February 8th, 2012
06:55 PM ET

McCain blames Romney loss on low turnout

Sen. John McCain blames Mitt Romney's losses in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri on low voter turnout. A full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2012.02.08.html

CNN Political Ticker: McCain blames turnout (not Romney) for Tuesday results

Topics: CNN
February 8th, 2012
06:26 PM ET


 Nielsen data for Minnesota/Colorado Caucuses and Missouri Non-Binding Primary – Tuesday, February 7, 2012


CNN tops MSNBC during CNN’s live coverage block (7p-midnight) in target demo 25-54

CNN tops MSNBC in primetime (8-11pm) in key demo 25-54

CNN’s AC 360 tops MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell in both total viewers and the demo

During CNN’s live coverage (7pm-midnight) of the GOP Minnesota/Colorado caucuses andMissouriprimary, CNN topped MSNBC’s regular programming in the target demo 25-54 (280k vs. 240k).  During primetime (8-11pm) CNN also outperformed MSNBC in the demo (307k vs. 279k).

At 10pm AC 360 outperformed Lawrence O’Donnell in total viewers (932k vs. 919) and had a 54% advantage in the key demo (355k vs. 231k). 

Compared to prior four non-event Tuesdays, CNN had the most growth increasing +51% in total viewers (857k vs. 568k) and +80% in the key demo (307k vs. 171k).  MSNBC was up only 10% in total viewers (1.020m vs. 926k) and increased 41% (279k vs. 198k) in the demo; while FNC increased +14%  (2.519m vs. 2.208m) and +20% (582k vs.487k) in the key target demo.

Topics: Anderson Cooper • CNN • CNN Politics • Wolf Blitzer
February 8th, 2012
10:04 AM ET

Syria's cycle of suffering

CNN's Arwa Damon reports on the escalated shelling in Homs, and the Syrian activists who are pleading with the world for help.

"It's too much. For God's sake, this is too much," says one activist.

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Topics: Arwa Damon • Breaking News • CNN • Syria
February 8th, 2012
09:22 AM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Tim Pawlenty on Santorum's victory

On the heels of Rick Santorum's dramatic victories in Tuesday's caucuses, Piers Morgan welcomed former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, a Mitt Romney supporter last night.  "Most people sort of expected this, Piers, so with all due respect, it's not really a shock or an unexpected development," he told Piers.

Pawlenty maintains that while Tuesday was a big night for Santorum, his candidate has plenty of success still to come.

"It wasn't Mitt Romney's night in those states but I think you'll see him dramatically reemerge with tremendous victories in the state's that are coming up."


Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
February 8th, 2012
08:50 AM ET

Santorum: I didn't lose my principles

On Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum gives his first interview after sweeping Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri.

Santorum states, “A lot of folks lose races, but I didn't lose, unlike Governor Romney, my principles. I stood up and fought for what I believed in, in a very tough election year.”

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

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
February 8th, 2012
08:11 AM ET

Trump: 'I don't get Rick Santorum;' talks Romney cabinet position

Donald Trump sits down with CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield to discuss GOP candidates for president as well as what position he would want in Mitt Romney’s cabinet.

Trump says, “Rick Santorum was a sitting senator who in re-election lost by 19 points, to my knowledge the most in the history of this country for a sitting senator to lose by 19 points. It’s unheard of. Then he goes out and says oh ‘okay’ I just lost by the biggest margin in history and now I’m going to run for president. Tell me, how does that work? ... That’s like me saying I just failed a test. Now I’m going to apply for admission to the Wharton School of Finance. Okay? He just failed a test.... And now he’s going to run for president. So, I don’t get Rick Santorum. I don’t get that whole thing.”

On a Romney cabinet position, Trump continues, “I don’t know maybe a position where I negotiate against some of these countries. Because they are really taking our lunch.”

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

Topics: Ashleigh Banfield • CNN • CNN Politics • Early Start
PREVIEW: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 7 – 8
Road to Rio – A Green City Journey: Mallika Kapur with a solar cooker in Delhi, India
February 8th, 2012
03:54 AM ET

PREVIEW: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 7 – 8

Road to Rio: A Green City Journey

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Duration: 30 minutes

This month, ‘Road to Rio’ stops off in the world’s second most populated country, India. Hosts Mallika Kapur (pictured), Sara Sidner and Nick Glass meet in the capital city of Delhi to explore how carbon cuts are being made.

Using environmentally-friendly modes of transport, ‘Road to Rio’ takes on the Green City Challenge, learning the best in green initiatives in a city heaving with vehicle and pedestrian traffic.   

Filming around Delhi on a solar-powered rickshaw, the team explores the cuts being made in transport – nearly the whole public system is run on natural gas (CNG) and the Metro system is expanding to take 17 million cars off the road reducing emissions by 160 millions tonnes.

Also in the show,  Sidner visits a local orphanage where organic waste from the local market is powering up the locals’ stoves, providing one solution to Delhi’s problem of 9,000 tonnes of waste daily.

Glass goes to visit Chamong Tea Estate where tea pickers are exploiting renewable hydroelectric power to help run their business, and Kapur heads to Jaipur to see how a textile factory is turning to the power of the sun to weave more and burn less.


Aiming for Gold


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Duration: 30 minutes

February’s ‘Aiming For Gold’ comes from the O2 Arena in London, where some of the world’s most skilled gymnasts are battling it out for their spot in this year’s Olympics at the Gymnastics Test Event.  

The programme meets world-renowned gymnast Nadia Comenaci, whose career saw her claim two gold medals in the 1980 Summer Olympics and become the first female gymnast to be awarded the top score of 10 in an Olympic event.

The show also catches up with one of the world’s fastest athletes, Tyson Gay (pictured), as he flies into London for a photo shoot. The track and field sprinter reveals how he is preparing for what he hopes will be one of the most significant years in his career.


Open Court


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Thursday 23 February at 1030 GMT / 1130 CET and 1730 GMT / 1830 CET
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Duration: 30 minutes

February’s ‘Open Court’ comes from Chennai, with a special report on India’s tennis greats. Doubles specialist and decorated doubles grand slam champion Leander Paes (pictured above, left) hosts the programme and profiles the stars of the day, as well as taking viewers back to the roots of Indian tennis.

The programme looks at Paes’ own career and his rise to the top of the doubles world. After recently winning the 2012 Australian Open doubles title, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

CNN correspondent Mallika Kapur catches up with Sania Mirza in Mumbai. Mirza is the most successful woman in India’s tennis history and one of the most “Googled” people in the world. The show discovers what it’s like being a Muslim in the world of tennis and playing on the WTA tour.


Piers Morgan Tonight

Monday to Friday at 2000 GMT / 2100 CET
Full air times: 0200 GMT / 0300 CET (SIMULCAST WITH CNN US), 1200 GMT / 1300 CET and 2000 GMT / 2100 CET
Duration: 1 hour

Piers Morgan’s nightly interview show has recently seen guests as varied as Rick Santorum, Jerry Springer, Charlize Theron, Seal, Alex Baldwin, Jill Biden, Sean Penn, Jimmy Carter and Ed Burns.

The in-depth, personality-driven programme continues throughout February as Piers' inimitable style uncovers fascinating details about his newsmaker guests.


Topics: CNN Preview
February 8th, 2012
01:45 AM ET

Colorado GOP Chair tells CNN: Santorum wins

First on CNN: The Colorado GOP chair declares to CNN in an interview that Rick Santorum has won Colorado.

RYAN CALL, GOP CHAIRMAN, COLORADO:  We have got about 98 percent of our precincts reporting tonight.  The Colorado Republican Party is prepared to announce that Rick Santorum has won Colorado's Republican preference poll, with about 40 percent of the vote.  We're getting the final numbers in just now.  Rick Santorum has exceeded expectations and wins Colorado's caucus called vote tonight.


During CNN’s America’s Choice 2012 Coverage, former Senator Rick Santorum spoke with CNN senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash. A full transcript of the interview will be posted at http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2012.02.08.html  and video is posted at http://cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/politics/2012/02/08/bash-intv-santorum.cnn.html

RICK SANTORUM (R-PA), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:  Thank you.  It was a good day.  The people had an opportunity to go out there without a lot of the garbage being thrown at them.  Although I will say when I was in Minneapolis today, I got someone here, three mailers from the Romney campaign.  Three negative mailers  -


Topics: CNN Politics