January 9th, 2008
03:42 PM ET
9 years ago

Blitzer: 'It's a brand-new ball game'


Wolf Blitzer during Tuesday night's New Hampshire coverage of the primary. Photo: Jake Herrle/CNN.

(CNN) - For the Democrats, the next two states on the presidential nomination circuit are Nevada and South Carolina - both very different than either Iowa or New Hampshire. There is a significant African-American and Hispanic community in Nevada. About half of the likely Democratic voters in South Carolina are black, compared to a tiny percentage in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Watch for the candidates to adjust their strategies somewhat.

For both the Democrats and the Republicans, there will be less retail politics in the coming days and weeks. The people of Iowa and New Hampshire had the luxury of getting to the see the candidates up close and personal – all the time. That will change now. There are going to be so many contests compressed around a short period of time around the country, building up to Super Tuesday on February 5.

I suspect that means you will be seeing even more of the candidates on national television shows, including mine. That is what the political strategists call "free media." They don't have to pay thousands of dollars for 30 second commercial spots. John McCain and Mike Huckabee so far during this campaign have been especially adept in taking advantage of "free media," which is critical for both since they are relatively strapped for cash.

What I am especially pumped about right now is that after New Hampshire, it's a brand-new ball game on both the Republican and Democratic side. The battle is intense, and it will remain that way for at least the next four weeks.

Once the political dust settles and we know the two nominees, I will be anxious to see if a serious third party candidate emerges. That would further energize and complicate this race.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

Filed under: Nevada • South Carolina • Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Tina Brooks

    Well, it just goes to show that you cannot believe in the polls. HURRAY FOR HILLARY! I was really afraid that Obama was actually going to win this the way the polls were stating, but luckily people stood up and fought for Mrs. Clinton. The next few weeks are going to be really exciting. I just that Mrs. Clinton will continue to show her "softer side." I wish that I could get out on the road and help to bring her to victory. At this stage I am afraid that if Obama does win the nomination we will loose to a Republican and then we will be in a worse situation than we already are. Our government is so out of sorts right now. Bush has no clue as to what the people of this country wants. He is totally clueless. I have never seen a president that is so out of. It seems that everything that he has done was in the sake of his "father's" name! I just hope that the people of this country will not let another person BUY his elections again. I know that I will be watching the next few weeks with great concerns.

    January 10, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Nizar

    Why are you bringing race card again.If Blacks vote for Obama is that not racial. Stay away from race card. Obama is rookie and is not ready to be President.

    January 10, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. masgap

    Obama is a good speaker but that's it. No real experience just a good spin

    The most powerful nation on the earth needs a proven leader. Vote Democratic and vote Hillary.

    January 10, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Marie Manning

    I am a freindly Canadian neighbour. What happens in your yard effects my yard. Therefore, I give you my voice.
    Eighty-five percent of my television viewing is CNN, especially now during the primarys. I am absolutely astounded that CNN, so obviously, does not support Hillary Clinton. I hope the women, on the US continent, pull together and support this brave women. You have been fighting for your rights for hundreds of years and now the door is open to you. Ladies, it is time you form a net work like the men have always done. They are doing it right now, under your very noses, as they join together to support Obama. Hillary is the power we need in this world. She has the experience, the integrety, and the desire to bring hope back to your lives.
    Do not fail her and mostly do not fail yourselves.

    CNN give her a break. Thank You

    January 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Rene J.

    Is Obama truthful? Seems like he changed his story a few times about Rezko affair.

    January 10, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. Jo Ann

    To Amy B., NYC: The group of people I was with also noticed that the CNN team showed their disappointment that Obama did not win the NH primary.

    Why is it that when women “tear up” it is considered a weakness, but when men, like Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Giuliani, and even Bill Clinton “tear up” it is considered an attribute?

    January 10, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. pam s.c.

    paranoia strikes deep in to your life it will creep. these people are serious journalist come on stop being so paranoid .

    January 10, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Anon 1

    In an open caucas race like Iowa, Obama will more than likely win. Women in such situations will tend to vote the way of their husbands because of the pressure to do so. But when it comes to a primary where it is private, women will rally around Hillary Clinton base on her experience, record, and plans. The men are rallying around Obama and no one commenting about it. I was shocked to read Obama national Co Chair remarks about Hillary tears. Jesse Jackson Jr is beginnig to show his true colors. I hope Obama fires him. This is not the change type of politics we want in America. His comments are the type of things Al Sharpton will say to create race wars.

    When the media examine Obama record of absenteeism on key votes in Washington and Chicago, they will have to question his commitment to serve the people.

    January 10, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. sharon walker

    Dear Friends:
    Remember the movie Maverick. The little lady came in when the men were in the bub. Grabbed the money and said kiss good bye. Off the the gambling floor she went. Iron your own shirt and out she went.

    Baby Bunting Obama wineing for Kerry me is a gamblin man but does not see
    that woman are not prone to not note disrespect and the tag a long only works with certain type of woman. No woman in America wants to be told you owe me.

    January 10, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. sharon walker

    Dear Friends:
    Is the NAACP equality based? Did they give equally? Oh so many nationalities and man and woman and heroes in this race.
    Why little Italy of the USA and China down and Rumba Cha Cha Cha!
    Let's Dance all Americans. Get out and vote equality on the bases of who they are not on who is carrying them.

