February 4th, 2008
09:36 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer: I love the uncertainty

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/04/art.blitzer.cnn.jpg caption="CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer."]NEW YORK (CNN) - The excitement is building, especially for the candidates. I could see that when I taped an interview today with Sen. Barack Obama for The Situation Room. We went through several substantive issues. He was certainly cool and collected when we spoke. But I could also see he was pumped.

I could see the same thing Sunday when I interviewed Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. They have been working for so long to reach this pivotal point, and the pressure on them is clearly enormous. When the process began more than a year ago, there were certainly other prominent candidates out there, including Rudy Giuliani, Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, Chris Dodd, Fred Thompson, among others. But they fell aside, and we are now in the final stages of selecting the two parties’ nominees. The whittling-down process is almost complete.

The process could be completed on Super Tuesday – or not. That is now up to the millions and millions of voters out there who are getting ready to cast their ballots and in the process make history.

We have learned a great deal about the various candidates. We have also learned a lot about the primary and caucus process in recent weeks. And if the nomination process is still up in the air after tomorrow, we are about to learn a whole lot more. We will be learning about very complicated party rules, so-called superdelegates, and more.

If the polls are right – and that remains a big 'if' given some of our recent experiences – we are more likely to get finality on the Republican than the Democratic side. What I love about all of this is the uncertainty and unpredictability. Let’s get on to Super Tuesday.

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–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (551 Responses)


    February 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Tommy

    Is anyone else getting tired of her crying? How is she going to handle the pressures of being president if she can't control her emotions during a campaign?

    February 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |

    Why is it that you appear to be most smitten with Obama? Do you feel as a news reporter on CNN that you show this love for Obama? It does show.

    February 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Erich

    Yale Daily News Endorses Obama:

    “It would seem natural for us to endorse Hillary Clinton for president,” the editors wrote, noting that Mrs. Clinton graduated from Yale Law School in 1973. But “to endorse her would be to endorse intelligence and preparedness, but also divisiveness and the politics of manipulation.”


    February 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. AJ, IL

    Yeah yeah... we know Wolf, you live for these moments. If the final matchup would have been Rudy vs Hillary, you would have some witty titles for this New York matchup. I wonder how the total voter outputs in all the caucauses and primaries for 2008 will compare to the general election turnout in 2004.

    Obama in 08!

    February 4, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Peter

    You talk about uncertainty after marketing Obama for weeks on end and then go on to talk about your annointed one in your first sentences.

    You say the whittling process is almost done.... oh really? Like CNN didn't do the whittling down weeks ago. Saying you are hypocritical is putting it mildly.

    I like how the media and the Obama campaigns are trying to downplay expectations. If Obama looses it's not really a loss. If Clinton wins it's not really a win.

    February 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. John Rees


    You and your team have done a fantastic job reporting and analyzing the news, throughout this political campaign, online, on the air, and in print.

    Fareed Zakaria's column in Washington Post Print edition this morning about HRCs reason to oppose loosening restrictions on Cuba was IMO extremely insightful . The analysis he makes has broad applicability in undertanding how HRC and BMO differ in their basic approach, and also it helps explain why voters react differently to them.

    I think we will see a shift to Obama on Super Tuesday.

    Keep up the great work !

    John Rees

    February 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Arni

    This excitement is bad also, how much of the productivity is lost! Atleast I have to work few hours extra to make up my lost time following the poll results to Hillary crying!

    February 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Casey

    Nothing mentioned about Clinton, hmmmmmm? Is it a wonder that CNN and parent company donated 1.6 million to the Bush campagin?

    February 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. V from STL

    OBAMA!!! OBAMA!!!

    Gotta love the change that the American People are wanting. That is why he is pumped.

    February 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Di

    Hey Wolf...you having Mr. and Mrs Obama on your show tonight...

    Wouldn't be surprised to see them do the whole 3 hrs!!!

    February 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. TH

    Sun City; CNN is bias. They are pushing Obama. I find it hard to believe they are doing this.

