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July 17th, 2012
07:29 PM ET

Blitzer: Ad war is going to get uglier

CNN's Wolf Blitzer says the back-and-forth between Pres. Obama & Romney is going to get a whole lot more brutal.

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  1. Joanne

    I sooo would love to see Romney's Tax Returns from the last 10 years.

    October 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  2. Joanne

    The GOP now uses the Syrian attack for their gain,
    just like 9/11 saved Bush’s sorry butt during his first, and secured his 2nd term.

    It’s disgusting!!
    One can PAY to be president in this country. ???
    MORE disgusting!!

    October 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  3. george wachtel

    Wolf, I find you and your show “fair and balanced” … and thought you might be interested in the email I just sent to NBC News:

    "Well, I give up on NBC News.
    As an admitted news junkie, I have been a regular watcher of NBC Nightly News since the days of "Good night, Chet... good night David.". Lately, I have been watching Cavuto at 4 pm, Wolf at 5, and local/national NBC 6-7.

    So with a good fix on what has happened in the world - and ALL the facts surrounding an event - by the time we watch your show, I am astounded at the obvious bias in your presentation.

    No, you never intentionally report anything untrue; but it is clear, having seen two other broadcasts earlier, what you omit, what you lead with, what you stress, and how you position the facts.

    The straw that broke my news-watching back is how you handled the news of the Romney tax returns. Go back and compare the coverages for yourselves."

    September 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  4. Roland

    Wolf Blitzer: Are you a paid journalist working for CNN or are you hired by Romney to promote his race towards the
    USA Presidency ? I bet you 10,000.00 dollars that you are!!! Unbelievable that you sound as if you believe that man.
    Is CNN showing partisanship towards that man???

    September 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  5. Kim

    "House Is Rockin'......don't bother knockin send ROMNEY on in ! Don't bother knockin Obama,he did the best he could.! Send Romney on in ! Spread the news, with this economy what else besides your house could ya lose ? Go Romney !

    September 10, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  6. Ken Wayne

    Where is Carolyn Kennedy? Where is Oprah Winfrey"

    Where are the ones that supported him then. and NOT NOW?

    September 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  7. Ruth bolt

    Love me some Mr. Obama! Mr. Romney is too can't trust someone you don't like.Heaven help America!!!!!!!!!!

    August 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • Ken Wayne

      One simple question. You just won 100 million in the powerball lottery.
      who would you give you money to.
      Romney or Obama,
      case rests.

      September 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  8. scott

    Why are politicians allowed to stretch the truth to the point of it justing being a lie? I can't stand either of these parties and wish we had another choice. Chris Christie speaks of dealing with people straight on and not playing the fear factor that Dem's use. Then Ryan gets up there and does nothing but try to put the fear of the end of America if we don't elect Romney. Can't wait to see the Obama lies.

    August 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Wolf never misses an opportunity to frame his comments within the CNN liberal bias. This was well documented in the Tim Groseclose PHD, study that was published in the peer reviewed economics journal at Harvard and described in his book "How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind". Cafferty obviously maintains his position by maintaining the same bias.
    Cafferty refers to Romney not being viewed as a person sensitive to the needs of the public and infers that he is not willing to change do to his statement t "what you see is what you get" Caffery should view Gloria Borgers interview with Romney. How about making Dan Ariely's book "Predictably Irrational" on the topic of Bias required reading for the CNN producers. At any rate don't insult the public by passing the broadcast off as objective ethical journalism.

    August 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  10. Mike Schultz

    There is no question that Romney is trying to buy the White House. He was in Minnesota yesterday for a fund raiser at $50,000.00 PER PLATE!! How many average Americans (the other 98%) can afford that? The rich people are paying more for one plate of food than most of us make in a year, with both spouses working. The Minnesota State Fair had just opened and he blew us off. Came for the money and left. Wake up America. If you don't watch out you will be controlled and taxed by the rich, who don't care about us,

    August 24, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • alan

      get a grip. So are the democrats. 35,000 50,000 celebrity support. you live in a dream world.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:25 am |
      • Bryan

        There is an obvious distinction. The Dems say that iit is a celeb fundraiser. The Elephant in the room lets on that its just a fund raiser. Get it. Everyone knows both parties do fundraisers , it's the honesty that comes into play.

        September 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  11. Roland

    Wolf Blitzer...When you ask a question, will you kindly ush up and let the person answer. You do this especially
    when interviewing a Democratic candidate. Republicans...your friends will distort the truth anytime to gain POWER!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  12. m oliver El Paso, TX

    Wolf it has been ugly the moment Obama became president, the tea party and GOP begin a hate camping against Obama, they were angry he won the the election. Now Romney is lies about every thing, it hard to believe you have a Mormon and Catholic shading the true like hell. Romney doing all this Wolf because you and the press have stop asking for his tax returns, come Wolf, no man is so Rich he can not show his taxes when he is running for president. Question at GOP convention can they drop Romney and add Ryan for president after all it platform?

    August 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  13. Phil

    Just listen to your afternoon discussion on voter registration in Pa.. Not evident your discussion reflected the basis for the judge decision to up hold the new laws position and the basis for not allowing the request for an injunction to stop the law.. Also the information of over thousands of report fraudulent voting in one city, Phila.. Please make sure you provide accurate information in the future if you expect an audience who wishes to be informed with truthful and accurate information.. Thank you in advance for your efforts to be accurate.. Also no information oon the Supreme Courts ruling of a similar ID requirements in the state of Indiana.. No discussion again..

    August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  14. ALF

    Dear Mr wolf ~ I believe as a Journalist ~ You should look into Congressman Paul Ryan's association with Ayn Rand! You might review his interview on August 18, 2009. At that time he spoke highly of Ayn Rand and her morality. Am I wrong that she was a atheist? Why can't you expose the truth when it comes to Romney & Ryan? we as citizen's deserve all knowledge of all the candidates! Let's speak the truth ~ Even if it hurt's and you suffer rating's ~ However I'll still be watching CNN!

    August 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  15. Marty

    Just watched your interview with the congresswoman, thought I was watching Faux news. Everytime she tried to answer your question, you talked over her. A good newman will do an interview not be the interview.

    August 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Bryan

      Watched that interview as well. Wasserman-Shulz on a few questions from Wolf was answering them and he kept adding to the question. On one particular question on the changes to Medicaire on the Ryan plan , Wolf again seem to ask the question all over again seeming not to understand the first try. Not one of Wolf's best.

      August 13, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  16. waltersantiago

    Just learned that the Mitt Romney one trick horse campaign, "give more to the rich and keep keeping the middle class at bay", has become a two tricks horse campaign. The announced today that Paul Ryan, one of the major extreme right winger obstructionist of what have become the most inert House of Representative in history, that he will be his VP choice. Now the horse has a second trick. not only give more to the top echelon but also strip to bare to the bone all of the social programs that been helping the middle class and the poor in this country to survive, i.e medicare, social security, welfare. Are we to become a country on where we will only care for the wealthy? Can wait for the revolution on the streets. If you think that the wall street movement was a fluke, wait till more pressure is put on people taking away the social net that at least have keep that part of the population a flow. The religious right once called Ryan's budget proposal immoral, unethical and irresponsible. That is the type of budget that Mr. Romney has chosen to embrace for his second major economic point.

    August 11, 2012 at 2:51 am |
  17. Andrea in NY

    Mr Blitzer,

    Just keep asking whether this ad is over the top. It gives Americans an opportunity to see that democrats are just not willing to acknowledge their own use of false ads.

    How any democrat can sit along side you and claim that this ad doesn't imply that this man's wife was related to the loss of his job is beyond belief.

    Keep at it!

    August 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Andrea in NY

      Correction: ...that this man's wife's death was related to...

