BLITZER'S BLOG: Is it too late for a new GOP candidate?
November 9th, 2011
03:10 PM ET
11 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Is it too late for a new GOP candidate?

(CNN) – With all the turmoil surrounding the sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain, some GOP insiders have raised this question to me in recent conversations: Is it too late for yet another Republican to jump into the race for the party’s presidential nomination?

My instinctive answer is yes – it’s too late in the game to mount an effective campaign. The Iowa Caucuses are Jan. 3.


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  1. NameMorpunkt

    Oh wait! I know. Let the Tea Party/Evangelicals resurrect their first poster child, from 2008, Mike Huckabee.
    Mitt in 2012. Get used to it Dixie.

    November 9, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    Too late? A better question would be are there ANY qualified, normal, adult acting, non scandalous republicans out there period? That would be the better question.

    November 9, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Gino Martell

    What's wrong with Huntsman. He has been basically ignored by the media.

    November 9, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Harry Wrecktom

    $i$ter $arah – PULEEEZE???? NOT.....

    November 9, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. MTATL67

    LOL.....I bet the Republican voters sure wish there could be. The GOP chances are slipping further away every day because of the obstructionist agenda they have chosen to follow. This candidate field is the worst in the 25 years I have been voting. The only one of these candidates that is worth looking and possibly voting for is Mr. Huntsman. He is intelligent, knows how government works unlike Mr. Cain and is not extremist like Santorum , Paul or Bachmann. Has moral character unlike Gingrich nor is he full of platitudes to gain power like Perry.

    November 9, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Howard

    Forget the public relations spin, and the BILLION dollar reelection budget, coming out of the corrupt obama White House ... just notice the cost of groceries when you go shopping ... the cost of your health insurance ... and, the cost of putting gas in your car. Add this to America's credit rating going down, our 14 TRILLION dollar debt, 9+% unemployment ... and all all the other ways obama has degraded America, and you can see for yourself, that it's time to vote for ANYBODY else, rather than obama in 2012

    November 9, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    Too late
    Last night election results send mixed signals at the same time they send strong message to republicans that is don’t focus on abortion, immigration, unions, changing voters law

    David Gergen wrote good article today “why 2012 election will be very close”

    Now changing candidate won’t help may be US congress and state legislature can help GOP candidates by just focusing on creating jobs only

    November 9, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. jack

    Howard: Stay on topic dude

    November 9, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. diridi

    these idiots do not change their attitude, it is hard....o.k, true

    November 9, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. noemi

    Let's see a perv or a mormon big chose if I were a rep I would vote for the black man.he's not 2 faced doesn't wear garb under his clothes that allows him to do and say what ever.and howard america is in the shit hole its in is due to there own stupidity. Mr. Obama didn't cause the mess were in.Blame it on the bush and all the greedy ppl out there taking everything.ppl like u r the ones who degrade america.Its your own falt if your life is a shithole

    November 9, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Howard, ask yourself this: how would the situation have been any different if McCain had won election in 2008? The answer is, yes, it would have been far worse. Our auto industry would be non-existant, with millions more people across the country out of work than we have now, along with God knows how many more industries being affected. The people who created this mess through a combination of a deliberate policy of inaction coupled with sheer incompetance, are asking for the keys to the economy after they wrecked it. Yesterday indicated a GROSS overreach by the GOP at the state level was corrected in places that had the opportunity, and the overreach by them at the federal level will be corrected in less than 12 months. Anyone but the GOP in 2012.

    November 9, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Namejkane

    The last post was from one of those teabag losers,what has your party done to create jobs. 000. Obama anyday over you losers

    November 9, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Why don't they just start with a new GOP and then we'll talk: the old one is broken.

    November 9, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Add this to America's credit rating going down"

    Note to Howard: polls show that the public overwhelmingly blamed that on the GOP and the Teatroll army calling the shots for them.

    November 9, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Sorensen

    It is never too late for the GOP. They have nothing but clowns now, so they will have to dig up something brand
    new and very intelligent to even realistically participate. That of course can never happen.

    November 9, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Is it too late for yet another Republican to jump into the race for the party’s presidential nomination?"

    Hmm. Interesting question. Nearly as interesting as the reasoning behind the need to ask such a question ... especially considering Republicans begin their nominating process two short months from now.

    November 9, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "What's wrong with Huntsman. He has been basically ignored by the media."

    And with good reason: he's fairly moderate on most issues, not all that incendiary, somewhat thoughtful, not a true-beliving ideologue dimwit, doesn't spend all his time babbling substanceless attacks on Obama or crazy nutjob reaganomic unicorn fart plans for fixing the economy, sounds like he doesn't actually believe it when he does and, all around, not the type of polarizing source of conservative bombast that the MSM could trump up into an arch-nemesis for Obama over the course of 2012. Moreover, given that his positions on a lot of things aren't supremely different from Obama's, it would require a lot of work and thought and intellectual capital to explain and get the public to understand the distinctions and nuances. This is about advertising revenue, my has nothing to do with what's the most informative manner of reporting or what's best for American society.

    November 9, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. noemi

    This is for howard. When u blow out your hole the only one who u r insulting is u.Mr.Obama didn't do this to u or our country it was that bush man,he's the one that has degraded america he stared a war he knew what was going on with wall st. Fannie may and all the others what did he do all the rep. Have to choose from is a mormon and a pervert.I know who ill be voting fgor how about u.

    November 9, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Nate

    Forget Republicans AND Democrats. Let's bring in a party with REAL ideas for REAL change. Vote Green Party in 2012!

    November 9, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. Mark in Seattle

    And here comes Tundra Barbie in her delusional belief that she's going to be the goptp savior. She'll just have to make a sacrifice and do it for the good of her "true 'mericans".

    November 9, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    If Bozo the Clown is not available, I recommend the perfectly sane and reasonable Ted Nugent. If not him, then Jon Voight.

    November 9, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit wisely observed:
    Why don't they just start with a new GOP and then we'll talk: the old one is broken.
    HEY, you posted my line before I could. Well, at least you got the gist of it.

    "Wrong question, Wolf. Is it too late for a new GOP?"

    Actually, you banged the nail better than I was about to. I second that.

    November 9, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. rs

    It is never too late. Now, whether or not the GOP/Tp actually have anyone left to run (that is actually any better than the hacks currently in place).... that is the real question.

    November 9, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Penobscot

    Hunstman, Romney or Newt. The only three with a brain.

    November 9, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |