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January 8th, 2008
04:50 PM ET

A wide-open GOP race?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Compared to the Democrats, the Republican race is a demolition derby, and New Hampshire is not likely to change that much.

A new Gallup poll asks which candidate people think will win the Republican nomination: 33% say Mike Huckabee. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani are tied at 18%, and Mitt Romney gets 14%. While Huckabee won big in Iowa, he's not expected to do as well in New Hampshire.

In fact, the polls suggest a John McCain win today. According to "The Politico", McCain's goal is to be the "least unacceptable" Republican, in other words the candidate with the fewest negatives.

Mitt Romney was obviously hoping for the momentum from victories in both Iowa and New Hampshire. But even if he doesn't place first tonight, Romney insists he will continue. And with the wide-open nature of the race, who knows?

And of course, a race with no clear front-runner is also good news for Rudy Giuliani, who is counting on the later states to win big.

And finally, another indication that things are definitely going Barack Obama's way. Mitt Romney is now out telling voters he's best suited to go head-to-head with Barack Obama, and that a long-serving U.S. senator, meaning McCain who is 71 years old, is not the best match-up. McCain shot back, saying he'd let voters decide how well he'd match up with Obama.

Here’s my question to you: Who will ultimately win the Republican nomination?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Loretta in Pompton Plains, New Jersey writes:
Did you ever hear the joke, "Sometimes the bull wins." Well, Mr. Huckabee didn't look like much of a threat in the beginning, but now I think this swinging, guitar strumming, Kevin Spacey look-alike preacher with a great sense of humor may just reach the finish line huffing and puffing.

David from Toronto writes:
Of those in this motley bunch that would make the cut: Huckabee, a gun-toting, ex-preacher with an appeal to only the most fervent of the religious right; Romney, an old-school politician in new clothes (saying whatever he thinks the voters want to hear); and Giuliani and McCain, God forbid, what would they do if peace broke out in this world? It really doesn't matter.

Andrew from Cleveland, Ohio writes:
I think that McCain will win the nomination. He is the least dangerous of that group.

T. in Nebraska writes:
Huckabee will not win. Giuliani will not win. Thompson will not win. Romney will not win. The rest of the candidates will not win either. It's time for a Democrat to muck out the White House.

Rich writes:
Jack, McCain will bomb Iran and Huckabee will take America back for Jesus. Mitt won’t be able to make his mind up floppin’ in all. Fred will be asleep at the table like Reagan. So the obvious choice would be Ron Paul as he seems to be the only sane and sensible candidate in both parties and the one that all the shows want to forget. I wonder why they feel so scared of a 72-year-old man no bigger than my grandmother.

J.R. writes:
Mike Huckabee will win the nomination, with Lou Dobbs as his running mate. You heard it here first!

Joe from Connecticut writes:
Asking who is going to win the Republican nomination is like asking who is going to play the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Who cares because they are not going to win anyway?


Filed under: GOP • New Hampshire
soundoff (415 Responses)
  1. mark

    Dear Jack,
    I have read your book and found it to be a very good commentary on life in a fairly unbiased way.

    Recently I think that you, Wolfe, Lou have been anything but, as far as the campaign processes go.
    I am looking at your reporting on Barack and Hillary in particular. It looks like you all are promoting
    Obama as the candidate, GOP can beat. Maybe America is more ready for a Black man president,
    instead of a white female president. Wm. Bennet is echoing you all too. Rather funny CNN on vote night in
    Iowa, except for Donna Brazelle, everyone was against Hillary. When you look at the facts, your reporting
    is biased. Comparing all candidates, issue by issue, Hillary is the most knowledgeable, effective, and
    with more experience than all the rest put together. She is the most viable of all candidates. Yet,
    it seems to me that the media, CNN in particular, has made this a prejudiced, personal, issue and has
    ignored and put her down at every turn in this campaign so far. People like me, rely on the media to
    make a grounded, solid decision on the person for whom to vote. What I have experienced so far from
    all of you is limited, attacking, biased, opinionated reporting. Wolfe is near hysteria in some of his
    articles. Help us out here, Guys. Nancy Smalling

    January 8, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  2. Elvis

    What would Ron Paul say about Huckabee's imitation?

    Mike Huckabee recently suggested eliminating automatic birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens. Ron Paul introduced that legislation several times over the past few years. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    Huckabee's writers must be on strike, because he's now using Ron Paul's old speeches.

    Ron Paul must like Mike Huckabee's positions a lot better now that he's started getting them from Ron's old speeches.

    January 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  3. Matt Smith

    Cheney??, O thank God I woke up from my nightmare.

    Matt

    January 8, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  4. Elvis

    Who will win the Republican nomination? That depends on how much of a fix is in.

    Most other news media outlets besides CNN seem to keep helping other candidates benefit from Ron Paul's wisdom (even if he does sometimes have trouble expressing it in 30 seconds or less), while ignoring or marginalizing Ron himself.

    The real question is, are "We the People" going to fall for it again, and elect another misleader who talks the talk, but can't walk the walk.

    If we want a leader who takes this country away from the "wrong path" so many think we're on, we need someone who isn't guided by looking in the rear view mirror, or by stealing somebody else's ideas.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  5. Bucko

    Who cares.................

    January 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  6. Elvis

    Who will win the Republican nomination? That depends on how much of a fix is in.

    Most other news media outlets besides CNN seem to keep helping other candidates benefit from Ron Paul's wisdom (even if he does sometimes have trouble expressing it in 30 seconds or less), while ignoring or marginalizing Ron himself.

    The real question is, are "We the People" going to fall for it again, and elect another misleader who talks the talk, but can't walk the walk?

    If we want a leader who takes this country away from the "wrong path" so many people think we're on, we need someone who isn't guided by looking in the rear view mirror, or by stealing someone else's ideas.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  7. bnthdntht

    If anything republicans are practical they will nominate McCain a vet,experience,and an old man who doesn't have a clue. His running mate will be Huckabe,who will give them the religious vote. Against any democrat combination McCain wins by a landslide except one. Edwards as presidential nominee and Obama as vice president could win against anybody,but the democrats are anyting but practical they are all Ralph Nader types.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  8. Rob

    Whoever it is, better prepare themselves for losing the presidential election in November. George Bush has tarnished the Republican Party's reputation for at least the next decade. Americans what the Iraq over & you can bet President Obama, Clinton or Edwards will do so soon after taking office.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  9. Bucko

    Who cares......................

    January 8, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  10. Tom Bulger

    Some poor schmuck who'll take a wicked beating for the unAmerican record of George Bush.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  11. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, Senator McCain will get the nomination because he best represents the status quo!

    January 8, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  12. Terry

    Jack
    Not much of a choice, I believe the grand old party is opening the door for a third party canidate.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  13. Gino

    Who will ultimately win the Republican nomination? Easy answer: "Hopefully the one who will be human enough to concede defeat after the November elections, and will not have to use a towel to cry!"

    January 8, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  14. Amnesty is Treason

    If it isn't Ron Paul, then it has to be Mitt Romney! either of these two will put your country back on track!

    January 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  15. David T., Toronto

    Of those in this motley bunch that would make the cut: Huckabee, a gun-toting, ex-preacher with an appeal to only the most fervent of the religious right; Romney, an old-school politician in new clothes (saying whatever he thinks the voters want to hear); and Giuliani and McCain – God forbid, what would they do if peace broke out in this world?

    It really doesn't matter.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  16. Mary Mikula

    Jack...The big GOP winner will be Ron Paul. Even if he does not win the vote count his following has shown the powers that be that we are sick of the same old same old. We want a new direction for our country, it truly is time for another tea party. Let's shake things up America! I know this 50 year old lifetime democrat was so inspired by his message I switched to republican so I could have the honor of voting for this gentleman. Mary......Tampa,FL

    January 8, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  17. Ryan Farrar

    Mike Huckabee will win the GOP nomination, it is simple logistics; the Evangelical voting block has overthrown the party, and ultimately who they want is who we'll get. This, of course, was fine and dandy with all Republicans when it was George W. Bush they were electing... now the big business section of the right-wing wants Romney, but there's no possible way to sell a former pro-choice, Mormon, flip-flopper from Massachusetts to it's southern Christian base. Rudy and McCain do not have lasting appeal that can prevail either. Of course, the true dark horse here is Ron Paul, who could inherit more support from the left if Obama goes and locks up the Democratic ticket; and he could be the benefactor of nomination process that lingers on longer than it normally would. I'm hoping for the opportunity to cast a meaningful vote in Indiana's primary in May, and I would love to have that vote be for Mr. Paul!

    January 8, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  18. Richard, Mckinney Texas

    Rudy Giuliani will win the republican nomination. The race in New Hampshire is not of much consequence. There are only 4 electoral votes available in New Hampshire out of the 538 possible. There were 7 electoral votes available in Iowa. That leaves 527 votes out there minus the 3 in Wyoming that Romney will get. Out of all the Republicans with a history to go by Giuliani is the only candidate that has done anything worth while and consistently. The rest are just blowing out there in the wind saying pick me because you should, not because of what I have or haven't done.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  19. Burt in AZ

    I don't think it really matter as who ever wins the nomination as none of them has a snowballs chance in hell of winning in November except maybe Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  20. Thomas, SC

    The easier question to answer is who won't win. The obvious answer to that is Mike Huckabee. Real conservatives who vote on the issues rather than religion will kick that guy to the curb. Unfortunately for Mike, the rest of the country is very different from Iowa. He's Bill Clinton in a pastor's robe, and more and more people are figuring it out.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  21. Patricia

    Jack, There are no candidates in the Republican Party that stand out, except in a negative way. They are all charlatans to me. Mike Huckabee is a "honey-tongued" preacher & I've never trusted those kind. John McCain is a "straight-talkin lobbists lover". Willard Mitt Romney is a showman through & through. St. Rudy of New York is NO saint, & Ron Paul lost me when he mis-stated facts on the Civil War & Duncan Hunter proved he has lost his mind when he invaded another network's live show on set without an invite. These candidates either need a Thorazine drip or rest cure at a sanatorium, but, none of them should be elected dog catcher let alone President of the United States of America.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  22. Richard

    Does it really matter which clone is nominated? All have been living in the ivory towers to long to see how their decisions have harmed their constituents. Does McCain know a carpenter who's not had a raise in ten years inspite of unparralled demand for services? Contrary to McCain's sympathy for illegals, citizen carpenters in his state warranted at least a cost of living wage increase. Does Romney know a student trying to finance their way through college who, not only isnot omly capable of gardening work at his estate, but would welcome the income. Or does Huckabee know students living in Texas that would enjoy and need the tuition breaks given to illegal immigrants? Much of the money earned by undocumented aliens is sent back to the land of origin and adds to our monumental deficit. Have any of them waited in an emergency room hoping that injuries to their child can be treated in a reasonable time after all many have insurance and the hospital will pass the added cost of the uninsured to the insured. It matters not who will be nominated in either party, they have lost compassion for their constituencies.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  23. michelle C

    Although there still is a long way to go and it is very hard to say who out of the top four republicans will in the end win the nomination, I feel Giuliani is the main candidate that will appeal to the American voters as a whole, he is probably the best chance we Republicans have to beat the Democrats and their over rated “change” philosophy in November. McCain has the most experience and seems to know more than any of the other candidates regarding important issues, like foreign policy, but he fails at convincing the American people. Huckabee, despite his win in Iowa and his likeability, is not at all ready to lead this country and soon enough most of us voters will reach that conclusion. As for Romney, he truly lacks experience!

    January 8, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  24. Troy

    If there really is a loving god in heaven it will be Dr. Ron Paul. He is the only one who can protect us from terrorism because he is the only one who understands the motive for terrorist attacks.

    Also he opposes the income tax, the flat tax, and the fair. Keep that in mind people. If he is president, everyone in america instantly gets a pay raise.

    Jack, you are one of the few people in the media that will give Dr. Paul fair treatment. When is CNN going to give you your own show. DO we really need 3 hours of the situation room. Cut that last hour give it to Jack and let Wolf Blitzer go home early and be with his family.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  25. troy borresen

    Ron Paul. He will win, but voter fraud will come into play. There is a REVOLUTION going on in America. stand on guard, for we can win. Ron's our only hope against NWO.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  26. W B in Las Vegas

    whoever the Wall Street Weasels, Corporate Outsourcing Quislings and Masters of War NeoCon Nuts that run the Republican Party WANT as the Republican nominee.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  27. Peter Johnon

    The republicans won't nominate Ron Paul so unfortunatly we will probably be stuck with John McCain. I used to like McCain but I no longer feel that way his advication for the US joining the International Criminal Court, and his varying position on tax cuts really lost him my vote. He says he wants to cut spending but won't talk about Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and he wants to keep this war going which is too expensive and isn't acomplishing anything. The reality is the Republican party is dying and it looks like the Libertarian party may rise from its ashes.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  28. Victoria Reid

    Ron Paul will win if Americans wake up and think intelligently. Otherwise we will have the same old thing for the next 4 years, more war, inflation, gas prices no one can pay, loss of the rest of our liberties. Vote for Freedom!!
    We can only hope people in New Hampshire today choose to Live Free !

    January 8, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  29. Damon Boswell

    Jack,

    The only GOP candidate that can win against Obama in the general election is Ron Paul. The GOP will be throwing away the election if they nominate any other candidate. They cannt afford to lose all of Ron Paul's supporters.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  30. Jarad Johnson

    Although my support lies solely with Ron Paul, I don't think he has the support to pull off first, yet. He will most likely land 3rd today which will propel his campaign once again just as smashing Rudy in Iowa already has. Either way, I think as far as the future of each campaign Ron will come away the true victor.

    McCain will most likely win the state. Completely unsure as to why that is. A warmonger with a horrible record and no real platform to stand on. Seems people like that in a President.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  31. Taylor

    Hey Jack, I just want to let you know i will be moving out of the country if Ron Paul does not win the nomination. The country is not moving in the right direction and we are losing everything that my grandfathers fought for. We did not fight the red coats for this! I am truely ashamed.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  32. Henry

    Jack,

    I like to say America, that's off course if Dr. Paul wins.

    Henry,
    Jacksonville, FL

    January 8, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  33. David Jameson

    Which Corporate Candidate aka Front Runner will win the nomination? If it is anyone who has held the title of Front Runner aka Corporate Candidate and if that individual wins the general election then what we'll have is a different face on the same sick head. This can be directed to either side of the isle.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  34. Wes

    It will be Dr. Paul. Why? As predicted by the Saxo Bank of Denmark, the key issue that will drive him to the white house will be a major recession this year. Of which we are seeing just the beginning with the slipping dollar and down turned markets. Dr. Paul has been warning us for years about this very problem, and now that it is happening people will realize that he is the only one who has a plan to bring us out of it, instead of plunging us into the 2nd great depression. When people start loosing their jobs, businesses start closing, and even more foreclosures suddenly the bogeyman of islamofacism won't seem so bad by comparison.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  35. Elvis

    Who will win the Republican nomination?

    That depends whether or not "We the People" are going to fall for it again and elect another party-boss-approved misleader who talks the talk, but won't walk the walk.

    If we want a leader who takes this country away from the "wrong path" that so many people think we're on, we need someone who isn't guided by looking in the rear view mirror, or who parrots somebody else's ideas.

    Naturally, I'm voting for Ron Paul.

    Even if he doesn't win, at least in a few years he'll be able to tell a national audience, "I told you so."

    January 8, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  36. Greg from PA

    With the exception of Ron Paul, who hasn't got a snowball's chance in hell to win, it just doesn't matter who wins the Republican nomination. They don't believe in evolution. They think the Iraq war is the solution to the war on terrorism. They believe in voodoo economics. They are the clone of George W. Bush. They are all losers.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  37. Peter

    Ron Paul must win the nomination or this country is done for! He is the only candidate talking about economic issues and he is the only anti-war candidate. It is quite clear who is the best fit to run the oval office. Now if only the Democrats would wake up to the fact that Obama and Hillary are pro-war.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  38. Elvis

    Who will win the Republican nomination?

    That depends whether or not "We the People" are going to fall for it again and elect another party-boss-approved misleader who talks the talk, but won't walk the walk.

    If we want a leader who takes this country away from the "wrong path" that so many people think we're on, we need someone who isn't guided by looking in the rear view mirror, or who parrots somebody else's ideas.

    Naturally, I'm voting for Ron Paul.

    Even if he doesn't win, at least in a few years he'll be able to tell a national audience, "I told you so"

    January 8, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  39. Scott Plough

    Dr. Ron Paul is the only hope for the Republican Party to hold on to the White House. The economy is in dire straits and Dr. Paul is the only one of the candidates that acknowledges this fact, and presents a viable solution to the problem. I never thought I would be able to say this about a Presidential candidate, but Dr. Paul is a good, honest and truthful man.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  40. B Reyes, Temecula, CA

    It definitely is an open race. I don't know who will win, but I hope Ron Paul does.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  41. Clay Trainor

    Jack,

    Im going to be perfectly honest with you. Ron Paul has been gaining more momentum than any other of the republican candidates. He has a following that refuses to go away, and i beleive he will have a strong showing in NH, and almost all future states.

    Each day his campaign only grows stronger, and his supporters refuse to convert to another candidate once they convert to Paul.

    The media wont be able to ignore him when he becomes a frontrunner in terms of votes!

    January 8, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  42. Carole

    Probably -McRom-Huck-Giuli-Thomp.

    Too bad that guy is not the answer. Ron Paul could have saved this country, regardless of the smears of all the pundits. But the truth is, no one wants to save this country, least of all voters who are sadly, badly uninformed of the truth and take all their pablum from the media.

    When I was a child, there was a modicum of truth, but no more. Dwight Eisenhower warned us; Jefferson, Madison, Paine, Franklin warned us, but we failed to heed the responsibilities of Liberty.

    Maybe I will join one the many secessionist movements and just finally drop out in my sixth decade.

    Thanks Mr. Cafferty. Many of RP's supporters really appreciate that you are a thinking man, just as we are.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  43. Republicae

    Jack....Unfortunately, this country has suffered under the entrenchment candidates of the Republican and Democratic Parties for decades. Every four years we are presented with recycled, regurgitated promises that hold as much promise as our "Dollar" holds value. The Party Line Faithful present their darling candidates to maintain the status quo who offer little in the way of real solutions to the problems that these same Party Line Faithful caused in the first place.

    There is only one candidate that actually stands for the type of real and drastic change this country needs desperately and that is Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  44. taylor

    ron paul will win the nomination or our country is doomed!

    January 8, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  45. Jason, VA

    I think it will probably go to McCain because the media created this line about him "coming back" about two months ago and it has finally caught on. Before the debate it was "McCain really has to win this debate" and then after "McCain won the debate" although Ron Paul won the post debate poll. McCain has become the default candidate to a party who bans the only people who represent the Goldwater/Reagan roots of the modern Republican Party, us, the Ron Paul Revolution. They wonder why we are so angry, its because we have been betrayed by our own people. Thats worse than having the other party do something you disagree with.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  46. Jeff

    Jack, I sincerely hope it is Ron Paul. Otherwise you may as well mount a literal weather vane on the top of the White House with the rest, since we know this is the way they will make most of their decisions. And I really feel sorry for the next generation should Ron NOT win, as this may be the first time where the next generation actually takes a step back vs. a step forward in standard of living.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  47. Tom Atkins

    See that's the problem Jack, America will no doubt elect a politician when what is required is a statesman. The only Statesman in the race is Ron Paul but those who own the country will not stand by and let that happen.

    Until then this country will remain on the slippery slopes to hell.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  48. Don H

    Who knows.

    But one thing is for sure, it won't be a conservative. The days of the republican party being the party of anything even remotely conservative is gone. There are no Goldwater or Regan's left in the party. Those that belive in conservative, small constitutional government are gone. The only thing left now is a party of pro-war big government, religious pro-lifers. Apparently now conservatism has been re-defined to be "just like a democrat only pro-war, and pro-life". Where do conservatives go to from here?

    January 8, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  49. Don H

    Who knows.

    But one thing is for sure, it won't be a conservative. The days of the republican party being the party of anything even remotely conservative is gone. There are no Goldwater or Regan's left in the party. Those that belive in conservative, small constitutional government are gone. The only thing left now is a party of pro-war big government, religious pro-lifers. Apparently now conservatism has been re-defined to be "just like a democrat only pro-war, and pro-life". Where do conservatives go to from here? Ron Paul is about 1000x time closer than any of the other so-called republican candidates and the establishment does everything they can to stifle, belittle, and eliminate him from the process.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  50. Karl

    Ron Paul might have a chance but it might as well be Charles Manson, for as much as anyone cares, and he couldn't get elected Dog Catcher as a Republican. The leaders are all Busbies and America is fed up with them.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  51. Mike

    Jack,

    If the average American voter had any sense of what is really going on in America Dr.Paul would win the nomination in a landslide.

    Mike
    Newyork,NY

    January 8, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  52. Patricia

    Sorry folks, but, you all haven't been paying attention to some of the silliness coming from the mouth of Ron Paul lately. Nope, he isn't gonna make it. As of "Super Tuesday" he & a couple of these other psyche's are done.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  53. Chris

    Jack,
    I believe that money will win the nomination. But it doesn't even really matter. What is happening in the nation during this campaign season is amazing. Voter turnout, the youth voter, and the ever evident compassion for change. "Change", Jack will win the presidency. I will be voting for change. For me that starts with changing my political party affiliation and my vote. I will and plan to vote "undecided" on January 15th in Michigan to support the true candidate of change Sen. Barak Obama.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  54. Michael Shulman, New Jersey

    If it would be possible under the Constitution, I would hope that no Republican would win the nomination. The Party is forever stained by the stupid and illegal actions of George W. Bush. But since the Constitution mandates that both parties win the bid for presidency, I pray that Giuliani would regain the momentum and be the winner of the New Hampshire Primaries

    January 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  55. Jason Gilfoil

    I sincerely believe that Ron Paul will be the nominee for the Republican Party. If he isn't, the republican party has no chance of winning an election against the unstoppable force that is Obama.

    Dr. Paul is going back to the roots of the Republican party in ways many of the candidates can't even understand, which is evident in their responses to his statements. But it's not so difficult to understand, and alot of people in this country are coming to understand it.

    To quote Dr. Paul on the matter, "Logic tells us that we make a much better world in a much easier way, without causing wars.."

    January 8, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  56. Michael Clapp

    If the people realize we are really loosing Reagans War with Putin, not winning Bush's Battle with terrorism, we will see the Economic General Ron Paul become our commander and chief. Putin's page out of Reagan's playbook is genius. Iran to the Euro, China next with Russia backing it all up with Time's Man of the Year bringing stability over liberty. Time to pay up america, no amount of nukes will cure this ill. Do you really think our Euro based NATO allies will support us if they get to be the world currency? I can hear it now: "You upstart american colonists had it coming to you." ... on the other hand, if the people don't realize we are still in Reagan's War, Obama will sweep any Republican candidate and there will be no money for ANY programs: it will all be going to pay down our foreign credit debt.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  57. Brian Jones

    It doesn't even matter. This race is the Democrats to lose. They would have to seriously trip over themselves to give this race to the GOP. People want change, and the GOP, except for Ron Paul, don't represent that.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  58. G. Beckett

    If it isn't Ron Paul then I am moving and I'm a Canadian. Being next door to you guys with any other leader for the next 4 years is a frightening thought. You know anything about Switzerland's immigration policies Jack?

    January 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  59. Steve Minnick

    The answer is clear. Ron Paul. The only reason I can think of ,why Ron Paul would Not win the Republican nomination, is because the additional decision for potential running mate Dennis Kucinich, at the moment, is left at, who would be who's V.P.? In that sense, I really haven't answered the question. Does that make me a politician? This isn't easy for any of us.

    Steve Minnick
    Ridgecrest, CA

    January 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  60. Ginnie

    I find it rather sickening that the Clintons are crying and whining about being treated unfairly and picked on! Is this another "vast right wing conspiracy" against them or is America waking up and realizing that the status quo in Washington must change and Sen. Obama, although perhaps lighter in experience, is sincere and seems to truly have the best interest of America at heart.
    We've had too many years of 2 family rule, Clinton and Bush. This is a democracy after all, not a dynasty.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  61. Sally Pitman

    I like Hillary Clinton's script (yesterday and before), but I also believe that the press is giving Obama a free ride. It's as if they have crowned him king and he can do no wrong. Not only that, but they are not asking him the hard questions about what he is going to do as President in the same hard-edged way they ask everything of Hillary.

    It's not fair! The press does not provide "equal opportunities." They sensationalize their favorites and capitalize on "mistakes" candidates make.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  62. Rich

    Jack, Mcain will bomb Iran,and Huckabee will take America back for Jesus, Mitt wont be able to make his mind up floppin in all, Fred will be asleep at the table like Reagan. So the obvisous choice would be Ron Paul as he seems to be the only sane and sensible candidate in both parties and the one that all the shows want to forget i wonder why they feel so scared of a 72 yr old man no bigger than my Grandmother

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  63. Dan

    I see the McCain/Huckabee combonation as unstoppable. Much like Batman and Robin, this dynamic duo combines the calculated strength and deterimnation of McCain's foreign policy strength as well as a younger, gentler, "holy frontrunner batman!" appeal to the religious right, from Huckabee. Whether taking on Poison Ivy (Sen. Clinton), The Riddler (Former Sen. Edwards) or the all powerful Joker (take a guess), I'd say this team has a chance.

    Mitt Romney looks a little too much like Harvey Dent, and we all know what happened to him...

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  64. Daniel

    Jack,

    I really do not think it matters, our current Republican President has done the American people, and the United States, so much wrong, that it does not matter who the Republicans nominate.

    I am still looking for an Independent, that will put both the Democrats and Republicans out to pasture!

    Daniel
    Tempe AZ

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  65. molly heal

    I don't personally believe it will matter if Hillary "drops her script" or not. It's all a "scripted" or calculated attempt to see what will take with the voters. Her attempt at appearing sensitive or soft yesterday came across as foolish to me. What she really is is "desperate" and if soft and sensitive is something she hasn't tried, well, then she will try it. It looked like she was trying to be BILL and it didn't work very well in my opinion. It was even more pathetic for Bill to come out with the angry approach toward Obama's stance on the Iraq War. They both are just desperate to get back on top and the harder they try the goofier they look.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  66. Bruce Marshall

    Yes Jack throw them away, we all know what they did in the past. And start being a human for a few months. They should also throw away Nancy Pelosi as she is going to bring the Democrats down in the General Election. If I were a Republican I would use her name in every speech to remind the country how much the Democrats have done since we put them in power and how many things she has done that she said she would do.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  67. Charles (pittsburg, ca)

    Jack.........Why can't the presidential candidates that hold below 10% of the vote "just call it quits" I beleive that any candidate that still chooses to waste thousands if not millions of dollars shows irresponsilitiy with money and I wouldn't want then controlling the budget. When enough is enough you have to know when to throw in the towel. That's excactly what president bush did in iraq after knowing it was a mistake, he also didn't know when to call it quits.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  68. Bill Tynan

    Only Dr Ron Paul will stop the Fed from the xerox money machine. What good is our empire if it's worthless? Did anyone notice the markets today? The other candidates are fiddling while the dollar burns. I say, we won't get what we vote for.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  69. Ali

    It is obvious that Mitt Romney is a clear winner now without counting on Rudy strategy. Having Romney winning over and over in the front runners will guarantee a nomination as republican presendential candidate. However, I see him a better running mate for another contendar.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  70. Patrick Schoettmer

    As a Democrat, it's hard for me to guess who will emerge from the Republican brouhaha. My inclination would be to guess Huckabee, but that could just be because I live in a more traditionally religious midwestern state and most of the Republicans that I know are Christian conservatives. I do think that the religious voters will all stick with Huckabee, so the real question is whether the so-called economic and security conservatives can settle on a candidate to corronate. If not (and I suspect they will not), the religious conservatives will probably get their man.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  71. Robert

    Jack,

    I suspect that after John McCain wins the NH primary today, Mitt Romney can spend his entire fortune on his campaign and it will be all for naught. He is far too abrasive to win hearts and minds. Mike Huckabee's appeal is too narrow for these times and Ron Paul doesn't seem to get much beyond 10% in the polls. Perhaps Rudy Giuliani's strategy is smarter than a lot of people think. The answer will come once we find out if McCain's win in NH translates into a huge financial influx to his campaign. If that doesn't happen it will be Rudy for the Republicans, but whether the Democratic nominee is Clinton or Obama, the Republicans lose the White House in 2008.

    Robert

    North Port, FL

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  72. Sally Pitman

    I like Hillary Clinton’s script (yesterday and before), but I also believe that the press is giving Obama a free ride. It’s as if they have crowned him king and he can do no wrong. Not only that, but they are not asking him the hard questions about what he is going to do as President in the same hard-edged way they ask everything of Hillary.

    It’s not fair! The press does not provide “equal opportunities.” They sensationalize their favorites and capitalize on “mistakes” candidates make.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  73. Jimmy

    Jack, I fear the answer to this question is not Ron Paul and it has a lot to do with the fact that you're one of the few people who would even have the courage to read my response on air. Consider this a challenge to the American people to actually research their candidate before aimlessly voting in this primary election.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  74. Sharon Holdt

    I was listening to Wolf a little bit ago and the topic was whether the media had treated the Hillary campaign fairly. The topic was Bill Clinton's comments about the press and Obama today.

    Think about this comment made by Jack Cafferty yesterday regarding Hillary's campaign: "Maybe it will be time for her to go back home and bake cookies" Tell me that is not a sexist, mean remark. Would you say that about any of the other male candidates? I think not. I usually agree with Jack and his comments but was very disappointed in him yesterday. I hope that is not his true colors coming out.

    Well, no more CNN for me. I will go to MSNBC as I find myself doing more often. I will just have to turn it off when Chris Matthews and Tucker Carlson are on.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  75. Katy Hill Prescott, Az.

    If you absolutely must vote for a Republican make it McCain.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  76. Cleaner44

    We had better all hope that Ron Paul wins because he is the only one that understands the economic problems our Republic is facing. The Federal Reserve and their practices must come to an end. Unfortunately most people have no understanding of how our nation works, our economy works and how our future is eroding. Hell, most people think we live in a Democracy and don't understand how our Republic is different.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  77. CS

    Does it really matter? They're all pretty much "Johnny One Notes" and should be easily defeated by any Dem worth their salt who can talk intelligently on more than one subject. You'll notice my use of the word "should," not 'will" be easily defeated. I'm not taking anything for granted in this race, especially with the behavior shown thusfar by the electorate.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  78. Tom in Illinois

    Jack, unfortunately it'll probably be McCain, Romney or Huckabee. One of these is quite likely to get the GOP nomination. I think Guliani's Russian rullet strategy of avoiding the early primaries will inevitably make him the ultimate dud candidate. No one is going to care about him by the time Florida votes, unless he doesn't win decisively in New Hampshire, Michigan, Nevada or South Carolina.
    But if the nomination really comes down to one of these candidates, I'd say the GOP is looking to lose big time come November. Americans are tired of the war in Iraq, blatant corruption of the executive branch and the rising costs of living. They’ll probably just opt out for the Democratic nominee.

    Still I hold out hope for Ron Paul to become the GOP nomination. I believe he hold the key to giving Republicans a competitive edge in the general election against the Democrat nominee. After all, what other Republican candidate can you think of is able to draw such a diverse pool of support from voters. Ron Paul is able to attract conservative and moderate Republicans but also Democrats and lots of Independents (as he showed in Iowa where he attracted 29% of the Independent vote, more than any other GOP candidate).

    He’s even able to tap into the younger voters, the kind that propelled Obama to frontrunner status in the Democrat race. Just look at all his Meetup groups, YouTube subscribers, and MySpace friends, their almost all in the category of people under 30 years old. Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate with the ability to attract this group of rising voters and others to caste their lot with the GOP in November. Younger voters love his near impeccable record in Congress, his strong Constitutional beliefs, and his popular message of freedom, peace and prosperity.
    If the GOP wants to win, Ron Paul is their man.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  79. David Plisken

    I can not answer this question- I am not a gypsy. I can, however, tell you who must win. If we want to restore America's status as a truly great country, one that actually follows its Constitutional Republic roots, the Republican party must wake up and nominate Ron Paul. If we allow our party to nominate a pro-war candidate, our next president will be Obama/Clinton.
    Switzerland is looking nice right about now.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  80. Aaron, McKinney Texas

    The GOP will be committing Political Party suicide if it doesn't end up going with Dr. Ron Paul in the end. He is the only one who is remotely close to the party platform. All the rest are a grab bag of Liberal social and fiscal policy with a sprinkling of Republican sound bites. I'm pulling for Ron Paul in order to restore order to our party, but I feel the death of our party is close at hand thanks to the Neo-Conservative take over.

    I'm trying to remain upbeat.

    Aaron Smith
    McKinney, Texas

    January 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  81. Ron

    Jack, the candidate of the Republicans will probably be decided by those pundits over at the Noise Channel. They seem to have their minds made up that Huckabee is too much a populist to be their candidate and that Rudy is their guy. Go figure, an immoral mayor versus a true Conservative Governor and they choose the mayor???

    January 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  82. Dunne (North Carolina)

    It depends Jack. If the Bush Admin continues to defile the Middle East and gets their way we will have an episode with Iran like the other day that will get out of hand. Then General Guiliani or Major Mitt will likely get the nod. I am holding my breath for a year Jack. I am not an Obama lover by any means but I would vote against both those liars.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  83. Clark Hildum

    It is too bad that they cannot list "None of the above" That would be a sure fire winner. Another option is that if Obama keeps winning, maybe Mrs. Clinton can switch parties and become the Republican frontrunner. She certianly seems more Republican than Democrat.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  84. Phil Durgin

    Rep. Ron Paul has been repeatedly stating we are heading into a recession. Merrill Lynch has confirmed today that we now in it.

    The War in Iraq is bleeding us dry. Loans from China will only last for so long. If we don't elect Rep. Ron Paul, then the recession will last for years. At some point Americans must realize that we live beyond our means and that it must stop.

    Who will win the Primaries? I am hoping it's Ron Paul for our countries sake, but I am more concerned that it will be the one that promises everyone the earth and the moon.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  85. DP

    well, it will either be a council on foreign relations stooge, or ron paul. if we're to have any shred of hope, it better be paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  86. Phil Durgin

    Rep. Ron Paul has been repeatedly stating we are heading into a recession. Merrill Lynch has confirmed today that we are now in it.

    The War in Iraq is bleeding us dry. Loans from China will only last for so long. If we don’t elect Rep. Ron Paul, then the recession will last for years. At some point Americans must realize that we live beyond our means and that it must stop.

    Who will win the Primaries? I am hoping it’s Ron Paul for our countries sake, but I am more concerned that it will be the one that promises everyone the earth and the moon.

    Phil Durgin
    Austin, Texas

    January 8, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  87. James Richard

    If America takes the time to learn about the issues rather than jump on the media bandwagon, I see no reason why Ron Paul should not win the Republican nomination, and the presidency. Ron Paul is the real candidate of change. Good change. Who in America doesn't want to live tax free, with our troops here protecting us rather than everyone else's country? Ron Paul is the only candidate who can get rid of all the policies we've been complaining about for decades. Wake up, people. This isn't American Idol.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  88. Sean

    McCain would be a great nominee and a definite threat to Obama once Obama finally starts to get some criticism if the liberal media stops babying him. Guiliani would also be a strong national candidate. Huckabee lacks the foreign policy expertise, amongst other things, to be a national candidate and compete with the democrats.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  89. Mike

    As I'm watching the situation room right now I find their conversationg to be a joke. When they were gaing up on hillary at the first debate. Hillary made a comment about the boys piling on everyone in the media said she's runing for presient so she should be able to handle it. Now she's fighting for the white house and is a tiny bit behind, She starts commenting a Barack character, you media I call (entertainers) are saying she should not attack because black people won't like it. You have to be kidding me. It's a presidential race, should she be sitting back and let Obama and the others win. Talk about double standards.Right now all things go. Nothing wrong with her husband defending her.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  90. robert

    As a Canadian and a former Clinton supporter I am disturbed by Bill's comments about Oboma. As Dylan said "don't stand in the doorway don't block up the halls"

    January 8, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  91. Mike

    This will be a Hillary vs. Mitt

    January 8, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  92. Nancy Colquitt

    Both Republicans and Democrats' souls are owned by big business, big government
    big banking, education. If they are members of CFR you can bet they aren't for us. Ron Paul is the only candidate who has walked the walk as far as defending us and our constitution goes. All the rest will sell us out to the one world system.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  93. michael

    jack i think that the gop race s going to belong to rudy g he is leading in to many big states

    January 8, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  94. shev

    not only should she pitch the script but she should pitch the earpiece too.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  95. Rolando Parrales

    Barack Obama vs H.R.C..deja vu..Remember Reagan vs Ford...Hillary wait until at least Feb...Obama is nothing outhere in the West..the ticket to the white house is u and obama......I hope the latino vote makes a difference..

    January 8, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  96. Jim

    I have no answer and I can't even guess. What I can tell you is there is only one I truly believe every time he speaks, Ron Paul, and he'll never win. There is more B.S coming from the republicans than the entire state of Oklahoma and the only one who seems to be honest and genuine is simply an afterthought. I'm an Independant not just looking to back a winner, rather looking for a honest and inspiring leader. Let me know if one shows up.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  97. Jorge

    Mr. Cafferty,

    Dr. Ron Paul is the best chance We and I am using "We" not as we Republicans of wining, but as We the People of winning. All other candidates, Democrats and Republicans are Washington business as usual, including those that say they are the outsiders as Romney or Obama. Dr. Ron Paul has my entire support.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  98. Pat

    I believe that the GOP "powers that be" will insist that Romney win the nomination. I am sure they want another cardboard candidate. At least he can pronounce nuclear.

    I watched the entire debate on Saturday and could not help wondering when was the last time any of these guys paid a medical bill. People who cannot afford health insurance – cannot afford $15,000 for a health savings account. I wish the candidates lived in the same world we do.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  99. Dale Hill

    Fred Hamilton should. He is calm, cool, and collected. He could be the next Ronald Reagan, but Republicans won't allow that. I wonder if Fred's name was mentioned at The University of Oklahoma, when the concerned brain-trust met to commiserate.

    OU Graduate – Dale

    January 8, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  100. Robert

    Unfortunately, it will not be Ron Paul. He's the only Republican who appears to be human.

    Rob
    Montgomery, IL

    January 8, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  101. Angie

    At this point, can't say. But I hope it's McCain.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  102. Sharon

    Giuliani makes me want to tear my hair out. If he mentions 9/11 one more time, I'll scream.
    McCain all the way. Romney won't be considered because of his religion while Huckabee will be because of his religion. Go figure.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  103. Dianne Haynes

    As an American American professional, I once admired the Clintons and voted for Bill Clinton. However, the attitude of entitlement that has come out of the Clinton camp really tees me off. Specifically, Bill Clinton's angry comments are just short of being racist and they had better watch their selves with the American American community when attacking Barack Obama. African Americans won't see another viable and qualified candidate that looks like them for some time to come. I intend to do the right thing and vote for Barack Obama if given the opportunity and if his record continues to hold true. He has stuck to what he said at the beginning of his campaign and that can't be said for Hillary Clinton.

    The Clintons are too used to doing what is politically expedient which is just what people are sick and tired of. From "playing?" the role of first lady to "moving" to NY, Hillary Clinton's has been transparently calculating - just what turns so many people off.

    Sorry Hillary, it is a pleasure to hear an inspiring speech - it's been a long time coming from the days of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Our youth needs to be inspired!!!!! You go, President to be Obama!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  104. Jay

    I believe in the end it will be Mitt Romney. Not that I'm voting for him in the primary but he seems to have grabbed the attention of the undecided/independents. I think he could take Barak in the General Election. I don't think any candidate is going to bring the change we all are hoping for but if anyone is going to sit in the pilot's seat I want it to be a Republican....(lower taxes/better economic policy).

    January 8, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  105. Bob Logsdon

    Why don't you report what Thomas Sowell wrote in his column today:
    If he (Obama) "actually believes even half of the irresponsible nonsense he talks, he would be an utter disaster in the White House."
    Bob

    January 8, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  106. Lori

    I was disappointed by Bill Clinton's remarks today regarding Barak Obama. I like Hillary and would have thought she would make a good VP but comments like that are dividing not uniting. It was sad. I like Barak. The Republican choices are too slick and evasive. More of the same.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  107. steve, Ca

    Help I need somebody helpppp.... good luck to you republicans it will take a generation change to forget how badly you've moved this country in since tricky dicky, slap stick Ford, Ronald Raygun, and Mr Voodoo ecomonics and son bush jr. people are feed up your parties canidates have nothing new with the exception of Ron Paul but the honcho's will not support him because Ron will cut the strings to those puppets.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  108. KERRY

    McCain is the best bet to beat any democrat. Period. Romney, Paul, Huckabee and Rudy have too many issues that hurt them. McCain/Paul is probaly the best ticket.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  109. Eileen

    Obama's father is buried in Kenya Africa, his nanny lives in Kenya. She was on television saying that she was proud of him and was saying that when he is elected president maybe he can help the government there in Kenya. I think we have better things to worry about and we are billions of dollars in debt here in the United States!
    Eileen, NC

    January 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  110. Brian P

    Better than an unscripted approach, Hillary needs better handlers not afaraid to give her the right ammunition. Why hasn't anyone told her to point out that Barack Obama is like betting on a pig in a poke. He is a black with a muslim background who has no track record or experience to speak of and is an admitted drug user, not only smoking weed but also snorted cocaine. Hillary's camp has not jumped all over this and pointed out that he was not a child when he did it, but an adult, and that to me indicates a clear lack of judgement, and a lack of judgement in my books is like an I.Q., one can't say, "before I had poor judgement but now I have good judgement.." you either have it or you don't. Everyone also has to ask themselves why all the blacks, like Oprah, are jumping on the Obama bandwagon. They can deny all they want that it is not about race (a black supporting a black) but only a complete idiot would not believe race is not a huge factor. I predict if he were put in the white house, the black community would celebrate like it was Christmas all over again, and that's because, for them, it would be. You will see a federal laundry list of handouts to the blacks in America that will be mind boggling, with the whites footing the bill.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  111. Kevin

    I think if Ron Paul is able to get 2nd or 3rd in New Hampshire he can catch enough attention and go on to win some of the Super Tuesday states.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  112. Mike

    The old white guy.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  113. Joshua

    I hope Ron Paul

    January 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  114. Marcus Storey, TX

    I really don't care who gets the nomination. They all are Bush Doctrine supporters who will lead us further in hole. I can only pray that the next president is a Democrat!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  115. Spideynw

    Ron Paul will win. He knows how to take on the establishment, and it is going to be so funny when everyone is surprised.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  116. Troy Hawkins

    The Republicans never go for anyone but the lunatic evangelical unfortunately. It will be whomever can scream about denying homosexuals equeal rights the loudest.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  117. Tom Emerson

    Jack,

    Because the Republican base missed out on the lesson of the Bush presidency, they will coronate Mike Huckabee as Prophet, Priest and President.

    Fortunately for the rest of us, we'll have a secular alternative to maintain the dignity and future of the Republic.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  118. dave willis

    Who cares.

    Dave in sacramento

    January 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  119. Erica

    Ron Paul, if you really want change!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  120. Jacob Fatoorechi

    There is only one candidate who DESERVES the nomination, and one candidate who can steer our once great nation back towards the right direction – that candidate is Congressman (Dr.) Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  121. Julie

    Dear Jack,
    The statement you made about Hillary Clinton needing to know and show that she cares about the country like Obama did is outrageous. Senator Clinton has through the years done a lot on behalf of this country. She has worked extremely hard on our behalf throughout her career. I know Obama talks the talk but only Senator Clinton has walked it. The evidence is available for anyone to see. Obama's record could not begin to compare to hers. It's no wonder that the press said little about Obama saying in the NH debate "Hillary you're nice enough" and then he followed it up with Gov. Richardson "Are your feelings hurt." trying to mock Hillary. The Edwards, Obama tag team was also sorry to see that they would aim a such a derogatory attack at a sitting Senator and former first lady. Luckily she's strong enough to handle it.
    You seemed to talk with amazement that Bill Clinton would talk about his spouse who is running for president but have no problem with the total disrespect her opponents show her. I remember what happened the last time we elected a president with little experience but sounded nice. Apparently we want to follow with another one. This is another election in America where the facts don't count and we just go for the feel good. It's an important position that needs experience. At least Senator Clinton knows the need to show up for important votes. Obama can only apologize for not being there.

    Julie
    Silver Spring, MD

    January 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  122. George R

    John McCain embodies everything the conservative party stands for, this is my first election and he definately has my vote.

    George R

    January 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  123. Blake

    Jack,

    There is something to be said for a candidate that competes, if not with money then in body and volunteer organization, in every nation of the country –one who fights the good and fair fight on all fronts, against all other candidates.

    I am repelled a bit, by the candidates who started the race with high national name recognition and then play a strategy of picking out states where the number of votes are greater to focus on.

    In that regard, Romney and Huckabee deserve some due respect by voters everywhere. Huckabee's overt use of faith and religion has no legs in the general election, while Romney, a man of faith and the most competant leader, will play well (when given a chance to be in front of the camara more) in the national, general race.

    I say Romney, but not sure enough of my countrymen agree!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  124. Josh W

    Rudy Guiliani will ultimately prevail as the GOP nominee. There will be no clear frontrunner heading into Florida After Rudy wins in Florida he will have all the momentum going into tsunami tuesday, and he emerge from that as the clear GOP nominee.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  125. Margaret F.

    I was still undecided up until last night.
    I do enjoy listening to Huckabee, and agree with about 50% of what he says, but after seeing Ron Paul on Leno last night, I was smitten.
    After spending the day researching him, and watching interviews, I'm totally convinced.
    This man is a class act and adorable to boot, he's got my vote.
    An honest, down to earth politician, I wouldn't have ever believed it until I saw Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  126. Chris G.

    If your Exit Polls are anything to look at, Republican voters are looking more at personal traits than issues. If we look at the candidates, Giuliani isn't dedicated, Romney can't stay put, and Huckabee is well... Huckabee. I'm hoping for a McCain or Paul victory here, but given the media's lack of coverage on Paul, I'm putting my money on McCain.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  127. Dan

    Ron Paul will win the GOP Primaries when all is said and done.

    The momentum of this campaign is huge, and things are just beginning to get interesting.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  128. Sue

    I believe that Rudy Giuliani will take the Republication nomination, once the bigger states start their primaries. However, I do believe that if we were to vote tomorrow, Barack Obama would win the presidency. I thought I'd never live to say this as a registered Republican, but I am seriously considering voting Democrat in the presidential elections, because I am not too enthralled with the GOP candidates.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  129. wiseretha

    As a young female black southern democrat ,I feel as though the republicans and the media are trying to set the Democratic party up. If Barak Obama wins the democratic nomination and in Nov its down to Barak a Black man and the white republican candidate, I just don't see white voters voting for Obama. Right now a vote for Obama is a vote against the Clintons. Bill you are right it is a fairy tale. So wake up Democrats before we are in a worst nightmare than we are already experiencing.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  130. Nick from TN

    If the economy is your major issue then Ron Paul is your major candidate.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  131. Brandon Blakeney

    Ron Paul will ultimately get the nomination. His voting record in congress is too consistent. He's got a solution for every problem he points out in our government, unlike the other republican candidates. If previous surveys of America's dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq are any indicator, then Ron Paul is the only choice on the republican side!

    Thanks,
    Brandon in Mississippi

    January 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  132. Nick

    Who cares as long as every republican says they will continue with the war in Iraq, they will lose a devastating blow from newly elected President Obama.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  133. Evan

    Jack, Speaking as a Reagan Republican, I hope that John McCain will win. I think he has much of the same plans and changes that Reagan had 1980. I think that cutting taxes and the economy are smart and the I think Republicans will think that too. Also, since McCain has been so bipartisan, that will give him the extra boost of Democrats and Independents.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  134. Dolores Ward

    Anybody but huckabee....we certainly don't need another preacher in the white house. I am Democrat but will be voting for John McCain if obama gets the Democratic nomination. boy what an election if they had obama and huckabee. guess I would have to forget voting or do a write in as I wouldn't vote for either of them for snake catcher.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  135. Austin

    Jack, it really is impossible to make a solid prediction at this point, but I would like to say that we shouldn't count out Ron Paul. Here's the thing about Dr. Paul, his supporters are easily the most dedicated out of the bunch, and this will show when it comes to delegates. Given the passion of Paul supporters, they are more likely to overwhelm state conventions, and eventually the Republican National Convention. Keep an eye out for Ron Paul, he may surprise people today and later in September at the RNC.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  136. ezekiel

    Mike HUCKABEE is the obvious choice to unite the GOP grassroots base nationwide, as well as inspiring new young voters and independents. There is no need to compare him to Reagan, because they are two different men, but HUCKABEE has the potential to inspire both social AND fiscal conservatives, and he has the wit and the charm to bring new energy into the Republican Party.

    The spirit of 1776. Dismantle the IRS, eliminate federal income taxes, and bring in the fair tax. HUCKABEE is a man of faith and integrity, but he doesn't force his beliefs on others. He will make a great, coalition-building president!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  137. april

    i think it will be mike huckabee. i am a diehard obama supporter and an independent, but i'd vote for huckabee in the worst case scenario (obama didn't make it through the primary).

    January 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  138. Winn

    It's been said before, both in response to this question and in response to every prior question: Ron Paul is the only hope for the GOP. That isn't to say he actually WILL win, because comments like this one go largely ignored by the media at almost every turn. Romney seems frighteningly fascist; Huckabee isn't as scary as what him winning says about our country; Guiliani is a tool. If Ron Paul doesn't win this time, I just hope our nation survives long enough for his followers to run for office and right the sinking ship.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  139. Ron

    Mitt Romney

    January 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  140. KERRY

    Any republican ticket is better than Obama. Plus they can beat him. Period.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  141. Shaun

    Mitt Romney will most likely win the republican nomination. He gives the American people what they want. He is willing to improve to meet the needs of the people he serves. He tends to listen and adapt, where some say the Bush administration has not.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  142. N. McCoy

    I think Mitt Romney is an idiot, John McCain out of touch with reality because of his views on the Iraq war, Huckabee's health care ideas are ludicrous. Now that said, "God help us if any of them are elected as President." The Democrats have got to be in the White House come 2009.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  143. Brian B McNally

    Bill Clinton’s comments are dead-on as they have always been,.

    Anyone watching the NH Democratic Debate the other night heard John Edwards repeating superficial rhetoric without any demonstration of his Status-Quo charges against Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton responding to Every Question Asked with REAL Ideas and responses, and Barack Obama taking the best of what both were saying. Bill Richardson kept up with Hillary both being the only two credible Democratic Nominees.

    So similar to copying a test he even went as far as copy the name of the person he was copying from when he responded to the very last question using Hillary’s words almost verbatim.

    Yet the media slanted their reporting of the debate with obvious bias towards Obama.

    The Clinton campaign is dead-on and getting the message across – stop distorting the truth.

    Brian B McNally
    Brian.b.mcnally@gmail.com
    850-728-0699
    Tallahassee, Florida

    January 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  144. michael fahy

    Ron Paul is the only candidate the Republicans can nominate that would have a chance at beating Obama. Anyone running on a pro war platform will NOT win this election. Ron Paul knows it, has said it and has warned the republicans that they cannot win the white house with their current platform.
    The real question is, will the republicans accept this fact, or just hand it over to the democrats on a silver platter, i.e, nominate 100 years in Iraq McCain.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  145. Justin

    I think Ron Paul really does have a good shot at this thing, especially if he does well tonight. He has the money to go the distance, and I don't think it's going to take the GOP long to realize that they can't beat Obama without him. A good result will also start to bring those on the fence out when they see that he really has a chance.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  146. Rory Trotter

    Ron Paul will win the nomination because he is the only one with a solution to fixing the economy, and the only candidate speaking any sort of truth, which I think Americans are ready for.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  147. Sad America

    Why is the media asking this question? There ultimately the ones who get to decide the presidential candidate.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  148. Jeff K.

    If the country is anything like this Blog, it seems Ron Paul will take the whole shootin' match in November. Personally I think that would be perfect. I hope all who mentioned Ron Paul on here get 10 friends together and go vote for him in your respective primaries.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  149. Mike

    Anyone who has been paying attention should be OUTRAGED. If you have been paying attention, you will be voting for the ONLY honest candidate currently running for President. Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  150. nunya

    Ron Paul of course – no other republican is worthy of a single vote.

    Unless you prefer:

    a. an election buying flip flopper
    b. tax hike mike
    c. find the gold – throw the remains of firemen in the dump
    d. bad actor bad politician

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  151. Cody Watson

    Without a doubt Ron Paul, it's absurd to think that anyone else on the GOP side even stands a chance, I don't care what the polls say. He's got my vote, and i'm sure if our Four Fathers were still alive, he'd have their votes as well.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  152. WC

    Many of the Democrats are posting that the Republican has no chance and the Republican nominee will take a beating.

    Funny thing is that in 2004 they were saying the same thing and look how that turned out. Barack Obama is all the rage right now, but consider this, Barack has to win at least some of the Southern states or swing states like Florida or Ohio to win the presidency. The situation in Iraq is dramatically improving and the war is no longer one of the top issues in the minds of many voters.

    Four Points:
    1. National security is the #1 issue in America. Obama has virtually no foreign policy experience.
    2. Immigration is the #2 issue in America. Obama favors driver's licenses for illegals which is opposed by about 75% of the country.
    3. Gun Rights is an exceedingly important issue in the South and swing states like Ohio and Florida. in 1996 he called for a ban on all handgun possession and sales in Illinois. Gun owners of America gave Obama a "F" rating.
    4. Obama is Pro-Choice. This will help in some areas but will hurt him greatly in the South and some of the key battleground states.

    The democratic nominee will undoubtedly be the frontrunner, but Obama is far from unbeatable.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  153. Steven Anderson

    Huckabee will likely win the Republican nomination. His greatest challenge will be Mit Romney's money.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  154. Nick Sawicky

    I believe Ron Paul will win the GOP nomination. He has been gaining ground against great odds. If you saw his interview on Jay Leno you would see he is all about change. His two main issues are the economy and the Iraq war.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  155. Michael Chiappinelli

    America is begining to wake up to the fact that the so-called Republican front-runners are not Repbulicans at all. The only true Repbulican is Ron Paul.

    I'm voting for Ron Paul and the rest of America will wake up and do the same.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  156. Joshua Hays

    The republican nominee should be Ron Paul, because i believe he has the gall and the means to put this country back on track. I do however want it to be more than just wishful thinking. Most people believe him to be a radical, but with his ever growing poll numbers, and message that sits as very powerful with many Americans, He has a good shot over the long term.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  157. Wayne

    I realize that it is a long shot, but the only republican candidate that has a prayer against ANY democrat is Ron Paul. The people have moved away from the republican party because of George W. Bush, and Paul is the ONLY republican candidate of change.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  158. Taylor

    Ron Paul will win Jack! Ron Paul has won already.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  159. Tone

    I see it like this...

    McCain will probably win NH. – (He will only last till Florida or Michigan then drop out.)

    Huckabee will probably take 3rd or 4th – (Will only last till Florida or Michigan)

    Romney will probably place 2nd or 3rd – (Will most likely fund his way till Feb. 5th)

    Gulliani will probably place last – (Will last until after Michigan and will drop out.)

    Ron Paul is a wild card – (Has the funds to continue through Feb. 5th and how conservative he spends his money would probably last longer depending on how the polls go.)

