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BLITZER’S BLOG: If Cain drops out...
November 29th, 2011
01:30 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: If Cain drops out...

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) - If I were Mitt Romney, I’d be worried about recent developments that could present serious problems in his race for the Republican presidential nomination.

If I were Newt Gingrich, I’d be encouraged by those same developments.

Herman Cain reportedly has told his senior staff he’s “reassessing” his race for the White House in the aftermath of the latest allegations that he had a 13-year affair with a Georgia woman. For now, Cain is continuing his campaign, but if he were to drop out, I suspect few of his supporters would move over to Romney. Many would probably support Gingrich.

That would be a boost for the former House speaker in Iowa, where Cain has had significant support.

Romney has been doing exceptionally well in New Hampshire, where he has a home. He was governor of neighboring Massachusetts. But Gingrich has been moving up in the polls in New Hampshire recently.

What could seriously hurt Romney in New Hampshire is Jon Huntsman. The former Utah governor has put all his eggs in the New Hampshire basket. His poll numbers recently have moved up in that state to nearly 10%.

I suspect that Huntsman’s supporters in New Hampshire would be more likely to vote for Romney than Gingrich.

If it’s a close race in New Hampshire between Romney and Gingrich, the 10% that Huntsman might get could prove to be the difference in allowing Gingrich to carry the state.

And like in Iowa, the Cain supporters in New Hampshire could also help Gingrich if their candidate were to drop out.

In short, I suspect Romney would love to see Cain, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann remain in the race. They potentially take votes away from Gingrich by dividing up the conservative tea party activists.

On the other hand, Romney would love to see Huntsman drop out, but his withdrawal doesn’t look likely before the ballots are counted in New Hampshire.

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  1. free

    America is all about this..... So what if Cain slept around, his wife is okay with.. Can he run America....

    November 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  2. A Sterling

    Gingrich would most likely benefit only if Cain's supporters can continue to ignore their moral compass in regards to the candidate's personal life. When did character become a non-issue?

    November 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  3. TXJim

    Wow those all sound really good. I want to know more about what his plan will do. Can you email me? Your email address is right?

    November 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  4. NoTags

    It's wonderful to see all the Paul supporters (Paulette's) out today.

    I hate to break the news to you, but PAUL CAN'T WIN. Some Government programs need to be abolished, but not as many as Paul wants to abolish.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Zac

      you are acting like YOUR OPINION should trump OBJECTIVE POLLING and NEWS REPORTING.


      i dont know why this is so hard to understand!

      and you think us "paulbots" come and spam message boards? boy are you in for an awakening in iowa. What will it take for ron paul to gain some respect?

      November 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  5. Dee

    in other news.. OBAMA 2009-2017!

    November 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  6. Mark B.

    If Cain drops out that means the left has smeared its will again. NONE of these allegations have been proven yet.
    Obama supposedly had a gay affair in college. You hear anything about that? The ggod news is republicans and consrvatives aren't as gullable as the left. He has NO REASON to drop out. He is feared.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  7. CommonRaven

    As time passes, Romney is looking more and more like what our country needs. Like one person said, Romney may not be the perfect GOP candidate, but he could become the best president for America. Romney is smart, economically savvy, faithful to his family and religion, and will bring professionalism back into the Oval Office.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  8. Brian Jensen

    OH, wuddaya know?! The two biggest flip flops and the guy with single digit polling numbers were mentioned...... seriously? No mention of Ron Paul? Come on Blitz!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  9. Mike in Ohio

    Ron Paul is the only serious candidate that wants to uphold the constitution. The mere fact that he isn't mentioned in this article goes to show that he is what this country needs.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  10. Julie

    Why isn't Huntsman at the top of the polls? He is the most rational candidate, he has clear plans, hes not too conservative & not too liberal, and willing to compromise with both sides. Wait, I know why....he's not as crazy or stupid as the other candidates and the liberal American media will not place any emphasis on him because they know he has a high chance of beating Obama.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  11. dalton atlanta

    Herman cain was the only conservative presidential candidate worthy of voting for(besides Ron Paul of course)our once beautiful strong country has forgotten what made it great failed social ideology corruption has doomed America

    November 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  12. Sam

    Wolf: It's disappointing that you assessed all of the candidates status regarding recent events, except Ron Paul. He's the winner of the straw poll there!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  13. tired of bias cnn

    Hey why no mention of Ron Paul? He has never been a media push & he is the only Honest Candidate. He is currently polling in 3rd & the true front runner. If given some push from the media there would be no stopping him so you just ignore him. Well you can't control elections any longer cnn. RON PAUL 2012! ILL WRITE IT IN ON THE BALLOT IF I HAVE TO!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  14. descarado

    You might try looking a little further down the road, Wolfie. If I were Barack Obama, I would be a little worried that his 'search and destroy' mission against Herman Cain will backfire when a ticked-off Cain campaigns in the black community for the Republican nominee. Obama needs every single percentage point of the 92% black vote that he got in 2008. If Cain goes into the black neighborhood, even a 5% switch will sink Obama in several key states.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  15. Linda Brown

    Thank you, Leslie! SAY IT AGAIN!!! Our country has serious issues that need to be solved. Mr. Cain is the one that can do it. Great post!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  16. DT

    Why no mention of Ron Paul? Wolf, I predict that he will not be granting interviews with CNN once he wins.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Here's a better question to ask - why wasn't Cain prepared for this type of scrutiny into his closet of skeletons? Thanks to the invasion by the GOP of the Clintons, this has become the norm in our political world. As such, any one considering a run for office ought to know digging is going to occur. Or is it just that the GOP doesn't think the digging applies to them?

    November 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  18. Scott

    If the allegations are true, Cain needs to drop out. An unfaithful, untrustworthy, candidate who really doesn't know the issues isn't fit to be President. Is 9-9-9 plan is psychotic. It works on paper, but once implemented, unless states remove their sales taxes; some people will be paying more taxes than they originally did. From a payroll standpoint, it works. However, when it comes to making purchases, like that new iPhone or a dvd player; you're going to take it up the rear.