    January 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. jane

    Hillary can get us respect around the world again and can fight for the middle class!

    Together we can create change? Give me a break! Barack... tell me what I have to do to get the change other than vote for you. How am I going to create change? That's why we elect a president.....to change what needs to be fixed. I already have a job....I want the politicians to do their job. Your " together we can", and "yes we can" speeches are very nice, but saying that we can isn't the same as getting it done. Where were you when we needed change in Illinois and you were absent for so many votes. It is time that we see what your record is and we expect the media to report on your record too!!!!

    Hillary 08

    January 10, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Lone Ranger

    Dear Wolf,

    First of all thank you for what you are doing to help people in this country to understand what is at issue!!

    But, we are do America a disservice with not giving each candidate in this race the same kind of coverage!!!

    Obama and Clinton are the candidates of Big MONEY and they can be bought by everyone!! They are trying to be all things to all people and the Media is eaten it up!!!

    But, the only candidate in this race that can be elected in November is getting NO coverage!! That is John Edwards of North Carolina!!!!

    Edwards had a big event in South Carolina and NO press time nationally That is not good for this country!!!!


    January 11, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  13. Wilhemina

    I made a mistake on the year Clinton was impeached, it was 1998, instead of 1994. The court filing was 1994.

    January 11, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  14. Steven Bengtson Sr.

    Bummer about Bill Richardson, he has a lot to offer! I hope he stays involved with national politics, I value his experience. We would all benefit if he becomes involved in the Clinton Administration.

    January 11, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  15. Cheryl

    DO NOT be swayed by the media! What we need is EXPERIENCE that = HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!!!!! The republicans want it to be Obama so they can tear him apart. Who has been fighting them for years? Please make this decision based on facts not media or Oprah coverage. VOTE HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 11, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  16. agron--michigan

    Go Hillary–Go Hillary..i love you BABE you so smart.
    NH told American people ,we need smart leader, not OPRAH copyyy[obama] ,change-hop,like in church..


    Michigan pro Hillary 08

    January 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. hughvic

    Mr. Blitzer,

    Everybody I know in the press - and frankly that's a lot of people, as I've been at it for decades - thinks that you outgrew CNN long ago and for that matter that CNN shrank out from under you to become what even the Los Angeles Times calls the "Corrupt News Network". You really ought to exercise your next option to get off that sinking ship and over to some more reputable outfit. Let Cooper and the other Sophomores run the thing aground. Take the longboat, sir. It'll be better for the country, for the Fourth Estate, for you.

    January 12, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  18. Alice

    I am an avid watcher of CNN and enjoy it thoroughly. However, your coverage on the primaries is biased. For the sake of our country, please don't demonstrate favoritism. If your coverage continues idolizing Obama and critizing anyone that makes a racial slur we will have a racial war, not an election.

    Stop it...........period!

    January 12, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  19. charlotte

    Women for Obama, Where were you during Ken Starrs investigation? Google rezko, then ask yourself the same question?

    January 12, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. EDK

    PLEASE have Hillary explain what 35 years of experience is. Whatever she is counting are not days as an elected official....why is that then measured against Obama? He's had plenty of experience in the community and the world before becoming a senator. According to Hillary's calculations, I wonder how many years Obama can come up with?

    January 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. Richard Andre

    The real democratic front runner will soon be known. And this time, there would be no tears, trick, tactic or fraud.

    It is interested to note that NBC went to court to prevent Kucinich appearing on the debate in Nevada. One of the reasons for this censorship is that they are afraid that Kucinich will talk about what happen in New Hampshire. The CNN/Gallup polls were actually accurate; the polls showed that Obama with a lead of 7 points on the eve of New Hampshire primary. Also the exit poll supports the same findings that Obama is the winner. Indeed there was a deceit benefiting the so-called surprised winner. Eventually the American people will know the truth, and when the truth reveals the voters’ propensity will clearly go toward the leader with the sound judgment, not the divider. Kucinich really believes that there was a fraud. He supports this belief with hard cash, by paying for the recounts that is now in order. Kucinich believes that Barrack Obama has won the New Hampshire primary; and Hillary Clinton came in second. The Diebold scanning machine were breached. For instance, technicians who support the Diebold machines were allowed to break the security seal to change the memory card on the scanning machine during the Election Day under the pretense that the Diebold machine broke down. There seems to be evidence that the surprise winner got a bump of +4.5% and the second candidate’s vote counts were subtracting by 2.5%

    January 17, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  22. Waytogo

    Wolf Blitzer, Oprah, Kennedy are all selfish. They all are rich and they do not care what Obama will bring to working family because it will not impact their earning power. Do not listen to them. Vote from your own interest and do not just follow them because following them is not good for you and your family

    February 4, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. hughvic

    "Impact their earning power"? What? Really?

    Good of you to inform Mr. Blitzer that a President Obama would reasign Mr. Blitzer to a less lucrative position. And good of you also to inform the rest of us that Mr. Obama is a rank Stalinist.

    I did not know that.

    February 5, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. Debbie

    Hillary does not have the experience it takes to be the President!!

    February 6, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. GC

    athank goodness Hillary proved you wrong Wolf. She won everything she wanted and more. Now maybe you'll stop giving us your personal editorials, and begin giving us facts. We want more Lou Dobbs and Anderson Cooper.

    February 6, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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