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. Brittany

    To those of you repeatedly using the word "Muslim" in relation to Obama: open your eyes, perhaps read his astonishing biography and remove the wool from your eyes. Obama is not a Muslim, nor did he ever attend a Muslim school in Indonesia as news reports falsely claimed (AND recognized as false) some months ago. Just because he doesnt play the "Jesus saved me from being an alcoholic" card like our current president did doesnt mean he doesnt have his own faith. Whatever happened to separation of the church and the state? Look into it; Bush had multiple encounters with the law as well as allegedly with cocaine. Obama's trials with marijuana some 25 years ago are no different from the ones 80% of the world once tried. Stop making excuses and realize he is the progressive candidate for us all.

    January 8, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Shanna Johnson Appleton WI

    Ron Paul!!!!!!!
    Hes going to do well tonight!!

    I loved Anderson Coopers show last night.... & all the supporters of Ron Paul!!!
    Way to reach out to the American people.

    This is a message from a witness in NH...

    Hitlary's lawyers are kicking out poll workers in NH


    I'll update this information as I get it:

    I'm working here in Ron Paul HQ in Concord and we've been getting reports that Hillary's lawyers are kicking poll workers out of various precincts across the state since this morning. They're kicking out Obama and Ron Paul poll workers, and possibly others.

    Poll workers are there to confirm that known supporters are attending. It's part of the GOTV process, and Hillary is using strong-arm tactics to limit our (and Obama's) ability to conduct this! Even if the poll workers are allowed back in, the damage is done because we lose track of who has entered the polls.

    Fergus Collins (the NH GOP chairman) is writing a letter to make sure poll captains know they have a RIGHT to be there. If some lawyer tells you to leave the poll, stand your ground!

    A Campaign worker here in Concord also wants the media to know about this. Hopefully I'll get more details soon.

    January 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. B Joyce, Acworth, GA

    Physicists don't have anything to do with dinosaurs, Richard. Just like the Obama supporters interviewed on CNN last night who didn't know where he stands on the issues, but were voting for him anyway, you seem well informed. This isn't American Idol, it's a Presidential election and it's serious business.

    I call on all Democrats and Independents with brains to stop this idiocy. Get out and vote for someone who's qualified to lead us and protect us.

    January 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. David Proulx

    I applaud Dr. Ron Paul's consistent positions with regards to social and fiscal policicy.

    Despite the lack of media coverage Dr. Ron Paul has successfully managed to get the message of out. If only major news organizations were not "salting the kettle so much" voters could finally begin to see different headlines and start to see a shift towards a more responsible and intrustive government.

    I'm pleased to finally see someone trying to do the right thing.

    Go Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Devon

    RE: Ron Paul and Drudge Report...

    The Drudge report pulled that article itself, as it was something that had already been addressed and dismissed a decade ago. Another thing to note.... this was the ONLY thing that has been found to sling at Dr. Paul. You certainly can't say the same about any other candidate in either parties. Want a voting record to apply to the rest of them as a litmus test, goto http://www.ronpaul2008.com and see how your favorite candidate stacks up to Sr. Paul's record and stance on issues. Huckabee has already checked out the site and has tailored his new message... maybe your candidate will as well!

    January 8, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Devon

    RE: Ron Paul and Drudge Report...

    The Drudge report pulled that article itself, as it was something that had already been addressed and dismissed a decade ago. Another thing to note.... this was the ONLY thing that has been found to sling at Dr. Paul. You certainly can't say the same about any other candidate in either parties. Want a voting record to apply to the rest of them as a litmus test, goto http://www.ronpaul2008.com and see how your favorite candidate stacks up to Dr. Paul's record and stance on issues. Huckabee has already checked out the site and has tailored his new message... maybe your candidate will as well!

    January 8, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Andrew in San Diego

    I hope Obama pulls out another win in NH tonight, Edwards or Richardson following would be great. I don't want to see Hillary anywhere near the top of the dem party. The Bush-Clinton dynasties are over, we want CHANGE!