    Fred Thompson – (Pretty much dead in the water. Won't last past South Carolina or Florida)

    So we are potentially going to see a Romney vs. Ron Paul (RUN OFF)

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  160. Jim Sprinkel

    Hopefully, John McCain will emerge as the Republican Presidential cantidate. He not only has the experience but wisdom, forged in situations that none of the other cantidates could begin to understand, let alone survive.
    Jim Sprinkel
    Cathedral City, CA

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  161. Alex

    If McCain keeps up his wise-old-man image, shows that he has more experience and know-how than the others, and continues to deflect attacks, he'll be the nominee for sure. His forward "straight-talk" and criticism of Bush's foreign policy make him appeal to independents, which would also makes him the most electable Republican if nominated. That is, if he doesn't break down crying on camera

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  162. Matt from Massachusetts

    Jack – Ron Paul is on an impressive upward trajectory; placing ahead of Giuliani and Thompson today in New Hampshire would only improve his position. I expect Ron Paul, at the rate he's going, to get the Republican nomination. Both John '100 years war' McCain and Slick Romney are ill-suited to run against Obama; only a man with the common sense to denounce our empire building in the Middle East stands a chance. America is slowly, but surely, waking up to Ron Paul's message of peace and freedom.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  163. Cody Sortore

    I'd like to say Ron Paul, but unfortunately too many media groups are choosing to choke him out. Even though he took 10% of the vote in Iowa mainstream media still passes over him and goes straight to Giuliani who only took 4% of the vote. Ron Paul would be the winner if people knew about him, that is to say if he wasn't ignored by the media

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  164. Elmahdi Oummih

    I believe that Ron Paul will win if he becomes the Republican Candidate, otherwise it will be Obama.

    Ron Paul is the best choice for America. He will bring back the rule of Law to our Country and stop the decline of our economy. Only Dr. Paul can restore America's Moral compass.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  165. Dillon

    It has to be the constitutional Hero, Ron the man Paul if not this country will fall and crumble.

    P.S. If He doesn't get the nominee then I'm Going to vote for Lou Dobbs as a write in canidate.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  166. Rebecca

    all my hopes and prayers are that DR.Ron Paul wins!!!!!! our children's future depend on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GO RON PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  167. Pilar Patterson-Kling

    I've watched most of the debates held in 2007. With each debate, I kept a scorecard based on how articulate the candidate was on answering a specific question and whether I agreed with the answer. Obama's positions aren't very different from Clinton's. However, my vote is for Hillary Clinton. She's proved more decisive, strong, and smart in each debate. I'm stymied by the rush to embrace a candidate whose message for "change" has no depth of experience to back it. I question Mr. Obama's examples of leadership when he's voted "present" to more than 100 senate bills. As a voter, that doesn't give me much to evaluate. When I look to grab onto something substantial about Obama, I can't seem to find it. But, I believe that Hillary has been working for "change" since her attempt to pass Universal Health Care 15 years ago. That "change" was met with great congressional resistance, as many of us remember. Have we not learned anything from history? Real change comes about by electing a more progressive congress. I feel that voters are not really evaluating each candidate's true qualifications. Also, I'm stymied as to why the media does not even mention the power of Oprah in this "change" maelstrom. Am I watching 'American Idol?'

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  168. Andy Reynolds

    If Ron Paul could just muster up some more support from major players he could really pull this out. He is gaining support non-stop from all sides. Dr. Paul has the experience and seems another "agent of change."

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  169. Matt Potter

    Mike Huckabee should and will win the GOP nomination. His views, beliefs, and morales are what this country needs right now. If we dont get back to the standards in which we were founded on our country will never be the same. We need it, our kids need it, and our country depends on it.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  170. chris

    Hey, how about drafting and nominating Jeb Bush and keep Cheney in as Vice President again? Wouldn't that be a trip! They could completely take us into another Great Depression and probably World War III. Sadly, Americans would probably elect these two bozos.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  171. Daniel

    Mike Huckabee, he's a man who knows the people and knows our needs and the needs of American. Mike Huckabee, no doubt about it.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  172. Vance Christensen

    Ron Paul, if you give him a chance. We all know what type of coffee Obama and Hillary are drinking every morning because that's all who the media covers. For a man who beat Giuliani handedly in Iowa, the media never gives Ron Paul the time of day and it's unfortunate. It's impressive enough that he raised the most money out of the Republican candidates last quarter without even half of the publicity of the other guys. Give the guy some credit and some media coverage.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  173. Mike

    People will see that Ron Paul is the best candidate. Because the media shuts him out of its coverage and the debate mediators give him far less air time comparatively, his supporters continue to get even more fired up. This is most telling in their monetary support, which not only helps his campaign directly, but also forces the media to acknowledge his base's fundraising efforts.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  174. Denise

    The candidate I want to win is Ron Paul. Notice some of the other candidates have begun to throw out comments sound like they came from Ron Paul? They were not saying these things a few months, or even a month ago. This is because they see that the public who gets a chance to hear his message, (no thanks to the main stream media who have tried to keep him under wraps) respond to it, so they jump on the bandwagon. Problem is, they are just being the typical politician, saying what they think the public wants to hear just to get the nomination, then getting into office and doing otherwise. Ron Paul is the only candidate with an unchanging record, who says what he stands for whether it's popular or not, who will do more than talk about change, he will follow through.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  175. Kevin

    Ron Paul will throw his first curveball and take N.H., maybe then the media will end it's blockade of this candidate. One thing for sure, Hannity doesn't want to be chased by Ron Paul supporters anymore!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  176. Simon

    Ultimately, I see the GOP nomination going to the candidate that appeals best to the Conservative base. If John McCain can sell himself as that candidate he'll take it, but as of this moment, I could really see an open convention.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  177. curt

    please tell Wolf to stop hollaring and to stop saying "uhh" every other word – makes you want to change the channel!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  178. Marilyn Cartwright

    Mitt Romney will be the candidate to fight against Obama in the 2008 election. It will be a long fight but he will ultimately be successful. And, he will be the winner!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  179. Lisa, VA

    I think Rudy will win. He is the only possible candidate out of both Democrats and Republicans I think has the real ability to turn things around and shake em up in Washington. This will be the first election in years that I have voted for a candidate that I actually felt good about, instead of thinking they were the lesser of two evils. Go RUDY!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  180. John

    The country is tired of the republicans who always support big business instead of the people. George Bush has wrecked the republican party for along time to come. I used to be a republican but i learned years ago the the Bush administration fails in everything they do. Republicans do stand a chance in the general elections. I have grown to like this Obama guy.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  181. Daniel Briggs

    Mike Huckabee is the right choice for the GOP. While we may not always agree with him on every point, we know that what he tells us today is the same thing he told us yesterday, and will be the same thing he tells us tomorrow. The same cannot be said for some of the other Republican candidates (cough-Romney-cough).

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  182. Flash

    Ron Paul for the long haul! Run Ron Run......

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  183. Shruti

    I'm betting on someone new ... think about it; they're all so incredibly flawed. Huckabee is ridiculously socially conservative and surely alienates a whole lot of moderate republicans.
    Giuliani has, um, 9/11 diarrhea of the mouth.
    McCain is past his prime...people would maybe have voted for straight-talking 2000 McCain, but this one's just boring and not as trustworthy.
    Romney ... I'm pretty sure the Mormon thing's hurting him, unfortunately. I can think of plenty of other reasons to vote against him, but that one's just stupid.
    Ron Paul is not representative of the republican party at all.
    Thompson...who's he again?

    So yeah. My answer is "none of the above."

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  184. Andrew

    Hopefully Sen. John McCain will receive the nomination. To those thinking about voting for Gov. Mitt Romney, I ask you to stop for a moment and actually imagine Mitt Romney as the next president. Thank You.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  185. Joe from Connecticut

    Asking who is going to win the Republican nomination is like asking who is going to play the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Who cares because they are not going to win anyway?

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  186. Jamie Caudle

    Hey Jack God help us all if any of the Republicans win the election. We don't need another eight years of Bush like government its time for change. I just hope that this great country will see the light and make it happen.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  187. Dan

    If McCain can pull it off in New Hampshire, this could turn into a Huckabee-McCain showdown for the nomination. I think that Huckabee's down to earth style and emphasis on change will resonate with voters, and, combined with evangelical support, will ultimately win him the Republican nomination.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  188. PHILIP ERICKSON

    There's only one man who represents Americans. That is Ron Paul. He has the most integrity, and has an impeccable voting record. You want a statesman and not a politician, vote RON PAUL. That's real change.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  189. Clay

    Mitt Romney all the way!! We need someone to restore family values to this country. Family first!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  190. Eric Wilkerson

    I believe that Mike Huckabee will be the Republican Nominee.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  191. Wally

    The Republicans ought to be loving what is happening in the Democratic Party right now. What better way to maintain the White House then to have Barack Obama win the nomination. He would be the easier of the top 3 to beat. Republicans have got to love this...
    Wally
    Arkansas

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  192. Patrick

    Ron Paul will win. The irony is that he's one of the most honest people I've ever heard of, and he's a politician!

    Patrick

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  193. Rick

    Considering that the advisers are all either retreads or the very crowd that got us into the mess we are in I don't really care. Same for the Dems.
    Both parties should just nominate Olmert and remove the pretense.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  194. Clayton

    Even though there is a media black out I feel that Dr. Paul will win the the Republican Ticket because he is the only canidate that has solutions to problems that we're facing today. Of course if the establishment has its way then he wont win because he wants to restore the constitution and the establishment doesn't want that at all.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  195. Adam

    Ultimately, this race comes down to what Republican voters feel like they can stomach from their candidate, because none of these candidates is particularly strong, and none of these candidates have widespread appeal across the party.

    Huckabee is affable but nominating a southern governor who believes in creationism and doing away with the income tax is an embarassment. Senator McCain has an anti-establishment feel to him, but just picturing McCain and Obama in a change-themed election year has landslide written all over it. Mitt has no backbone, Rudy is 9/11 in a post-post-9/11 election, and Thompson was interesting up until the moment he decided to run (a la Wesley Clark).

    I'm calling the nomination for Huckabee, but ultimately, none of these candidates can win so much as 100 electoral votes in a general election.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  196. Bart Andeer

    I couldn't guess, but with any luck it will be a train wreck! The party needs to figure out what the hell they stand for. Are they going to be the party for Religious Nuts (Late Creationism) or fiscal responsibility or non-responsibility? The train wreck could be a very positive long term event for the country. They could look to the little get together held yesterday for bi-partisan cooperation. Hope burns eternal!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  197. Brian

    Jack,

    Don't be surprised if Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson get desperate. Neither of them will win any early states until super Tuesday, and both of them coming together to form a Thompson/Romney ticket would sure get a lot of attention. I wouldn't be surprised to see that happen.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  198. Daniel Graham

    Ron Paul supporters have a lot of energy, and many have sacrificed holiday time to help him out. I think it would be great for you to mention this, as it shows the level of grass roots no other candidate can muster, and they're doing it by themselves.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  199. Scott Wayne

    It looks to me like it'll be between Giuliani & McCain. Romney's cut his own throat by throwing negative grenades, and I think Giuliani's out-of-the-box strategy... concentrating on the bigger states will pay off. I like Huckabee too... but his stand for pro-life and gay marriage constitutional amendments won't fly with the mianstream...

    January 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  200. John

    Ron Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  201. Heath

    I think Ron Paul will win the Republican Nomination. It would be great if you guys started including him on the polls instead of simply having “Other” I am starting to put CNN in the same category with Faux News.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  202. James

    Most likely the evangelicals will get their man. This is due the fact the Republican Party is beholden to the "Moral Majority", the self proclaimed moral police of America that most Americans don't believe in. They are very scary to me, kind of like something out of a George Orwell book. It seems that they all want gov't to be small enough to fit in our homes. So sure I think Huckabee will win the nomination, if he doesn't the Republicans know the evangelicals will stay home in the General Election! It is simple electoral math.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  203. Ira J. Madsen

    For the sake of America, I hope it will be Dr. Ron Paul.

    While all the other GOP candidates merely posture, Ron Paul has been consistent with his policies for 30 years. And, those ideas have been around for over 200 years. It's called the U.S. Constitution.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  204. Joshua Lansdowne VA,

    Obama Edwards Thats a strong ticket. Republicans are they familiar with the childrens story The Boy Who Cried Woof. They should be as they treat Americans as children. Does the FBI keep files on the those Evangelic Christians? (not knocking there religion) But those people are deffinetly not sane. GOP oh boy I would have to say there best ticket would have to be Huckabee / Chuck Norris AKA Braddock Even Mccain can't ?uck with the Chuck!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  205. Rick

    We are at war with radical Islamic fundamentalitst. The only person qualified to lead this country in a time of war is John McCain. This man will not send troops into harms way unless it is absolutely necessary with no other options. John has been in battle and suffered for his country. Every other candidate has not, and does not possess the wisdom and love of this country that he has. If I have to go overseas and fight for my country, I want my commander and chief to know what he is sending us into.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  206. Dane in balmy CT

    Huckabee finishes second in NH and wins the bid for Republican presidential nominee. This time around there will be no fixed ballots and American's aren't taking kindly to the last minute desperation shots being takin' by those struggling republican nominees (they know who they are without the Gallup polls saying so).
    I vote "rock yo mama Obama" but that is besides the point.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  207. Richard

    I hope and pray that it will be Ron Paul. Regardless of whether or not he ultimately wins the presidency or not it would send a message to D.C. After the collapse of the dollar a more traditionall Republican (little "l" libertarian) could take the White House. That is, if we still have the rigtht to stage a peaceful resolution. That may prove to be the key given the passage of House Resolution 1959 and pending vote on Senate bill 1955.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  208. Kirk, Ohio

    Unfortunately, Mc Cin is probably right. The least unacceptable candidate will probably be the winner or should I say loser. The way the process is set up, it creates such a negative impression of our nation's leaders, on both sides of the aisle. Neither party can do a campaign without snipping at the other with-in the party or on the opposite side. How sad that grown men and women can't just talk on actual topics that concern the people in this country without verbal guns pointed at each other. Mc Cain is no better in his "grumpy old man" audition during the debate with Romney. The only ones that seemed to act close to their age were Romney and Thompson. Maybe we should have another actor in office, we could do with some law and order.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  209. Ron Bird Jr

    May be this is off topic but I am a life long Dem. and 43 years old I just want to vote in Nov. with no Bush or Clinton on the Bal.. Next why does McCain get a pass on the whole Keating Five thing? The Sen. Ethics Comm. said all of them were wrong and the cost Tax payers Billions. I think Just Maybe it is time for a real 3rd Party.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  210. Jake

    Ron Paul will win the nomination as his popularity snowballs after good performances in the remaining states prior to Super Tuesday.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  211. Ben

    Personally I feel that, based on the recent exit polls that Republicans care more about personality than the actual issues that Mike Huckabee will win the GOP nomination. Mike is a very personable well repsected man who attracts a lot of attention. To begin with I thought that a more socialy conservative Giuliani would win but after hearing Huckabee speak I feel he will win. Having said that, I feel that Barack Obama will win this election

    January 8, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  212. J.R. Coleman

    Mike Huckabee will win the nomination with Lou Dobbs as his running mate. You heard it hear first!!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  213. Cody Weber

    It really doesn't matter who gets the GOP nod. If its not Ron Paul then there is no chance of beating the socialist, my mistake democrat, juggernaut. The MSM has done their best to make sure that RP's bid wont be a possibility so i guess i should put on my boots now cause the taxes are going to get thick and we get to continue down this path of over regulation, overspending, overtaxing and redistribution of wealth to the moochers.

    GoGo Obama/Clinton 08 and lets see just how high the US credit limit is.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  214. Dylan

    My vote is for Ron Paul. The only honest candidate in the republican arena.
    All the rest are flip flopper's. Look at their records.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  215. european

    Ron Paul

    January 8, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  216. Antoine Reed

    It’s become apparent that the American people want “change”. Although most candidates are all talking about it, only Ron Paul actually has good ideas about how to bring about change. Therefore, I believe Ron Paul will eventually with the GOP race. After all, only he can truly demonstrate the lack of substance behind Obama’s message for change.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  217. Matt Paulus

    Mitt Romney will win the Republican nomination, even if he doesn't win the New Hampshire primary. He is the only candidate (on both sides of the aisle) who's talk matches his walk. Romney's professionalism, coupled with his integrity, will win voters over because he is not a system politician poisoned by the influences of Washington. Romney, more than any candidate running for President, tells the truth and keeps his promises. This fact will win voters over even if they disagree with his policies.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  218. Keith Piccard

    Ron Paul will win the GOP nomination.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  219. Chris, AZ

    The American people are tired of the Republicans, and the Republicans are tired of the American people; so if the American people can decide – no Republican will win, anything!
    But since it is the Republicans that elect the Republicans it will likely be the one that is best of frightening the others, since they like to scare people into submission.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  220. Frank

    The winner of the Republican Nomination will be whomever the GOP sees fit for the White House.. This race is very close and candidates are bouncing around in the polls constantly. The independent party is stronger then ever and they will decide what happens to America. I don't understand why they are going for 100 year in Iraq Mccain. I know that i want a non-flip flopping candidate with experience AND change. I only see one man on the ballot with those characteristics. His name Is Dr. Ron Paul and he stands for Civil Liberties and GREATLY reducing spending which would make America a peaceful prosperous place full of responsible Americans.

    Frank
    Louisiana

    January 8, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  221. Bruce

    Ultimately, a more moderate Romney will capture the nomination. He is as relentless and well organized as his pockets are deep.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  222. Christian Bahr

    Mitt Romney will win the Republican nomination. He may win tonight, but if not, two second place finishes are better than a first and a fourth place finish. If the economy is truly the most important issue to voters, no one has more experience than Mitt Romney. He turned huge deficits into huge surpluses in the Olympics and in Massachusetts. He also provided free-market solutions to health care for citizens of Massachusetts. Giving tax breaks to employers to provide health care for their employees is clearly the answer. And with his business background, Mitt seems to be the only choice to keep China from crushing us economically.

    Christian

    Columbus, OH

    January 8, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  223. Jim B, Anaheim CA

    Any Republican other than Ron Paul has no chance against the Democrats, so it really doesn't matter which one gets the nomination.

    Republicans have sold their souls to feed from the trough of power, and in doing so, they have abandoned any pretext that they stand for limited government. The few Republicans who do believe in limited government are so enamored with islamo-terrorist boogie-men that they are willing to abandon freedom for that pursuit. It remains unclear why they prefer neocons taking their freedom over terrorists doing the same, but one thing is for certain: they are handing the reins over to the Democrats in November, and we will continue to lose our freedom.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  224. Dave

    I can believe that people could think that Hillary's performance yesterday was a good one. The pressure from a simple question got to her and she cries, she simply broke down! This is the tough woman that is going to deal with tough domestic issues and tough foreign policy issues. Tell Hillary she can't cry infront of foreign leaders!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  225. J.R. Coleman

    Mike Huckabee will win the nomination, with Lou Dobbs as his running mate. You heard it hear first!!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  226. Connor Heep

    It doesn't matter who the nomination is. When the general election comes in November, Obama and Edwards (assuming Edwards is Obama's VP) will have repeated the words "change" and "corporate greed" so much that the Republican party will have to endorse Obama to save it's image from being too much aligned as a party of "establishment." With the help of the mainstream media in 2016, the American people will vote to eliminate the term limits on the presidency so that Obama will have his lifetime to make "changes."

    Connor from Austin, TX

    January 8, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  227. John

    Jack,

    Obviously it is too soon make any judgement as to who will win. If one were to look at the polls that claim to be objective studies of what Americans think, it is pretty apparent that it is still anyone's contest. Attrition will be a factor. After tonight, only 3/50ths of the the states will have made their choice. And, how much of the population do they account for? Let's just wait until February 6th to answer this question. Fair enough?

    John
    NY, NY

    January 8, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  228. Brad

    Jack, it really doesnt matter who will be the GOP nominee, unless he is a peace candidate.
    This is because a Pro-war GOP Nominee will be trampled by the Democratic Nominee in a general election.This is due to the public's overwhelming support for ending the Unconstitutional Iraq occupation.

    Thats said, Ron Paul has raised over $20 million dollars already and is the only Republican legitimate candidate that has opposed the Unconstitutional Iraq War from the very beginning and said he will bring all the troops home IMMEDIATELY. He also wants real change in the sense he want a CONSTITUTIONAL, limited government. That's something the other candidates seemed to have forgotten about.

    So Ron Paul better be the GOP nominee, or the Republicans will certainly lose this election.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  229. Susan Streetman

    The Republican Party will do the same number on John McCain they pulled in 2000. They'll pick the insider they want despite everything, probably Romney, even if they have to play a trick to do it. They wanted the insufficient "W" instead of McCain, a better man, who earned the right, but was a maverick who voted his conscience back then. A Republican "no-no." If they let McCain IN, it'll be because of a win at any cost mentality. I think the Republicans have had years to do SOMETHING about anything and haven't done it. They have no credibility. Any Democrat could do no worse than Bush with a falling dollar, worldwide disdain and a domestic mess and record deficit waiting to happen. I'd like to see any Democrat in office, but frankly think the Republicans should inherit their own mess and try to clean it up. Whoever is elected will be a "one termer" because the inherited disaster is overwhelming. Spare me the "we don't tax" party mantra when everyone of them lives off Americans' taxes. It's all so disingeuous.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  230. Joshua Sawyers

    As a concerned American, as I debate and discuss the Presidential candidates with my peers, I hear so often about Ron Paul. I think and hope he will win as the GOP candidate because he's the only Republican speaking any truth and using any logic. You can't win a war on terror because dissent is the side effect to freedom; there's always going to be terrorists. You can't police and nation-build all over the world without inciting dissent because people will reject anything that isn't organic, whether what you're doing is good or bad. I think its funny that candidates like Rudy Giuliani so often argue things like, "they hate us because we're free," but then they use attacks like 9/11 to take away our freedoms (PATRIOT ACT): completely illogical. If Ron Paul isn't the Republican candidate, the Republicans won't have a chance at winning The White House.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  231. Brad Ellis

    Mitt Romney is so negative. He's an image of John Kerry. One minute he is a member of the NRA, then he's not. One minute he is an avid hunter, then he's not. It's horrible for Romney to try and down a man of such credentials that John McCain has. Even though I am voting for Obama, John McCain is the best hope for the republican nomination.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  232. Sam Malone

    Ron Paul MUST be the Nominee... If he is not.... Buckle your seat belt.... This Republic will be in for a world of hurt... Not to mention Great Depression Part II!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  233. Loretta De Rosso

    Did you ever hear the joke, "Sometimes the bull wins." Well, Mr. Huckabee didn't look like much of a threat in the beginning, but now I think this swinging, guitar strumming, Kevin Spacey look alike preacher with a great sense of humor may just reach the finish line huffing and puffing.

    Loretta De Rosso
    Pompton Plains, New Jersey

    January 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  234. Alex

    Dr. Paul. If he does not win the nomination then the USA will go downhill... I am 20 and I am not just worried about my generation but my child's. We are going bankrupt and are still funding a war that we cannot afford. Our dollar has gone down 10% to the Euro just last year. We print money and are just digging ourselves a bigger hole by borrowing money from China. They own us. We need to cut spending by cutting departments and getting out of the middle east. We need to do something in order to take a positive step for the future. RP offers that.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  235. Parker

    I am definitely hoping that Ron Paul will win the Republican nomination. He is the only candidate that is even talking about how the Federal Reserve is hurting this country. Non-interventionism is what the true Republican party is about. He is the only republican that understands the deep problems with our economy, because he is not arguing spending levels, but he is saying that we need to take a hard look and justify the thousands of government programs that are siphoning billions of dollars from the people of our country.

    If pitted against Barack Obama, the question becomes very intriguing. Support Obama and perhaps increase the size of our government while retaining a catastrophic presence in the middle east and maintaining the status quo of bureaucratic inefficiency? Or support Ron Paul who is fundamentally against the idea that the government has to maintain a trillion-dollar deficit spending government that robs trillions of dollars from the people while supporting ineffective programs and policies that are not even on the table for discussion at most of these presidential "debates"?

    January 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  236. Colin Kraft

    I think John McCain will win the repulican nomination. This whole Huckabee thing will die-down very quickly and the man with the most experience in foreign policy and the war will ultimately win the republican nomination. Huckabee and Romney's foreign policy scares me

    January 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  237. Brent

    Jack,
    It seems most likely to me at this point that McCain will win the Republican nomination. However, it seems more like a losing battle as Romney would have the better chance to beat Obama in an actual presidential election, McCain has reached the age were he can't strike up the support of younger voters as Obama can. If Republicans really wanted a chance to win the election, they'd be smart to go with Romney or Ron Paul but I just don't see that happening.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  238. John Mitchell

    If the Republican Party does not nominate Ron Paul they might as well kiss their chances at the Presidency goodbye. While all the other Republican candidates have now jumped on the "change" bandwagon, Ron has been talking change from the beginning, not minor change, but real change. It seems funny how he was labled kooky and mad for saying the country needed to change back in July, because apparently the change bug all of a sudden has hit every candidate and it's now acceptable. My biggest suprise has been Mike Huckabee, I mean if plagerism was unlawful in politics, Mike would be spending 20 years to life for how he has stolen some of the same lines from Ron Paul. It's almost as if Ron has his hand in Mikes back and is an awesome vantriliquist. Simply sickening. Hey Mike one of the Ten Commandments is thou shall not steal.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  239. Sue Karlen

    The GOP, emphasis on the OLD, is mired in muck. McCain has been visiting the NH military armaments plants (big business). All except Paul are supporting the status quo and that is a certain loser in the general election. If Bloomberg gets in, it will be interesting.

    If an American travels to France and delivers a child, that child gets a US passport, not French.

    The same is true in many If not most of the developed word. Some think our amendment means that it’s the mother citizenship, whose jurisdiction is she under, that determines citizenship.

    Only in the US would it be considered punishing the child to give them the citizenship of the parent. Its standard operating procedure in most of the world.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  240. Sam Hill

    It's looking like John McCain, because he will get the support of the GOP establishment, who will back him because:
    1. He has the fewest mega-negatives (Huckabee might actually cause the economic wing of the party to stay home on election day, and Romney or Guliani might have the same effect on the social wing.)
    2. He will get enough of the popular vote to avoid catastrophic losses in Congress.
    3. He is at the end of the day, an insider (albeit a cranky eccentric one. Everyone's got an uncle like this–painful, but he still gets invited to Christmas dinner.) And in the crazy, one in a million chance he does win, he's too old to run for two terms. (In other words, like that cranky uncle at Christmas dinner, they won't have to put up with him for very long.)

    January 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  241. Charles Crabtree

    Jack,

    The winner of the GOP nomination will be Ron Paul. He is the only candidate with a consistent record and, with so much young support, the only contender for young voters against Obama. The difference is Dr. Paul will actually make changes in the country, and has proven with his record that he will stand by his convictions. He's the only candidate who can give the GOP a shot at winning.

    Charles Crabtree

    January 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  242. Joe

    If the American People elect any of the front runners they get exactly what they deserve. Ron Paul will win, ultimatly. He will place third in New Hampshire.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  243. Sean

    Does it really matter who gets the republican nomination? For that matter does it matter on the democratic side either? The remaining candidates on either side are hardly what I would call the "cream of the crop" . Atleast Joe Biden had actual experience on his side. I think Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee will win the nomination, with the other one getting the Vice presidential nomination. Romney has succeeded in almost everything that he has ever done and he would be dumb not to point that out. I voted in my first presidential election in 2000. Doesn't look like I will get much of a choice on either side this time either.

    Sean – Massachusetts

    January 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  244. Nick

    Whichever candidate gets the GOP nomination is a toss-up between McCain and Huckabee. During the last debate McCain really made Romney look foolish when he sarcastically said "you are the candidate of change" and that "you can run all the negative ads you want, which won't make them true". I doubt Romney will be the GOP nominee due to his diminishing support and arrogant comments he made on health care saying that if someone is sick, he/she must pay for it, and I have heard about free trade not being fair trade...All in all, McCain or Huckabee are the two most likely candidates to win the GOP nomination. If anyone else, then it would be Ron Paul, since he understands that most of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are right now with Iraq, the economy, etc...I'm a democrat, but I think that Paul would be the safest GOP ticket for the White House in order to get the country back on the right track. Apparently, fear mongering with war is not working, and the American people know it.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  245. Diane

    After 16 years of lying draft dodgers in the White House I predict that the American
    electorate will finally choose an honest American hero and elect John McCain.
    Diane
    New Jersey

    January 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  246. Candy

    If the American people wake up in time and decide to take back their counrtry Ron Paul will be the GOP candidate, then President Paul!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  247. Darlene Bahr

    I think Huckabee will win. He is the only one with a chance in November. Ron Paul has some good points. Evangelicals will stay home if McCain or Rudy get the nomination. They are so gross!! Multiple wives. I see the latest McCain one – new since the last time. Also, so much a bunch of crooks. Even those whose deny it.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  248. Bill Griffiths

    Unless anything changes, (which I highly doubt) Governor Mike Huckabee will win the nomination for the Republican Party. Iowa was a real preliminary as Evangelicals in the South and Midwest will rally behind the candidate that fits their world view. Gulliani will win states like New York and Florida and McCain will win New Hampshire, but the block of Evangelical voters elsewhere will sway others to support Huckabee, much like they did for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  249. John Hunt

    I pray constantly that it will be Ron Paul who wins the Republican nomination. He is the only one who has a chance to beat the collectivists on the Democratic side, all of whom will sink our country into further debt and continue the culture of looting while disheartening those who produce value in society. Plus, Ron Paul is the only one who behaves as a Republican should!
    John Hunt, MD
    Charlottesville, VA

    January 8, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  250. Linda Johnson

    It wouldn`t matter if Hillary drops her scripts. We are tired of her, we are tired of her husband we are just plain sick and tired of the Clintons : ) The country needs a new name, a strong person and a fresh start in the white house... Obama is the one who will clean the slate.I`m afraid of what Hillary might do in the white house if she is anything like her husband.Hopefully she would pick a different bedroom then Clinton did with Monica Lewinsky!~

    Linda
    *Sarasota,FL*

    January 8, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  251. joe m

    the republicans should probably be more concerned who the democratic candidate will be, rather than who will be their candidate will be. they may want to help clinton get back in the race and actually win that race. they stand a better chance against her than obama. how does a romney, gulliani, mccain, or huckabee compete against a candidate who has touched the hearts and minds of a large part of the electorate? they should remember how regan succeded b/c of this same effect.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  252. Margaret F.

    Jim – Ron Paul CAN win, and no third party or candidate with a new and honest approach will ever win if we don't do all we can to support them!!! WE CAN DO IT!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  253. eric jamieson

    I believe Huckabee will win the nomination
    I'am a 40 year old self employed contractor in Ca. and I havent attended church services since I was 14, Mike is clear, strikes me as honest and I believe he will put America's first on his list of priorities.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  254. Charles Deppert

    I belive it will be Governor Huckabee and after Obama beats him he will take a flatboat down the Mississippi and writet a book. Never to be heard of again.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  255. loisa

    To say that Bill Clinton is a former president and shouldn't say what he is saying on behalf of his wife is very unfair to Hilary. He can say whatever he wants to say while his wife is running for the presidency. All the other candidates have their spouses speaking on their behalf. Even VP Cheney's wife spoke on her husband's behalf when he was being criticized. To limit Bill Clinton on what to say is very unfair to Hilary and those criticizing Bill Clinton are actually taking away his freedom of speech.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  256. Mike Wasdin

    Who will win? Some fascist neo-con that will want to continue the quest George Bush started, which is destroying the United States. McCain, Romney, Huckabee...does it matter? Nothing but limbs from the same tree of fascism.

    Who should win? Ron Paul of course, they only man in the race (from either side) that wants to save this Country.

    Truthfully I really don't know if it even matters anymore, the United States is on the brink of disaster, so it really does not matter which one of these other losers is steering the ship when it hits the iceberg. It was a good ride, experiment over...freedom lost, tyranny won..

    January 8, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  257. Susan Streetman

    Keep the stinging "right on" remarks coming Jack. Hillary isn't the enemy. She was prematurely press annointed leader, now it's keep piling on until she's under the bus.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  258. Rebecca

    Jack, Only a doctor can heal America. Our country and the world would be a better place if Dr. Ron Paul were elected. It's time to put the end to the Bush-Clinton dynasty and put a true conservative in office. Cnn could help by mentioning his name a few thousand more times.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  259. Mark Connor

    Romney will ultimately win the nomination. I've decided to vote Democratic this time around, and he's the only one that I'm concerned about.

    Also, up here in New Hampshire a Con-cord' is and airplane, and Con'-cord is our state capital!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  260. Glen Rock

    Looking at the number of voters the Democrats are attracting, does it really matter who wins the Republican nomination?

    January 8, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  261. l.rosencrans

    same as above

    January 8, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  262. Shannon

    Things seem pretty splintered among GOP voters, but one thing is clear; the party, as a whole, is less cohesive than it ever has been. One of the mainstays of the Republican party has been consistency. George Bush has managed to divide the party regarding philosophy and direction. There have traditionally been two camps in the GOP : fiscal conservatives and social conservatives. At the moment, the two camps are not playing well together, and it appears that is having an effect on the party faithfuls ability to line up behind a candidate. At this point, I think the race on that side could go anywhere.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  263. John Paul Arce

    I have no doubt in my mind it will be Ron Paul, but in lieu of Diebold voting machines not being secure leaving them open to potential fraud... I guess we'll have to wait and see.

    John Paul Arce
    Salinas, CA

    January 8, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  264. Leroy Jenkins

    Jack,

    The republicans really are in a bind. The American people have become too smart for all the war and fear mongering that is going on right now. Too bad the GOP does not want Ron Paul who stands for fiscal responsibility and real conservatism.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  265. Chris Rye

    The only person in the entire race who is truly qualified: RON PAUL.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  266. Tyrone Jackston

    Huckabee will win the nomination, but he needs to confront attacks that he will raise taxes. Romney keeps attacking him on the issue, but the fact of the matter is that he did what needed to be done and left Arkansas with a surplus. I'm so sick of republicans swearing to cut taxes. If you ask me they should swear to do what's best for the country. If that means raising taxes so be it.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  267. Sherald

    That's a good question, Jack. I think the answer lies in the American people themselves. Will they make informed, educated decisions this election? Or, will they simply feed in to the rhetoric and hype that some candidates surround themselves with?

    If the people care enough about this country to really find out what all of these candidates stand for, there is no way they could choose consistent inconsistency over a man of principle like Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  268. Abe

    If this country knows what is best for them they will vote for Ron Paul. He is the only canidate that has a consistent voting record. He speaks the truth about the countrys current situation and gives his plan to get us back on track. Even though Fox News gives him no coverage he still gains tons of support including me.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  269. Dlee1952

    Well u may be tired of hearing the word CHANGE but, Im tired of hearing the word
    EXPERIENCE. Thats why we are in this mess were in, to much experience.
    on how to screw the middle class and line there pockets. YES, YES, more change
    PLEASE

    January 8, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  270. Shaun

    McCain has so many high-status people endorsing him because he has been in Washington for quite some time. Real change will need to come from someone who doesn't owe favors to friends in high places. It may mean letting "friends" go in order to improve America for the rest of us. I don't think he is willing to make those tough choices, just like he is not willing to call a soldier serving in Iraq and tell him that his mom is being deported (from Sat. night Fox debate). You have to be willing to do what is necessary for the betterment of the population. Mitt has proven through executive management that he will cut wasteful people and programs where necessary.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  271. Melissa

    I sincerely hope it is Dr. Ron Paul. He is the only one who stands a chance of beating the democrats in November. I think he will do very well in New Hampshire and the following states. I can't wait to vote for Dr. Paul when its my turn!

    Ron Paul 08!!!!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  272. Curtis Wampler

    Jack,
    The Republican nomination will come down to Huckabee and Romney. Giuliani will play well in some big states on the coasts but it won't be enough. McCain has stabbed the Republican party in the back too many times and Fred simply waited too long.

    The winning ticket? Huckabee/ McCain. Huckabee makes everybody feel good and McCain makes everybody feel safe.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  273. Susan Howlette

    Jack, if the American people were given an introduction to Ron Paul and his message of liberty, economic responsibility and peace, he would win the nomination hands down! He is a principled man who never changes his message. He is the only Republican who is actually fighting for all Americans, but he is not allowed to present this to the people, as there seems to be a media blackout on him from many sources.

    Unfortunately for our great country, sitting on this side of the tube, the media seems to want to choose our candidates for us, without informing the populace of the choices available to them. Oh sure, if you can buy ads you can get 30 second or 60 second sound bites out, but what about all of the FREE media time that is given to the other candidates?

    My questions for you are simple? If he has nothing to say, why is he being obstructed from allowing US to find that out? Is it because he is the only Republican that can actually win against the Democratic nominee? Is it because he is not beholden to special interests which seem to be strangling our great nation? Why can't "We the People" decide?

