January 20th, 2008
06:10 PM ET
11 years ago

Ballot Bowl Highlights


(CNN) - The presidential race remains unsettled despite voting in Iowa, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Michigan, Nevada, and the GOP primary in South Carolina.

As the 2008 White House race moves to Florida for the primaries there on January 29 and the Democratic primary on January 26 in South Carolina, CNN continues to bring you in-depth political coverage. 

If you missed any of CNN's Sunday Ballot Bowl programming, you can catch the highlights here:

Video: Watch Chuck Norris and Mike Huckabee

Video: Watch Giuliani on what he'd fix 

Video: Watch Edwards on Dr. King's legacy

Video: Watch Sen. McCain's S.C. victory speech

Video: Watch Sen. Clinton on Dr. King's legacy 

Video: Watch Fred Thompson's S.C. concession speech

Video: Watch Edwards: 'Enough is enough'

Video: Watch Romney: 'We can fix Washington'

Video: Watch Mike Huckabee S.C. concession speech

Video: Watch Sen. Obama on unity

Video: Watch Sen. McCain discuss his S.C. win with Dana Bash

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Just stop it!

    My Husband entered our son into a tennis tournament despite my objections. I didn’t think he was up to it. Did I root for his opponents to win so that I could use it against my Husband in a future disagreement?

    Of course not, we BOTH love our son. We are a family and we stand together, supporting each other even when we disagree.

    I’ve used that analogy to explain why I am very disappointed with the Democrats who publicly trashed our military’s chances in the war when the going got tough. They did it only for shallow partisan reasons.

    Now that our brave soldiers seem to be winning the war, these same Democrats are talking down the economy for the very same reason.

    Yes the economy is slowing, but it is NOT in a recession. These comments frighten people into holding back on spending money and increase the chance we will enter a recession. It’s called “consumer confidence”. It’s an economic indicator that directly effects the direction our economy goes in. This will hurt all of our families.

    We are ALL Americans. Stop trying to bring the country down just for your own personal gain.

    You should be ashamed of yourselves. Please talk about why your ideas are better, instead of trying to create misery.

    If you really care about America, please show us that your not just power hungry politicians that do and say anything to get elected.

    January 20, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Big Doug

    The Democrats love for our Government to stick its nose into every other country's business, just not when a Republican does it. They said nothing when Clinton bombed the hell out of Yugoslavia, even though that country never posed a threat to us. It seems the Democrats have "selective outrage."

    We are dependent on Middle East oil to keep our economy going. Bush attempted to ensure we would not have all our “fuel” eggs in one basket, depending solely on the precarious Saudi Arabian Royal Family. It is an understandable strategy until we become energy efficient many years from now. Just imagine what would happen to our economy if the oppressed Saudi majority overthrew their Monarchy. Most of the Saudis hate us, “9/11”. We would be up that famous creek without a paddle.

    Neither of the Democratic contenders has run so much as a taco stand, let alone the most powerful economy on the planet. It’s really an easy choice. - It's Romney.

    January 20, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. 2008 HOPE

    Thank you so much for the Ballot Bowl format. Could you please continue this approach on a daily basis?

    Drop the Hillary Show format that repeated her video several times within each CNN program, and then repeated her video time after time within each 24-7 news cycle. This was a notorious practice that was discussed a lot on the blogs.

    Please use the format of the same length of video for each candidate on a rotating basis. When you focus on an issue, please do not always frame the issue with video of the Clintons' comments, then get no direct response from the attackee, and then close out the topic with more video from the Clintons.

    Please do not do that anymore. It's just not fair.

    Thank you.

    January 20, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. mr.fair tax


    January 20, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. H.Clinton

    Why nothing on Ron Paul? CNN you are devious and need to be brought up on charges for trying to effect the election. Absolutely corrupt.

    January 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. D

    The national polls claim McCain is the Republicans best chance to beat a Democratic challenger. WRONG !!!