    The GOP field is rather underwhelming. Paul has no chance of winning, Cain may drop out, Bachman is too crazy for my tastes, and I don't trust the Newt. I would seriously like to see Hunstman get the nod. He is substantially more moderate than the other GOPers, which is a plus in my book. However, since he is small-time, Romney will get the nod.

    I'd vote Romney or Hunstman if either one got the nod and ran against Obama. If anyone else ran against Obama, I'd have to go with Obama again. If he learns to work with the GOP (and the other way around) he'll be a great president.

    I want a candidate that is closer to the middle. The further to the left or right you go, the less likely the other side is going to want to deal with you. Unless of course you're the current GOP field who refuse to work with Obama on principle.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  19. malcolm

    nice article Blitz...

    November 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  20. lawgrace

    Herman Cain’s increasing attempts to insult people’s ability to THINK –as well as people’s ability to READ any Bible which unequivocally stipulates that “ministers” (such as one who utilizes Jesus’ church to acquire ordination into ‘ministry’) are to help, NOT ostracize people in unfortunate situations (Jesus’ words in Luke 3:18) –especially since Herman Cain is not a god to truly know how each person's distress came about! (I would not be surprised if he couldn't connect dots between corporate greed, joblessness, and poverty).

    Not only is Herman Cain apparently oblivious of the Jesus who Cain is allegedly a ‘minister’ in Jesus' church, Cain is idiotic enough to NOT comprehend that ministers for Christ REFLECT Jesus –not aggrandized humanness. Cain epitomizes not only that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones particular when such a one like him IS NOT good at it –but he seems to be such a ‘legend in his own mind’ that he is unprepared for his glass to break. Moreover, he seems to think he is unbreakable.

    On behalf of TRUE ministers, it gives me much delight to pronounce to Cain that it seems that his big mouth has written a ticket that his backside cannot cash! (*capital letters used for emphasis since I can’t bold or underline)

    November 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  21. Sherm

    Huntsman has 10% in New Hampshire.
    No other numbers in the entire article.
    Actual data might cloud the narrative.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  22. Joshua Wertheim

    My dream: ALL these unqualified and polarizing candidates drop out of the race, John McCain runs again, picks Colin Powell as his VP candidate, and we actually get to see if McCain would have made a better president that Obama.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Culling the Herd

      This remains an incredibly uninspiring platoon of candidates.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • Michael McCumber

      Your dream of McCain running again would be any reasonable conservative's nightmare. Good grief.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • billbaggins

      Yes. The first 85 year old president. Great thinking.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • harrison

      Neither Powell or Mcain is conservative enough to get elected. They both fought in wars instead of just yakking about it or serving in the Texas air national guard

      November 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Dana in Alaska

      John McCain is brain dead and Colin Powell gave up his right 10 years ago to even have an opinion, in my opinion.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • Joe

      One man's dream is another man's nightmare.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • David

      ...that'd be a disaster. McCain is barely as qualified for POTUS as Obama, McCain's a fake and Powell wouldn't help our situation in any way, his ideals and experience aren't fit for even VP.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • Middle Right

      McCain and Powell? Give your best to Ron Paul and go back to sleep.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • rafly

      Very funny......

      November 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • westward

      McCain was senile long before the '08 race. He's not getting any better. And do you actually think Colin Powell would ride shotgun to the likes of somebody like McCain even if he were interested in the job?

      November 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • bitsinmotion

      McCain and Colin Powell?? Wow. Why don't you dig up the corpse of Richard Nixon while you're at it LMAO!

      November 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • ronpaul2012

      John McCain is trying to pass a bill that states anyone can be detained for as long as the govt. wants to detain them: they will ship any US citizen to Guantanamo Bay as long as they want. You still want this guy for prez?

      November 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Kim M Hunteer

      Clint, you are right! Poor clowns. But I do think that the Newt will be the only Republican who could out debate our Presdient. What does that tell you? All of you?

      November 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  23. Bruce Traficante

    I really don't think there is anyone in the Republican party that is likely to win, they are all losers, except Ron Paul.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Joshl

      Huntsman and Roemer are good

      November 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
      • skarphace

        Huntsman and Paul are the only Republican candidates that I would seriously consider over Obama. Too bad neither of them have much of a chance at the Tea Party vote. Which is pretty ironic since Paul is one of the founding fathers of the Tea Party. Oh well, they threw their lot in with the Kochs and henceforth turned their backs on sanity.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • DC Johnny

      Brainwashed liberal. Just the way Obama wants you.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
      • Gabe

        Saying are the Republican candidates except Ron Paul is not being a brainwashed liberal, it's actually using your brain.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
      • steveintexas

        be nice sweety

        November 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
      • Michael Schulze

        Ha... you're one to talk.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
      • Emmy Skaddittle

        see they don't even consider Ron Paul a republican, he is not a democrat but a paul supporter

        November 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
      • steelers1981

        And who are you?

        November 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
      • WDS

        Yes, brainwashed democrats are all Ron Paul supporters.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
      • Gus

        that's a fair and balanced reply.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
      • Carter Sherline

        As John Stuart Mills (He's the guy who gave Jefferson, Franklin and Adams most of their ideas) said it isn't that all conservatives are stupid, it is that stupid people tend to be conservative.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
      • ddblah

        you think Ron Paul is a liberal? Hnnn ....

        November 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
      • AmericanPatriot

        This is coming from a Republican who perhaps supported Sarah Palin, Sarah Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Herman "the slimy womanizer" Cain, Newt "the adulterer" Gingrich and Mitt "the Obama 2.0" Romney.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
      • skarphace

        DC Johnny: I seriously doubt a 'brainwashed liberal' would support Ron Paul. Therefore, it seems from your comment that you are the partisan sheep, not Bruce.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
      • GoFwd

        Brainwashed Rightwinger, just like Boener wants you.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • Robert

      Ron Paul's "Fortress America" worked real good before WWI and WWII (60 million killed)

      November 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • mike

      Ron Paul has no dirt. He's the smartest guy up there, and he's RAPE obama in a debate. All obama can do is sell cars.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • jboHDrider

      Gary Johnson would be a great choice...That's why the bat crazy right won't pick him...too honest. Same problem for Paul.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • Mark B.