      August 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • waltersantiago

      Because if that what you think sweet dear, that the dems are accusing Romney of murder, like the republicans keep saying, then you missed the whole point of the ad. Think Gordon Gecko in the first Wall Street movie. Remember how this cold-hearted expensive suit guy bought the airline where the main character's father (the Sheen, father/son actors Martin and Charlie) worked. Did you remember, how this corporate private equity guy, Gordon Gecko, played by Michael Douglas, was uncaring of what was going to happen to the employees at the airline if he loaded the company with loans and then dismantle it for a profit gain? Well, that is the point of the message, because that is exactly what Bain does. Now, you do remember Bain, right? The company that Romney won't mention and keep going out of his way to disassociate with, like the dates he work and not work there? Trying to imply that the dems are trying to accuse Romney of murder is plainly shortsighted and the reason why companies like that keep thriving in the US. For the last 50 years corporate raiders, as they are called, they have spawn a whole industry, kind like what the wall street did also with derivatives a few years ago, to keep destroying our very own financial fabric. It used to be when we used to create things, not destroy them for a profit. These companies keep dismantling and sending our jobs overseas while we stay inert and do nothing. Why do you think Mr. Romney won't release his taxes nor talk about his role in Bain as an accomplishment? Find your facts and do not let the politicking of issues distract you from trying to learn and discover this guy, Mr. Romney, real character. He never no one day have had a hard work labor day in his life. He was born into money that his own father created through hard work himself, and what this guy do.. He dishonor his father in more than one way by not only trying to destroy the very fabric of what his father work so hard for but also by not honoring his own father plight for politicians to be honest and to disclosed they financials for public scrutiny if you want to run for the highest office of the land. Romney dad used to work and he made his fortune in the auto industry. Do you remember Mr. Romney famous line about Obama trying to save the auto industry? He essentially said, let them rot!!! These are this great man values in a nutshell. The monopoly generation of kids born with silver spoon in their mouth that like to play with money they did not earn through hard work. They don't know about hard work and sacrificing because they haven't have one day of either. Do you think that this man values represent yours? He may represent all our dreams, to win big lotto prizes and hopes of receiving a big inheritance, but he does not represent our reality.

      August 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  18. Griff

    "Yes, the USA surely will get Ugly, if justice is done, and they get beaten for gold in soccer."

    August 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  19. Griff

    "Yes, Wolfe. Don't ever let me be understood, but Obama still doesn't if he would, if he could, or even if he should, He thinks he's a stud, when really he's just another dud!"

    August 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  20. Marie Batten

    Wolf, you are a favorite of mine for independent news, but your tag-team ethics on tonights show regarding the ad about the woman (wife) who died was totally out of line. The meaning of the ad coupled the with feelings of the husband are totally clear. Mitt Romney, as CEO of Bain, was responsible for displacing the empoyees while raping the steel company of profits...he did it, knew it, and is heartless to the effects thereof.

    August 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  21. Clare

    Wolf, your interview tonight with Bill Burton reminded me of poor Bob Beckel on Fox's "The Five"! Bill was bombarded with questions and comments from the three of you at the same time and was barely allowed to finish a sentence. It should have been a one on one interview. Hardly fair to Bill – three against one! Nothing wrong with asking tough questions but they should have been directed one at a time and he should have been permitted to fully answer without the 3 of you jumping down his throat before he completed a thought. You also all missed his point since none of you could be bothered to listen to his replies.

    August 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Bryan

      I totally agree.

      August 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • P. Reiter

      I agree with Clare.

      August 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Andrea in NY

      Bill Burton's claims that this ad wasn't tying Romney to this man's wife's death were as bad as the ad itself. I thought Mr. Blitzer was extremely polite in light of this ridiculous denial from Mr. Burton.

      August 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  22. harvey

    Bill Burton's comments about his false ad blaming Mitt Romney for a womans death were outrageous. It shows just how big a hipocrite Bill Burton is. He would not admit he had produced an ad that falsely accused Mitt Romney of causing a womans death. That shows how desperate the Obama machine is in this election. I am very pleased that you, Wolf Blitzer stood up to Mr. Burton, stating that you didn't think it was right to still go ahead and air the false ad in swing states. The media has become a problem in politics in that Networks have taken sides with political parties to promote the parties beliefs. The media, no matter what network, should be "Neutral" and report without bias to any party. The voters are intelligent enough to make up their own mind without networks trying to influence voter decisions.

    August 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Margaret

      I also would like to commend Wolf for the interview I saw today... I quit watching CNN because of the bias in the media, but was just surfing today... It's about time someone came back at the people that are trying to use Chicago politics against a man running for the highest office in this land. Kudos to you Wolf!!! It's about time!!!

      August 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
      • harvey

        I totally agree with you Margaret.

        August 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • Andrea in NY

        I agree as well. Kudos to Mr. Blitzer for even asking the question whether this ad was over the top.

