BLITZER'S BLOG: My thoughts before tonight's debate
January 26th, 2012
03:43 PM ET
11 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: My thoughts before tonight's debate

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - I am blessed with a great team of producers and researchers who have helped me craft a lot of strong questions for tonight’s Republican presidential debate here on the campus of the University of North Florida. First of all, let me thank them. Hopefully, I won’t disappoint our viewers tonight.

This will be my third Republican debate in this presidential cycle. The ones I moderated at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa and at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., I thought, were solid and informative. We focused on some of the most important issues impacting Americans. I will try to do that once again tonight.


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  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Sorry Wolf... got more important things to do, like laundry, flossing, etc. At this point these "debates" are useless. Every question has already been asked MANY times.

    January 26, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Curt Braun

    Wolf ought to be thinking of how to stick it to Ron Paul without making a fool of himself.

    January 26, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Don't let them blame American owned media for the problems republicans have caused. Foreign owned media has been selling lies too long.

    January 26, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Please Wolf let Newt go after Mitt

    January 26, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Billy Hanson

    Ask them.
    1. How do they plan on cutting spending. Why not 2 or 3% over the next 10 to 20 years accross the board reductions?
    2. How will they end earmarks.
    3. How exactly will they close agencies.
    4. What do they think about 10% on individuals and .5% of business gross income with no (zero) deductions. No tax credits no depreciation no nothing.

    January 26, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Wolf, please focus on the important stuff too... like boxers or briefs! Also, please ask them their favorite brand of beer and chips. Also, who will they be rooting for in the Super Bowl. After all, the media has turned these "debates" into a reality series at this point.

    January 26, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Indy

    Romney has turned into the man on the wedding cake, he does not say much important and has very little personality and does not connect with people outside of the crowd.

    January 26, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    All Romney needs to do to win is smirk, roll his eyes and act like a Ken (or Barbie) doll.

    January 26, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Keith Murphy

    Sorry, all you bright boys and girls are missing the picture. Newt made his deal with Romney a couple days ago, after his win in SC. Whatever Newt wanted from Mitt, Mitt has agreed to, now Newt (who knew he could never be elected President) will start a slow decline (one for whioh he probably deserves an Oscar...he already started with his lackluster performance in the last debate) and Newt will be argumentative enuf to keep the public's interest on the republican process...and he will keep pounding Obama, and then at the optimum time, within the next month or so, Newt will
    unite the party by endorsing Mitt....If Mitt wins the general election, which I don't think he will....we will see Newt as VP, or Sec of State, or Ambassador to somewhere...whatever it was that he sold out for and Romney agreed to....

    January 26, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Katie O'Neill

    Please remind the Republicans that what goes around comes around. From the start the disgraceful manner in which Republicans have behaved towards and addressed our President, their total lack of even the most common respect and decorum towards the office of President has been shameful. Be so kind as to remind them that setting such precedents as interrupting the President of America's State of the Union speech with accusations of being a "liar" and numerous other incivilities will not go unrewarded. Democrats will do well to remember the Iraqi custom of throwing shoes at President Bush, but I'll have to wait a long time to see that happen to a Republican president.

    January 26, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. sumo

    Mitt is nice to the media because he is afraid they will go after him like Newt & Cain. He is a wimp I'll take Newt any day Cause he's got guts, & cares about America not just his career like Mitt.

    January 26, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    Hey, Wolf, why don't you stop being a corporatist shill and start practicing real journalism. Start by asking the questions the so-called "liberal" media have been censoring. Ask anyone in that flaccid field of clown car candidate what sacrifices the wealthy should share along with the rest of us? Ask where they stand on the tax increases on the wealthy favored by TWO THIRDS of Americans. Do your job for change.

    January 26, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Nash

    Won't waste my time watching the debate tonight, however I would like to know why Republican Presidential candidates in favor of free Market/Enterprise can claim unemployment is this current president's fault. It would seem obvious that believers of the free market understand unemployment is a product of that system. The lies people will hear tonight will be about EPA, regulations and healthcare with the usual blame on Obama as if he established the EPA or has trippled regulations. I would to know from these hypocrites why unemployment is not a product of the free market. I am sick and tired of two faced liars.

    January 26, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. sumo

    God save us from Ron Paul !

    January 26, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Jim

    Mr. Blitzer: A must ask question!! Ask the candidates how they reconcile their pro life stand with the their opposition to universal health care, the lack of which causes the death of thousands of Americans every year, young and old. Thank you.

    January 26, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    Gov.Rick Scott is bragging about his recorded it its true why his approval rating so low

    January 26, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Keith, I think you're right. Most of this is political theater staged by Karl Rove. I suspect Santorum is also in this for a later endorsement deal. They're all political prostitutes, including R-money.

    January 26, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. unsub

    wolf please ask noot "did you buy your wife kulixta from the same catalog as McCain?"

    January 26, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. William J. Robinson

    Newt will win the opening round of tonight's debate because his controversies will be the subject of questions and comments. Only a few hours later, in the quiet of the hour, will reporters and voters re-assess what a Spoiler (NOT Presidential timber) Newt really is. And he will spoil the Republican Party if he is nominated.

    January 26, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Roy

    Subject of Question for tonights candidates: Flat tax for Social Security; Inequality of tax rate; fair tax on rich; no new taxes; tax loophole.

    The employee Social Security rate for yr. 2010 was 4.2% with a limit of $106,800 or maximum payment limit of $4,485. With this payment limit, if employed, Newt Gingrich with income of $3.1M, he would have paid a tax rate of 0.14% and Mitt Romney with income of $21.6M he would have paid a tax rate of 0.02%. With the current legislation in Congress, would the candidates support removing the limits on the Social Security taxes?
    Please keep in mind the Social Security fund has been added to the general fund.

    January 26, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Vinod Gupta

    Wulf, please ask them on my behalf:
    How come expecting richest 2% pay taxes at the same rate as you & me, is a class war, but
    decepting 50% poorest Americans as if they are getting a free ride on rich shoulders, is a fair game?

    January 26, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Mike from Calgary

    Thank God it's Wolf Blitzer and John King handling CNN debates. Don't think I could stay awake through another NBC debate with Brian Williams, not tht there's anything wrong with them.

    January 26, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    Wolf -- zzzzzzzzzzzz

    Newt ----chaos

    No thanks. I don't want to go from a deep sleep to stark terror over and over. Think I'll watch MASH reruns.

    January 26, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Daniel

    Wolf, Ask Romney what his position is on moving the American council in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (Newt said he would) lets hair from the other candidates specially Romney.

    January 26, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Joseph Rowan

    Wolf, please give Rick Santorum more time to debate the issues for the debate. Newt and Romney had their time last debate. Santorum didn't get his fair share of time to talk about what's important in America.

    January 26, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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