    Those polls count support for McCain among Democrats as well as everybody else. The truth is that the Democrats will vote for the Democrat, not the Republican in November.

    McCain is the Democrats favorite Republican. He is to the Republican Party what Joe Lieberman is to the Democrats.

    A McCain nomination would negate the largest issue that separates the two parties. It’s the Amnesty Bill of course. That issue will rally the Republican base, and divide the Democrats. The Democrats desperately want that issue silenced this election. It is their Achilles heel. John McCain marches in lockstep with the Democrats pushing for illegal alien amnesty.

    The media will pump up McCain at every turn for one reason, and only one reason, to get a Democrat into the White House in 09.

    The Democrats would love to face McCain in November. Why do you think they are telling everyone just the opposite? Do you really think they would tell us the truth so they could help their opponents? Get real.

    January 20, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. natouche

    It's really sad, because Bill Clinton is not respecting himself. When I think that Obama voted for Clinton and probably campaigned for him. It makes you wonder who isrunning for the nomination Bill or Hillary. Bill Clinton wants a 3rd mandate at any cost. Hope everyone sees it now. This is supposed to be the democratic party.
    Good luck Obama. They didn't see you coming, once a friend, now the enemy.

    January 20, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. Jimmy, Oklahoma Feb. 5th

    Obama claims to be ready for the Right Wing Machine. Heck the Clintons are treating him like he is a little boy and the media is treating him like he is a baby. C'mon this guy is to weak to be President. He needs to man-up.

    Senator Clinton for President of the United States.

    By the way latest polls in Oklahoma puts Barack Obama at a distant 3rd. Edwards second. Senator Clinton with a commanding lead.

    January 20, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Educated Pundits. HOW can Hillary win if half of the Democratic base either sits out the General Election or vote for the best Republican. Most of us just don’t want her.

    Furthermore she cannot win if the AA vote switches to Republican. ALL a McCain has to do is sit down with Black leaders ask what do you want, Reply you got it and instead of black sitting out, they will vote Republican and assure Hillary a defeat.

    If Obama wins 65% vote in SC. Then you can count on that happening if Hillary wins the General. It would tell just how badly Bill and her have pissed off the Democratic most loyal voting block.

    January 20, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. cal

    it appears as though many of the news commentators,wont mention names...have been wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy off in thier predictions of these past few primaries,iowa,NH and nevada and imean way off,so many of you just after iowa caucus rambled on about this so called obama phenonenom which has rapidly become something of the past,and so many of you predicted the early death of hillary in this 08 race.......and apparently just the opposite is happening,hillary is gaining strength and obama is losing ground....so many of you poked fun at hillarys so called breakdown just after iowa,when in reality she just slightly became emotional,not a tear is seen,but her comment ....we must reverse this,apparently hit home with alot of people,and forced many americans to take a 2nd look at hillary,her win in NH had nothing to do with her co called crying for sympathy,the debate just days before NH primary,is the main reason for hillarys sudden surge of popularity,during the NH debate ,hillary clearly shined...hillary was presidential in every way,strong,detailed,and with a clear plan for america.then with the race card issues and the dirty deeds on behalf of obama campaign to smear hillary in nevada on tv ads to sway the latin vote,but hillary won the latin vote...the result?it backfired,not only did hillary win nevada,hillary won the majority of those casino workers votes....its clearly apparent that the flagrant efforts by the obama hussien campaign,to smear hillary by twisting her statements to cause racial divide,hurt obama hussiens campaign,and have apparently to some degree have alienated the white vote,giving hillary these past 2 wins with many more to come,as for SC who knows,but if hillary performs as usual in SC i predict a win on sat.......that gray haired very chubby radio guy,last week said quote.....bill clinton getting on stage in NH calling all this a fairy tale,he said bill needs to go,how wrong chubby man was....bill helps hillary everytime he speaks,after all bill is part of the clinton machine......clintons simply run on a record of achievment,growth for america and r cleary THE agents of change,we need now.....obama hussien,is totally inexperienced and i hope hillary goes after obama at debate mon night ,in NH she went real easy on obama hussien and they both agreed to stop the race game and dirty deeds,which incedently hillary never started in the first place,but its apparent after those nasty hillary ads obama hussien campaign smeared on tv about hillary in nevada ,hillary needs to shoot from the hip and make her point....no more mrs nice gal.u go girl.

