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BLITZER'S BLOG: Don't crown Romney just yet
January 5th, 2012
03:44 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Don't crown Romney just yet

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) – Because we’ve seen so many ups and downs in this race for the Republican presidential nomination, I’d like to recommend that we all take a deep breath and let the process fully play itself out.

I say this because so many pundits already assume that Mitt Romney has it in the bag. He certainly is a front-runner for the nomination, but he’s not there yet.

There are still plenty of Republicans who don’t want him to face President Barack Obama.

For months, they’ve been looking for an alternative – “a non-Romney,” if you will – and they are still struggling to find that candidate.

If Romney wins in New Hampshire, as he almost certainly will, and then wins in South Carolina – as is possible given the fact that the conservative vote will be split among several candidates – he will be well on his way to winning the nomination. Remember, John McCain won in South Carolina because Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson split the very conservative vote.

Romney has a solid organization and lots of money, additionally backed by cash-heavy super PACs that will be very active in going after any Republican deemed a threat to the former Massachusetts governor. They did a powerful job in hurting Newt Gingrich in Iowa, and they are ready to continue the assault.

But money isn’t everything. Just take a look at Rick Santorum’s remarkable come-from-nothing success in Iowa.

He came in a very, very close second (eight votes) by campaigning the old-fashioned way. He visited all 99 counties and met with lots of Iowa Republicans.
As other candidates faded, including Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, he moved up and is now energized to follow-up in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. He’s raising money and building an organization, but it’s no where near what Romney has.

As far as Perry is concerned, I don’t understand why he’s staying in Texas on Thursday and Friday if he’s really serious about running for the nomination. Assuming he has no chance in New Hampshire, he should at least be doing town hall meetings in South Carolina. There may be only a few days left in this process, and every one of those days counts.

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  1. Perk

    Cock-A -Doodle-Do ! Romney says Obama is like a rooster that doesn't see the sunset ? Or was that,"The rooster taking responsibility for the sunset." Do we all blast Howlin' Wolf and the song, The Red Rooster or keep the Born Free playing ? If you've been to one Romney town hall and listened then you can stay home cause he says the same thing at the next one and has his message memorized. Will he open for questions from American citizens like Ron Paul and Ginrich ? Romney seems sincere and genuinely concerned that Obama is moving the country to a socialistic model like Europe. Explain your thinking on the issues and answer questions from the citizens and didn't hear that going on yesterday. How would Romney handle the Straight of Hormaz ? Romney's town halls are motivational and upbeat and he comes across a positive, good person sincere. Unemployment isn't around 8 % and the GOP's are saying it's more like 17,18 to 20 percent or did Romney call that to our attention as well ? What did Huntsman say back to Romney in Chinese and or Mandarin in reference to China and trade wars ? Are Romney and Donald Trump are on the same page when it comes to trade with China and we want our jobs back in the US please. Romney did a great job making his point concerning but Huntsman has the inside experience and speaks the language. I like Huntsman's idea on Term Limits and what does Romney and Paul think about that ? Newt Ginrich had good ideas for solutions that somebody needs to write down and one of them is on immigration. How tough will Romney be on immigration and what's his plan and thinking concerning ? Call Senator Alan Simpson to sum it all up and he's awesome ,frank and you'll laugh. I gotta head ache and undecided but it's between Ron Paul and Romney.Good luck to all the rest and appreciate their contributions in tough economic times.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:29 am |
  2. Diana Notaro

    You don't have to worry about me crowning Mitt Romney. I like Mormons, I would vote for the Osmond family and Jon Huntsman but not for a lying fliplflopper

    January 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  3. FLtechgirl

    WOLF ~ PLEASE explain why three SMALL states get to decide for the entire US who is going to be the Republican candidate?? Why can't the whole US vote on the same day just like the general election, letting us all have a say?? I'm really tired of hearing so many of you saying "it's over if Romney wins SC" IT IS NOT OVER........ Florida is bigger than all three small states put together!! It's not over till it's over.

    January 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  4. Beau Ciel

    Day after day after day, you have a parade of Republican news on CNN, Reince Priebus giving his comments, Republican candidates bashing Obama for everything. When Republican candidates make statements that are clearly false, you don't challenge them. You are NOT providing objective coverage of both sides of the issues.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  5. Griff

    "It's one of the easiest of things to register a small business, but it takes years to get good will, then you have to keep it with/against all the competition. What states should be doing, is checking how many businesses re register, and how many new ones start up. How many workers are employed by small business, as against the high-flyers! I will tell you for nothing, big-business is sub-contracting to the little guy, but it's the little guy who fights for the business in the first place."

    January 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • jaun2253

      Say it like you mean it,i agree..

      January 7, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  6. Griff

    "Tax audits?? Isn't Obama scraping the bottom of the barrel? He actually thnks this drag on small buisiness, will get him re-elected. He knows nothing about employment. The first thing they do is cut staff untill the next tax year. he should be giving tax breaks, and not taking it away. I don 't wonder China is getting the larger part of your business !"

    January 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Grant

      Griff, get a grip! Tax cuts don't create jobs or expand businesses...period. Examine the US economic history and identify when tax cuts created business expansion and employment growth. It is investment in innovation, new technologies, R&D, education & training that drives economic and business expansion. Much of US businesses, their management and shareholders want short-term results and this is why countries like China are growing faster than the US. It is time businesses become less concerned about quarterly and yearly results and truly invest with a much longer time horizon. I think if one looks at the impact private equity firms, high yield financing and so-called growth through M&A activity one will understand why overall investment in R&D, innovation, new technologies, education and training have declined as US competitiveness has declined. US needs to evolve from instant gratification, gimmicks to achieve long-term results with a short-term view and putting shareholder / owner wealth creation ahead of long-term organic growth.

      January 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  7. Griff

    "When I left the air force that many, many years ago. I had to upgrade from communications into office machines. What is Obama going to do to upgrade your service guys?? It cost money to send them to colleges or Training schools, then he has to find the jobs afterwards, along with all those other unemployed."

    January 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  8. Griff

    "Why is the Lisa telling lies about employment, to take the weight off Obama's back?? She knows stores are laying off or closing down. You heard what The Bay is doing alone. What are you going to do with all these military guy's Obama says be let go??"

    January 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  9. Griff

    "The issues, and the tissue's are what you need to concentrate on in an elect run. No use wasting energy you need on your own party, when you should get serious on every little thing, the opposition is doing wrong."

    January 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  10. FreedomLover

    Ron Paul came in a strong 3rd in Iowa, and you don't even mention his name. Shameless people in the media like you have no integrity and/or professionalism whatsoever.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Diana Notaro

      I like Ron Paul's position on ending wars, but on the rest of the issues he seems really strange,

      January 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  11. chris

    As far as substance, if you look at their records, there is no discernable difference at all between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Mitt says he is conservative now, as he is trying to get the Republican nomination. But as soon as he clinches the nomination, he will tack back to the left to make himself more "electable". The only possible reason I can think of to even bother voting for Romney is that his supreme court nominations might be a tad more conservative than Obamas. Otherwise, no difference.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  12. Terry

    Wolf...Go ahead and give him N.H. and S.Carolina.....In the end the majority of Americans will see through this smokescreen and see the real Edward Lewis... He will go down in defeat again and his Millionaire Moles will ask why didn't everyone take the bait....

    January 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  13. Steve

    Wolf, I see you are having Herman Cain on today, I saw him on Hannity and couldn't beleive Hannity did not call him on his new "Cause". Solution Revolution, give me a break. He is plagerizing Ron Paul, who used "The Ron Paul Revolution" in his 2008 campaign. Couldn't Cain come up with anything more original. He says the "Cause" involves sound money, limited government and regulation, and cutting spending..hmmmm, sounds like someone I know and support, and who has solutions to all of these issues. I hope you call him on these things today, not like Hannity.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  14. 425

    Wolf, we in the Ron Paul campaign network were encouraged when you treated him fairly in your recent interview. Now it seems that you have turned against him again. I am disappointed, as I thought we finally had someone in the mainstream media who would treat Dr. Paul fairly.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  15. jaun2253

    It really does not matter who becomes pres. because without the support of congress things allways remain at stalmate or more debt and unemployment ect,ect..

    January 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  16. paul

    The GOP does not support Ron Paul's values, Thats why he's not mentioned. And without GOP support, he cant win the presidency.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  17. dennis tinucci

    A vote for the establishment's candidate (obviously Romney) is in fact a vote for the incumbent and preservation of the status quo. Governor Huntsman is signaling that he's prepared to foster and extend the vision of Hope so eloquently championed by Obama. Jon Huntsman has vision and a solid plan to restore America's prestige at home and abroad. He is also indirectly offering the Republican party the opportunity to transform its image to a level more compatible to the state of enlightenment we now all enjoy.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  18. Phil, georgia

    Maybe Mitt should run away with it as long as these other candidates like Gingrich and Santorum are digging in the garbage and being racist. Its just disgusting that these candidates are making these Bile statements and are not forced to give a speech repudiating their ignorance. Everytime they need momentum, they play the race card like Bill Clinton did last election with no fear of severe consequences and just to move on like nothing happened. Newt don't need to talk to Blacks about Welfare because after being in Slavery and all the other obstacles they have managed to be far exceeding successful in many areas.....thats what they can high light. Santorum must not know that only 7% of people on welfare in Iowa are black, and 84% are white. There have to be an equal opportunity for everyone to succeed, not just one race.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  19. Jeri

    At this point I see myself voting for Ron Paul. Mostly because of the media's obvious omission of him. When it comes to today's media, its what they don't tell you that matters. And they don't like to mention Ron Paul.
    The more I find out about Huntsman the more I like. I think he could be good for our country. I just can't understand why he bypassed Iowa. I wouldn't want a President who skips my state as unimportant. They're ALL important. Besides, if people don't get behind a single alternative to Romney, he'll win by default.
    Plus, look at Paul's record. He has been saying the same thing for 30 years or more. If the media does talk about him, its to portray him as a quack job. Well, that quack job has been right about the FED all this time.
    Maybe a Paul/Huntsman ticket is what this country needs. That and the Lord's grace.
    Good day!

    January 6, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  20. natesanders

    Obama said his door is always open, yet he's refused to meet with GOP leaders for most of his presidency.
    6 months have passed since he last talked to GOP leaders.
    He refuses all invites unless it is to give a prepared speech to his foot soldiers.
    I'd vote for anyone besides this incompetent fraud and apprentice in chief

    January 6, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • Diana Notaro

      I think the President gave up on talking to the GOP because all they want to do is block him on everything. He finally accepted the fact that all they want is get him out of office. He really tried to have a bipartisan attitude in the beginning. Getting the GOP to be bipartisan is like beating a dead horse.

      January 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  21. Mike

    America needs the only person willing to stand up and defend its people. He's the only candidate talking about any real issues and the only candidate that takes the oath of office and constitution seriously! Check out Ron Paul and at least inform yourselves of his ideas, ideals and policies. It's an easy youtube click away! I support Ron Paul even though I don't like all of his policies or positions. We have been searching and hungering for an honest President for so long. How about we vote for one!!!

    January 6, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  22. sweetmod

    There is only one candidate in the whole travelling circus that is even worthy of the office of VICE-President...Ron Paul....I would consider a Gary Johnson/Ron Paul ticket....The rest of them are a bunch of jokers, losers, and has-beens.....Either Johnson/Paul....or I'll just stick with what we have....Obama/Biden...!!!!!

    January 6, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  23. sweetmod

    There is only one candidate in the whole traveling circus that I would even consider to be worthy of VICE-president...And that is Ron Paul.......I would consider a Gary Johnson/Ron Paul ticket.....The rest of them are a bunch of jokers, losers, and has-beens.....It's no wonder that Donald Trump is still in the conversation......

    If not Johnson/Paul.....just give me Obama/Biden again...!!!!!

    January 6, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  24. Guest

    It doesn't matter which annointed one runs for the GOP – my bet is the GOP is riding this one out until 2016 when one of their younger "stars" can run. They shun Dr. Paul supporters, and look the other way at the issues raised. Obama wants the Dr. Paul supporters. The GOP will work on containing Obama till 2016 and fight him in Congress for another 2-4 years. Politics/Power over the welfare of people – Dr. Paul and his supporters need to make a difference NOW.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:57 am |
  25. zipi

    Mitt Romney is the worst!
    Running for president, leaving corpses everywhere ....
    That's what he's doing now, I do not even want to know what he would do if he chooses to President
    Compared to Obama, Mitt Romney looks and behaves badly and I hope we all understand that.
    Happy weekend

    January 6, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • Diana Notaro

      I think Mitt Romney would get us into another war on the advice of John McCain and send all the troops back to Iraq. He would also do much for the top one percent of the ricn and pray that it woudn't trickle down. That would be an easy prayer to have answered. It did not trickle down during the Bush administration and won't ever trickle down. The grand old party just sits on their money and gets richer and richer while the middle class suffers/

      January 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  26. Jerry

    Amazing that the article refuses to discuss Dr. Ron Paul. The media coverage of this man is laughable. Look at almost any article about this race and in the comments sections you will see endless Ron Paul 2012 comments. The people are trying to voice their opinion, but the news won't report it. Go Ron Paul!

    January 6, 2012 at 8:18 am |
  27. RinosRwinos

    Looks like the Paul conspiracy theorists are out in force this morning. He is done after Iowa. Not enough cranks and nuts to propel him to the nomination in the other states. Watch for Huntsman. He is actually intelligent and well spoken. He is the candidate they should have been supporting all along.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:33 am |
  28. jon

    People tend to forget that in no way was the Democrat candidate settled at this point in the last presidential election. Most of us know this is just the leftstream media trying to impact the selection process so they can give Obama a better shot

    January 6, 2012 at 6:36 am |
  29. Bob Moore

    Mitt is force-fed to this country by the GOP establishment as the candidate most likely to beat Obama. A PROVEN FAILURE CANNOT BEAT AN INCUMBENT PRESIDENT!

    ROMNEY is a 1-TERM GOVERNOR who left office with 34% APPROVAL!!!

    Huntsman is a 2-term Governor, who left office with 88% approval.

    Jon Huntsman is anti-establishment & the most successful Governor alive.

    as 2-term Governor, REFORMED healthcare (w/out mandate), education, & taxes. Pew ranked #1 governed state. Now state #1 in eduation spending, #1 in JOB GROWTH. often >90% approval in office. Passed pro-life amendments. Safeguarded 2nd amendment. Now, WSJ ranks him most fiscally conservative & ***BEST JOBS PLAN*** & UNLIKE NEWT, RICK AND MITT, wants to: decline Afghan troops in favor of special ops, allow common law marriages, medical marijuana, end too-big-to-fail, drastically cut deficit with across the board reform, end loopholes, end subisidies, reform Congressional lobbying


    *JON HUNTSMAN 2012*

    January 6, 2012 at 6:31 am |
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