    January 8, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  274. Bob

    As a republican supporter, no one who has the leadership qualities required to lead our country!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  275. Rachel Miller

    I think its a shame that more people are not paying enough attention to Ron Paul. I feel that he is one of the only candidates that shows a real plan for rebuilding America. He offers a structured and clear cut idea for change in all the areas that America needs it the most. Why won't CNN pay any attention to him? 10% in Iowa is not bad. He beat Guilani for crying out loud.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  276. joe

    The democrats are the dummest set of people in the world. they are just preparing to hand us over for another 4 years under the repulicans again. By electing obama as the presidential nominee they are handing us over to the republicans. There is no way in hell that white people will elect a black man as president of the united states. the last time i checked ther was 240 million white people in this country. when it comes to d-day they will all turn around and vote white against black, there will be no democrats or repulications. for educated people they are really dumb and short sighted. wake up dummies and check what you are doing. i am a black person, and i do understand the state of america.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  277. Bill Casino

    I hope the Republicans will soon realize that their only VIABLE choice is Ron Paul. Yes, the "kooky old man with no charisma" is the best shot that the GOP has at retaining the white house. How, you say? Quite simple. The American people are not going to allow themselves to be tricked into another 4 or 8 years of Bush 2.0, and all of the other choices will be recieved by the public as just that. Doctor Paul is the ONLY republican who can sell himself as an agent of change precisely because he is the diametric opposite of Bush and the current crop of clones. Com on America, change is good for the soul, and the republic!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  278. Brian

    Jack,

    Ron Paul will emerge and here is why; Thompson, Hunter, Guiliani, will soon drop out. For repulican voters, Illegal immigration is a top issue. The McCain-Kennedy Amnesty bill will sink McCain. The economy will come into play next, Ron Pual will talk truth circles around Huckebee and Romney. Paul's supporters will continue to raise record amounts of money keeping him in the race until he wins. One more prediction Jack, Ron Paul will win the General Election too, he takes a stance on every issue unlike any of the Democrats!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  279. Ed

    The GOP mocks change. I think they will get change in Ron Paul or Barrack Obama. Huckabee stealing lines isn't going to cut it.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  280. Paul

    Ultimately Mitt Romney will be nominated, but with a price – the conservative base will be fractured by his positions. He'll be a forced candidate, not a favored candidate.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  281. Bowen Duffy

    I want Ron Paul to win and he should. However, Americans couldn't care less about the country's future and more about their personal interests in front of the nation's. I must say, I'm ready to move out of this formerly great country.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  282. alan laney

    As bad as the establishment hates it, Ron Paul is looking good. He's got money, and supporters that will keep on giving. McCain will take out Romney, Huckabee and Thompson soon run out of " steam and money", and Rudy, well let's just say, Rudy is only a legend in his own mind. That leaves Ron Paul dueling with McCain, and McCain is too much of a Bush Clone when examined closely. As much as the media has tried to marginalize Ron Paul, it's galvanizing his support. Just ask Jay Leno. Thank you!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  283. Whitney Ortiz

    Who do I think will win the Republican nomination? I will be honest with you.....I think it will be an establishment-friendly candidate. Which one? It doesn't matter, because there isn't a dimes worth of difference between any of them.
    Who do I want to win the nomination? Ron Paul, of course, because he is the only candidate who has America's best interest at heart. I do not think he will be elected because the media won't get behind him, but I do think his message will resonate for years to come. I look for a younger version of him to pop up in the next 8 years and carry the torch of freedom into the years to come. Ron Paul may not win the election, but he has started something that will not end in November regardless of who wins the election.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  284. Angela

    Experience????? For those who require so much experience from Obama, here is a reminder. The two generations and decades of "so-called" experience in the White House today is the reason for the present state of our nation.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  285. Renee

    Gov. Mike Huckabee will ultimately win the GOP nomination. Early in your Iowa caucus coverage one of your reporters commented that this could be the first presidential election where voters - republican, democrat and independent alike - don't talk about who they are voting for, they just go to the polls and vote. BINGO. When we see this happening, we know that the political atmosphere has so enraged and/or sickened voters that they run, not walk, to the poll and vote their conscience and gut. I suggest to you that Gov. Huckabee is the only candidate with executive experience (credibility, strength and intelligence to take on critical issues and make decisions) and "a gentle heart" (personal character and strength) that we as voters are not afraid to go to the bank with. All others have either cancelled each other out with negativity, personal failings in the areas of character and strength, or are too far left or right philosophically for mainstream Americans to trust and feel comfortable with.

    I like several of our presidential candidates, republican and democrat. But there is only ONE that I feel comfortable with and would trust the future of America with.
    Recommendation: Keep your eye on the nonverbal communication!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  286. Erin in California

    Guiliani will eventually win the nomination. I know winning the nomination after mostly sitting out the first few states hasn't been done before, but I don't think McCain is viable enough nationally and Guiliani will speak to more moderate Republicans and I think has a much better chance against Obama. Republican voters will realize that and get on his bandwagon in the rest of the country.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  287. Chris Sheridan

    Ron Paul. No not because I believe he's some great speachmaker or saviour. But because I believe he has the policies to make America great again, perhaps better than it is ever has been. He is by no means our first choice but perhaps he is our only choice and only chance.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  288. eric jamieson

    Why dont these coment pages have spell check?

    January 8, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  289. Elaine Smith

    Ron Paul is my choice.

    If the Republican party doesn't wake up and smell the coffee and back the candidate with the energy and message that can win, the chances of a Republican win in 2008 is TOAST! Congressman Ron Paul is that candidate.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  290. Donald Barsell

    Who Should win, or who Will win?
    Who will win depends on who counts the votes.
    Who Should win is Dr. Ron Paul.
    Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate who is not owned by the bankers.
    He is the only one that understands the relationship between their endless Wars and the weak Economy.
    He is the only vote to restore American integrity and virtue.
    God help us all. Vote Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  291. Mr. Patel

    Jack, the GOP race is wide open as of this hour, but god forbid, I hope it's not Mccain, Huckabee, Romney, Thompson, Giuliani or Hunter who wins the nomination.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  292. Ron Ferrara

    Why Jack,
    What do you think? It's Ron Paul of course. You can tell by his supporters. They will do anything to get thier man elected. That's what it takes. What a foolish question.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  293. Kim in Ky.

    Mike Huckabee/Duncan Hunter...Authentic and true to their convictions...Need I say more.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  294. Andrew

    I believe Huckabee will win. He is charismatic, honest, and he has already come from a nobody to a top contender. Although, if the Democrats give the nod to either Obama or Hillary, it doesn't matter which Republican wins, the Republican will win. Besides, Chuck Norris says Huckabee, and who argues with Chuck Norris?

    January 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  295. DAK

    Jack,
    The only safe choice for a Republican President is Mitt Romney a CEO with a calm demeaner and a history of turning things around. This we need badly. I like Mike Huckabee, but am concerned about his credentials beyond religion. John McCain is a once maverick, but he has long lost this and has become the establishment and another Bush extension. McCain's view on immigration is and always has been, amnesty. Rudy Guiliani was a great mayor, but it's over and he needs to stand for more issues than terrorism. His liberal position on current issues would not be electable according to many republicans. Fred Thompson has never really ran full charge as a candidate and I fear he would do the same as a President.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  296. Steve

    If Ron Paul keeps gaining that momentum, I really think he can win. He went from single digits to double digits in Iowa almost overnight and I think he'll break the top three in todays NH primary. People ned to wake up to the constitution and the fact that only Ron Paul can save this dying economy......the other candidates can't even spell the word "inflation."

    January 8, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  297. Joshua

    Unfortunately, one of the republicans are not listed in the gallop poll, which leads me to believe this network is censoring him for whatever reason. One reason may be that he is not worth reporting about, even though he received more votes in Iowa that Guiliani. My choice is not receiving any coverage.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  298. Ben

    I think that with a strong showing today and his grass routs support around the nation we could see surprising success out of Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  299. suzie from atlanta, GA

    I am hoping McCain, because if Obama gets the nod from the Dems I will have to vote for the GOP. I could live with Edwards, Richardson, McCain, Romney, but Obama and Huckabee are too scarey for me. No experience, and we need a president who knows what to do. McCain would be the best for the GOP, not that they will win, but he is their best shot.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  300. Ferguson, san antonio ,tx

    The GOP CANDIDATES SEEMED WEAK HOWEVER THE BEST CANDIDATE TO GO HEAD TO HEAD WITH OBAMA WOULD BE MIKE HUCKABEE. We need a strongsence in the white house for the coming years. One of the reaso why we got ourself in so much trouble in Iraq and afganistan is because of presisdent Bush lack of foreing experience and thus depending soley on intelligence of certain department that suit theri own interest.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  301. Peter C. Davis

    What's the deal on this 24/7 coverage of the presidential primaries. Are those who are running who have jobs still doing their jobs? Senators? Why aren't the media digging for deeper coverage of the recent Strait of Hormuz incident, for example? Politicians and corporate media are whores. Period. Correction: Corporate politicians and corporate media are whores. But how come it's we who are getting screwed?

    January 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  302. Rebecca, San Francisco

    People have their reservations about Governor Romney for various reasons, but it seems that as people take a close look they see the candidate who has the practical solutions that can take the country in a new direction... with that added bonus of maintaining the GOP's grand old principles.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  303. A Loyd

    Jack, the Republican nominee will be Mike Huckabee. Huckabee has made himself into the "nice guy." As the population as a whole does not thoroughly study politics, the "nice guy" status is extremely important. People want their leader to be the honest and straight forward. The nomination to me seems obvious. Huckabee.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  304. Adam

    Ultimately, this race comes down to what Republican voters feel like they can stomach from their candidate, because none of these candidates are particularly strong, and none of these candidates have widespread appeal across the party.

    Huckabee is affable but nominating a southern governor who believes in creationism and doing away with the income tax is an embarassment. Senator McCain has an anti-establishment feel to him, but just picturing McCain and Obama in a change-themed election year has landslide written all over it. Mitt has no backbone, Rudy is 9/11 in a post-post-9/11 election, and Thompson was interesting up until the moment he decided to run (a la Wesley Clark).

    I'm calling the nomination for Huckabee, but ultimately, none of these candidates can win so much as 100 electoral votes in a general election.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  305. Kevin

    I don't know who the GOP nominee will be. But my gut tells me Mike Huckabee with be on the ticket, either as the nominee or as the nominee's running mate.

    I like Huckabee's chances in Michigan, South Carolina and Florida. He is polling a strong first in South Carolina, and a very strong second in Michigan and Florida. I see he is also polling second to Giuliani in California, and I hear he is polling very strong in several other states, including Texas.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  306. jake kirby

    I believe the American people will wake up and vote for Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  307. Janet Lee Schultheis

    I was raised a Democrat and you never ever mentioned the "R" word in the
    house without getting the "look"... After growing older and having 3 children,
    I have taught them...it's your life and you can vote for who ever you think would be
    the best candidate.....freedom of choice...independents....... The generation
    Y is going to vote for who ever they think'[;plokijuhygf

    I am an independent and have voted Democrat and Republican
    in the past; however, this election is different. We do need change and not
    the repeated past again in the White House.... I think this is why your seeing
    such upheaval within the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire caucus....people
    are tired of the same old thing and we need a new person to take charge
    and get our country back on track......

    I found Obama's speech the other night to be very motivating and moving....
    It reminded me of JFK's speech when I was young....ask not what
    your country can do for you.....ask what you can do for your country.....reminded
    me very much of Obama's speech....we need change.. Everyone needs to
    get out there and vote this coming election and lets elect the best person
    at the helm to take us through great generations to come....

    January 8, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  308. Henry Allred

    I wish the people of this country would select Ron Paul as he is ready and willing to make the hard choices, but I do not believe they are willing to admit the real mess this country is in. I believe that the ultimate the party will pick John McCain, as the least objectionably candidate.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  309. passive consumer

    Jack-

    If the Republican party had half a brain, they would nominate Ron Paul. I sincerely believe he is the only chance the GOP has to save their party after the disastrous tenure of Mr. Bush. Unfortunately, I don't believe this will happen. I cringe to think of any of the other GOP candidates getting the nomination. Ron Paul has ignited a serious movement in this country, despite what most of the traditional media outlets would have us believe. He is the only candidate on either side who is actually speaking common sense, and offering up concrete ways to restore our countries greatness. By the way, who tailors Wolf's suits?

    January 8, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  310. Nick

    While the GOP nomination appears to be a toss-up between McCain and Huckabee, either Obama or Edwards would get the democratic nomination and win the race to the White House.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  311. Don Trader

    There won't be a Republican winner, just a lot of losers. They're all caught up in bluster, bullying, and the 18th century theories of society.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  312. Peter C. Davis

    Does Huckabee believe in gravity?

    January 8, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  313. Vel Holman, Colorado Springs, CO.

    None of them stand a chance against any democrat. McCain is too old and a Bush rubber stamper, Romney is a flip flopping Mormon, Huckabee's a hick, Thompson doesn't care, Pauls a quack, and I don't have enough space for Giuliani's flaws! However, I think the nominee is going to be either McCain or Thompson. They're the only two heavyweights that closely resemble the hardcore conservative base. Change shouldn't be in the equation for any republican candidate.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  314. Vince

    I don't know. But if Fact Check is accurate about the candidates comments "than none of the above should apply". I wish the news commentators would stop anointing this group of Rep/ Dem.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  315. Erin in California

    Guiliani will eventually win the nomination. I know winning the nomination after mostly sitting out the first few states hasn’t been done before, but I don’t think McCain is viable enough nationally. Guiliani will speak to more moderate Republicans and as a result, I think he has a much better chance against Obama. Republican voters will realize that and get on his bandwagon in the rest of the country.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  316. Phil

    Jack, Ron Paul deserves the nomination, here is why.....Mitt changes his mind faster than the wind changes direction and says what people want to hear but really doesn't mean it. Besides, he is full of himself. Julie-annie is pro-abortion, anit-gun, pro-marital affairs, and pro-national ID card. McCain was willing to give amnesty to millions of illegal imigrants, therefore rewarding unlawful behavior. Thompson, well some things are better left unsaid. As for Huckleberry, he seems to stealing some of Ron Paul's ideas lately such as no birthright.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who will defend the Constitution.....Phil, NY

    January 8, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  317. Kory

    Who will get the nomination? I don't know, but I hope it's the Right Man. Whether or not the Right Man gets the Republican nomination will depend on how personally involved voters decide to become. Figuring out who to vote for means more than listening to what the candidates say – history teaches us that politicians rarely act on the platform they run on.

    In the age of digital media, it is our responsibility as voters to use what resources are available to discover where the candidates really stand on the issues by evaluating how their message matches up with their records. If more people did this instead of relying on just television, I think we'd be dealing with a better-informed voting populace.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  318. Danny

    Unless it is Ron Paul, it doesn't matter. Every other candidate wants to expand the pre-empptive wars. Other than Dr. Paul, none of them understand the monetary crisis we are facing - everything is set for a return to the high inflation of the 1970s with continued dollar devaluation. We will all be poorer for this.

    McCain wants to commit my great-great-grandchildren to his 100 year crusade. Huckabee is so clearly untrustworthy it is unfathomable that Christians can actually vote for him. Rudy's only claim to fame is he happened to be mayor of a city that was attacked September 11 and even his firefighters and police don't support him. Finally, Romney is the agent of...change. Thompson is irrelevent, it is clear he doesn't wnat to be in the process.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  319. Larry R. King

    My hope for the GOP nominee and president elect is Dr. Ron Paul. After much research of the candidates for the first time in my life, Dr. Paul is clearly the best choice for "We The People."

    January 8, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  320. June Swederofsky

    If the Republicans are smart they will vote for John McCain.
    For I think the democratic nominee will defeat everyone else,especially if it is Baraka Boma

    January 8, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  321. Annette Hardman

    Dear Jack,
    If Ron Paul is not elected to the Jan. Gen Election the Republican party will self destruct. It is very apparent after watching the ridiculous debates that the party is fractured and crooked to the core. These guys except for Ron Paul are all arguing like 5 year old schoolboys with no manners and snickering at a real statesman who's been standing up for the constitution and republican values before most of them were wiping their noses on their own. Totally disgusting. No one is addressing the real issues facing this country except him. I wonder how the troops on the ground feel about Rudy, Mcain, and Mit all snickering at Dr. Paul, about his foreign policy platform in the debates. I'm sure they don't think it is a laughing matter. He does get more support from our troops than any other candidate. This ought to tell the candidates and the country something.

    If Ron Paul doesn't win the parties nomination then it doesn't matter at all because the Republicans have no chance in hell of winning an election after what this administration has done. I am voting for Ron Paul.
    Thanks,
    Annette Hardman

    January 8, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  322. Logan Davis

    Ron Paul will be the GOP nominee. The establishment says he can't win, just as Gerald Ford said Ronald Reagan was "unelectable" back in 1980. However, Ron Paul has a message that unites people and is the only candidate who is consistent and says the same thing no matter who he is speaking with. The other candidates will tear each other apart before its all over.

    Logan in Birmingham

    January 8, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  323. Albert Meyer

    Patricia: "Ron Paul lost me when he mis-stated facts on the Civil War."

    Are you kidding me? Did you ask the other candidates to give you their interpretations of your favorite history lesson, or is you mind closed to opinions that vary from your own, no matter how faulty? Did you vote for George W Bush? Did he pass your history tests? George Bush doesn't know the difference between Austria and Australia. Tell us you didn't vote for him.

    What has one's interpretation of historical events, more than a century ago, got to do with the 2008 campaign? Ron Paul seemed quite well-read on the issue. At least give him credit for being able to converse intelligently and offer a non-violent solution to the problem, a solution that worked in other Western nations. He based it on the writings of an historian, or a couple of historians. He didn't make it up on the fly. Why don't you consult his sources and then take up the argument with the historian? Ron Paul is not applying for vacancy in the History Department.

    So what if he is wrong about the Civil War? Does that matter today when the country is on the verge of being bankrupted by the neo-cons? Ron Paul is a once in a lifetime candidate who will unite us under the Constitution. We can trust him to uphold the Constitution. Why would we expect anything more or anything less?

    January 8, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  324. Jason

    I think if people actually get informed on this election, which doesn't seem to be happening so far due to media bias, they will see lots of position changes and candidates telling people exactly what their advisers say they want to hear. The only one not doing this is Ron Paul, and if people see through the politics to the truth he will win the nomination.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  325. Ryan

    I sure hope it is Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  326. Cliff Robinson

    Jack
    As one Republician who is completly feed up with Congress and Washington I am excited to watch Obama.

    He is real, he is well spoken and the true test of any such a campaine will be can he put it all together?

    The time for change is now. I represent a growing republician base as well as many independant minded folks who are simply sick of the way things are.

    Time is ripe for change and it seems he is the only one who is exciting foks.

    Clinton wont be electable and I cant vote for any curent republician running.

    Party Politics and such views have come to a time of change and the way we look at this world and America in General.

    We are all tired of Washington and the congress and it is time for a change.

    The real question might be can he weild the kind of provential power to bring in folks who can effect such change.?

    Time will tell but as of No this Republician is looking to Obama for Hope!!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  327. Linda W. Collins

    Regarding "unscripted" question: My feeling is that Senator Hillary Clinton's background in service to the country gives her much valuable experience in delivering a speech, jam-packed with substance. Why would the public expect her to deliver any less? It is my opinion that she will serve as an extraordinarily sensible president in dealing with domestic issues as well as foreign policy issues. Do we really need a president who would be forced to govern with fewer credentials? No other Democratic candidate running for President can match her credentials. I am a retired teacher who respects her for her leadership in educational reforms here in Arkansas during the 1980s. I have observed the same characteristics of leadership on the national scene. I will casting my vote for Hillary Clinton in the Arkansas Primary and hope that In November 2008 she will be elected as the next President of the United States of America.

    Linda W. Collins
    Cabot, Arkansas

    January 8, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  328. jared living in Finland

    Unfortunately, it looks like Huckabee. Religion has once again destroyed politics. Anybody with a brain knows Ron Paul has the best foreign policy, best economic policy, and best LIMITED GOVERNMENT policy. We're all being frightened about an enemy that has no army, no resources. Pulling out of Iraq will do everybody a favor. Especially our dying dollar.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  329. Gary

    The Republican nominee will be New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. His strategy of waiting while the other candidates battle it out will work. I voted Republican the past two elections. This time my vote goes to Obama. If the Republicans have any real desire to win the election, the only person who would have a chance is Bloomberg.
    Gary
    Wisconsin

    January 8, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  330. Mike Murphy

    The race seems wide open, so it's impossible to say. I went up to NH this weekend to canvass for Dr. Ron Paul, and I remain hopeful that Americans recognize the values that made America prosperous: personal liberty and federal non-intervention in affairs both foreign and domestic. Simply going back to these values would do much to get our country back on track!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  331. Ken Pachkowsky

    Jack

    As a Canadian that would love to be an American, it is exciting to see the New Hampshire Caucuses\ Americans doing what Americans do better than any other, exercising their right to determine their future.

    Wow, this is going to be an exciting election! I predict the end of the "status quo" in Washinghton.

    Ken Pachkowsky

    January 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  332. Frank Boglev

    "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." Those words from John F.Kennedy remain so true today.

    As we watch this presidential election unfold, we can't help but notice the devoted and relentless Ron Paul supporters, where record breaking money bombs are occurring, a blimp is flying in the air, and where youtube is flooded with Ron Paul videos all for the sake of supporting their candidate in hopes for a better country.

    It has to make you wonder if more Americans catch on to this unique phenomenon and accept his message, we may just see longshot Congressman Dr. Ron Paul win the republican nomination.

    Frank B
    NYC

    January 8, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  333. Wally

    I am a true blue 30 year Democrat. If Obama wins the nomination, then I will probably vote Republic (exactly what they want). It is a shame that people make up their minds based on what OTHER people do. It seems that with this field of "politically correct" candidates (Hispanic, Woman, Black, Evangelical, and OLD), you are seeing people use their political correctness to pick their candidate INSTEAD of looking at their experience.

    Ron Pauls ideas are nice, but he is the Yuppie candidate for this election (there's one in every election) and he cannot win.

    Wally

    January 8, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  334. Wilson in N. TX.

    It's hard to say at this point, but Ron Paul has my support.

    If folks quit saying, "he doesn't have a chance" and actually get off their couches and do a little surfing on the Internet, they'll see that he is the most consistent voice out of all the candidates – Republican or Democrat.

    Beyond that, as Z. Bryon Wolf of ABC News says, "Paul, who by opposing most federal programs[,] is arguably the candidate of most change."

    January 8, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  335. Ferguson, san antonio ,tx

    It is time we start looking deep into the real issues facing America. We are sick and in dia need of a doctor. We need help for our diseases such as immorality, abortion, big government, theft by big coperation, wicked and selfish motives towards each other. Listen folks Obama cant help Clinton cant help, really and truly Huckabee would need God himself to run the country. The rest of the candidates are a joke so who then? I dont know thats the problem we have no one America we are in deep trouble very deep trouble. Some one anyone out there show your self we need help we need a real man or woman.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  336. Todd Hooper

    Ugh dear god. There is nothing sane about Ron Paul. He's a right wing evangelical, racist, xenaphobe with a signature conspiracy theory and plan for the economy that would put the US dollar in the same column as the Zimbabwe equivalent. Apparently the price of a sane foreign policy outlook is the lack of reason concerning everything else.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  337. Erica

    If anyone truly wants to see a change, than Ron Paul is the right choice, this man is brilliant.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  338. Bob

    I was watching c-span in University of Oklahoma . I think perhaps this 17 member panel of former senators and other distinguished men and women should seek office again. There is a genuine concern among sensible and real americans that this country is heading for trouble and will soon be in dire straits.The panel was referring to politics, finances-govt. and personal , family , truth in lending ,truth in govt, just truth and honesty. Mayor Bloomberg was also on the panel and impressed me as someone I would vote for if he decided to enter therace . After watching all the B.S. from these shallow canditates I would like to see Mayor Bloomberg And your own Lou Dobbs as pRES. AND VICE PRES IN ANY ORDER ! IT IS INDEED TIME !! lets get back to common sense. .

    January 8, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  339. Ivan

    Of course, just like everyone else I don't know. I tend to feel Giuliani has the best chance. Wishful thinking? Could be; in the spirit of full disclosure I must say that I do support Rudy.
    Now my analysis:
    I fear, however, that contrary to conventional wisdom, Huckabee is the Republican who would have the best chance of winning in the general election; not in a two horse race, but it looks ever more probable the general election will be a three horse race. With Bloomberg in the race, the dynamics change. The billionaire mayor will be able to eat-away votes from both major parties. If he does well, 35-38% of the vote in the general election could be enough to win.
    Huckabee would assemble a coalition of support from Republican evengelicals and social conservatives as well as some Democratic and independent evengelicals and social conservatives. Such a base of support could easily reach the at least the 25% mark. Add to this the vote from non-evangelical loyal Republicans who would vote for Mickey Mouse as long as he ran as a Republican, and we get close to 35%. Then add a couple percent from the eeny-meeny-miny-moe voters and he's over the top...

    Ivan Kovacic,
    U.S. Army Europe,
    Mannheim, Germany

    January 8, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  340. ida guterman

    I have just heard your comment about Ron Paul. Do you believe that the GOP will totally disregard Mr Paul's history. He is a bigoted antisemite.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  341. Robert

    Sen McCain will win because everyone knows he is the most qualified. Read the article in the NY Times today about young people flocking to McCain and Obama. Young people know the authenticity very well.

    In the general election, the shrinking right wing extremists will back McCain because they know he is far more conservative than any Democrat running. The GOP will have to finally admit that the respect Sen McCain has among the general population including Reagan Democrats and independents is a strength, not a weakness.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  342. Jimmy

    Jack, I fear the answer to this question is not Ron Paul and it has a lot to do with the fact that you’re one of the few people who would even have the courage to read my response on air. Consider this a challenge to the American people to actually research their candidate before aimlessly voting in this primary election.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  343. Suanne in Boulder

    Jack,
    If any of you would cover his platform, it would be Ron Paul in a landslide. I just watched almost 2 hours of your coverage of the primary and did not hear his name mentioned once. He is the only one who will change business-as-usual in Washington by ending the perpetual wars, bringing all the troops home from around the world, resurrecting the Constitution from its current status as "just a god damned piece of paper," greatly reducing the size of the federal government, and reforming our monetary system, which is, through inflation, crushing the middle class and those on fixed incomes. All the rest, on both sides, are warmongers. McCain apparently even thinks it's OK if we're in Iraq for 100 years. Do you people really want your children, grand children, great grand children, etc. being drafted into an illegal, immoral war for profit – FOREVER? The corporate control over Washington DC has got to end and only Ron Paul has any intention of doing it! Wake up people! Ron Paul is the only one who is telling us what we NEED to hear instead of what we WANT to hear. He tells us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He tells us what the very serious problems we face are, he knows how to fix them, and he fully intends to do it.
    Please, please, please be "fair and balanced" and cover his campaign like you cover the others.
    Thank you.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  344. Angie

    Huckabee crossed the picket line of middle class Union workers (writers) on strike just so he can be on Jay Leno and have his free Political spot. All it got him were middle class workers like me turning away from him. Also I will not watch Jay Leno again. David Letterman is my man. Guliani has spent all his time in Florida while ignoring the people in Iowa, New Hampshire and who knows what other state he will ignore the people. So Guliani will not win unless you want a president ignoring you. Romney has said somethings that really does bother me. So he is out. I don't care much for Thompson, is he still running. I think Thompson makes a better character on Law and Order. But I don't want him to be my president. Then there is McCain. McCain is the only republican who is worth his weight in gold. But the Hard line Republicans will not vote for him and neither will the blinded–by–the–wolf–in–sheep–clothing religious right.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  345. Wesley

    I believe Ron Paul will get the nomination. Anybody that hears what he has to say and understands it should find out that he is the only Republican worth voting for. The rest are just Bush more or less so(McCain and Huckabee being the worst). I think the others don't even understand what causes inflation cough*Thompson*cough. Plus Dr. Paul has plenty of money and plenty to come. The others are running rather low.
    Vote for Freedom and Common Sense!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  346. Pete L.

    Ron Paul is who !

    January 8, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  347. Kory

    Jack,

    For the next two months I think CNN should replace their political pundits with psychics- because everyone want's to predict instead of report actual news.

    Sadly, the news is going to be nothing but 'predicting' and 'anaylsis' for the next 10 months. Instead of focusing on voter preferences- and who voters perceive the candidates to be- why not be different and focus who the candidates are? Focus on what they have accomplished, their voting records, focus on what they have done- not just what they say at election time.

    It would be nice if CNN wasn't so busy trying to predict the future, and started reporting the news.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  348. Mrs Funk

    Ron Paul...fo sho.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  349. Robin

    Ron Paul continuing momentum ....I think he will easily climb ahead and win!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  350. Corey Brenner

    There is only one Republican candidate who is different enough from the others, and different enough from the Democratic candidates, to offer people a real choice come November. It is for this reason that the Republicans would be well advised to nominate Ron Paul. His is the ONLY dissenting voice among Republicans, and he is the ONLY one who can beat Obama.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  351. madcat033

    I honestly hope Ron Paul wins. For the sake of our country.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  352. AJ

    MITT ROMNEY is the absolute best candidate who has run for President since Regan. What I loved so much about Ronald Regan is that he gave me hope, and he made me very, very proud to be an American. He was sincere. He was dedicated, and he cared about us! I see all of these same qualities in Mitt Romney.

    More than anything, this country needs a strong negotiator, and someone who can look at our economy and not need a staff of fifty to interpret numbers for him. Mitt Romney is an outstanding businessman – he knows numbers, he knows negotiating, and he knows how to fix problems. And I trust him 100%!

    GO MITT!! ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  353. Gary

    The message that is being sent to current officeholders is WAKE UP, realize what is happening and believe it because America is talking – this is real thing. And, they need to do this if they want to get re-elected. Otherwise, they may "sleep" their way out of a job.
    Gary
    Wisconsin

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  354. Andrew Leibfried

    Well if you are talking about a true Republican i would have to say Ron Paul because he seems to be the only one. I don't really care who gets it if it isnt Dr. Paul. That is the only republican candidate i would vote for.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  355. Carolyn

    You seem to keep campaigning for Obama and his promise to change Washington. Perhaps everyone should recall what happened when Jimmy Carter promised the same thing. He was a Washington outsider and so is Obama. He hasn't spent enought time in Washington to be considered an insider. He has instead, spent his time spreading his Hallmark prose for change.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  356. A. Herbert

    I think that McCain will win the nomination as he is the best the party has to offer – even though I do predict there will be an Independent person running which will ensure a definate win for the Democrates ...

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  357. Cynthia in Texas

    What does this tell Washington D.C. about the new incumbant nad the world is saying is. They , Washington had better get ready for new and stronger more diverse AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  358. Jason

    The one candidate who isn't trying to say the word change five times a second is the candidate who ironically, will bring about some very long needed substantive change to this country. Im voting for Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  359. Patricia

    Ron Paul will not make it.... Sorry folks....

    January 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  360. Greg Vaughn

    Jack, you and Lou may be the most independent and keen-minded commentators on the air. However, I'm surprised even you and Lou Dobbs have not brought to light Governor Huckabee's apparent hypocrisy in his "less government" mantra. If he is for less intrusion into people's lives, why is he advocating Constitutional Amendments dictating who can get married and whether people can have an abortion? It's one thing to be in favor or against these things on a personal and philosophical level, and he deserves credit for holding firmly and consistently to his moral sense. I have no problem with that aspect. But he needs a very wide mouth to, out of one side, insist that the government has no place in people's personal lives, that the government should get out of the way of people and let them flourish, and then out of the other side of his mouth so clearly state that the government should legislate any aspect of their lives.. Am I wrong in thinking this? Or is this falling through the cracks in the mania of primaries?

    January 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  361. Steve Harper

    Mike Huckabee! As a Democrat (and devout atheist) this is my dream. It's sort of like the Rupublicans hoping Hillary wins because it will energize their base. Huckabee with energize Democrats who are sick and tired of religion and ignorance being shoved down out throats for the past seven years. And, OMG, can you actually imagine the Presidential debates? Obama would just have to stand there.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  362. Ruby Coria, CA.

    Jack, I wonder too? Oh Lord please NO, don't let it be Huckberry (huckbee) I wish RON PAUL would!! But Rudy would've been ok., I feel for them they don't have anyone! RON PAUL 08! I know everyone thinks he's crazy, but hey don't Americans want change? anything but what we have. I still think that LOU DOBBS should run.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  363. Stan

    Incumbents need to take heed. Americans are tired of the status quote US Congress doing nothing, restating the same “no new taxes rhetoric”, and spouting high and mighty conservative values as they demonstrate fiscal irresponsibility and ethical hypocrisy with no regard for the working poor and middle class working families.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  364. John P Slevin

    If my candidate doesn't win tonight, I'll remember the words of the immortal Dick Tuck. On the night of his own election defeat, Tuck said: "The voters have spoken, the bastards."

    And I'll recall what Davy Crockett said, when he lost re-election to congress: "The voters can go to hell, as for me, I'm going to Texas".

    My candidate is Ron Paul, and for me there is no substitute.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  365. Tim Titler

    According to Google, Ron Paul is the most searched for candidate. I'll say/vote for Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  366. Dustin Milotte

    Jack,
    I wonder why 90% of these 200 comments are for Ron Paul and you aired 1 comment out of eight with his name in it. If your aired comments aren't going to be representative of the whole then why should I bother participating or listening to you at all??

    Dustin Milotte
    Knoxville, TN

    January 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  367. Suanne in Boulder

    America please wake up! There is a reason the media is ignoring Ron Paul. It is because he is the only candidate who represents real change, and the media is controlled by the elite establishment that wants perpetual war abroad and a fascist police state in America. If we do not wake up and elect Dr. Paul, we will only get more of the same, and our country will self-destruct by 2012.
    Ron Paul is the only one who can save this country. Wake up, do some research (on the internet, not on TV) and you will see...Ron Paul is the only one who is telling us the truth! He is the only real republican in the race. We must elect him or we can kiss our country goodbye!

    Just for fun, check out whowouldtheworldelect(dot)com. Ron Paul has received far more votes, from all over the world, than ALL OF THE OTHER CANDIDATES IN BOTH PARTIES COMBINED! And BTW, they limit it to one vote per IP address, so it is not just the "handful" of us rabid Ron Paul supporters spamming...

    By electing Ron Paul, we may very well literally be saving the world.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  368. Monty

    Jack,

    Ron Paul, the true Champion of the Constitution, is going to take the lead over the next few primaries. Just wait for increased support in NC and a possible 1st or 2nd in Nevada. Dr. Paul fights for the rights of the American people, will end the war, and reduce the size of government. Vote Paul 08

    January 8, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  369. Susan

    Hopefully Ron Paul will realize that he needs to declare himself as a third party candidate and soon. Then the press would be forced to give him air time.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  370. Charley

    It depends on how badly the Republicans want to win.

    I don't believe the winning candidate has even entered the race yet. But if no clear cut winner arrives by Feb 6th (the day after) and Obama appears unstoppable, then I wouldn't be surprised to see a saviour ride in on a white horse to rescue the conservatice cause for the good of the country.

    And if his name is Newt, just remember you heard it here first!

    And if Obama implodes, could we see a Gingrich v. Gore General Election?

    Think I'm crazy? Study the 1952 campaigns for both parties. Stevenson and Eisenhower weren't there at the start, but by convention time, they had everything neatly sewn up.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  371. Matt Campbell

    As a moderate Democrat, this election's dealbreaker is illegal immigration. Out of all the candidates on both sides of the aisle, only Romney supports building the fence, sanctioning employers who hire illegals, and creating a verifible tamper-proof ID.

    If only America would stop its anti-Mormon biogtry, Romney would win by a landslide!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  372. Louis Sanders

    I have always enjoyed your point of view, but I must say (after hearing you tonight on the panel), I am disappointed. First let me say I am a registered Democrat but I am leary about Obama. It is the job of the media to find out the background of a person running for the office of the presidency; they have certainly done so with all the other candidates, particularly the Clintons. I have noticed, for the most part, the media has climbed onto the ObamaMania bandwagon and there is not much said about his past. It is important because it helps to define who the person is and how they got here. I want a candidate who has strong American roots; and I am suspicious, given his close relationship with people like Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan, of just what he means by "change". What makes me even more suspicious is they have both been extremely silent (when's the last time they've done that) – and hidden from the stage scene. Seems odd given their affiliation with one another. Obama is a likeable guy, don't get me wrong.....seemingly squeaky clean. But I don't want to vote for someone because they are a "likeable" person, or are oozing with charm. These superficial qualities will mean nothing if unable to perform when the chips are down. Come on Media – do your job. Get off the bandwagon and let's find out who Obama really is – right or wrong, good or bad. Let's not be "manipulated" into trusting a person based on carefully planned speeches. Thank you.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  373. D Mills Garland, Tx

    Jack, this is just a mess, if Rudy doesn't get it we're going to be bombed by terrorists and if Huck doesn't get it then we're going to hell.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:52 pm |
  374. Greg Y.

    It is my personal belief that, after Super Tuesday, the Republicans will be forced to stomach a Romney ticket – making him the next Rufus King. Mitt will indubitably get walloped in the general election (regardless of whether he faces Obama or Clinton). That's right, the Grand Old Party's demise (or atleast splintering) is soon to come, and the history books will inevitably mark Mitt Romney, a mormon, as the last "establishment" candidate of the Party – though that establishment is, in actuality, rapidly diminishing. Ron Paul supporters: you have vested an interest in your candidate which, however fervent, will not bear the fruits of victory. Libertarian to Republican – nice turnaround. McCain has his heart in the right place, assuming he doesn't go into cardiac arrest before the RNC. Thompson – maybe a senator, not my president.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:54 pm |
  375. Jim in Chicago

    McCain should win, if he plays up the horrors he had to endure in the Hanoi Hilton for all those years. After what he suffered for this country, I can't see how he doesn't win based on pure sympathy.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:00 pm |
  376. Rocky

    I hope John McCain gets the Republican nomination. I have only voted republican once in my life (Ronald Reagan) but I WILL NOT vote for Barack Obama! Experience DOES matter, and he has NONE! Nothing remarkable in the US Senate and even less remarkable as an Illinois state senator. Recent reports estimate a 30% or greater chance of an attack on the homeland during the next president's term. Barack Obama is not qualified to be Commander-in-Chief or the President. If Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee, he will either lose, or be so pathetic that he damages the future of the democratic party for years to come and will be a 1 term president! This democrat will vote for John McCain.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:02 pm |
  377. MichaelGOP

    The Democrats posting here write as though their victory in November is inevitable. That's what Clinton thought – to her peril.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:04 pm |
  378. Jesse

    I have been a left leaning independent for 20 years and apathetic toward our lessor of two evils political system. Now is the time to stand up and be heard! There is only one candidate in either party that can deliver real change. You guessed it Ron Paul. I urge everyone who has not bothered to research his issues and record to do so, your country needs you to get informed and involved. We are on the edge of financial ruin, but it's not too late to make a change. Go Ron Paul

    January 8, 2008 at 7:04 pm |
  379. Carl Sellers

    Is anyone else fed up with all the Obama hype? To me, he is merely acting as a cheer leader, and the audience responds accordingly with loud cheers. He speaks in broad generalities, but has yet to offer his plan for such things as the economy, the war in Iraq, the economy, the war in Iraq, and the economy and the war in Iraq.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:05 pm |
  380. Jeff in Tennessee

    Jack,
    American HOPE is something that transcends political party. From the Minute men to the patriots of today, our American Hope can change the world. I HOPE the best candidate for President is chosen by all the REAL American's and that person leads our country through a time of diplomacy, strength, and intelligence that we have been lacking in this government for some time.
    We need a leader that can summon the best in us and negotiate PEACE and end the violence that just perpetuates itself. I think Barack Obama is the leader we have been waiting for, and HOPING for.
    C'mon America WAKE up ! Elect Barack Obama for President!

    January 8, 2008 at 7:11 pm |
  381. Joe

    It will be McCain, but I wish it were Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:14 pm |
  382. Keith Mann

    I hope by reading all these posts that Ron Paul gets as many votes as he does post. The activity here in the Internet is overwhelming for the support for Ron Paul and I hope that the people out of World Wide Web is as supportive. It's very discouraging to see the media not give him the credit he deserves. I just want the America that we used to have. Ron Paul is the best choice for America. He will bring back the rule of Law to our Country and stop the decline of our economy. Only Dr. Paul can restore America’s Moral compass. Change is scary, but if we don't change were going to lose this great country. If we haven't lost it already.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:18 pm |
  383. Tommy

    The winner of the Republican nomination will be Rudy Giuliani. I have thought that from the beginning, and there certainly haven't been any surprising momentum shifts to disrupt that. Only developments to the contrary with the early win of Huck.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:22 pm |
  384. Steve

    Bill and Hillary should go quietly into the night...It is time for Teddy Kennedy and other Democratic Party elders to endorse Obama.

    I am a Republican that is going to vote for Obama. It's time to clear the field and prepare for the convention then the general election.

    Steve
    Massachusetts

    January 8, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  385. curt enos

    After years of watching the Democrats destroy each other and spend all their cash in the primaries, while the Republicans choose the heir apparent early and save their cash for the general election it is refreshing to see the worm turn. Thank you George W. Bush for shattering the coalition of evangelical voters, gun owners, and country club Republicans. May it never be reassembled. His arrogance, incompetence, and craven pandering to these forces that elected him revealed to most Americans that their right-wing agenda was hypocritcal, morally bankrupt, and did not serve the interests and greater good of this country and the majority of it's citizens. I hope Barrack can deliver on Pax Obama, we need it. Politics in this country needs healing and uniter, not more of the divide and conquer politics of the last 7 years.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:28 pm |
  386. Adam

    The Republicans' only hope for the presidency is to rally a Clinton protest vote. Unfortunately NOT-Hillary is not on the Rep. ballot, but if it was I bet it would win the nomination in a landslide.

    Since it now seems Obama will win the nod, it seems likely that the Republican candidate just doesn't matter. Prediction: Democrats win the Whitehouse with 60%+ of the vote.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:29 pm |
  387. Andrea in Tallahassee

    Jack, just wanted to say how much we miss you in the mornings. Dumbest thing CNN ever did was move you off mornings. You always made our day and we never missed your segment. And if you'll run as an independent – we'll all vote for you 🙂

    January 8, 2008 at 7:45 pm |
  388. Sheryl

    While all the candidates are throwing the word change around. How about this for change: The Electrol Collge ILLIMINATED ? In light of the last two election results!!! Let's see who is really up for change and is truley for hearing us middle class voters!!! Which candidate is brave enough, watch them climb in the poles. Because then we would know that every vote does count unlike our system now!!!
    Sheryl/Michigan

    January 8, 2008 at 7:57 pm |
  389. Sue Karlen

    CNN DOES IT AGAIN.. PAUL AND GIULIANI are tied.. guess WHO IS NOT ON THE PIE CHART.

    Why Fear Ron Paul? Because he doesn't need special interests?

    Grrrr.. this is past annoying. I had to take Foxnews off my cable lineup after they kept Dr. Paul out of the debate. And now CNN? why why why?

    January 8, 2008 at 8:18 pm |
  390. Mike g

    I hope none of them Jack. My hope is that someone with a true insight for want we need and how to go about getting it gets elected. My hope is, "NO JOKE INTENTED", that Lou Dobbs and You run for office. You'll have my vote as i'm sure as millions of others. It would be great if we could elect a leader who "really" cares about this country. but so far i don't see one. Go for it Lou. Or call Powell, see if he's busy

    January 8, 2008 at 8:18 pm |
  391. CW Spurchise

    Mr. Cafferty,

    What do the American people want out of the 2008 presidential election?

    1. We want our courageous sons and daughters returned home immediately from an occupation in a foreign land where we have no constitutional reason for being there.

    2. We want our military veterans never again to feel the people have abandoned them.

    3. We want the leadership in Washington to act as the U.S. Constitution has directed them for over 225 years; to serve the people first.

    4. We want freedom of the press and airways returned to us, so we can be informed without bias, misdirection, or political motive.

    5. We want to regain the economic prosperity we had prior to Congress being seduced by global trade initiatives. Government that puts corporate profits above the general welfare of its citizens is fascism.

    6. We want America to be perceived on the world stage as a country that respects the sovereignty of other nations.

    7. We want people who wish to immigrate to America to do so in adherence with out laws and regulations.

    8. We want a system of revenue for the nation’s treasury that is uncomplicated for the people to comply with and is fair for all classes of citizens.

    9. We want our roadways, bridges, airports, railways to be maintained in a manner that facilitates interstate commerce and is safe for us.

    10. We want an education system that re-connects the educator with the student without the weighted bureaucracy of federal government oversight.

    11. We want healthcare options that are cost competitive without overly burdensome federal regulation.

    12. We want to live in a healthy environment for ourselves and our children.

    13. We want our country back; the way we all expect it to be.

    Congressman Ron Paul is the only candidate I have faith in to accomplish these goals.

    "We are educated,
    We are informed,
    We are engaged,
    We have taken the red pill of enlightenment,
    We are passionate for our country and fearlessly protect her ideals,
    We are the growing fervor of American patriotism and Ron Paul is our President."

    January 8, 2008 at 8:29 pm |
  392. Charlotte

    About the math. CNN using fuzzy math? Using rounded numbers with 10,000 votes in, Thompson has 408 votes. CNN reports 2 percent. My cheap calculater says thats 4 percent?

    January 8, 2008 at 8:45 pm |
  393. angelo

    When or where did civility in the political arena get obliterated by the pathetic partisanship that's taken over politics??? Dem's and GOPers alike spend their time and energy demonizing the other party. In the meantime, we're faced with mediocrity among the presidential candidates. I have yet to feel inspired by any of them. There was a poet once who said,"Give me men to match my mountains". The current bunch of would-be presidents are closer to matching ant hills. An afterthought – – I believe the far-right talking heads really want a Democrat to be come our next president. If a Republican wins, who will they have to demonize???

    January 8, 2008 at 9:18 pm |
  394. Jerry

    Jack, you should run for president. With your "Grouchy " facial expression and your rolled up sleeves you could scare people in to voting for you, including me. Keep giving 'em hell

    January 8, 2008 at 9:27 pm |
  395. Mike Boileau

    If Ron Paul does not become the next President of the United States the nation will be destroyed. Financially for not returning t5o the Gold Standard and getting a grip on illegal immigration. Militarily for not getting out of overseas comitments and for engaging Pakistan and Iran in an expanded war.
    You will end up being so hated for your foreign policy that terrorists will detonate one or more nuclear weapons inside your major cities with millions of casualties. There is no doubt, you are in you end of days if you elect any person other than Ron Paul. This is simple facts so make sure that you lemmings stop being mesmerized by the Pide Piper.
    God Help us All.
    Mike Boileau
    Canada

    January 8, 2008 at 9:43 pm |
  396. J from AVL

    I will vote for honesty and intelligence. I have done my homework and only support Congressman Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 9:55 pm |
  397. Melody Baker

    Hello CNN, I watch cnn coverage probably 7 hours a day. I watch every caucus and every primary. CNN you do a great job. Someone needs to tell John Edwards if we have to hear about his daddy working in a mill one more time I think I will be sick.He wonders why he finished 3rd in Newhampshire. It is not his issues that are losing him the nomination, it's THE MILL!!!!!!! Thank-You for having a place I CAN SCREAMMM!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  398. Lew Mongelluzzo

    Jack, great program I tune into CNN a couple of times a day, but at the same time I do want to get a wide perspective on what the other networks have to say. I tuned in the other night to another network durning the New Hampshire primary and listen to the pundits dishonor John McCain. If any of these canidates can deal with adversity its John McCain. When was the last time any of these pundits sat in a box in the darkness ten feet under ground, never knowing if it is your last breath. Hey Jack what will scare democrats I tell you Colin Powell on McCain"s ticket.

    Lew

    Independent From Lansdale, PA

    January 8, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  399. Dave Busey

    Should the Voters Elect the Next President or Should We Let the Pollsters Do It?

    Although I don’t have a favorite among the most popular candidates of either major party, I am pleased to see the preelection pollsters and media’s talking heads suffer such embarrassment as they did today. The Democratic party results in the New Hampshire primary particularly showed some of them for fools indeed. When the Super Tuesday primaries and the fall general elections come around, the noise of media predictions will be even more poisonous to the democratic process. As a former Alaskan, I know the frustration of time zone penalties which allow irresponsible press and broadcast sources to be pumping out their eastern predictions many hours before the polls close in the west. I can only shout my endorsement of the advice which Mike Royko gave to patriotic minded citizens years ago: “Do your civic duty. Lie to an exit pollster!”

    Dave Busey,
    Guernsey, Wyoming

    January 9, 2008 at 12:36 am |
  400. Michael Trumbo

    Jack ... Romney will win the nomination. Rudy is too mean, McCain too old, Huckabee too preachy for non-Christians, Thompson too boring ... and the guy who should get the nomination – Ron Paul – too nutty. Besides, it's simple marketing: Mitt is the best looking and most telegenic, and too many people will fall for him. However, I don't think any of the current Republican candidates can beat either Clinton or Obama. Now if Bloomberg jumps in, he will certainly shake things up and perhaps beat them all.

    Michael
    Tucson, AZ

    January 9, 2008 at 12:38 am |
  401. Ken KS

    It looks as if the CFR, Corporate America, and the media are determined to put Mitt or McCain in as the GOP real deal and Clinton or Obama for the Dems. What a bunch of choices we have. Yuck.

    In scrolling down and reading most of the 289 comments on this blog, Ron Paul is the hands down winner and 44th President of the United States. Look back and see the comments and support he has of the People, Republicans and if I perceive correctly, many Democrats. There are your Huckabees, Ronmey's , McCains scattered throughout, but the name that shows up the most times is Dr. Ron Paul. This former Democrat, now an Independent will most likely vote for him, as he seems to be the only candidate not under the thumb of the aforementioned powers-that-be. It doesn't look like Lou Dobbs wants to give up his position at CNN to run as an Independent. If he runs, the truth in the media will be a fond and distant memory.

    Also, my first paragraph still stands, although I want Ron Paul, we're most likely to get McCain or Romney against Clinton or Obama. We the People still lose.

    January 9, 2008 at 12:57 am |
  402. Dave

    This is crap Jack. CNN shows Ron Paul as a no name greyed out piece of pie nothing nobody on your election night pie chart.

    Who will win? It won't be Ron Paul because he gets excluded from everything. Ron is the most interesting, practical and principaled candidate I've ever seen who never got any coverage because his message doesn't come across on sound bytes! Why not give all candidates the same time and coverage so that voters can hear and learn???

    Nothing is gonna change with this election, just the same repackaged crap. The one guy who really thinks outside the box never got heard.

    January 9, 2008 at 1:23 am |
  403. Len Albuq New Mexico

    Jack, It will be Huckabee but he will lose to Hillary.

    January 9, 2008 at 3:05 am |
  404. Ash

    "Of those in this motley bunch that would make the cut: Huckabee, a gun-toting, ex-preacher with an appeal to only the most fervent of the religious right; Romney, an old-school politician in new clothes (saying whatever he thinks the voters want to hear); and Giuliani and McCain, God forbid, what would they do if peace broke out in this world? It really doesn’t matter."
    – David from Toronto writes

    I completely agree with him. Who cares? Isn't it time to step away from the conservative side for a change?

    January 9, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  405. Susan/New York

    Hillary is the breath of fresh air this Country needs,Its been polluted enough. she has proven herself to be for the people and has made significant progress over the years.

    January 9, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  406. Ralph

    Looking at the field of GOP hopefuls, I feel that McCain or Romney will receive the presidential nomination. Of course, should they wear themselves out, or make an irreversible blunder, Giuliani may squeak in.
    At the same time, thanks to the plunders of past Presidents, GOP or Democrat , an Independent may end up in the White House.

    January 9, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  407. Chris Thibodeaux

    Giuliani and Romney are the biggest liabilities for the GOP. Enough republican voters have a problem with Romney's faith and Giuliani's liberal social views to cost Republicans the election. John McCain will have trouble getting the anti-war republicans to vote for him. Huckabee may have trouble with his tax plan. Thompson doesn't seem to have a chance, and some people feel Paul is crazy.

    Huckabee and Paul have the best chance of beating Obama or Clinton in an election, but the nomination may not reflect that.

    C Thibodeaux,
    Houma, Louisiana

    January 9, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  408. Stephen

    I hope it will be Duncan Hunter because he's the only one from both parties that seems to be serious about securing our borders. If we can't tell who's in our country then how can we ever stop another 9/11 style terriorist attack?

    January 9, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  409. paschelis

    the best candidate the republicans have is Romney.he is the guy who has a very wide and diverse knowledge about the issues.McCain is just an old overambitious guy.he should move away and give chance to a younger generation.this guy will not even finish his first term if elected.Rudy Gulliani is not a republican.he is just gambling.Mike Huckabee is just surviving thanks to his evangelical base.even though Romney is a mormon which clearly is not in his favor,he could be the best chance to save the republican party from a democratic blowout in November.He is the kind of true executive we want in a president.he is a
    good debater.he is honest on his views as they change.he is very intelligent.he is just the best in the pack.if the republicans go for McCain,his only debate will be on national security.this guy is completely ignorant about the economy.he is just a soldier and nothing else.i think Huckabee should go back to church.

    January 9, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  410. Sarav Ramu

    Hi,

    I was watching the other day about Senetor Mccain wife commenting about the long days and the bad food that she does not like during the campaign... At the same time she said that she was helping to fight poverty in the world. She should not be complaining about bad food if she understands what is poverty. haha.

    January 9, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  411. Don Merke

    Jack, in regards to "A wide-open GOP race", I feel like Diogenes in search of an
    honest man.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  412. William Schmidt

    Jack: can you honestly tell me why, WHY, Ron Paul is getting less than 5% the media coverage than the other candidates. In American, "We The People", anyone of us, if we behave, can run for President, and it is an honor to do so.
    Ron Paul has given His life serving this country in a way that is honorable.
    He has never changed positions, is openly honest, a different thinker.
    Is the media bigoted due to big business? The everyday American citizen upon hearing Dr. Paul's message changes their mind in who is telling the truth and what is important. His following is growing. If given a chance Ron Paul would be the next President of the United States. He would make "Change" and it would benifit the American Citizen. Big business is worried.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  413. William Schmidt

    Jack: can you honestly tell me why, WHY, Ron Paul is getting less than 5% the media coverage than the other candidates. In American, “We The People”, anyone of us, if we behave, can run for President, and it is an honor to do so.
    Ron Paul has given His life serving this country in a way that is honorable.
    He has never changed positions, is openly honest, a different thinker.
    Is the media bigoted due to big business? The everyday American citizen upon hearing Dr. Paul’s message changes their mind in who is telling the truth

    January 10, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  414. carla

    If I were a repub. it would have to be McCain

    January 10, 2008 at 7:42 pm |
  415. Mike Miller

    Anyone who has ever been involved in the writing and production of congressional newsletters knows that it would be nearly impossible for the congressman not to know about such highly charged content involving blacks. Rep. Paul's defense is simply absurd!

    First of all, any material with his name on it definitely would NOT be sent to his constituents without the approval of the congressman or, at the very least, his administrative assistant.

    Second, such offensive content would surely have a negative reaction among some constituents. That negative reaction would surely be brought to Paul's attention. To say now that, "These are not my views," doesn't hold water. To think some lowly staff member would write and produce such racially-charged words in a congressional newsletter on their own is simply not realistic.

    I worked ten years as a Capitol Hill press secretary and wrote numerous news letters for two congressman and a senator. Every word had to be approved by the AA and member of congress prior to distribution. I never head of any case where a congressional staffer would act alone. If he did, he'd be fired immediately!

    January 11, 2008 at 2:25 pm |