    As for the Republicans, hope Ron Paul comes out near the top but I am very worried about his plan to pull all troops from nations across the world, if he gets his way and we abandon South Korea...the world is going to be in a lot of trouble.
    IMO he is still a much better choice over any of the other tools that are running for the Republican party.

    January 8, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. J Emmons


    The Media is crossing over the line.






    January 8, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Military Officer

    All we here about is change, change, change, yet the one candidate who truly wants to bring REAL change to Washington and America is merely a footnote in the media. Do people really want change or is it just a catchy phrase? I find it amazing that Dr Paul gets thrown to the wolves on his foreign policy, yet he has such strong support from the miltary....do we know something that civilians don't?
    If the American people really wanted to change this country for the better, before there is nothing left to save, they would vote for Dr Paul. He, of course, is not perfect but he remains consistent on his beliefs/policies no matter the adversity or audience. He does not change his message to suit the audience. The problem is, not enough people are actually stopping to listen to the truth he speaks. Ron Paul has this 18 year military member's vote!!

    January 8, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Andreas Olsson

    CNN certainly shares some responsibility for the hysteric information cascade sweeping Obama forward. Nothing I have encountered so far indicates to me that Obama will bring about bi-partisan bliss come 2009.

    The Obama campaign has successfully encouraged CNN to propagate their purposefully amorphous change message. In our constant hope for improvement, many of us have filled in the blanks and painted a rosy future based solely on our own convictions of what is good. Should Obama be elected, some the end of 2009, we will rediscover our differences and have to again work hard on the process of building consensus.

    As Bloomberg seems to understand bi-partisanship is overcome by hard work, not hype. Hillary, having worked as a Senator for New York on important issues together with some of her previous arch-enemies (such as Newt Gingrich) seems also to understand the process of bi-partisanship.

    January 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Lynn Paul

    I am puzzled, no, outraged by the coverage that completely ignores the viable candidacy of John Edwards. All I have heard is Clinton v. Obama, Obama v. Clinton. John Edwards and Hillary Clinton ran neck-in-neck in Iowa and the American public should not be made to forget that. It's as if the media is trying to force a runoff between its favorites and they/you are shortchanging a very qualified and able candidate in Senator Edwards.

    January 8, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. Kevin Wells

    My belated Christmas wish is that the media would stop its infuriating efforts to call this a two person race on the democratic side of the ticket. Its a serious disservice to Americans when the media becomes–simply by virtue of unbalanced coverage–the arbiter of who has a chance to become the next president. Senator Edwards finished in 2nd place in Iowa–not Senator Clinton. But, the Obama-Clinton prizefight makes better headlines so, the candidate MOST for change, the LEAST in the pocket of special interest groups and lobbyists–and yes Virginia, Obama has lots and lots of dirty money financing his campaign-gets virtually ignored. Polls are a self fulfilling prophecy and every exit poll, opinion poll, tracking poll etc that any idiot who calls himself a pollster can create by virtue of human nature has the ability to influence and propel the minds of the voters–who HAVEN'T VOTED YET.

    Iowa and New Hampshire are two of 50 states. Less than one million votes will be cast for all candidates–Democrat and Republican. Why are you in the the media (Wolf Blitzer I'm talking to you and the rest of you) destroy the process of the entire election by biasing voters by essentially withholding coverage from candidates that won't sell as many newspapers or TV ads.

    This is a race that takes place all year long if we let it. A rush to declare a winner is at best a tragedy and at worst, the ruin of the best political process in the world.

    This year Mr and Ms Big Media-make a pledge that truth rather than ratings will win out. America needs the favor.

    January 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Richard, Memphis, TN

    Hillary is a dinosaur.
    Romney is phony.
    Guilliani is a crook.
    Paul is a crazy ob/gyn
    Huckabee is a poor preacher.
    Edwards is slow southerner.
    McCain is simply a senile.

    January 8, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. Military Officer

    Concerned '08,

    What makes Dr Paul a nutcase?? Is it because his views are different than all the other cookie cutter candidates?

    January 8, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. Hishashi Shinma

    Hope Hillary able to leave with her head held high......she had done too much for this hear country to continue and be depressed.

    January 8, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. Derek, Honolulu HI

    Ron Paul FTW!!!

    The Constitution may not be perfect, but it's the only social contract we have between the people and our Federal Government. Unless NH wants to see socialism or fascism in America in the near future, it would be best to vote for Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Richard, Memphis, TN

    I hope Paul doesn't quit his day job. If you see UFOs or personally speak to God (like W), you are not sane enough to run a grocery store.

    January 8, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. JP (St. Louis)

    Hang in there Wolf!

    With the Clintons on the war path there will be no shortage of political news.

    The more I hear Democrats talk about change the more I hear the same old political rhetoric.

    Have a good night!

    January 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. Judd

    Regardless of Party Affiliation, specifically, how can any candidate truly bring "Change" while special interest groups have embedded themselves so deeply in the swaying of politics and politicians.

    January 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Brigitte

    Jack Cafferty defending George Bush on foreign policy to support Barack Obama's lack of foreign policy experience -- Priceless!! Eight more years of chaos!!!!

    January 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Tom Davie

    I too am a Hillary supporter. Why?

    She is the most experienced candidate. Simple. She can actually bring about change. Not some blowhard who SAYS he can -appealing to youth and radicals alike.

    That is fine and all for a popularity contest, but in the end that winner gets to be in charge of 10,000 nuclear warheads, and has to deal with a HUGE range of issues that are DRASTIC now.

    Not to mention has to somehow bring Republicans and Democrats together in the house and senate? HOW does Obama and Ron Paul honestly expect to do this?

    Nobody CARES.


    They will sure be WHINING when forest gump screws us up EVEN MORE like the current forrest gump.

    January 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. Monty

    Ron Paul, the true Champion of the Constitution, is going to take the lead over the next few primaries. Just wait for increased support in NC and a possible 1st or 2nd in Nevada. Dr. Paul fights for the rights of the American people, will end the war, and reduce the size of government. Vote Paul 08

    January 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. Eric

    Notice how the Dr. Paul supporters can speak with a clear conscience...no agendas, no war-mongering, no corporate campaign contribution machines – just grassroots people capable of "critical thinking". Have they really dumbed down that many of you...they're offering you a bunch of puppets and repeaters - and Ron Paul. If you think Dr Paul lacks the "presidential look" that you desire so much, ask yourself how much that helped America - as Bush was turning the whole world against us! Think about that... And another thing...It's not that oil prices are so high, it's the fact that Neo-Cons have made your dollars less valuable - by diluting them to buy bombs. And finally, learn what HR-1955 (Thought Crime Bill) is and why Ron Paul is the only candidate fighting to keep you TRULY FREE! Consider EVERYTHING...it's do or die time America!

    January 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. BeckyB

    Wolf, what negativity from the Obama campaign????? The man states the facts, rebutts the attacks clearly, concisly and complete. I am so SICK of the spin from CNN that tonight, after Barack Obama wins NH, I will not visit this cite again nor will I tune you in on my TV. Your constant spin towards Hillary Clinton has turned me right off, so, Sir, I turn you OFF!! Goodnight.

    OBAMA 08

    January 8, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. Gary

    Edwards / Biden is the best ticket for all America, anything less will be as bad as keeping Bush in office forever. America deserves honest men of integrity that will fight for all Americans. Edwards is a true patriot that can make America great, he has the substinance, determination, and will to fight greed, corruption and end the outsourcing of our jobs, His economic, education, health and welfare policies are now being copied by all the candidates. Edwards spoke out months and even years before the others. America needs to think about why are the "Washington Greed, Corruption, Large Corporations and Media" trying to make this a two candidate Democratic race? Edwards is the only one able to win the Presidency from the democratic side, and any republican that is nominated will beat Clinton and/or Obama. Elect someone that cares about America and will make it great for all, John Edwards.

    January 8, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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