        August 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Clare

      Where specifically in the ad is Romney blamed for the wife's death? The message was about the anxiety the former workers of the steel mill and its community had to go through when dealing with their financial stress, which was made even worse by the loss of continued health insurance, which had been promised to them. If you actually heard the ad state that Romney caused the woman's cancer and eventual death, then your guilty conscience is playing tricks on you.

      August 9, 2012 at 10:48 am |
      • harvey

        I don't have a guilty conscience Clare. Evidently you are a below average viewer as other Democrats are. You can't even admit the main theme of the ad nor the low blow Chicago politics being used by Obama.. Best of luck to you and your candidate this November. Keep up this type of campaigning and I'm sure the voters will elect Mitt Romney.

        August 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Clare

      Harvey, you don't have to get personal when you run out of substantive arguments. It's very unbecoming. I repeat: Please quote the words from the ad that state that Romney cause this poor woman's demise.

      August 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  23. Paula beard

    I have always watched CNN because you were non biased. No more can I say that. I have seen you become so biased against obama that I can no longer stay on your channel. You don't even question the GOP and their lies, call them out on their lies! You are supposed to be journalists, so act like one. I am so disgusted with CNN right now.

    August 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Bryan

      Again I say this might be a bit unfair, but I do reiterate where is the investigation into the GOP add that replied to the " you didn't build that" where the fathet and son team said that they started and "built " their company , but failed to mention the multi-million dollar loan they got to start. Jon Steward , the comedian did a better job reporting on this than CNN.

      August 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  24. jason

    Bill Burton is making himself out to look like an idiot. His facial expression, voice articulations and body lanuage show he truely knows, understands and agrees with the point Wolf is making. For him to continue to defend this add is insulting.

    August 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • waltersantiago

      This ad, rather than accusing Romney of killing anyone, what is really doing is accurately portraying a problem that unfortunately has plagued the private equity industry in this country for many years. When I first saw it, I thought about Gordon Gecko of the Wall Street movie fame. I related this steel factory to the airline company portrayed in the movie. Fallacy or not, private equity riders are known to do these types of things, buying apparently distressed companies, load them with tons of loans and debts and then dismantling and liquidating them or relocating them overseas. When I researched the whole history about this steel company, it seemed to me that that was exactly what happened here. Now, to be fair, companies go broke all the time. However, private equity firms such as Bain are famous for doing exactly these types of things. Call them investors or "Wall Street types" but the fact remains that that is a common practice among them.

      If I am a businessperson and I know for example how to fix refrigerators, I would take my money and I would try to create a business based on what I know about refrigeration. Traditionally that is how businesses were and are mostly created and built in our country. Private equity groups were initially designed as an investment instrument to help companies grow while making money out of someone else's original idea, together. But then greed took over and in the early 80's these private equity companies became famous for taking advantage and raiding public companies that were in apparent distress, by force-buying them, loading them with debts (mostly loans) and then liquidating them through bankruptcy to secure their original investment back twofold plus. This is nothing new, what Bain does. I bet that if we take a closer look at Bain's dealings throughout the years that is exactly what we are going to find.

      These types of raiders have spawned an industry here in the US and millionaires do it all the time. They do not create nor originate business ideas. They just come with the money and lure you to think that they are there to make your company better. They are the accountants, the financiers; the fancy ties and pants people. People that have never in their life have work-callous in their hands. And apparently, even though that they like to portray themselves as management types, as the experts in running companies, for some reasons, most of the time they end up bankrupting the companies that they apparently came in to save. At the end of the day, everybody in the company goes broke but the raiders. By design, they always manage to make money even though they are abandoning and destroying their investment… sometime on purpose. Wall Street private equity engineering 101.That is exactly how Mr. Romney has managed to accumulate all his wealth. He was born with a silver spoon, his father left him a fortune (God Bless), and he doubled his money by raiding small companies, selling them dreams and taking them to oblivion. Not a one hard workday or sacrificing on this man’s life… how can I relate to him? How can he relate to us? We live in two very different worlds as far as I am concerned. There is nothing wrong for one to be able to make money. But I do believe in making it the old fashion way, by working and/or creating work not by destroying other people's dreams.

      August 9, 2012 at 7:56 am |
      • Martha

        amen. well said.

        August 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  25. Bryan

    This is way too harsh. Wolf is usually quite fair, the fact that CNN has slacked off in their investigation of GOP accusations is a fair point.

    August 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  26. Griff

    "Forget all about this propaganda, Wolfe, about how good Obama is doing. When Romney pick Condolezza as his running mate, Obama will wet his knickers!"

    August 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  27. Griff

    "I missed most of that Wolfe? Were you talking about Barack Obama and false papers?"

    August 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  28. C Oliver

    GOP dose nothing but lie all day, the tea party had a good idea, but not spending on the country need, has never work in this
    country, John Boehner has to go!

    August 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  29. Roland

    It is a long way to ELECTION DAY in november but I do hope that American voters will at least take time out to go voting. Being African American will of course hinder his chances but people should remember that when he was
    elected, the USA was in very very poor shape !!! Let's see how he van manage a recovery in the next 4 years.

    August 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  30. Griff

    "Now I've got you poor fools under my spell, I'de like to take the moment to share my vision of how: You should all enjoy your stay in my country. Quote: “I believe,” takes a positive tone and features the president talking on the campaign trail about his vision for the middle class . Unquote

    July 27, 2012 at 9:43 am |
  31. Griff

    "What are you doing, B.B? He's pro Obama and nothing he says about Romney will bear fruit!!!"

    July 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • George

      You're all republicans is pro President Obama. How soon is they to forget they is the reason for the job loss 760,000 per month on President Obama day one in office. What was they doing to fix the problem and stop the bleeding of job loss? President Obama stop the bleeding and started the healing process with little to no help from the republicans and some want people to believe they can fix the the problem.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:07 am |
      • George

        Republicans is talking about creating jobs, they is the one who cause the problem 750,000 loss per month before President Obama took office. President Obama stopped the bleeding with little to no help from the republicans and started the process of healing by adding jobs every month is it enough sure it's not but it's much better than losing 750,000 per month which the republicans done while they had control, but they don't want to talk about that or why they haven't come up with a plan to create jobs other than extending the wealthy tax cut to create jobs well the wealthy have had tax cut for almost twelve years and the started with 750,000 job loss. Where is the facts that tax cuts for them create jobs the only thing I seen was that it put money in their pockets. Remember to get out and vote for president Obama pass to ten of your friends.

        August 1, 2012 at 9:05 am |
  32. Griff

    "It's the same with Lizzie of London, as it is for Obama of Drama. Quote:::

    Wednesday July 25,2012

    By Charlie DeBuck for

    Have your say(6)

    ALMOST one year on from the riots that swept across the UK, a national poll suggests Britain’s society is still broken.

    One in four of the people surveyed described rising anti-social behaviour in the community as a key issue to tackle in the light of last summer’s riots.

    Almost three-quarters (70%) of those questioned believed that the government should focus more on community issues, and less on banking and budgetary concerns.

    Meanwhile, the survey revealed huge voter disillusionment, with just 5% of the 1,703 surveyed saying that their local MP does enough to help the community Unquote

    July 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  33. John McCracken

    I have just overheard that an unnamed adviser to Barack Obama has quoted to the King of Saudi Arabia that after four more years as President, he will be the last because the USA will be broke and in such turmoil that it will not recover, and that Muslims will dominate the post-USA era and rule the world. Now I personally do not believe this statement was ever made, but since you are in the business at CNN of passing along quotes from unnamed advisers to Mitt Romney and making the Romney campaign respond to these "unnamed adviser" quotes, in the interest of justice and fairness, for which CNN has marvelously been known to be, I request that you make the Obama political party respond to this quote from Obama's unnamed adviser.

    July 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  34. Griff

    "Obama pomised candy-floss to all those unemployed blacks, and all they got was flip-floss. Their point of view will be, what's good enough for you, should also be given to me. You got the meat, and all we got was the gravy!
    No Wolfe, they won't fall for it again!!!"

    July 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  35. Pat Napolitano

    Two days ago Mr. Romney met with the ;Foreign Minister of Australia and when he came back said that Mr. Carr, the Foreign Minister said "America is in Decline" Romney said this on air...However,M r. Carr shortly released a statement
    denying he ever said those words and said Mr. Romney misunderstood my words. Now this from London...if Romney personally did not say this...he had someone put it out there...I do not trust this man and if he is trying to demean this President abroad..he is an poor excuse for an ambassador and a worse excuse for a President...he does not seem trustworthy and I put nothing passed him. This is only the beginning. Biden had every right to defend Pres.Obama and I am glad he spoke up quickly....Romney should be ashamed of himself...this is the second incident in less than a week when he spoke to a foreign representative and there is blowback.

    July 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  36. Buster

    Cafferty just spoke about the "millions" of gun owners in the US. The Colorado gunman was just one. What percentage does that work out to be? America is free because of law abiding gun owners. We will never be like Syria or any other country that disarms ist's citizens.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  37. cynthia

    Romney forgot all that he has done!!

    Just the fact that he was a bully tells a lot about his basic character. It carried over into his adult life when he thought it was okay to ship jobs out of the country, devastate communities and destroy lives – the ultimate bullying job. How can anyone expect anything good for our country to come from this man ?

    July 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  38. Griff

    "Looks like Obama's on the scroung again. They won't want to associate with him after November though."
    (CNN) – President Barack Obama will return to the campaign trail on Monday, the White House said Saturday, with events in the Western part of the US, including the state which has contributed more than any other to his reelection bid, California.

    Both he and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney modified their Friday campaign schedules after a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater that day killed at least 12 people and wounded 58 others. Unquote.

    July 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  39. Jesus ortiz

    Please stop the disgusting display by CNN (and most other media outlets) of profiteering from the Colorado shooting tragedy.
    The overly simplistic and somewhat ignorant knee jerk reaction by some politicians and media personalities to blame physical objects (guns) or the ability to obtain physical objects (guns) as the root cause for the violence is just plain ridiculous and has no basis in fact. Random acts of violence cannot by their nature be prevented.

    What we as a society need to emphasize is to be civil, kind and respectful to others.
    The promotion of wars and violence in our society will of course lead to MORE not less violence and violent acts. One of the ironies that no one has had the guts to point out is that based on what I have seen of the previews (I have not seen the full movie so can’t say for sure) is that the movie that was being screened had a great deal of violence portrayed in it.
    Do you really think that you can have a civil nonviolent society if much of what is glorified is violence and conflict? This is especially true of many reality TV programs, movies, video games, international policy, the glorification of soldiers as “heroes”, the accepted truly visceral discourse of politics and so much more that our society accepts as normal behavior.

    When you have so many police departments with SWAT teams you are giving tacit approval for the greater use of force and violence to combat nonviolent situations as you need to justify at some point the need for a SWAT team. Just look at the huge paramilitary response to the recent PEACEFUL occupy protests.
    Another huge irony is that the shooting which occurred at the Columbine school in Colorado drew a large response from police SWAT teams yet despite reports of gunmen still at large shooting people inside the school these gung ho weekend warrior SWAT team members were all cowering like a bunch of wimps behind their expensive SWAT vehicles with NONE of them having the balls to go inside the school and confront the gunmen and perhaps save some lives. Nobody in the media to my recollection had the guts to call out the lack of courage by the SWAT teams that responded to the Columbine shooting.
    Let us not forget that the root cause of the Columbine shooting was the BULLYING of the two perpetrators prior to their going off the deep end and attacking those who they felt were their tormentors. Again we must instill kind and civil behavior if we expect to get the same in return. If we as a society use violence, war, threats and intimidation to get what we want we cannot expect to receive any less in return.

    Peace, Love and Kindness to all.

    Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
    –Benjamin Franklin

    July 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  40. Griff

    "Yes has I mentioned yesterday, your unrest in the USA is also spilling over into Canada. Of course you could say it's the reverse, but it's you have all these weapons that go missing, there are so many stolen from people who don't report it. How many weapons are being kept by the militarty when when they get back home from Afghanistan??
    "You have lost the plot in the USA." It has never been this bad throughout the world, why don't you demand Obama

    July 20, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  41. T. Claus

    "They didn't build that"
    C'mon CNN Pres Obama did not say that the successful business man did not build his business. Now Romney is giving speaches and putting ads on tv knowing exactly what the president did say. CNN needs to listen to the presidents speach and clarify the issue.

    Fox is known for editing speaches and videos and now the Romney people are doing the same thing.

    Give the people the TRUTH day in and day out.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Bryan

      I agree totally . I have no idea why CNN won't show the whole speech and declare the GOP ads untrue or at least misleading. The GOP replied with an ad from 2 men that said that they started their company and they built it. They failed to mention their muliti-million dollar interest free loan they received to start the comapny. It's a shame that Jon Steward reported on this and not CNN. What a disgrace.

      August 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  42. Bob Carter

    Blitzer, I'm sorry if this disappoints you but I want objective reporting not your opinion, not you setting up questions for pre-determined answers!!
    In the last month or two, I find you so excited, now, to talk up Romney, and either slight President Obama or play down the positives. I ask you to think about that.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  43. Haley

    Wolf Blitzeris becomming increasingly arrogant, pompous and judgemental. Not appropriate for a man who hopped under a desk during the first Iraq war, as other journalists desplayed a bit more grit, to suddenly become the arbitor of right and wrong. Wolf should come back down to earth before he goes the way of the last such little prince of pomposity, Lou Dobbs.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  44. Jerry

    Wow!!! Looke at the picture of Mr. Obama. Mr. Obama looks like a REAL angry Black man. Is this what happens when you CAN NOT have your way all the time?!

    I am not a Republican, but Mr. Romney, PLEASE stay on the high road.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:11 am |
  45. Jon

    Will they have a debate or just keep slinging mud? As it is, neither candidate gives me reason to vote for them, they've only shown that they can run each other down. After all is said and done and 100's of millions of dollars are spent, the lobbyist will be the true winner among the corrupt government, not the people.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  46. joshua

    CNN once again has proven that they want to be the premier water toters for the Democrat party. They are tired of losing viewers to MSNBC and have decided to bring out of mothball, Paul Begala, Roland Martin and James Carville to help them attack and destroy Mitt Romney through any smear tactic they can find. This is disgusting, biased, hypocritical but expected behavior. Not once did CNN ever try to do any background work on Obama when he was running for president. Now, they are demanding tax returns from Romney even though he has met all the obligations required by law and why? Because they want to try and find something, anything they can use in their propoganda campaign against a Republican. Let's see all the tax returns from the top 50 earners at CNN and their campaign contributions for the past 10 years. Typical.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • sam adler

      I believe that present CNN is ultra liberal and plays by her own rules. I stopped watching Larry King the last election because I felt there was an attempt to present one candidate over the other. McCain and his cause was never given the same platform. The same is happening now.
      Sometimes I get the feeling that Saudi money is involved to help Obama!

      July 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  47. C Oliver

    What is Romney hiding Wolf! its right up your alley. Come this guy wants to be the president of the USA he has to be more transparent, we poor people sure have a lot doubt about him.
    All state and national licensee have to sign authorized form, that gives the state and US government the right to request 5-10 yrs back for personal back ground check to see their creditworthy of the applicant. You mean that Romney is so high and mighty to show his tax returns and (DBA) Bain Capital for 1999,200.2000. The SEC say he was solo owner and CEO of Bain which means his has those tax returns in his poses ion if he lost them he can get copy from the IRS. Lets go work Wolf!

    July 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • joshua

      the sec does not say that, stop lying and start telling the truth.

      July 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
      • Mansur

        Yeah, go to and note that Dr. Paul got 90 sedocns of time in that debate'. He is the only one that had a valid argument against another war. If you go back and look at the speech he made on the House floor in 2003, trying to keep us out of Iraq and the predictions of the outcome of that invasion, you may re-think the validity of attacking Iran now. There was no real debate, since everyone except Ron Paul is beating the war drums. Sometimes, I wonder who the real terrorists are? If other Nations invaded and occupied the United States, the way we do them, I think we would retaliate too. Sadly, the only winner in these wars are the bankers and the Politicians that are bought off to keep the money flowing. Think about it.

        August 3, 2012 at 2:10 am |
  48. Doug Ericson.

    Romney said just yesterday he didn't want to expose multiple tax returns to the Democrats because they would say bad things about them. So, even with a team of presumeably the best accountants available, Romney is still not comfortable with his Tax Returns becoming public. This admission is potentially as damaging to the Romney campaign as anything that could be in his returns. Romney is doing the Deer caught in the Headlights routine, just what the Obama campaign team was hoping for.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm |

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