Blitzer's blog: Why are some people running for president?
June 10th, 2011
03:23 PM ET
12 years ago

Blitzer's blog: Why are some people running for president?

(CNN)–I've covered presidential politics for a long time. I never stop marveling at the occasional weirdness going back decades. I was often amazed, wondering why some Democrats were running for the nation's highest office. The same can be said now on the Republican side. Here are a few examples.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, an articulate and smart politician, lost in his bid for re-election to Democrat Bob Casey by 18 points but he now thinks he can win the Republican nomination after having spent the past several years as a Fox News contributor.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    I don't care what noble rationale they tell you, they are not being frank and honest. With the one excepton of Rep. Ron Paul, none of them hold current political office. All of them are unemployed to one degree or another, which makes them look like a collective pack of losers. Many people have felt that way about them individually for years. They are running because there is an opportunity to rise in party influence, and maybe even with the election along the way.

    I think the better question is not why this group is running, but why other seemingly more qualified and more popular candidates are not running. It is because the others not running do not want to "be the beast" that it will take to win the GOP nomination this cycle. They do not want that on their reputations for life. Most of the current group of candidates seem to want to "be the beast" like a badge of honor.

    June 10, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. California Conservative

    Blitzer's blog: Why are some people running for president?

    Look no further than who's in the White House. Pretty obvious then isn't it.

    June 10, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    There are two main, and power. No one comes away from the WH, poorer than when they went in.

    June 10, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    That's a great question because none of the rethugs/teatads really, in spite of what they are saying, care about this country. A house (in this case a Nation) divided cannot stand and these nincompoops are the perfect example, starting with the woman from MN who was asking for a revolution against the same government which she represents in DC.
    That is how sick and twisted some of these people are. I won't even mention the already brainless dead from AK.
    the saint man from PA, paw man from MN (another loser from that state – what's up with MN?) and the others are all talk no action. All they do is complain about what the President is doing or not doing but I have yet to hear one single idea or solution. It's all about being the bullies then after high school they never grew up!

    June 10, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    Clearly, many of those pres-wanna-bees see the vapid field of candidates and say: Why not me??

    June 10, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Name king

    Hey the American people are probably the most pecemetic people on the planet, they have no confidence in the economy and it's showing. The economy was adding 2 hundred thousand jobs a month, and the people was still bitching about the pace of the economy recovery, I wonder what they will do when the economy actually start losing jobs. I understand that the repugs are a part of this with their non stop negative preaching. they are willing to take 2'trillion dollars from the consumers pockets, by playing russian rulet with the debt limit throwing the global economy in disarray. I wonder how small business will feel when the repugs take away their only sure revenue.

    still expect small businesses to go out and hire folks.

    June 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Ned Zhian

    Wolf nO'witz Blitz Err:-

    Gov. Gary Johnson deserves to be included in the debate every bit as much as folks such as Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum.

    June 10, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Some of these people are running solely to galvanize certain portions of the GOP base. They wil predictably lose, but they will give a concession speech that basically translates into "now that I've got you all ginned up and collected as many of you Krischun fundamentalists or Teatroll or one-issue anti-abortion voters or one-issue bigot voters, etc., as I can, you all need to know that you have to hang on to your motivation to vote and then go vote for the GOP's nominee who, even tho it's not me, is our only way to save the universe from the kenyan-born muslim socialist maoist manchurian POTUS who was planted in Hawaii 40-something years ago in order to receive his mind-control surgery and then take over the greatest country on earth and turn it into a communist islamic caliphate owned by trade unions." Poof. Suddenly, Romney geting a bunch of mindless Krischun Nashun theocrats' votes doesn't seem that unlikely.

    June 10, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |