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. Wayne, Greenville TX

    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.

    I don't envision anyone quitting after tonight, no matter how badly they do in New Hampshire. I think the field will really thin out after Super Tuesday – all those listed above will probably leave then, with others dropping out before Easter.

    January 8, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Brett Dusek

    Vote Ron Paul for Freedom, Liberty, and the Constitution!

    Good Luck Dr. Paul.

    I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

    From a Ron Paul supporter and US Army soldier deployed overseas.

    Thanks to all who go out and vote!

    January 8, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Aaron Benfield

    GO RON PAUL!!!!!! 15%+ would be a great victory for him in NH and I think he will get it. All of the current polls are based on people that claim they are democrats or republicans. I think he can get at least half of the independent vote. If you don't know much about him, look him up on the web. Watch his excerpts from debates, watch him on Leno. I promise you will like what you see and hear.

    January 8, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Ryan

    I just voted for Ron Paul in Nashua, NH. I hope it's Paul and Huckabee on the ticket in November.

    January 8, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Jon B Olathe KS

    To the good people of New Hampshire:

    The world's fate is in your hands, Live Free or Die, Restore The Republic!

    Vote Yes for Dr. No

    January 8, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Karen

    How nasty will it get? I don't know, how nasty will the MEDIA get? I'm guaranteed CNN will be at the top. You guys are desperate... scrambling in the filth for any little tidbit you can spin as 'negative campaigning' and with all this desperation, all you can come up with is one candidate pointing out another candidates record. Wow! that's news. Would you please do the American public a favor and stop putting the word 'news' on your pages and on your show. You've turned yourselves into a caricature. Putting out your ridiculous questions with the premise that you are generating political discourse then picking the answers that represent your current spin. Talk about pandering. The Best Political Team? Ha! Ha! Poor Lou. Did Lou actually attempt to talk about the new lows reached by the media? I like the joke, raise the question and then pack the panel to get the result you want to spin. Et tu Lou? I wonder how long the panelists would be on if the didn't want to go along with the Jerry Springer circus. What's with Jack?

    Hey Jack, I've heard the stereotype that men get grumpy as they get older... what does it feel like to be the crypt keeper? Keep up the good work. You make the CNN's race to the bottom that much faster! Now you've got him out of his box and down with the panelists as if he's a part of any legitimate political discourse. Too funny!

    January 8, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Jerry Calendine

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who doesn't have party and lobbyist baggage, the two aspects which preclude REAL change needed in Washington!

    January 8, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Aaron Benfield

    Early results suggests Ron Paul is now in third in NH above Romney!!!!!!

    January 8, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. EM Bell

    Tonight when you tell us about being the best political team on television, would you prove it by making your pie chart equal 100% instead of leaving a white spot for 10 or more percent of the vote?

    Also, why is Ron Paul the only candidate whose photo isn't smiling on your Scorecard page? I happen to know that Ron Paul has lots of photos in which he is actually smiling – like all the other candidates.

    These may be insignificant items, but they show a lack of fairness in your reporting and thus make many viewers question your claim as the best political team on television.

    Thank You!

    January 8, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Dave, California

    One thing that is importnat to remember is the DELEGATES each candidate is racking up. In the end, that is the best figure to determine who will win the general election.

    In the democratic race...its neck and neck, only 1 delegate seperating the top three. A win for Hillary or Edwards could really throw off the race, and be sure to keep it interesting.

    The republican race is not so tight nit by way of delegates. The total amount of republican delegates is 12. Even if McCain were to get all of them (which is hardly likely due to his fierce cometition with Romney) he still wouldnt have enough to beat Romney overall. The real thing that could throw this off is Huckabee. If he gets atleast 3 delegates, he now ties Romney currently (that is to say Romney get none). But it is all very likely Romney will get a fair share (even if he doesn't win the popular vote) and it will be enough to keep him on top. Then we go on to S. Carolina, then super tuesday.

    The whole game is up in the air and its quite the race to watch!

    January 8, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. rlkidd

    The majority of the candidates are not listening to the public, We want change,
    The current Government is NOT following the will of the people.
    Maybe the individuals that we vote in this time wont listen either , But if we keep sending the same politicians back to washington, nothing will get better.
    Send someone fresh to the White House, Couldn't get any worse.

    January 8, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Chip Celina OH


    I don't see that much negativity out of the Obama and Edwards camps. Most of the vitriol comes from the slogan and personality du jour Clinton team. I just heard that Begala, Carville and the puppet masters of the past could be returning to "Team Clinton."

    Sure, Obama has tossed out subtle barbs, but haven't nearly been as over the top as we see from the anointed one(s). Edwards has been a little more aggressive, but not to the degree that Team Clinton has been.

    I don't know whether or not the tearful incident yesterday was contrived or not. Many are questioning that. Regardless ,if it was sincere or wasn't, the fact that people have a question speaks volumes about Hillary's character. For so many to have doubts about her action shows an underlying lack of confidence in her conduct.

    It certainly will be an interesting evening.

    Have a good Tuesday!

    January 8, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Tom Davie

    I think the media ought to be ashamed of themselves for brainwashing the public any way they see fit.

    I think certainly they have SUPER hyped Barack Obama to the point of where it is dubious to claim it as objective jouralism. I like wolf blitzer and respect him, but CNN is really going out of its way to promote certain candidates.

    Perhaps they should at least show people that 'winning' a state simply means one or 2 more DELEGATES , not an outright electorial vote of some kind.

    January 8, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Tannim

    10% in Iowa is only the straw poll before the county delegate selections happened. what were those totals? Not the national delegate totals that CNN and other media are reporting. The county delegates go on to the county conventions, where state delegates are elected, then they go to the state convention, where national delegates are elected, then they go to Denver.

