BLITZER'S BLOG: In some ways, Christie reminds me of Obama
October 3rd, 2011
01:18 PM ET
11 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: In some ways, Christie reminds me of Obama

(CNN) - I don’t know whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will run for the Republican presidential nomination. By all accounts, he’s reconsidering his earlier adamant refusal to run. Indications now are he will announce his final decision within 48 hours.

He should be under no illusions if he runs. His entire life will be scrutinized and will immediately change. His positions on key issues will be examined. He will be questioned about tough domestic, social and national security issues.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Blitzer, Gov. Christie faces a similar choice that Obama faced in 2006. Obama realized that if he did not run in 2008, another Democrat would probably win, and be re-electd in 2012. Voting patterns say that a Republican would most likely win in 2016, and would also be re-elected in 2020. The choice was pretty blunt. Run in 2008, or wait 16 years to run in 2024.

    Obama seized the moment while the moment presented itself and the wind was at his back from his 2004 convention speech. Christie faces a similar dilemma but without a wind blowing at his back that is of his own creation. Christie seems to know that the wind at his back is being created by others.

    October 3, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Teabug

    Poor, poor effort; your ignorance astounds me Wolfie.

    October 3, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Wadda Wingnut

    In some ways, I see the differences: Christie is a liar who attacks working people, and Obama is trying to get America back to work. Christie shows tendencies to be a bully, while Obama seems to be reasonable. Christie shows signs of being unstable, and Obama stays above the fray. Christie is in questionable health.

    October 3, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. diridi

    I saw him on Piers Morgan show. I very much liked his honesty. Yes, he clearly tole that he does not run. just rerun and see him, yes, I like this dude very much, very fascinating guy. Yes, He is like Obama. So is his state in good shape. Our nation is going to be in good position too. Wait, some more time. This president is very good. GOP thugs, and Tea idiots are for "Rich" Not for you, America. Wake up. Yes, we need revolt, today Brooklyn Bridge, tomorrow San Fransisco, LA, Dallas, Raleigh, Memphis, Chicago, Boston, NY, Orlando, Denver, Lincoln, etc, list goes on, and on., and on....god bless...

    October 3, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "He should be under no illusions if he runs."

    He's under them anyway. It has nothing to do with whether he runs or not. As a GOPer/conservative, his head is already full of delusions and wild imaginings as a restul of the ideology he was acculturated to believe, which posits first and foremost that facts and evidence and historical record do not matter...reality is just how the ideology says it is no matter any proof to the contrary.

    October 3, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Has anyone noticed how the ideological compass in this country has been turning away from true east/west or right/left. It has begun turning counter-clockwise towards north/south, or haves/have-nots, for the past 30 years.

    I would estimate the ends of the compass needle points NE/SW. That would be halfway between the right and wealthy at one end, and the the left and left-outs at the other end.

    October 3, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. yu

    Christie can't even win his state in primary. Please christie, don't run.

    October 3, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. An Inconvenient Truth

    Mr. Obama is not at all like Mr. Christie. Mr. Christie is allowed to be an "a – – – – -e" to people and still be lauded & praised. America has a problem when someone that looks like Mr. Obama has a take charge, tough talking persona.

    Chris Christie is rude, crude, belligerent. He is overbearing. He is a bull in a china shop. We have numerous pieces of videotape & audiotape of the man so this can not be disputed. If Mr. Obama conducted himself the way Christie has his ENTIRE professional career, Mr. Obama COULD HAVE NEVER gotten elected. With micropohone in hand, Christine walked toward and shouted down a woman [citizen] asking a question. If Barack did the same, they'd have called him intimidating or threatening.

    America needs to get over it's problem with smart, authoritative black men leading the show. It clearly is not and such hangups marginalize us all. When Obama can be praised as a leader while being a much of an aggressor as Christie, then talk to me about equality.

    October 3, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    When William Howard Taft was governor of the Philippines, he cabled to Secretary of State Eleihu Root, " Went on a tour today, rode 20 miles": Root replied, " How is the horse?"

    Christie is no William Howard Taft. Weight jokes aside, there is no indication of the intellect that Taft displayed ( only person to be POTUS and CJSCOTUS), only a sort of blustering arrogance that people mistake for straight talk, and only obscures his inability to listen. We've all seen how approval ratings can evaporate, and Christie has consistently antagonized people outside of the party base in his state, a state that is considerably more liberal than the rest of his party. We've all watched Rick Perry wither under scrutiny, does anyone think a governor who has been in office less than 2 years really run this country? Palin has a thicker resume than he does at this stage.

    October 3, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. 2607

    Christie for president... right.... to me it would say that it is OK to be a fat pig. Christie is a walking and talking example why the individual mandate for Health Care insurance must be mandatory. This guy is THE example why HC costs are so freaking high in USA. Yes, he is a good representation of the Americans... the fat ones.

    October 3, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    I'll say it again. Wait until he gets on center stage in front of the whole world - sweating, taking off his jacket, tie at half mass, breathing heavily through the microphone and gasping for breath.

    Can you say – Welcome President Obama to your SECOND term?

    October 3, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    He's got one huge negative for this voter...........he is a lawyer. Lawyers in the WH, as well as in Congress.........have perverted and destroyed our government, in my view. I do NOT favor any candidate, who is an attorney, at all.

    Precisely why I did not favor Obama in the first place.........despite his Hollywood acting role, as a "savior" of the country.

    October 3, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. liberal texanist

    If he reminds you of the President then he doesn't stand a chance with the GOTP.

    October 3, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "to me, that sounded like someone at least willing to consider some tax hikes in order to generate more revenue for the U.S. Treasury."

    More rightwing reporting manure from Blitzer. Instead of trying to read Christie's mind, why don't you do your job as a reporter and ask him if he'd support raising taxes on the ultrarich? Better yet, ask him if he is calling on Big Business and the ultrarich to share in any of the sacrifices the rest of us are making. And since we're on the subject of doing your job properly, make sure you report Christie's answers fully and in context.

    October 3, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Donkey Party

    Don't insult the President, Wolf.

    October 3, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |