January 8th, 2008
11:32 AM ET
15 years ago

Blitzer: What to watch for tonight

New Hampshire voters are turning out in record numbers.

New Hampshire voters are turning out in record numbers.

(CNN) - Beyond the obvious winners and losers tonight in New Hampshire, here are a few questions to consider while watching our coverage:

The speeches after the votes are counted. Obama delivered by all accounts a great speech in Des Moines after winning there. If he wins tonight, what does he do for an encore? What about Hillary Clinton tonight? I will want to see who is on that stage surrounding her. In Iowa, we saw Bill Clinton, Chelsea, Madeleine Albright. What about tonight? Will the Clinton camp project a different image?

Negativity. How nasty will it get? The angry rhetoric is heating up on both sides. Obama, Clinton and Edwards are getting it on - as are Romney, McCain and Huckabee. I suspect all of them will continue to
pump up the volume. I will be listening closely to their respective speeches tonight as well.

The Ron Paul factor. How does he do? He wound up with about 10 percent in Iowa. Will he do the same tonight? He may be a Republican candidate but he clearly appeals to independents - and some Democrats as well. Will he take votes from other candidates who appeal to independents, especially John McCain and Barack Obama? We shall soon find out.

Losers. Who, if anyone, drops out after tonight? Joe Biden and Chris Dodd split after Iowa. Bill Richardson, Fred Thompson, Dennis Kucinich, Duncan Hunter and the others all insist they are in the game. But that's what candidates always say until they drop out. Let's see who falls next.

Those are a few nuggets from my viewer's guide to the New Hampshire primary. We will share the details with you every step of the way. If you are a political news junkie as I am, it doesn't get much better than this. Thanks for watching.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. Danny

    Mr Cnn ask Mr Baraka obama why when he elected for seneta he went to his father home county and people see him like rock star he do the same when i will be present in usa

    2 Qestion people from kenya ask him before to go to kenya to be a present there ask him if he lose here in usa he can go to kenya to be a present. to mrs clinton if she be a present she go to use her husband like who in her cabnet? thanks very much mr wolf your number one press in world people like you a lot i be a lot of county talk about you wolf good job

    January 15, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  2. saningo

    like you know every body no change i go to be here in America every this is done just to progress what previous present did, just looking for ecomic,foren relation ship, hearth care , buld more job ,immigration clinton came she said change obama the same the lie 4 year in office nothing done they just that say that people to to vote for them when go to the office they forget

    January 15, 2008 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  3. Babs

    I think CNN should make an endorsement rather than stylishly presenting negative report about the Clintons. How can CNN report a story about the debate tonight just some minutes ago without mentioning the winning in New Hempshire for Hillary Clinton, but stress the fact that Michigan and Florida are not too important.

    I have keenly followed the primaries and think Americans should wise up and see beyond gender and look at the issues. Governance is about ability and one of the key ways to measure this, is from the past records of an individual. And I must say part of the strength in leadership is how you are able to deal with the opposition. If you cannot successfuly manage them, they will disrupt even your good programs.

    Therefore, I think Hillary Clinton is the best candidate for America right now.

    January 31, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Dan

    Seeing how Wolf Blitzer is in the back pocket of the Clintons and afraid of asking tough quesiton and not man enough to ask, this should be a rerun of past democratic debates. Boring and sensless. I also noticed the republicans are often asked hard questions and sometimes really dumb. I feel they have been set up and wish they would have gone to a different format since the Clinton News Network has the bias of their political power through them. What a waste of time and money. Never talk about the issues. Just each other.

    January 31, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Liz

    Question: When Hilary Clinton was in the White House she attempted to launch a healthcare program that was a complete failure? Why do you not ask her about that attempt? Ask her how we can be sure she won't take us down the wrong road again, please.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. Roger Jones

    WOW! Please show Michelle Obama's speech on Sunday at UCLA. What a speaker, she really touched on the issues that I believe in.

    February 3, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. SAED

    EAR SIR:


    February 5, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. John Polifronio

    The most obvious part of this drama, has been the extent to which media have succeeded in hiding their complicity in injuring Hillary and her campaign. And, by media, I certainly mean CNN, and "the best news team on TV." Quite aside from the usual nuts posting a steady wittches brew of hatred against the former first lady, CNN's people show an astonishing bias against her. It seems you can't stop attacking Hillary. When you discuss Obama, it's always with the goal of improving his hopes of destroying Hillary. You literally brag about the extra money he has, as if this hasn't been something most people have deplored in politics. But since, in this case, it's being used against Hillary, it's all fine and good. It's as if no one is permitted to say a kind word about her, and you relish the hope that you'll find some means of undermining her, of minimizing her achievements, of ridiculing her efforts. What the hell is wrong with you people?
    You speak of Obama having "erased Hillary's lead in California," a preposterous and ludicrous misestimate of reality. Whatever drop we've seen in Hillary's campaign has come from media, not from Obama. Obama can't get out of his own way, and if left alone would, in spite of his endless money, implode, right before our eyes.

    February 6, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  9. GC

    Wolf, These people who say they want change in politics amuse me. They're the same people that wanted change in 2000, then went out and voted for George W Bush. See where that got us. Now they want to change to Barack Obama, who has the support of who, the established democrats, ala the Kennedy clan, that supported Bush's war and voted for the increase in military spending which put more fire power in the war, but didn't help protect our troops over there. It also didn't protect military families of troops overseas, nor protect our fughting troops when they FINALLY did come home. Looks to me like it's the same old politics with Obama, more than Clinton.

    February 6, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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