January 1st, 2008
06:35 AM ET
10 years ago

The Best Political Podcast


WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's New Years Eve and a hard-fought year of campaigning by the field of White House hopefuls will finally be subjected to its first test with Iowa's caucuses on January 3.

In Monday's Best Political Podcast, Dana Bash reports on Mike Huckabee's last-minute decision not to air an attack ad.

Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider explains why Iowa may be make-or-break for one GOP and one Democratic front-runner and Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley reports from the Hawkeye State about the Democrats' unprecedented get-out-the vote effort for the caucuses.

Wolf Blitzer speaks with Mitt Romney about Huckabee's decision to stay positive on the eve of the voting in Iowa and Blitzer also shares with you the hottest stories on the Political Ticker.

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–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Wade Enns

    Huckabee the wanna be political stunt has shown he is not tought enought to hit back when its time to hit.

    With regards to Hillary and Nancy Polosi in the White house breaks the rule of
    only once Cat in the house, thats a dangerous combination, not worth the risk.

    Mitt Romney has the right balance and is passionate about America, the times are changing and for the time is ripe for Mitt Romney.

    Hillary can't handle on the job demands proved by her only taking pre selected questions, what a phoney she is.

    January 1, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Pass on the sign-in to read comments

    January 1, 2008 04:47 am at 4:47 am |


    January 1, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  4. mary anne radmacher

    America – ALL the candidates are talking about it being "time for a change."

    We have been governed by men since founding this country. As Abigail Adams
    gently and firmly admonished John, "Don't forget the ladies," as he was working to insure the Declaration covered ALL citizens.....

    John basically told his much loved wife, "Dear, women already govern the world. If we gave you the vote...what would the men have left?" (Paraphrase but close.)

    Hillary Clinton has a lifetime, beginning in grade school, of strong leadership and demonstrated vision and high values. She's a leader first. But I've never forgotten she is a woman and THAT, my fellow Americans, is VOTING for REAL change. I suppose this can be accused of playing "the gender card." So accuse me.

    If Abigail were here and able to speak she'd be reminding the "ladies" of America how important at this time in our history that the way be paved, at a national level, for a woman to lead our country. Hillary Clinton's qualifications are NOT that she was first lady. Her qualifications are that she is a brilliant, innovative, strategic and caring thinker. That she is a woman only adds additional strength to an already profound equation.

    January 1, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. TDoc

    Tax Reform? Look no farther than Ron Paul. The only candidate in the field willing to attack the core of the issues – our civil liberties versus an ever more cash hungry Federal government. Choose personal freedom over bigger government.

    Vote Ron Paul

    January 1, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    Presidential political science pre-expectation:
    foreign relations:
    The President should understand and have read prior to dealing with any other international power the foreign government declarations, constitutions, bills or rights, or any other documentation which grants or limits powers to government or the people of that foreign nation. It is expected that as the executive in charge: those who would fulfill the role of the President would have previously understood such themselves in their lifetime and well before the election or proposed candidacy or otherwise would have the skill to direct and control their foreign assigned officers; or, would facilitate directly after their election the time needed for lessons or reviews held with their appointed ambassadors as to determine a personal relationship with such documentation and other rules and writs of foreign leadership, as such may have been previously unavailable or unknown.

    In Vice Presidential pre-expectation:
    Domestic; those who would fulfill this role would have read and understood, for reference, every State Constitution; but, would leave such announcement to those State Senators should themselves voice such conflicts, yet, The Vice President should still be vested to contact the Governor of such a State in conflict about any such known contradiction via those State Senators themselves or with Paged delivery.

    The Presidents first responsibility is to the constitution, and as The President understands the body of that document as it is used in reference and is the backdrop for all treaties to be signed or created.

    As the Vice President: any and all domestic agendas can be facilitated but such agendas are limited to the method and control of the entire Federal government, so they may be considered a new amendment and must be passed by the House of Congress, then must be ratified by the many States. Agenda in policies can however be created, but they only directly alter the current mandate of any existing Federal bureau; Federal bureaus are created to aide in the defense and enforcement of the Constitution.

    The Role of the Party Caucuses in the Presidential selection is interruptive the Electoral College method. The President is an individual who is separate from all the other Executive Branches; the parties derogate that truth.

    As the Structure of the State government is meant to mirror that of the Federal level the Governor in each State should be hired under the same Electoral College method who members would equal the number those of the State legislatures, so chosen for wisdom and ability to judge character. State Electoral College members would be selected from the nominees provided by the many townships and other city administrations and appointed with a lottery so an achieving anonymity. The Electoral College’s purpose is to determining the true character and qualifications of all the candidates as if the Electoral College Members were appointing a Judge; so the Electoral College acts as the Federal Senate would in all Federal level appointments but with final authority vested in the elections board members and the Supreme Court who sign the outcome into power. This selection process empowered to the Federal Executive officer has spread to the department level as empowered by Constitution to create such a department.

    The States Electoral College nominees should be seconded by a board made up a selection of the Nations Justices of the Peace who would concur with the selections for those proposed Electoral College Members before the final selection lottery of both the Federal and State Electoral College members. Preventing nepotism by the Electoral College members would be impossible unless the field of selection was reduced to only picking from those without any public or private memberships or other associations.

    The Electoral College should not be diluted with the limitations of the public’s opinion; and to attempt to make the entire public body enabled to in a small way take part would be an expense to great. The House of Congress and those Representatives are the publics contact point for the application of any federal changes to the constitution while the Senate would only be contacted by the public to report a reason for the President not to sign a proposed but Congressionally passed bill; as the public now reports the finding of a factual contradiction was found in or between the bill and other existing laws or documents.

    A Presidential Candidate can not sell themselves accurately to a crowd of largely unknown peoples, and both the candidate and the public will not be represented well as for their true character or skill level, or their requirements needed in a President. Those appointed to the Federal Electoral College are empowered to learn about all possible candidates applying for the Presidential Posting without obstruction from any other person, party, association, religion, or from government bodies of either a State or the whole Federation.

    January 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |