February 9th, 2012
07:38 PM ET

Santorum on his tax returns: we can get them out in the next couple of days

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum spoke with CNN’s John King about women in combat, releasing his tax returns and insurance coverage for contraception.

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Topics: John King, USA
February 9th, 2012
06:46 PM ET

Ron Paul talks about insurance coverage for contraception

CNN's Wolf Blitzer spoke with Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) about his views of the current fight over insurance coverage for contraception. A highlight from the interview is below.

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February 9th, 2012
06:43 PM ET

'Emotional' response to Super Bowl ads

Dr. Carl Marci, CEO of Innerscope Research, Inc., discusses which Super Bowl ads received the biggest 'emotional' response.


Topics: CNN
Homs: A City Under Siege
February 9th, 2012
04:59 PM ET

Homs: A City Under Siege

This weekend CNN/US and CNN International will air a special half-hour documentary on Syria. Narrated by CNN's senior international correspondent Nic Robertson, 'Homs: A City Under Siege' takes viewers inside Syria's third-largest city – and a flashpoint in the uprising.

Airdates/times [All times Eastern]
CNN/US: Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10:30p
CNN International: Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5:30a, 11:30a, 7:30p; and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4:30p, 11:30p

Program Description
Bombs rain down on residential neighborhoods.  Snipers shoot at those who dare to leave their homes.  Bodies lay in the streets, as women, children, even medical crews are killed.  This is how activists describe the scene in what’s being called the capital of the Syrian uprising. Homs has suffered the worst of the violence that has left more than 6,000 people dead since the uprising and government crackdown began almost a year ago.  And residents say it’s getting worse.  Many are risking their lives to show the world how their city is suffering, by sharing video of the violence that has grown in intensity over the past week.  Distressing images and remarkable voices bear witness to the deteriorating situation and the escalating atrocities.  Through the voices of those who are living it, CNN tells the story of one week in 'Homs: A City Under Siege.'

 

February 9th, 2012
04:23 PM ET

Nic Robertson on violence in Syria

CNN's senior international correspondent Nic Robertson – who recently returned from assignment in Syria – talks to Suzanna Malveaux about the situation in Syria, including the escalated violence in Homs.

"Assad has decided to ratchet up the firepower to crush this uprising [in Homs] once and for all – to break their spirit, to seal these areas off so they can't get in...can't get medical supplies...can't get weapons to support themselves," says Robertson.

February 9th, 2012
10:18 AM ET

Senator DeMint: Brokered convention possible

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that a brokered convention is possible. His acknowledgement follows American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas and Gingrich Campaign Chairman Bob Walker‘s same assertion on Starting Point this morning.

O’Brien says, “So when we talked to Al Cardenes earlier, he basically said listen, if you look to March - if you look to Super Tuesday and if by Super Tuesday Mitt Romney has not wrapped this up, this could go to a brokered convention.”

DeMint replies, “Well, that’s probably true the way it’s set up this year with the divided delegates - it could very well go to the convention.”

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 9th, 2012
09:52 AM ET

VIDEO: Sen. John McCain – Romney took a setback; Gingrich/Santorum are 'pork barrelers'

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) spoke with Soledad O’Brien on CNN’s Starting Point about the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, including opponents' records and recent primary/caucus wins.

McCain states, “Mitt Romney took a setback Tuesday night…. And we're going to reinvigorate and pursue the effort in the states that are actually picking delegates right away. But I would also point out again that for, especially at CPAC conference, for Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum to call themselves fiscal conservatives is simply defiance of the record. They were earmarkers, they were pork barrelers, they encouraged the K-Street Project, which led to corruption, members of the Congress going to jail and Jack Abramoff. That is not being a fiscal conservative and that is their record. For Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum to call themselves fiscal conservatives is simply defiance of the record. They were earmarkers, they were pork barrelers, they encouraged the K-Street Project, which led to corruption, members of the Congress going to jail and Jack Abramoff. That is not being a fiscal conservative and that is their record.”

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 9th, 2012
09:42 AM ET

Senator John McCain on US role in Syria 'massacre'

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) joined Soledad O’Brien on CNN’s Starting Point to talk about the crisis in Syria, including military assistance.

McCain says, “Right now, we should be finding ways to help the people who are being slaughtered as we speak…. There’s no legitimacy left in the Assad regime. So we can work with countries to provide assistance in a broad variety of ways… military equipment… is an option that should be considered, but maybe not directly…. For us to sit by and watch this massacre and allow Russia and China to their everlasting shame veto resolutions in the United Nations Security Council is not acceptable. There are many things that we can achieve working with Turkey, the Arab League and other concerned nations and we ought to get about it quickly to stop this massacre.”

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


Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point • Syria
February 9th, 2012
09:17 AM ET

Gingrich campaign chairman: Romney has been broken

Newt Gingrich Campaign Chairman Bob Walker talks to Soledad O’Brien about their strategy and winning over the conservative vote at CPAC and across the nation.

Walker says, “… Whose message resonates not only with the crowd here but conservatives across the country. Then I think that Newt is going to have a very strong conservative message. It’s going to be one that’s going to be positive. It's one that is going to I think resonate across the country with conservatives who understand now that the Romney inevitability has been broken by what happened in South Carolina and now in three states in the West.

He continues, “Rick Santorum had a great night, but Rick Santorum's record still has yet to be examined, and I think that that’s one of the things that we will see over the next few weeks. I think that the things with Newt Gingrich is, he’s been coming here for a lot of years and he’s been coming here as the conservative leader. It has been Newt Gingrich who has set the agenda for conservatives for many years and I think this week here at CPAC he will help set the agenda for conservatives once again.”

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 9th, 2012
08:43 AM ET

ACU chairman: room for another GOP candidate possible

American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas says that there might be room for another candidate to enter GOP primary race after super Tuesday.

Cardenas says, “March 6 is Super Tuesday, and if we still have a fragmented electorate and an undecided process, that means this thing will last quite a while.  It will mean no one has the 1,144 delegates to win the nomination.  If they don't, then you're dealing.  And if you’re dealing you will come up with a combination of two of the four in the race or an outsider like Jeb Bush get in the race.  Mitt Romney is hoping that he can get this thing done March 6th.  I don't think anyone else has the resources that could accomplish that.  But if he doesn't and continues to be wide open race, things may get complicated.”

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


Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
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