    January 20, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  11. shaun

    f obama is going to win this election he's going to have to lose the 100% faith he has in the american peoples ability to use good judgement against smear tactics. Whenever the clintons distort his record, or spin the things he says, he doesn't respond. It's almost as if he's depending on the american people to filter though all the trash and find the truth, but the truth lies in the fact that people's ability to trust is weak. All it takes is the media to contineuosly air falsehoods against you which will alter the opinions of idiots leading them to believe the bully over the one being bullied. Obama is so clearly the best choice for president that you'd have to be from another planet not to see it, but many of these people voting "are" from other planets, and they couldn't see truth from fiction if fiction was impossible. Hillary will indeed win the dem nomination, and the presidency, but when she's unable to get anything done with the republicans, or is seen as an overbearing, power hunger tyrant to the rest of the world, don't say that you wish you voted for obama. It will be too late, and you'll have to deal with your choice for the next 4 years, and after the 4 years when nothing has been accomplished, and our position/approval in the world has stayed the same or dropped to even lower depths of disparity, obama won't run again because we don't deserve someone that good as our leader. I'm just the guy who went into the future and saw whats going to happen to america. Then I came back with a higher level of intellegence based on what I saw, and have to witness you people do this again. The same results will come about and like groundhog day I'll have to relive this crap over and over again.

    If you can do anything right in your life do it now..vote obama…

    January 21, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  12. mike, dallas, TX

    Hillary Clinton's Massive Conflict of Interests
    A Commentary by Dick Morris

    As American banks go hat in hand to foreign financial institutions and governments, begging for capital to help them get out of the mess into which their subprime loans have landed them, the question arises as to whether the United States should permit nations like China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the banks they control to acquire part ownership of our leading banks.
    The presidential candidates discussed this issue in their Nevada debate and Hillary was asked about it in an interview with Neil Cavuto on the FOX Business Network yesterday. She replied that she would not “stand in the way” of such investments, but said that they needed to be vetted and called for more disclosure and “transparency.”

    The fact is that Hillary Clinton is totally unable to be objective on this key question of our national financial sovereignty because she and her husband have been so compromised by their financial dealings with the very countries at issue in the decision.
    Should the Saudi monarchy be permitted to purchase an important equity position in some of America’s leading banks? How can Hillary be objective when the very same monarchy donated $10 million to the Clinton Library and Foundation?
    Should the UAE be allowed in? How can Hillary decide fairly when Bill — and therefore herself — have been getting a reported $10 million per year from a fund that administers the investments of the Emir of Dubai, the largest component state in the UAE?

    The Dubai Ports deal compromised our national security by putting key points of entry in that nation’s control. But the infusion of capital and the acquisition of equity in our key banks has the potential to make that encroachment on our sovereignty seem piddling by comparison.
    Neither Dubai nor Saudi Arabia would be permitted to contribute to Hillary’s campaign. Foreigners are not allowed to do so, precisely to avoid having potential office holders compromised by gratitude for their financial support. But these nations have used the porous ethics of the Clinton family to acquire positions of massive influence by making contributions, not to her campaign, but to her personal bank account — either through Bill or through the Library and Foundation, which the Clintons directly control.

    WILL SOMEONE RAISE THIS at the debate?

