bush or Clinton in office. Have we forgotton that she voted for the war! Now she wants to claim experience.. If that is experience, we dont need it. People, think for yourselves and stop letting the media influence you ultimate descision. Do we really want another 4-8 years of Bill Clinton..that is exactly what we will have if Hillary wins.

    Drew if you believe everthing you hear in the media, especially from people like Novak, who is tthe biggest lier and political fixer there is.....i have some ocean front property i will sell you in New Mexico! Duh!

    January 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Jason

    I cannot put into words how angry this makes me. We're suppose to be a nation of freedom, and rights. Yet the MSM does things like NOT putting candidates on their list because the candidate stands up for truth and does not lay down for them.

    America... if the media won't tell you about Ron Paul, do yourself a favor and look him up on google. We have to stand up for what's right. And obviously you won't get this information from CNN, or any other channel on tv.


    January 14, 2008 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
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