      And you base this on what? What tripe the nightly news feeds you? Look at Obama's approval rating – worse than Carter's – CARTER'S. He has NO chance of being re-elected. Any of these will defeat any on the left.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • Johnathan

      I would consider someone like the former La. Gov, who is running on getting the stinkin, filthy money out of gvt. I too like he believes that it has choked democracy and is killing america.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • Dana in Alaska

      Gingrich / Santorum I think would win.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • Duh

      you have to place a bunch of dummies up against Obama so he can win. Get it?!

      November 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  24. Raabjorn

    No mention of Ron Paul, as usual!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Goodguy1

      RON PAUL

      November 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • PatriotVet76

      Ron Paul is too much of an isolationist. He was his own worst enemy at the national-security debate. He could have been a strong contender had he put forth an attitude other than that of a bitter, old man.

      I abhor government surveillance, but it's necessary to give up some (a few, not all) civil liberties, in a time of war, to protect all the people. Clearly, Ron Paul does not understand the realities of the 21st Century, and the dangers to this country that require the Patriot Act.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • Dana in Alaska

      Furloughs are only allowed once a month from the sanitarium and he already used it.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • leo

      The article is about who will benefit if Cain opts out. Ron Paul has a completely different ideology than all the GOP candidates, including Cain, and hence Cain supporters are unlikely to switch to Ron Paul.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • ronpaul2012

      I'm just absolutely disgusted that Ron Paul was not mentioned in this article. Angry, is more like it. When are you all going to cut this out??? Americans are getting real and most of us don't want another slick politician. Obama was the last straw. Ron Paul 2012

      November 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Adam

      The whole 'Ron Paul against media bias' thing is sooo tired. He needs to just get a clue.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  25. PlayfulDreamer

    I'd be more worried about what this says about American politics: Any loser on the street can come out and say "he said, she said" and end a politician's bid–potentially costing the country a viable candidate.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • rep

      four or five "losers" with different times and backgrounds, very few motives and similar stories? there are also secondary witnesses, irrefutable evidence, and (in some cases) legal documents that support their version of events. Add to this Cain's memory lapses and somewhat contradictory responses and you have one very non-credible-looking candidate on your hands.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
      • glyder

        obama would not have been a credible canidate if the media had dug up the dirt on him.however,progressives in the media will protect fellow pigs.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • Iconoclast

      If you think Herman Cain is being forced out as a result of "unfounded allegations" you are a dreamer indeed.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Tad Pole

      He said, she said? The sexual harrasment cases (there were TWO of them), were not "he said, she said"... They are actually cases that happened, and were settled. If you recall correctly, those women had no interest in the publicity, and chose to not rehash it all. How can you call that "he said, she said"? The woman in this story claims to have phone records, and could give information regarding hotels etc that they stayed together at. THAT is why Cain is now thinking of dropping out... 'cause he got caught. One could argue as Cain is now that these types of things between consenting adults are private matters and shouldn't be subject to media scrutiny.. and I would agree, but please remember who opened that pandora's box. I'll give you a hint: remember how important it was for some people when Clinton was president?

      November 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • bitsinmotion

      Really? What "viable" candidate are you talking about LOL!

      November 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  26. Madtown

    BLITZER’S BLOG: If Cain drops out...
    If Cain drops out, we're all going to miss out on a heck of a lot of comedy.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • Johnathan

      If Cain drops out..... oh my god, WHAT WILL CNN DO????????????????

      November 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • mike

      true cain is funny and smart would be a great leader. dont leave herman unless what they say is true

      November 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  27. Joshl

    I am a Democrat and I would totally agree to vote out all incumbents on both sides but I would be too afraid of the mindless voters not having a clue what the plan is and voting for the incumbent Dem anyway - and then on top of that, I would be way too afraid that Republicans would renege on the deal and all rally around their incumbents and then we are left with incumbent Republicans suddenly controlling the house/senate/presidency and boy would we really be screwed then

    November 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • jboHDrider

      This is one of the most nonsensical posts I have ever seen...HMM you are going to vote for the incumbant cause you can't trust other for who you think best.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • steelers1981

      Agreed and therein lies the rub

      November 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  28. epicism

    I'm saddened by what today's GOP has become. We need balance in D.C., and this neocon variety isn't it. I honestly believe that Huntsman is the party's only hope; but only if they pair him with congressional moderates. The truth is, most can see what the GOP has been up to since their victories in 2010 - and most don't like it.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  29. Josh512

    Funny how there isnt ONE mention of the guy named RON PAUL whos polling 3rd......CNN who is it that your paying to be President?

    November 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • David

      i feel its PAINFULLY obvious that its Gingrich. He's in no way unique and, not unlike most other candidates, he just bums off the ideas proposed by Ron Paul and coat tails it as far as he can. A month or so ago CNN was silently endorsing Herman Cain up until his hook in Georgia spoke up and now they desperately move on to the next candidate who isn't "weird" or Ron Paul (weird being Obama's term for Mormon)

      November 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • Jose Mora

      A better question is who's paying the bill for the media? Apparently, they feel they can choose the president for us.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  30. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    What a bunch of losers these GOP candidates are! Not one of them will be able to beat Obama, thank goodness. It would be hard to name the worst of this bunch, but Cain has to be down there near the bottom. They are making the GOP look more and more irrelevant all the time. Hurray!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Kyle Todd

      Down near the bottom is better than Obama any day of the week lol. Don't you have another unemployment check to cash?

      November 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  31. gaucho420

    When Herman drops out (and he will), the natural boost will go to Gingrich, who's the biggest politician of them all, but the newest pick of litter in this bizarre 2012 GOP nominaion process. It seems to me that the newest candidate holds until a gafe or sexual liasion come out to shoot them down. Luckily for Gingrich, all of these are already baked into his support.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  32. Ron Paul

    Uhm Ron Paul is virtually tied in Iowa with obamney and the grinch, why no mention CNN?