    February 4, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Shabab Wahid

    Mr. Blitzer, I am writing from the University at Buffalo. I follow CNN very closely and recently watched your interview of Ralph Nader. If the opportunity to interview him in the future comes along (I'm sure it will), I was wondering if you could ask him this question:

    If one of the current democratic frontrunners (Clinton and Obama) were to win the nomination and then pick John Edwards as their choice for Vice president, what effect would that have on Nader's presidential bid?

    I know Mr. Nader spoke highly regarding John Edwards and commented that it was Edwards dropping out that made him start considering a 2008 run. I wonder if he would still run if his candidate of choice was nominated as the VP.

    Thank you for reading sir. CNN is definately the best political team on television, and as a UB Communications Undergraduate, you are a personal role model. Continue the great job!

    February 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. colene from new york

    Obama will make us proud.

    February 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. NM Democrat

    Why is it that you continuted to badger Senator Clinton (during the debate) about the final date of withdrawal of the troops? You tried to get her to commit to the same 16 months for complete withdrawal that Obama has stated (in the past) that he would do. During your interview with Obama today, you asked him if he would be tying his hands if he committed to 16 months, because he does not know what will be going on in 16 months. His response was shocking to me, because he basically has stated that he would be flexible to the end date and you put on the TV that the end date may be left open. During the debate, I wondered why you tried to get Senator Clinton to commit, but I am glad that she did not fall for it, because it may not have been a popular answer, but it was a common sense anwser. Thanks for reading!!!!

    February 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Adarrah for Obama


    February 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. chevyk

    i agree i dont care but i feel ron is not getting his due

    February 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Bob Wit

    Oh calm yourself. We all know Ron Paul doesn't stand a chance against McCain, Romney, or Huckabee.

    Now, if Ron Paul were a Democrat, he may have more of a shot. Not that his stances on taxes or trade would help him...

    Though, trust me. As a Democrat and an Obama supporter, I would gladly accept his Republican nomination, because he'd be a much easier defeat then McCain...

    February 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Tom in MA

    Ron Paul......heck he didn't even mention Clinton! Not that I expected anymore ffrom CNN. It's all part of the MSM Obama lovefest.

    February 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Matt

    Ron Paul is viable? Since when? Seriously, the Ron Paul followers need to give it up. He was never a viable candidate. Now less than ever.

    Sorry, maybe next time?

    February 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. BlackHouse

    This change is something that no president in US history can ever compare, not even JFK. This time the WhiteHouse will actually CHANGE! Vote for OB!

    February 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Christy

    I did my research for months now. Reading books by and on Hillary Clinton. To think of a white house run by her is just as discouraging as the white house run by George Bush. If Hillary is the candidate I will note vote in November. She is as corrupt as are all these politicians. There could be nothing good to come out of a Clinton Presidency.

    The Clinton's let us down once and now America wants to be let down again. Her failed attempt at healthcare the first time should give you a look into her proven record. She cause deception, devisivness, and was closed minded. She held closed door meetings and was scandalous in firing the entire Travel Staff of Clinton's presidency to hire her friends and family.

    She had her people ransack the office of Vince Foster when he died...what is it that you suppose she was hiding???More scandal more corruption and tommorrow people are heading to the polls for more of the same.

    Barack Obama is our hope right now and if we want change we must elect Obama.

    Don't be fooled people!!! Please VOTE tommorrow!!

    February 4, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. Ron Bennett

    Supper Tuesday is going to be difficult to predict. New poles coming out shows that Obama has the momentum but there are a large number of people who got there mail in ballots over a month ago and have already voted. So in retrospect a poll that shows Obama ahead in California by 2 percent didn't take into account the 2 millions ballots already sent out before Obama big momentum change and all his endorsements. Clinton will win big in the states that have mail in ballots and Romney will do better than predicted before McCain’s big push in the poles.

    February 4, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Luis


    You pandered to Hillary during the debate you moderated and now you "Love the uncertainty?" You ought to be a politician............................let's see, wet finger, hold up, which way is the wind blowing, LOL.

    After all, this is the Clinton News Network (CNN).........

    February 4, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Jamie

    I am changing my vote to Obama. I don't like Hillary fudging her 34 year experience. One year as a volunteer does not match up with the 33 years in high profile law firms, being in the White House, and a Senator. That is not the type of experience I am looking for in the next President of the United States.

    February 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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