Where to find Florida primary coverage online
January 31st, 2012
11:42 AM ET

Where to find Florida primary coverage online

If you won’t be near a television tonight, you can still catch CNN’s Florida primary coverage streaming online tonight beginning at 7pm on CNN.com. Users will also be able to watch live coverage and live video of candidate speeches on the CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android phone and Android tablet. Online and across CNN’s mobile platforms, results and the new "Election Center" section will also be available.

CNNPolitics.com will also cover the event, with analysis of the primary results, along with a live-blog on the Political Ticker and video submissions from CNN iReport. Leading up to tonight’s coverage, check out CNN’s bench of Opinion contributors including a piece from John Avlon about the diversity of Florida voters as well as Ruben Navarette’s article about Romney’s immigration stance throughout the election. Additionally, keep up with the results throughout the Republican primary with the CNN GOP Delegate Calculator.

Users may follow CNN Politics on Facebook and @CNNPolitics on Twitter for breaking developments and join the conversation by using hashtag #CNNElections.

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January 31st, 2012
09:24 AM ET

Sen. Rubio: Winner of FL primary will be GOP nominee

This morning on Starting Point, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) predicts that the winner of the Florida GOP primary vote will go on to be the Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election.

Rubio will not endorse a candidate, saying that it will be up to the people of Florida to decide.

Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien airs week morning from 7-9am ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
January 31st, 2012
07:42 AM ET

Michelangelo Signorile shares details about Tennessee anti-gay lawmaker

Sirius XM Host Michelangelo Signorile speaks to CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin about the controversial comments from Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield on the gay community, bullying and AIDS.

Sen. Campbell is sponsoring the "Don't Say Gay" bill that would prohibit teaching any form of human sexuality other than heterosexuality in Tennessee public schools K through 8.

Signorile says, “You know, he is the one who brought up AIDS.  I didn't ask him about AIDS.  I was talking to him about the "Don't Say Gay" bill.  And he is the one who said, well, homosexuality is dangerous, gay men die at a much earlier age, which also is a false statistic. And then started saying that AIDS made homosexuality more dangerous, that it started with gay men.  And then he told an outlandish story about an airline pilot having sex with a monkey and that's how AIDS began.  And then it spread through the gay world - which is completely false, of course.  Around the world, AIDS is an epidemic among heterosexuals in Africa, India, China and elsewhere.”

Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield & Zoraida Sambolin airs week mornings from 5-7am ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • Early Start • Zoraida Sambolin
January 30th, 2012
05:13 PM ET

CNN Plans Comprehensive Coverage of Florida Primary

As the focus of the next Republican Presidential primary battleground zeroes in on Florida, CNN plans to utilize resources across its platforms for coverage on the ground and from the CNN Election Center. Anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett and John King will headline the network’s America’s Choice: The Florida Primary coverage beginning at 7 p.m. A special edition of AC360 will air following the network’s primary coverage at 10 p.m. and a special edition of Piers Morgan Tonight will air at midnight.  All times Eastern.

CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst David Gergen, along with political contributors Donna Brazile, James Carville, Alex Castellanos and Ari Fleischer, will be on set in the CNN Election Center to offer insight and analysis throughout the evening.

Reporting from Florida on primary day will be anchor and chief political correspondent Candy Crowley live from the Romney campaign headquarters, national political correspondent Jim Acosta and Miami-based correspondent John Zarrella. CNN political contributors Erick Erickson and Roland Martin will be live from Miami. From Washington, chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin will provide the latest updates on reaction from the Obama campaign.

Looking ahead to the Nevada caucuses, senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash and senior political correspondent Joe Johns will report live from Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, respectively, tomorrow night. Tom Foreman also will report live from a focus group location of undecided Republican voters in Las Vegas.

CNN Radio
CNN radio reporters Lisa Desjardins and Bob Costantini will cover the primary results for the CNN Radio network and its affiliates. Desjardins will gather sound for the American Sauce podcast and Costantini will produce a Political Notebook podcast.

