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BLITZER'S BLOG: Running for president is a family affair
January 6th, 2012
03:55 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Running for president is a family affair

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) – I remember interviewing Hillary Clinton near the end of her very grueling run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. She had been on the campaign trail for a long time. She had worked really hard, especially in the final months as Barack Obama was challenging her. You could see the strain she was under.

During those tough times, her daughter, Chelsea, suddenly had become very visible on the campaign trail. She spoke for her mother all the time, often introducing her at campaign events, and did very well. You could see how proud Hillary Clinton was.

And indeed, during that interview, when I asked Mrs. Clinton how she felt about Chelsea’s campaigning, she started to get emotional. I could see some tears. It was a very real moment, and one I won’t forget.

I see similar moments on the current campaign trail covering these Republican candidates. They, too, are blessed with wonderful families.

There are lots of children out there working for their dads.

Just check out Mitt Romney’s sons, Jon Huntsman’s daughters, Rick Santorum’s kids, Newt Gingrich’s daughters and Ron Paul’s son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

They all have one thing in common: they clearly love their fathers.

They also have proven to be secret weapons.

President Obama, too, has wonderful daughters. But they are too young right now to start campaigning.

That will no doubt put a lot of pressure on the first lady to become very visible out there on the campaign trail. And I suspect she will do whatever she can to help her husband get re-elected.

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  1. Perk

    We love ya Hillary Clinton but Obama's regulations and vision,especially for economic solutions in America...curtains and lights out and he's gotta go ! We don't need welfare,we need jobs in America ! Speeches vs no solutions and the health care ? 2000 pages of slam it down and don't listen to the American citizens voice of majority to be heard and it's a mess ! Why would Hillary Clinton run as Obama's VP ? Don't bust that move ! Hillary Clinton for President is another story ! Go Doc Go !

    January 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  2. Jim Thomas

    We need whoever for President of the USA to be strong in mind and muscle.All crooked incumbants need to be voted out.They are putting the screws to all of the citizens of the USA.Our country is loaded with crooks and illegals.Mexico owes us 12 million barrels of oil per month for taking better care of the illegals than our government takes care of the citizens of the USA.Lets ship all our crooks and lowlifes to other countries as they do to us.It is payback time.Jim Thomas Phoenix,Az.

    January 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  3. Marry

    When you see the GOP/TP candidates talk about “family values” it is simply sickening! Parading the “LOVE” of their own families that enjoy lots of comfort, compared with the Republican/Tea-Party morals as expressed in their “programs” and “stances” against healthcare – education – environmental protection – social security – work – but aggressive foreign policies – starting wars but without their their own children, not even paying for them – distorting facts – etc. etc.) attitutes that are all against the future and wellbeing for 99% of the people, is often just too much to listen to!
    President Obama 2012 – were real values are at home – not flaunted!

    January 7, 2012 at 4:42 am |
  4. rightospeak

    I think it is great. Family life in a presidential candidate is important for all voters to see.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  5. Angela D-A in Ca.

    I Hope to see Ms. Clinton run for President. I have always been fond of this Family. The Clintons represent class. This Family is professional and degnified. As an American it gives me pride to have Mr. Clinton as our past Commander in Chief for this Country.Ms Clinton is a strong hard working woman.
    she has proven to be an asset and safety
    net for our country
    Thank you for that you have done for the U.S.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • jn3792

      You're kidding, right? They represent class? Professional and dignified? Yes, it is very professional, dignified, and classy for the commander-in-chief to have s e x u a l relations with an intern in his office. Simply ridiculous...

      January 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
      • Mine

        I really hope Hillary wins the Democratic noainmtion. I think John McCain and Hillary will both really enjoy one another's competiveness. And neither will be afraid to voice their true objectives for the people. Here we will get a real debate and not a political slew of attacks . They both really believe in what they stand for, and because of this, I can see a greater unity between the parties. This is a good thing .As for James Dobson, Rush Limbuagh and Ann Coulter I am SO disappointed in them!!! It is they themselves that have betrayed the party. And for what? The mighty dollar they may gain by saying what they think the people want to hear? They were way off mark this time!!! What they can't seem to grasp is that John McCain is his OWN man, not theirs. This too, is a good thing !!!I for one, am looking forward to observing the three of them choke on their words!!! And, shame on me (maybe), I'd like to see their decline as they are utterly ignored in the future. They have become bankrupt thinkers and I will enjoy seeing this transend to their bank accounts!Good luck Hillary! I mean it.

        March 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  6. Pk duster

    Obamas wife and daughters are so very pretty and look nice and very nice they help mr obama look great all the timd

    January 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  7. Albuquerque Sue

    And by helping Ron Paul, how is Rand Paul helping the citizens of his constituency?

    January 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  8. JohnRJ08

    That's too bad. It shouldn't be a "family affair". It should be about the one thing– the quality of the person running for the office. I don't care if he or she is married, divorced, or living in sin. If they're smart, pragmatic, and haven't signed Grover Norquist's Pledge I would consider supporting them.

    January 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  9. Spock500

    Indeed. But, try telling that to Mr. Herman Cain and his wife.

    January 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  10. Scott T. Collins WA ST

    How sweet, the Clintons had one daughter, Chelsea...

    When do we crown them?

    January 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  11. Marty Weixel

    Love 'em or hate 'em, the Clinton family members are remarkable, intelligent and unquestionably hold our country and our citizens in high regard. I can"t say the same for the pretenders.

    January 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Larry in Houston

      You are absolutely correct . If Hillary doesn't run – maybe we can only Hope she runs in 2016 ?? We won't get another woman that smart – that knows about politics – and somebody that has traveled the world, like she has, for a very, very long time. To be perfectly honest, If Hillary doesn't run in 2016 we may Never get a female President, ever.
      Too bad.

      January 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm |

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