January 13th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Ballot Bowl Highlights


(CNN) – With voting just two days away, it’s down to the wire for the Republican White House hopefuls contesting Michigan’s GOP presidential primary. Out West, Nevada’s caucuses are now less than a week away and South Carolina’s Republican primary will be held on the same day – January 19.

In CNN’s Sunday Ballot Bowl programming, CNN’s correspondents and producers were with the presidential candidates out on the campaign trail in the states who are up next to vet the field of White House hopefuls. If you missed any of Sunday's Ballot Bowl, you can get the highlights here:

Video: Giuliani on change

Video: Huckabee on Baptist background

Video: Obama: It won't stay in Vegas

Video: Romney one-on-one

Video: McCain: Michigan can lead the nation

Video: Edwards in Florence, S.C.

Video: Thompson's conservative values

Video: Clinton on health care

Video: Clinton on Dr. King

Video: Obama on Clinton's MLK comment

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Anthony, Los Angeles, CA

    I prefer Clinton to Obama, but like Obama as well. He needs to be careful. Watching his video clip here about Hillary's MLK comments makes me suspicious and distrusting. It seems as if he's trying to play the race card covertly and I don't like it. Any hint of suggesting Hillary or Bill Clinton being racist is ridiculous in itself.

    January 13, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. rachel ny, ny

    It is interesting where Hillary is talking about healthcare. Obama is talking about "it won't stay in vegas"
    Hillary talking reality
    obama is talking fiction

    January 13, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. JD, WI

    Obama released today an economy plan, which is a total copycat of the Clinton plan released last week. This is shockingly embarrassing that has never seen in political history. Even his economic advisor admits it’s similar to Clinton plan. Is this how Obama bring about change? By changing numbers of an opponent’s plan?
    If you can’t even come up with an original idea how can you be a change agent?
    Of course, Clinton camp has been asked for meat all this time.
    But it is unthinkable that Obama will produce meat stolen right from the Clinton’s refrigerator.

    January 13, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. Joeley Reno, Nevada

    The fact that some are bringing race into this process makes me wonder who that issue hurts and who it helps.

    It's very obvious that it is more hurtful and harmful to Hillary, so, do I think she'd interject the notion...NOT!

    The Clinton's have always been on the forefront of issues important to Black Americans. ALWAYS.

    If the African American population has developed doubts about where Bill and Hillary stood and continue to stand, on issues important to people of color, a horrible metamorphosis has occurred.

    One would simply have to ask the question, who would benefit when such a transmogrification of the truth?

    January 13, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  5. Debra

    I'm tired of the television reporters, journalist, pundits and their "flip flops" - they all appear to be followers, not leaders. No one has an individual voice anymore - they are echoing each other and leading one another down a path of mediocrity. And please, stop saying that Hillary is tired and she made a mistake, or she had a meltdown,etc., etc., etc. If you feel you need to let the public know her every thought and move (because of course, you are in her skin) then we need to hear about every thought and move OF ALL of the male candidates. Each mistake . . . each meltdown. Thank you.

    January 13, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  6. Marc

    I used to be a Hillary Clinton supporter, but her latest moves have made me an Obama supporter. She sat idly by while a prominent supporter of her alluded to Obama's drug use in a derogatory way. This is not the kind of leadership this country needs.

    January 14, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  7. Deb

    Hillary's comments just came in the heat of a the ongoing political debate with Obama. Obama has lashed out at Hillary too. What is really important is not what happened, but who can lead our country into change and get us out of the mess we are in right now. I still believe that Hillary is the one who can do that. She has a record of achievement and expertise that stands far above that of Obama's. Give Obama eight more years and he will be our next president. He's grooming himself and on the right track .... now is just not the right time.

    January 14, 2008 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  8. Mariann Pepitone

    What did you expect him to say. Obama was a drugger and boozer and the facts are there. Face it, this generation is the worst in history with their drugs, booze, smoking, babies out of wedlock

    Wasn't Obama a drug addict and boozer? If he was clean cut he would'nt be doing that. Most of this generation are boozers and druggers anyway. You can see it when the Cubs aare playing in Chicago. The bars are so loaded their drinking on the sidewalk. You just don't want to see the facts. And people that don't want to face the truth are doing it themselves or did it at one time. Good for Ben Johnson he let it all out and why should Hillary stop him. Obama has a bad past and it will stay with him. Beside that he should be running for president in Kenya where he really belongs not here. If he wins the nomination I hope a republican gets in. Obama wants to be president because he's part black no other reason and this generation can't see the light because their too dumb. He wants power and control and people like you would vote for someone like him along with the other idiots.I can see all the Kenyan's coming to live at the white house. What a mess that would be. Kids running all over the place. Then we would have the Pakastani's and Muslim's also. I certainly don't want that for this country. All these foreigner's should be shipped back to their own country, they don't belong here. There are everywhere you go, on the bus, in restaurant's, grocery stores and employer's hire these non-english speaking people that you can't understand on the phone. In my time this wouldn't have happened and that's when America was America. We need to bring it back to those times again.

    January 14, 2008 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  9. charlotte

    Obamas, drug use is not allusion, he said it himself. We have proof in the White House right now how drugs and alcohol affect the brain cells. Fortunately for Obama, he has more to start with and can afford to have lost a few. A persons personal decisions are just that, until they throw their hat in the ring for PUBLIC office. Key word PUBLIC.

    January 14, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  10. Nick ny, ny

    you were never Hillary support to begin with. Please stop testing intelligence of other fellow americans. She didn't do anything. His drug use is reality. It is not a lie. If he can't handle even this much truth then he is pretty spineless.

    January 14, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  11. charlotte

    Anyone who has the intestinal fortitude to run for PUBLIC office deserves an accolade. Do they deserve to win? Depends on their past, the future is yet to be determined.

    January 14, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  12. orange

    Does Obama actually think that the American public is dumb enough to give him the nomination or the presidency by standing on stages and giving the same "inspiration" speech over and over again without ever giving any details about his future programs and plans. I don't think he wants to talk about the promises he has made to the "poor" people because he knows middle class Americans will never agree to it. Talk about inciting class warfare and banrupting the U.S.

    And then when you call him on his empty pillowcase presidential run he calls you a racist.

    PS Obama I love the fake voice inflections you do in your speeches to make people think you are MLK reincarnated. Bravo. Academy Award

    No chance of winning the electoral college

    January 14, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. Becky

    Well this is surely getting to much play. The Clinton's have accomplished what was intended. Now they can say the media caused the raucus on race. Very strategic planning from their friends. If the media didn't play only select portions of Mr. Obama's remark and the airwaves didn't annouce. "RACE now an issue" The Clinton's wouldn't have gotten momentum from this. Very sad that in the 21st century this still happens. I guess it really is and disappointingly so a "Good Ole White mans club." Shame on the media. When Bill Clinton complains that Obama gets to much adoring from the media they jump on his bandwagon and help him in his goal to undermine Mr. Obama. Attention: media do you even know what you are doing? What is your reasoning for this?

    January 14, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. charlotte

    I don't support Obama, but the remarks of this mariann idiot makes me sick. Go back where you belong, the lunie bin. I can't believe you even think you are an AMERICAN. These kinds of comments have no place in this country.

    January 14, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Melissa Festus,MO

    If I had to vote today between Romney and Obama. I would sadly have to vote for Romney. Yesterday would have been a vote for Obama. I can not stand the BIG businessman Romney but ,since Obama is playing the race card I would have no other choice. Obama is not MLK nor will he ever be, he reminds me of Ol Revernd Al Sharpton now. Get over it!

    January 14, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Not a Hillary supporter, but...

    I don't get these people that switch their support for candidates as often as they change their dirty underpants. Where is your commitment? I guess you have none.

    January 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    Ron Paul comes within a handful of vote of Huckabee in NH and CNN still refused to mention him.

    January 14, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. John S. Maine

    Mike Huckabee Great Christian Leader.

    Mitt Romney Great American Leader.

    Mitt Romney gets my vote!

    January 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. G.T.O

    Hey NOT A HILLARY,SUPPORTER,but ,You might want to check your drawers and see if they are dirty!Or is it you dont support anyone just talk up against Hillary.I dont like her and will wait and get as many facts as I can before making a commitment to any of the prepackaged candidates now running on either side or middle.Maybe YOU just dont get it PERIOD.

    January 14, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. May The Best Man Win

    Hillary is so full of it! She is now trying to re-explain her comment about MLK only sounding worse. She has pulled the WOMAN card, now ironically, she is pulling the RACE card. Obama has consistently advocated for his issues rather if people agree or disagree. Bottom line, when you are insecure about yourself, you start making comments or statements to make your opponent look bad.

    Is this what America wants in 2008?

    Actions speaks louder than words, and I like the fact that Obama is sticking to the issues.

    Hillary had done well as a wife who's husband cheated on her as the President. Her emotions help keep her and her family balanced. She needs to maintain that role as "SUPPORTIVE" and understand that crying is no way to solve hard questions.

    Hillary needs to understand as well, to sit back and not do or say anything about the very people in your staff, committee, or group who is making statements to bring the opponent down, is just an inkling of what could come about under her leadership. The body follows the head, thus the head has not put things in order.

    I liked her husband in leadership much more than her, but go Obama. You are the man, and May the Best Man Win!

    P.S. I am a woman.

    January 14, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. CDR

    The OBAMA ’08 Story: This is No Fairytale!

    IMAGINE a passionate young scholar organizing for progressive change in the streets of one of the largest and toughest cities in the nation. Imagine a trial lawyer fighting for change and civil rights in the courtrooms for the rights of the common laborer against corrupt industry. Imagine a skilled constitutional law professor equipped with a mastery and knowledge of the protections and the checks and balances of our Nation’s most powerful blueprint: The Constitution. Imagine a State Legislature with 8 years of service who is “…not against war but against dumb wars.” Imagine a junior United States senator, with service on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which oversees our nation’s health care, schools, employment, and retirement programs; with service on the Environment and Public Works Committee, which protects our environment and provides funding for our highways, bridges, and levies; with service on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, which is focused on providing our brave veterans with the care and services they deserve; and with service on the Foreign Relations Committee, which plays a vital role in shaping American policy around the world, including Iraq. Now, Imagine a Leader with the judgment not to mislead this Nation into a dumb war.

    Now, IMAGINE CHANGE! Imagine a Leader who can UNITE our Nation and its people. Imagine America’s sons and daughter’s – our heroes… our troops. Imagine them safe and coming back from Iraq. You can only IMAGINE ONE LEADER and that’s no “Fairytale!” However, like a fairytale the good guy ultimately wins and with every vote for Obama you ensure a Hopeful future and a Happy Ending!


    January 14, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Lee Vancouver, WA

    SO WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE by our African American leaders against rap music which is so blatantly degrading and demeaning to BLACK WOMEN?!!!

    What MESSAGE is that TEACHING OUR YOUTH in America? I for one would really love to know WHAT Senator Obama and his endorsers have to say about that??

    What SILENCE 🙁 Or maybe a PRESENT VOTE will suffice?

    January 14, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Debbie

    I'm curious about Hillary's stand on Health care. Although she worked hard to get a health care system for everyone in America when Bill was in office, she fell short. I want to know why she stopped trying. I heard that the big insurance companies paid her off. Is this true? Both Obama and Edwards speak strongly about a universal health care system. Where does Hillary stand on this? I'm an American living in Canada and have had first hand experience with the shortfalls of the American health care system because of my aging mother. It has been a most stressful experience. Big changes are needed!

    January 14, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. K Pierson

    I do not see Obama playing up the race card. Edwards has been far more critical of Clinton on her comments about MLK than Obama has. It seems as if she has been bating him with it and when he didn't take it she created this whole idea of him using race on her own. He did not comment on it until she gave a hour long speech about his use of the race card. Also, would like to let Mariann know that just because he had a father that grew up in Kenya he is not a Kenyan. And what children are you talking about. You are so delusional in your thoughts of cultures that you know nothing about. There is no way a president would move his family from kenya where they are happy and have them live in the white house. The man lived in the US for all of his life except the three years he spent in Indonesia. Furthermore, If you really believe that his mental capacity has been diminished by a brief use of drugs and alcohol in high school than you are very uninformed about the effect of such drugs. ?? Would you prefer if he didn't inhale?

    January 14, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. Jeff - Plainfield, IL

    ugh, I may have to stop reading and posting on the political ticker.

    The woman above, Mariann Pepitone, with her racist rhetoric and absolutist anti-generation-X bias posted a hate-filled comment worthy of displaying, but a reasonable comment about the facts and truths is moderated out.

    Thank you for playing into the Neocon'ss not-so-subtle, 'point out Obama's race, and lie about his religious background' plan CNN. You're really helping the cause.

    January 14, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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