CNN Digital
Users can check out the CNN Election Center to track real-time election results and analyze the exit polls and results thus far from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The GOP Delegate Calculator allows users after each caucus or primary to try their hand at predicting which candidates will win each state and eventually, the Republican presidential nomination. CNN.com will continue to provide the CNN Electoral Map with the most recent predictions on battleground states as updated by CNN’s political experts.

CNN.com will live stream campaign events leading up to and on the day of the Florida primary. To engage and comment on election night news as it happens, users can visit the CNN Politics Facebook page. On Twitter, users may follow @CNNPolitics for breaking developments and join the conversation by using hashtag #CNNElections.

CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, will be asking for submissions related to the events in Florida, some of which will be shown on CNN.com and broadcast on CNN.

Across CNN’s mobile platforms, the latest election stories and opinion pieces will be available via CNN’s mobile website and on the CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android phone and Android tablet.  The new Election Center section can also be accessed on CNN’s mobile platforms. All apps will live stream the candidate speeches and events during the primary. On primary night, live results can be viewed on CNN's mobile website and in the CNN App for iPad.

CNN en Español and CNN International
CNN en Español will offer extensive coverage of the Jan.31 Florida primaries, one in which the Latino vote is expected to play its most significant role yet. On Tuesday, Washington D.C. correspondent Ione Molinares will be reporting live from Tampa, and reporter Rafael Fuenmayor will offer live updates with guests from Miami throughout the day. Starting at 7 p.m., Washington D.C. anchor Juan Carlos López will host a special edition of Directo USA from Atlanta joined by anchors Patricia Janiot and Fernando del Rincón, and a panel of political contributors Maria Cardona, Juan Hernandez and Roberto Izurieta to offer analysis of the events of the day.

CNN International will simulcast the domestic network’s coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Programming schedule  for Tuesday, Jan. 31 – Florida Primary day (All Times Eastern):

  • 7:00PM – 10:00PM:        America's Choice 2012: The Florida Primary (Live)
  • 10:00PM – 12:00AM:        Anderson Cooper 360° – Special Edition (Live)
  • 12:00AM – 1:00AM (Feb.1):    Piers Morgan Tonight (Live)

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January 30th, 2012
04:38 PM ET

Gingrich talks to CNN's Joe Johns

CNN's Joe Johns talks with Newt Gingrich about his strategy against Romney and how he will handle future attack ads.

Please Credit: CNN senior political correspondent Joe Johns

January 30th, 2012
10:14 AM ET

U.S. Treasury Secretary Geithner: "we're growing at two to three percent"

CNN's Fareed Zakaria interviewed U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner from Davos, Switzerland for this pweekend's edition of FAREED ZAKARIA GPS.  Secretary Geithner acknowledged that "there are no oracles in economics," the housing sector remains weak, and employment remains high, but suggested that the U.S. economy could grow by two to three percent in 2012.

The full transcript of this interview may be found hereFAREED ZAKARIA GPS airs Sundays at 10:00am ET & PT.


January 30th, 2012
09:13 AM ET

Peter Brookes: Panetta comments on Osama bin Laden are 'careless'

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense and Heritage Foundation's Peter Brookes talks about the claim by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that some officials in Pakistan knew where Osama bin Laden was hiding out.

Brookes says, “[Panetta’s] words are quite careless…. I concur with Secretary Panetta but… I think it was a mistake to go ahead and say this once again to a national audience.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs week mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
January 30th, 2012
08:38 AM ET

DC Occupier witness: using Taser was unnecessary

On Early Start, Occupy DC participant Sara Shaw speaks to CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin about witnessing police using a Taser gun on a man at the camp.

Shaw says, “Once they were trying to detain him they then Tased him, which was definitely very unnecessary…. he was convulsing a little bit. But they took him to the hospital and they said that he was OK. He then spent the night in jail and his arraignment is today.”

Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin airs week mornings from 5-7am ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • Early Start • Zoraida Sambolin
January 27th, 2012
05:28 PM ET

Santorum: there hasn't even been a discussion as to whether to get out of this race.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum spoke with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about last night’s CNN debate and Santorum’s plans for the future of his campaign. Two highlights from the interview are after the jump.

Please credit all usage of the interview to CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer


January 27th, 2012
03:19 PM ET





CNN.com total day video highest of last five CNN debates

According to Nielsen Fast National data, CNN's Florida debate (8-10p, ET), moderated by Wolf Blitzer delivered 5.4 million total viewers and 1.7 million in the key target demographic 25-54 last night, Thursday, January 26.  This represents CNN's best debate yet this election cycle in the key demo and second best among total viewers (behind the Las Vegas GOP debate on 10/18).  Last night's debate ranked fourth among all primary debates so far this cycle in the key demo (including broadcast) and second among cable-only debates (behind only FNC's 12/15 debate).

CNN was, by far, top rated during the 8-10p, ET time period last night among the cable news networks in both total viewers and the key demo. CNN topped FNC among total viewers by 160% (5.4m vs. 2.1m) and MSNBC by 444% (5.4m vs. 985k).  In the target demo CNN topped FNC by 330% (1.7m vs. 405k) and MSNBC by 702% (1.7m vs. 217k).

During the west coast primetime airing (8-10p, PT/11p-1a, ET replay), CNN had an additional 1.2 million total viewers and 562k in the key demographic 25-54. 

With post-debate analysis, Anderson Cooper 360 easily outperformed its cable news competition at 10p.  AC360 topped FNC’s On the Record among total viewers by 30% (2.5m vs. 1.9m) and MSNBC’s Last Word by 130% (2.5m vs. 1.1m).  In the target demo AC360 topped FNC by 88% (895k vs. 477k) and MSNBC by 261% (895k vs. 248k). 

CNN Digital:

During last night’s CNN debate, CNN Digital’s stats include:

  • CNN.com page views were up 37% over the previous 4-Thursdays and up 5% over the average of the prior five CNN debates with 3.7 million page views.   CNN.com page views for the day hit 46.8 million, up 6% over the average of the past five CNN debates.
  • Video starts on CNN.com were also up 71% over the prior 4 Thursdays and 45% over the prior debates with 4.9 million.
  • Mobile page views were up 6% during the debate.  In total, CNN Mobile had 6.1 million page views for the day.

(Source: Omniture SiteCatalyst Prior 4-Thursday average based on 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, 1/12. Prior debate dates include 6/13, 9/12, 10/18, 11/22, 1/19.)

(Source: Bango. Prior 4-Thursday average based on 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, 1/12. Prior debate dates include 6/13, 9/12, 10/18, 11/22, 1/19.  Note: International mobile site does not contain video.)

Users also interacted with CNN across social media.


  • For last night’s Florida Republican debate there were 3 postings on the main CNN Facebook fanpage which generated 3,000 likes and comments.

Source: Facebook fan pages CNN 6/13/11, 9/12/11, 10/18/11, 11/22/11, 1/19/12 & 1/26/12; CNN Politics 9/12/11, 10/18/11, 11/22/11, 1/19/12 & 1/26/12


  • The CNNbrk account had 13 posts surrounding the debate which were retweeted 2,100 times.
  • The hashtag #CNNDebate was a trending topic throughout the evening, ranking as high as #1 in the US and Worldwide throughout portions of the broadcast.
  • Wolf Blitzer and Erin Burnett were also trending topics during last night’s debate coverage, with Wolf Blitzer ranking as high as #3 and Erin Burnett ranked #8 in US throughout the broadcast.

 Source: Twitter Analytics 6/13/11, 10/18/11, 11/22/11, 1/19/12 & 1/26/12


  • The CNN Florida Republican Debate had over 5,700 GetGlue check-ins and generated an estimated 1.3 million impressions across Facebook and Twitter.

Source: GetGlue 9/12, 10/18, 11/22, 1/19 & 1/26


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