    Some better in-depth reporting would be appreciated.


    January 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Lars Justinen

    It takes courage to vote on the basis of one's conscious rather than what the major are doing. But that is what lead to the birth of the United States 232 years ago. The only safeguard that it would last would be the Constitution. Every power that ever wanted to control others and create others in their own image has assailed that great document. Slowly but surely it's power has been eroded, but never so much as today. In this election, vote for the candidate that best restores and preserves the Constitution and you will be reinforcing the very heart of the American experiment, and assuring that future generations of Americans will share in the blessings our parents valued so much.

    January 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Steven

    Dr. Paul is indeed a very attractive candidate. He is, after all, the only one on either side of the aisle who truly advocates an anti-Iraq war position. Obama can claim that position too if he wants, but for seven years Dr. Paul has backed up his position with an unwavering stream of votes in Congress to end the madness that is our current foreign policy. Obama can claim no such record.

    Bill Clinton had it right yesterday when he said that Obama's 2004 comments about the war (about there being "no difference'" between himself and George Bush when it comes to the war in Iraq). The independant voters of NH should take notice that the only viable "independant" candidate is the one who has positioned himself independantly even within his own party. Ron Paul.

    Paul has been branded by many who are only marginally informed as being an "unrealistic" option for the Republicans. Why? Last August, folks nation-wide said that the Republican nomination was a done deal, that Rudy was the candidate and that the rest were along for the ride. By September, look at the poll numbers – Romney had by then become the man – big numbers in key states and a huge war chest to boot. Then came the holidays, and with them came the Huckabee surge, one he continues to ride. So, in the last four to six months, the Republicans have had three different men with three very different forms of appeal, as their frontrunner. Now, people are talking about McCain as the comeback kid, poised to win NH. Well, unforntuately for him, SC will likely be a different story altogether. The Republican populatiry contest is very much up for grabs.

    So, why NOT Ron Paul? He's the only one who says the same thing no matter who the audience is. He's the only one with a responsible monetary policy position that adresses the spiraling inflation that has put our economy in a terribly precarious position. He's the only one who wants to change our immigration policies in real, measurable ways. He is the only one who seems to have read the Constitution. While the rest of the bunch may claim to be true conservatives, those who know what the definition of that word is will tell you that Dr. Paul is the only one who can claim that title with any merit.

    So, consider it, independant voters of NH. Think about tossing a vote in the direction of Dr. Paul. After all, it's only the primary – a perfect time to cast a vote based upon what you truly beileve, not a vote for a party instead of a person. Save the party lines for the general election – in the meantime, vote for the only one who truly, earnestly believes in what he says and says what he believes. Vote for Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Tannim

    Oh, yeah, and Dr, Paul was awesome on Leno last night, and Leno deserves all credit for trying to correct Fox's massive FUBAR.

    January 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Stace Sirmans

    Ron Paul is out of his mind.

    January 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Billy Coffey

    I am a Registered Republican and I voted for Ron Paul In Andover NH.

    A Huckster, Paul ticket could be interesting.

    January 8, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Tony W

    A Proud Republican who is a registered Independant. Today I voted Bill Richardson! Look at the facts and follow. I hope that he will at least score a VP job so he can keep whoever wins a breast to foreign policy.

    January 8, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. cliftnote

    On January 17, 1961, during a "Farewell Address To The Nation", Dwight Eisenhower warned the U.S. people about the accumulation of power by the military-industrial complex. To commemorate this profound foresight, I am asking all Ron Paul supporters to donate either your time or money to the Ron Paul Campaign on 1/17/08.

    You can accomplish this by going to RonPaul2008.com! May we have a fundraising phenomenon unlike any other.

    January 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Christine, Kansas

    "How nasty will it get? The angry rhetoric is heating up on both sides. Obama, Clinton and Edwards are getting it on"

    looks like Wolfie, one of the Clinton News Network's cronies (remember that shameless Nevada debate, anyone?) is trying to imply that Obama is running a negative campaign. but as far as I can tell, the only negative ones are Edwards and Clinton (with major emphasis on Clinton). all Obama is doing is spreading change and hope – it's the others who are attacking him. please try to be a little more accurate CNN.

    January 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. xtina chicago IL

    Why doesn't cnn refrain from airing the nasty rhetoric, since it doesn't tell us what these candidates have accomplished that make them qualified, but only tells us who can be nasty in attacking fellow candidates? Why don't reporters ask candidates to tell voters about their track record and successes in doing what they propose to do nationwide, instead of asking them what they think about the attacks?

    January 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. jmm, Columbia, SC

    YEAH, the RON PAUL FACTOR! Let's see if he pulls out another big win over Giuliani! I love that NH has 40% Independents! I can't wait to vote in the 19th in SC!

    January 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. M Rodgers

    Sen. Obama will win in N.H, but no Dems will drop out with one exception....maybe Dennis Kucinich will drop after N.H, but his support will be extended to Sen. Obama.

    Sen. McCain and Gov Romney will be close with Gov Romney winning by one to three percentage points. Sen. McCain loss is due to so many independent voters going towards Sen. Obama and Ron Paul. No Reps will drop out after N.H. Gov Romney wins the GOP.

    I vision an individual like NY Mayor Bloomburg entering the race for president on a 3rd party ticket if Barack Obama is not able to win the Democratic nomination. If Barack Obama wins the nomination, he will consider his VP between one of four individuals in no particular order....Colin Powell, John Edwards, Michael Bloomburg, or Bill Richardson.

    After the New Hampshire voters make the Clinton campaign pour forth more tears, The Clintons will get low down dirty with Sen. Obama, but she will still be defeated. Voters will vote for Sen Edwards and even Bill Richardson before they vote for Hillary. In the end the voters across America will cheer.....Obama, Obama, Obama!


    January 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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