    November 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      Nationwide, he's still below 10%.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • glyder

      because he scares them.outside of dropping aid to israel.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  33. renaissancemon

    Excellent pretense that Ron Paul doesn't exist, CNN, keep it up, you convince of your irrelevance a little more each day!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  34. Dave B

    I would think that Cain supporters would move to the person they deem the most honest, like they thought Cain was. And that person would be Ron Paul, not Newt.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • RichP

      What is dishonest about Cain ? So he dipped his wick, big deal, so did billy. I find it interesting that Obama has never dipped his based on no one ever coming out.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  35. Andrew

    ROMNEY 2012/2016. Obama is the one who should be shaking in his boots!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • glyder

      unfortunately,romney is another progressive.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • AmericanPatriot

      You mean Mitt "the Obama 2.0" Romney 🙂

      November 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  36. Rags

    It does't really matter what the Repugs do, they're all losers anyway.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Steve

      Do you liberals ever have any constructive to add or are you only capable of calling people names. The party of so called "intellect" my arse

      November 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
      • Mike

        Your conflation of this person's post to "you liberals" certainly bolsters his case 😉

        November 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
      • steelers1981

        Pot calling the kettle black? See Ron Paul's comments above

        November 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
      • Johnathan

        Youd have to pull the trigger on the gun to my head for me to vote republican. I'd rather die than pull the lever for the criminally treasonous GOP.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
      • steve2

        Using the perjorative term "repug" can be assumed to signify anti-republican, but it does not follow that anti-republican is equivalent to liberal. The Law of the Excluded Middle applies to mathematical and symbolic thought but rarely can we assume that exclusion from one group implies membership in another.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • Bass Man

      I agree, I am a Democrat and would never ever vote for a Republican! They are evil. All of em. I have tried to raise my children to hate Republicans since birth. They pretty much fall in line. I truly believe OBama is the most magnificent president we have ever had and I intend to see he gets re-elected.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
      • Kyle Todd

        You can't be serious on this. Republican or Democrate you have to know Obama has been terrible. I'm a republican and i can name a handfull of DEMOCRATS that have been better presidents.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
      • Wes

        You raise your children to be Democrates and they pretty much "Fall in Line". Really? I mean REALLY? So you are saying that you do not give your children the ability to look at the issues and make a decision on thier own abilities to decide what is good and what is bad? Really???

        November 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
      • Ricardo Picardo

        Can you say this with a straight face? :p

        November 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • BetteMare

      You are either completely naive or in serious denial.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
      • Johnathan

        or perhaps not a Fox /CNN News zombie?

        November 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • Alvin Leung

      It is truly terrifying that a candidate who has no knowledge of the strategic relevance of Libya and Uzbekistan can emerge, even temporarily, as a top contender for the nomination of a major political party. Hopefully his bowing out will signify the re-emergence of more intellectually competent candidates.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
      • glyder

        and i guess you believed the media when they told you obama was a wise man.sheep.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • bushywalrus

      The GOP is DOA!

      November 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • Mike

      Your comment is obviously ridiculous and is a major part of the problem. Beyond Republican and Democrat is American. I hold values that are found in each sides' philosophies. Terms such as "all" and "losers" and "Repugs" is nothing but empty vitriol that doesn't actually move us forward. I just don't get all the vitriol and blind hatred each side displays.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  37. AJB

    I can't help but notice the complete lack of any reference to Ron Paul's campaign... curious to say the least...

    November 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • glenn

      Because he isn't a serious candidate with NO chance of MB

      November 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
      • marty

        because you say he's not a serious candidate? The media is afraid of him. They want Obama to get a second term. They would love for Obama to run against the Newt. They dread Ron Paul. Wake up and stop taking the kool aid with stupid statements like that

        November 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
      • LuLiuex

        Because that's what the media's telling you?

        November 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • Jim

      Maybe because he's polling so poorly...

      November 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • tired of bias cnn

        He's polling in 1st & 2nd in Iowa..... Hmmmm Check your statements before you try & call them facts.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
      • Alan

        Yeah tied for first means "Polling so poorly". You're an idiot. Ron Paul is the only viable candidate, yet the corporate media knows the party is over for them if he gets elected. Thus the blackout, and he's STILL polling high.

        He is the only one who has served in the military. He raises more money from active military then all the others combined. He has been consistent in defending the constitution for over 30 years. He will never be caught up in scandals like Newt or Cain or John Edwards. His love for economics is far greater then desires of cheating on his wife. He is the most MORAL, the most KNOWLEDGEABLE, and the most CONSISTENT, and the most HUMBLE of men. Which in my view makes him the most ELECTABLE.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
      • John Galt

        What are you talking about??????? You living on Mars?

        November 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
      • Ricardo Picardo

        Many polls show Ron Paul doing pretty well. Definitely "Top Tier" as the media likes to call it. I don't know if he will win or not, but I'm seriously praying he will. I think I need to start studying Robert's Rules of order so I can caucus more effectively in my state for RP. Never done any caucusing in my life. I feel the intensity... can you feel it?!

        November 29, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
      • Jose Mora

        Yeah, 5 % ... uh make that 7% ... uh make that 9 % Would you believe 14% ... uh make that 19%.

        Yeah, polling real poorly ...

        November 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
      • ronpaul2012

        where do you all get your news from????

        November 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • steelers1981

      Ron Paul candidates will cry conspiracy until the day Paul drops out and then they will just mumble about it

      November 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  38. Griff

    "Just like in England, an d their #2 Chanceller. You need someone like Romney to fill that space. So what does it matter who is president 'the grinch' or Romney? They should run together and leave it to the crowd! If you really want to win, then you have to work together; and leave it blowing in the wind, You stir enough to create a storm!"

    November 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  39. JSH

    The GOP is a joke...not one person in the party deserves to be President of the USA.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • JW

      Sadly, the same is true of the Democrat lineup.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
      • steelers1981

        What line up are you refering to? It's a one person race

        November 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • DC Johnny

      And who deserves it, JSH? A Senator who only served a fraction of his term, during which time he almost never used his voting power? A Senator who threw rocks at the president, only later to contradict himself from the same glass White House a few years later?

      Is he your qualified, deserving one?

      It's incredible how the unintelligent on both sides of the spectrum come out in droves on these message boards, all filled with nothing but hatred for the opposition and unwilling to budge an inch.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • bushywalrus

      At least the Democrats are for the middle class. How any working man making less than 100K per year can vote for Republican is beyond me. It makes no sense unless voting against gay marriage and encouraging hate is your primary concern then by all means, show your stupidity at the poles.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  40. James PDX

    What's amazing is that our system is such that we have to care so much about who a couple of tiny states think should be our president. Someone needs to fix our completely broken government. To do that, we first have to remove all of the culprits; i.e all Democrats AND Republicans. But we're too set in our ways to think enough outside the box to vote these two corrupt and inept parties out of power. So we deserve whichever of the jokes the next presidential election plays on us.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Jim

      Welcome to the USA, where two states can decide a Primary...

      November 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  41. GD

    "A house divided against itself can not stand"...and the media profits by perpetuating and porporting that such divisions exist.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  42. tim

    The way the article was written, it looks like Ron Paul dropped out.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • glenn

      Was he ever really in?

      November 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
      • Gilligan


        November 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Gilligan

      True, yet Dennis Kuchinich got all sorts of coverage.


      November 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
      • steelers1981

        You're joking, right. Both are to the extreme side of their party and neither gets pub

        November 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  43. magruber

    I think when it comes to a republican candidate, I'd want the lesser of two evils. Mitt Romney is the lesser of two evils. Newt is less competant in the eyes of independant voters like myself. He's shown more as a radio personality than a capable leader of the United States. He's also been the subject of incompitant ridicule going all the way back to the 90s. Romney is the best bet for a Republican nomination. He's the only one who could possibly climb that uphill battle against President Obama.
    I havent decided who I will vote for, but I can say a Republican Nomination for Newt Gingrich is a Vote for President Obama in my book.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • DC Johnny

      I don't know which is more entertaining – the blatant typos and grammatical errors in your statement, or the incredible delusion in what you are trying to convey. Gingrich has accomplished an incredible amount, and did so without supermajorities in Congress or with a friendly White House.

      He is nothing short of genius when it comes to politics and how to lead. Unfortunately, his personal life has allowed the media to focus and cast aspersions on his would-be fantastic profile, and suckers like you only read the big print, assuming you know how to read, which, judging by your spelling, is not necessarily a given.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • Alan

      Why not vote for someone who isn't evil at all and vote for Ron Paul. At least he's not a liar. Look up his predictions on Youtube, then look for all the other candidates predictions. See how they compare.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  44. Clint

    This entire field of candidates is beginning to resemble some sort of sad little clown car.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • DC Johnny

      And where would a Senator with a half-term of voting "present" and a complete lack of executive experience fit in with your clever circus joke?

      It's amazing how terms like "unqualified" get thrown around when the uninformed liberal drones get to evaluate GOP candidates.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  45. Marge

    For the life of me I can not understand republicans supporting Newt. I know that most of them are radical, bible thumping and anti everything, but supporting Newt gee I did not think that we had that many stupid people in this country. Wilth all his flip flopping Romney seems like the better choice. But then back when JFK was running the religious extreme group of republicans were yelling and screaming that if JFK won the Pope would run this country. Weren't the very very wrong. So why do they think Romney's religion would top anything. Maybe because, just that, since these religious extremist would want THEIR FAR OUT RELIGIOUS beliefs trump every thing maybe they think every one is as nutty about religion as they are.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  46. P8trioT

    It's like playing whack a mole. Perry and Bachman goes down up pops Cain ! Cain bursts into flames and up pops NewT ! Now what will happen if Newt falls ? Who will the Media prop up as our next Savior besides Romney ? Well we all know it won't be Ron Paul even if he were the last man standing. Consider how well he's doing ( between 2nd and 3rd place ) with such little News Coverage. If he was given the press Newt , Cain or Romney received....He would bury them all !

    November 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Linda Brown

      Mr. Cain is not out yet. I'm looking forward to the implementation of 9-9-9!

      November 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
      • Palin2112

        999 is simply "no,no, no!" in German

        November 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Gilligan

      Surprised this comment hasn't been removed yet. The MSM fears Ron Paul

      November 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
      • Jim

        As well they should. He wants to shut the media down.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  47. who cares

    I thouht i'd read something interesting in this article.......all I can think is who cares.......

    November 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  48. Ron R

    The president will benefit. He will stomp Gingrich.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Steve

      I promise you that Obama will be destroyed in a debate with Newt. Without a script Obama would be toast.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
      • Jim

        Newt? You ever watch a National Debate with him in it? He looks lost. He can't debate his way out of a wet paper bag. He's a professor of US History who pays no attention to the very subject he teaches. We are encroaching on repeating the Great Depression, and he wants to make it worse.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
      • Ken

        Obama did pretty well, sans teleprompter, in his debates against McCain. Do you think he'll do better or worse after 4 years as President?

        November 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
      • Dee

        um.. you saw Pres. Obama rip McCain a new one in the 2008 debates right? He would do the same to 75 year old Gingrich as well..

        November 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
      • steelers1981

        Just because Newt is one of the few Republiclans running for president who actually has some knowledge does not mean he's very smart

        November 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
      • Shannon Nutt

        So? Kerry trounced George W. in several debates and still lost the election. Debates mean less and less each election cycle.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
      • ronpaul2012

        Obama is an awesome debater. Whoever the Republicans choose... they really need to keep that in mind. I really believe Ron Paul would win in a debate. He's more educated about Healthcare, economics, and foreign policy. The people want a replacement for Obama, and a Newt or Mitt is not going to work out.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  49. John B

    So one cheater is better than the other in the eyes of a Republican? I certainly hope they come up with a candidate with MORALS.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • FreeSouth

      Ron Paul.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
      • steelers1981

        What about Ron paul? What about Ron Paul? What about... Turn that broken record off

        November 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • Carter Sherline

      They would have to go outside their party to do that.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  50. Ron R

    The grinch will benefit. Oboma/Biden 2012

    November 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  51. Michele Pejlovas

    John Huntsman??? What about Ron Paul??? He's polling in 2nd or 3rd in NH, Iowa, yet...the media denial continues.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • FreeSouth

      Media doesn't loke Ron Paul because he can't be bought.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • LuLieux

      Media = corporate shills apparently. A proper journalist reports facts without bias... What do you think, Wolf?

      November 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  52. jon

    Meanwhile back at the White House...history is made:
    President Obama's slow ride down Gallup's daily presidential job approval index has finally passed below Jimmy Carter, earning Obama the worst job approval rating of any president at this stage of his term in modern political history.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • The Truth Hurts

      Because we all know how happy and satisfied with the president people are who pick up their landlines at 3 PM on a Wednesday...

      November 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  53. kman821

    It's only fitting that serial-adulterer GinGrinch would pick up support from serial-adulterer Cain.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  54. LibertyMark

    Must.... Not... Mention... Ron... Paul...

    I generally expect better out of Blitzer.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  55. Brian

    If Herman Cain drops out... it will show that all you have to do to get rid of a black Republican is call him a rapist

    November 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Jim

      No one called him a rapist. They pointed out that he had been accused of improper, harassing behavior towards women. Long leap to calling him a rapist.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  56. Jim Thomas

    What a mess.Even the media cannot keep from mishandling things.All of you need to get your act together and let these people running for office take care of business so our country gets somebody in office who is capable of handing our countries problems,and I do not mean obama.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Jim

      You mean like Rick Perry or Herman Cain? Neither one is intellectually qualified to be President. I would love to see Perry trying to figure out an international crisis. Besides, technically, Perry called for the secession of Texas from the Union, making him a saditionist, and a traitor.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  57. Pat Cooper

    I am really getting sick of you giving Michele Bachmann a soapbox on which to campaign and also to malign President Obama. If she wants to campaign, let her buy time!

    Today is just one of many times you have had her as your "guest." She got about 20 minutes of undisturbed time today to say whatever she wanted to say. I don't think it is appropriate for you to use your position as a "supposedly unbiased" anchor to push your far-right agenda. I used to consider you a man of integrity, but now I am just looking for another news program to replace your time slot because I am so disgusted!

    November 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Dan

      The more time they give Bachman to talk, the less votes she will get... it's not a free campaign slot, it's free entertainment for the TV network.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  58. Joe

    God forbid any supporters throw their vote to someone who is morally straight like Ron Paul!!!

    November 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Jim

      Ron Paul is a politician, therefore, not morally straight.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  59. Sleuth51

    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but hoping for a different outcome.

    Washington insiders have sold us down the river and burdened us with $15 trillion of debt. Debt attracts interest. As rates rise, more and more of our hard-earne­d taxes will go towards servicing the debt. The effect will be no different from a household budget. It is an unsustaina­ble situation. It is time do act differentl­y. Elect a Washington outsider.

    Ron Paul represents "We the People," all shades and sizes. We are the motley majority that has been woken up by a true liberator, a man of unquestion­ed integrity and selflessne­ss, uncontamin­ated by special interests and resolute in his devotion and commitment to Constituti­onal government­.”

    November 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Jim

      How long has Ron Paul been a Representative? He's just as crooked as the rest of them.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  60. Donald in CA

    Herman, you will get no love from the black community after calling them stupid for the way they vote. Plus, blacks prefer sweet potato pie over pizza any day of the weeks.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  61. Jim in San Mateo

    This country will never elect a Mormon. Not sure why Romney is still in the race. How can you be a viable candidate at 25% after campaigning for six years? I like John Huntsman, but he's not viable either.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  62. Dan

    What about RON PAUL? CNN and the rest of the media are pathetic.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • Gilligan


      He's only in 2nd. They need to focus on 5th place candidates like Bachman and Perry.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  63. Matt

    Is there some kind of journalism award or bet going on to see who can most blatantly ignore Ron Paul?

    November 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  64. BradKT

    Dear Herman:

    Please stay in the race. You make me look like an angel rather than a serial aulterer.


    November 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  65. Lindsay Gray

    Re. Wolf Blitzer's interview with Bachmann today. I wish you would not allow an interviewee to make speeches. That's what Bachmann was allowed to do. I would like to see some of the points and claims (some clearly false) she made challenged by the interviewer. She should be stopped in mid blather more often.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • DC Johnny

      Re: your ludicrous statement about the interview today. Where were you during... well... every single Obama appearance on every single "news" program from Nightly News to the Daily Show? All this guy does is preach. Preach and play golf. He never answers questions, because he never gets asked a thing.

      Where's your picketing of the mainstream media then?

      You can't just grow a spine when it becomes politically convenient.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  66. hope

    oops last post was about Gingrich..sorry

    November 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  67. Nick San Diegon

    The base may not like Romney, but he's the only one who can give Obama trouble.
    Forget the rest and Gingrich ? Tooooo much baggage. Hard to see how the "moral majority" can vote for him ...............with a straight face.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  68. paul D

    "Representative" not "Congressman"! Come on Blitz, you know how to avoid gender assigned language. Stop tripping over Congress-man when interviewing Rep. Bachmann. Just use "Representative" like you would Senator or President - no gender assignment there.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  69. hope

    I just don't understand how the party with "family values" can embrace a womanizer, cheater with mistresses man.
    His wife was being treated for cancer when he was involved with his current wife. During this cancer treatment in the hospital, he asked for his divorce. I understand he was as insensitive and irresponsible with the 1st wife too. Yet, the
    "family value" groups accept his apology for behaving badly and all is forgiven. Is this what we want our children to learn? Do as you want and then say sorry and all ok? Do we want a mistress in the White House to show what true
    family values means? No matter what your party, what is decent is what is true

    November 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  70. Zakery

    It is entirely amazing that, in article after article, news program after news program on television, Ron Paul who is leading in several polls is not even mentioned as a candidate running for president. I'm so glad these jokers are showing their colors so that I can, from this moment on, always discount anything they have to say.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  71. Dave

    And no mention, again, of Ron Paul.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  72. Ni Solihp

    Wolf, I don't understand the alliance between the Tea Party and Mr.Gingrich. They hold diametrically opposite philosophies – so the interesting question is: Has the Tea Party vision been hijacked by the so-called Leaders, sacrificing ideology for political expediency? It's really a shame that the base remains silent while their leaders/representatives continue the Washington "unconservative" politics.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  73. Charlie

    Why should I care if he drops out of the race? I would not vote for anyways as a republican. If it came down to him, Osama, or whoever else I'd vote for the third party even if it was Nader

    November 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  74. Griff

    "I can't see this guy making any difference to anyone, but himself! It's happened now, and not in six months from now. So much time to adjust for the public who would vote for the GOP."

    November 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  75. Jim Farmer

    It is very obvious that "Blitz" cant stand Ron Paul, I can guarantee that some will move into the Ron Paul camp. The blatant omission of Ron Paul in "Blitz's" daily long winded show is truly a sad state of affairs. any of the MSM outlets are doing the is simple, those who oppose Ron Paul are scared that the benefits that they are enjoying under the current and past administrations will go away. However most hard working Americans will benefit. If you have not studied Ron Paul's views and history, at least give him a true glance and compare to anyone running for 2012.

    Ron Paul 2012...Regain our Liberty and freedom!

    November 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  76. Peter

    It is so obvious that Mr. Cain's competitors have orchestrated this. Nothing was said or done until Mr Cain led the polls.
    You can be sure the GOP HATES the fact there is an african-american in the White House and there is no way they would have an afircan-american as their candidate.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  77. FrankinSD

    It's not exactly rocket science to figure out that everytime a "Not-Mitt" drops out its good for the remaining "Not-Mitts."

    November 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  78. Marc Daniels

    At the Family Forum Debate it Des Moines, Newt Gingrich endorsed my Weed Out Hate Initiative in which he stated that if elected President, he would stage an event on the White House grounds and gardens, calling for every child in the world to extract a symbolic weed of hatred. The goal would be to inspire humanity to occupy the American Dream, those principles for which Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and John F. Kennedy stood for. Based on the state of of campaign, our economic problems as well as political problems in in the MIddle East, society could use this kind of spiritual root canal treatment.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  79. Vince

    If I were Obama I'd be equally encouraged by Newt's rise in the polls.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  80. Ben

    No mention of Ron Paul??? Shocking.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  81. Reed W.

    If Cain drops out and the race is about who's the most conservative candidate running then Ron Paul is the clear choice.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  82. Reed W.

    If Cain drops out and it becomes a race of who's the most conservative candidate running then Ron Paul is the clear choice.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  83. mike

    “If I were Mitt Romney, I’d be worried about recent developments that could present serious problems in his race for the Republican presidential nomination.”
    Oh don’t worry about Romney, he’s a professional loser he can take it on the chin like a big boy ;-P

    November 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  84. clwyd

    What do you mean "IF" Cain drops out?

    November 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  85. Santa Fean

    I see the that Cain is on his way out so Gingrich will now face the heat over his three marriages! Too bad as Gingrich has the best ideas but his womanizing is going to hurt, right? None of the republicans will have the courage to represent the people. In the end they will continue to work for the corporations just like the democrats do. Except Ron Paul and Gary Johnson. THAT is the best ticket for me. Can't be worse than what is going on now, could it?

    November 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  86. cigarman

    I wish that all of these CLOWNS would drop out and the Republicans would find a viable candidate to beat Obama. None of These circus clowns can beat Obama. Gingrich is to much of a crook with all of his proven baggage. Romney is to much of a flipflopper. Cain is a misguided sexual predator, Bachman is just plain looney, Santorum cant be serious. The old man is the only one who makes any sense, and that is only half of the time.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • bushywalrus

      Well said! Obama just keeps looking better and better.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  87. Rp4life

    I guess Ron Paul does not exist

    November 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  88. REGinAz

    They all end up being the same when turned over belly up – all simply competing to be the next "puppet", GWBush style, for "the money", for "the few" (1%) who will strongly support them with money, power and influence and who will "pull their strings" dictating policy to achieve their own interests. Should the majority (99%) fail to see and understand that, then we are very apt to be returned to "more of the same", Bush-Cheney style, with that being a continuing catastrophe for the majority.

    Take the controversial Health Care Reform and examine it's status and real costs. Again, there are those politicians who are strongly supported by the money, power and influence provided of "the few" (1%) who then dictate policy with their concerns being foremost and without concern for the majority (99%). With health care there simply are those who will continue to suffer drastically without reform and then there are those who will use the emergency rooms for their care, with that then paid for by everyone else in increased medical costs, increased insurance premiums and increased taxes – one way or another the majority will pay. It also seems apparent that a truly healthy America would be less expensive for everyone. The obvious question is, when will the majority recognize, understand and reject the con always aimed to benefit "the few" and jiust refuse to be manipulated against their own best interests – which actually is always pushing the country towards being a two class society with "the few" competing in having it all and the majority struggling? It would seem more logical to keep health care reform because it is needed and will benefit everyone, and if fine tuning is required, do it with responsible bipartisan cooperation and compromise – the way our government is suppose to work.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  89. ThinkAgain

    The GOP never intended to have Cain as their nominee; they only wanted him out there to split the black vote. I bet Karl Rove is bummed anyway, since the revelations about Cain make him not much of a campaign trail asset anymore for Gingrich (too much like him in the marital infidelity department).

    November 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  90. Emma

    I hope Cain does drop out. I would love to see his supporters back Gingrich and have Gingrich win 2 of the 3 first states. Now wouldn't that show the media and political elites who is in charge? It's the voters, not the pundits. And I think it is pretty clear that the voters do not want Mitt Romney. I think I'd actually have to vote for a 3rd party or write in candidate if Romney & Obama are the choices. Obama is a disaster & terrible leader, Romney has no core principles & will say whatever he needs to to get elected. I don't think I could cast a vote for either one of these knuckleheads.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Olaf Big

      Republicans and unaffiliated conservatives are fooling themselves if they think Gingrich can win general elections. He is a very easy target. He has a record of being a mean heartless guy (not that I care), and that's not a good start. He has also made many extreme statements over the years. If he is a nominee, he will spend his whole campaign explaining himself, while Obama will ride to victory. If you don't like Mitt Romney and don't like Obama, you may want to start the third party right away.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  91. Ronald

    Gingrich and tea party support? Wolf is making jokes?

    November 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  92. Laverne

    If Cain drops one would be surprised!

    November 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  93. Rich

    Wow Wolf. That is a lot of what if'ing. Gingrich has a problem simply because he is old school. The guy has been in politics for years and he has a whole lot of baggage to drag behind him. If Cain drops out because of affair allegations then Gingrich is no better off because he has his own string of affairs that will follow him down the same path.

    America has to decide what it wants. Obama was a nobody and people wanted change. Now they are fed up with change because they are suddenly realizing that change without direction is worthless.

    Obama was dealt a very bad hand and why he even bothered to run and get into a presidency that was doomed from the start by his predecessors is beyond me. When Obama became president he assumed all the liability that came from administrations way before him. He inherited 10 trillion dollars of debt and instead of reducing that debt he ran up 5 trillion more. This was not quite the change that the American people signed on for. Obama added to the problem instead of solving or reducing it.

    Unfortunately now America is stuck with the lesser of two evils choice. Do they go back to the republican plan they just lived through 8 years of. They lost husbands and wives and sons and daughters in a needless war in Iraq and even after 11 years we are still playing in the sands of the middle east with no clear end in sight. Or do they climb back onboard the Obama debt train who did half as much damage as Bush did in 8 years of spending in just 4 years.

    It seems to me that neither party has a clear plan. The democrats want to take from the wealthy and the republicans do not want to do any more for the poor. The middle class are on their own. None of the republican candidates are electable so it is 4 more years with a dysfunctional congress and a president on a spending spree who knows how to circumvent that same dysfunctional congress.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  94. Richard Cowgill

    So here's the nightmare scenario for Romney: He loses Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. I think the odds of this kind of blowout have gone up significantly.

    Consider that it's usually the 'inevitable' candidate, at this point in the primary, before votes are counted, usually ends up being not so inevitable. Romney has been rejected en masse before, in 2007. I suspect we're heading towards this again.

    Romney may place 2nd in Iowa but he is likely to lose this one. Cain will drop out, Gingrich surges. Gingrich wins Iowa.

    Huntsman will surge in NH splitting the moderate Republican vote. Again, Gingrich surges, partly due to the paper endorsement. Likely, Gingrich, Romney and Huntsman are in the top 3 in NH, quite possibly in that order. It might be close, with Romney winning, but only barely.

    From there, it gets worse for Romney. He's likely to get pummeled in SC, and without momentum from either Iowa or NH, his inevitability is in question. Donors will start to leave him, his money will begin to dry up. It will come down to FL, where he may not win.

    How can he possibly be the nominee for the Republican Party if he loses most or all of the early primary states? If he's lost 3/4 or 4/5 by Feb/March, either this drags on for a while, with Romney still pushing for a nomination he's not likely to get, or he drops out for the sake of the party. Again, its the Romney nightmare scenario. But I think it's a real one and if they aren't kept up nights about it they ought to be.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Adam

      Question is – will Cain endorse Gingrich and encourage his supporters to back Gingrich as Huckabee endorsed McCain and did the same thing but against Romney last election cycle? It wasn't until this underhanded coordination occurred that Romney his the bricks.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Adam

      Question is – will Cain endorse and encourage his supporters to back Gingrich just as Huckabee did the same thing with McCain against Romney last election cycle? It wasn't until this underhanded coordination occurred that Romney hit the bricks.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  95. politics as usual

    It doesn't make any sense that an affair would derail Cain's campaign but not Newt-the-serial-adulterer's. I suspect it will only be a matter of time before Newt is "reassessing" his campaign as well, and not just for that, but for other reasons relating to ethics as well.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  96. anon-i-mouse

    Huntsman is the only GOP candidate with half a brain or any credibility. I guess that's why he's near the bottom of those polls.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  97. moderatejoe

    If you understand who is really more conservative then you would also know that many Cain supporters are going to go to Huntsman who plays well in NH and in the latest Rasmussen poll is tracking 11%. Huntsman could be tracking high teen in NH by mid month and nationally approaching 10% just before the next few critical debates.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  98. Beverly - NYC

    Bye Bye Herman Cain, Reassessing means good as good as gone. Maybe if you paid your jump-off's bills she would have kept quiet. I'M sure the Koch brothers have already made the phone call infirming you you've been cut off your financially and the other candidates are avoiding you like the plague. This news will help the other cheater Gingrich. , he will probably get what's left in Cain's war chest and Mitt will remain at 23%.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • PaulMATL

      I hope people don't have a short memory regarding the lie Newt told during a recent debate. He said he tried to advise Fannie and Freddie and they didn't take his advice. The truth was he was paid over $1.5M to get his buddies in Congress on board to support Fannie and Freddie. Remember, Barney Frank is the route of the financial crisis according to the GOP. Gingrich's consulting firm was paid many millions to prop up other legislation.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  99. rockychance

    Cain needs to drop out and Newt needs to defeat Romney as Romney is a man who changes his mind with the wind!

    November 29, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  100. Bunky Crawford

    I am curious, what happens to Herman Cain's campaign money he has raised if he drops out?

    November 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Eric of Reseda

      He gets to keep it to pay off all debts attributed to the campaign, with whatever is left going into his pocket. Trust their will be a lot of creative accounting to attribute as much as possible to "campaign related" debt.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • Alan

      He'll buy his girlfriends something nice.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
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