    January 21, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  13. Murry

    Other candidates can talk about civil rights all they want. Obama has worked and lived among the poor. He championed for them since he was very young. He has felt the pain of prejudice. Obama is the one candidate that can build bridges between communities. He's done it in the past; read his bio. That's experience.
    Vote Obama 08

    January 21, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  14. Mrs. America

    I just love the Ballot Bowl. It's become a big part of my weekends. So informative, fast moving and interesting. Thanks, CNN.

    January 21, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  15. Michael

    Surprise surprise, not mention of Ron Paul. Keep it up, it's only lending the good doctor legitimacy.

    January 21, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  16. proud florida democrat

    Obama hasnt taken a stance on anything before his run for presidency .

    In Illionis he voted present on most important issues.

    In the senate hes voted democrat 95% and has passed ONE BILL!!!

    Hillary on the other hand has a history of working with republicans to get leglislation passed. She has taken vocal stances on a wide variety of ISSUES.


    January 21, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  17. TG

    Dear Moderator – could CNN please fix the link so that Romney's speech can be accessed? Thank you

    January 21, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  18. Maris

    I find it very interesting that Senator Obama had to reference his notes throughout his speech today on this very pivotal day in our American history; the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. Hillary spoke straight from her heart, it showed, and it was very refreshing. This woman truly understands the issues that face African Americans, as well as ALL Americans, and that is why so many prominent and civil rights leaders who walked alongside MLK during the movement support her nomination for the Democratic Party. These individuals understand and can detect real change, and they have proven this. They gave us all the opportunities that lay before us today, so they must have done something right. Age and experience gives you something that you can't buy, nor shortcut – WISDOM. Therefore, rather than bashing our civil rights leaders for supporting Hillary Clinton, listen to what they have to say and we might just learn something about ourselves and lead this country in the right direction. God Bless America.

    January 21, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  19. Nannette

    Where's Ron Paul? Oh, he's rolling with a Revolution that the mainstream media seems to think it can squash with ignorance. Every day more disillusioned Americans hear Dr. Paul's message of freedom, peace, and constitutional government and his honesty and common sense shake them from an apathy born of frustration with the lies, hidden agendas, and treachery of big government. Ron Paul cured my apathy. He gave me hope for America.

    CNN = Censored Network News

    January 21, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  20. michael Carroll

    I am trying to find out how Hillery Clintone got all her vast exsperiance in politics.AS she claimes to be the most exsperianced candidate. As far as Iknow she has only held publice office as aU.S. senator for a few years.
    Her claim of 30 years is only true if she has ONLY held publice office for 30 years. Bills time in publice office is not exsperiance on her part. This would be the same as my wife saying she has 11years exsperiance as a plumber because she has been married to me for 11 years.

    January 21, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Justin, Atlanta, GA

    Awesome. No Ron Paul. I Love CNN.

    January 21, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Awaiting Moderation, USA

    "The Democrats would love to face McCain in November. Why do you think they are telling everyone just the opposite? Do you really think they would tell us the truth so they could help their opponents? Get real."

    D - does that mean that the Republicans would really love to face Obama in November–even though they say that they would love to face Hillary?

    January 21, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Awaiting Moderation, USA

    Was anyone as confused as I was on Fred Thompson's speech Saturday during the SC primary? It sounded like he was going to drop out of the race. But then, just when he had everyone waiting, he didn't.

    Some say he's staying in the race to help his good friend, John McCain, by siphoning off votes from Mike Huckabee. Any agreement here?

    January 21, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Ryan Theriot

    Why do we hear anything about Fred Thompson at all? He has no votes. How about we hear something about Ron Paul since he has consistently placed in the top 3-4, and nationwide polls in the top 4. Enough of Giulliani as well. Giulliani won't be happy until we all have microchip implants and worship the one world government...he is a nutcase.

    January 21, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. juanita

    Obama uses notes to make his speeches . He wouldn't know what to say if it weren't for his speechwriters . Hillary talks from the hart she doesn't need a speechwriter to tell her what to say. The next time there is a debate just keep your eyes on Obama, then you'll see he has to be told what to say.

    January 21, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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