February 20th, 2012
06:15 PM ET

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu on gay marriage: "You can't legislate love."

Days after stepping down from a position with Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu sat down with CNN's Wolf Blitzer to talk about recent allegations that he threatened to deport a former boyfriend and his views on gay marriage. Highlights from the interview is after the jump; please visit http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2012.02.20.html for a full transcript of the interview.

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

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February 20th, 2012
05:15 PM ET

Chris Christie on same-sex marriage "I don't compromise my principles for politics"

Tomorrow night, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for a candid and revealing interview, during which the Republican discusses his views on same-sex marriage.

Reiterating his personal position that "marriage should be between one man and one woman," Christie has vetoed a bill allowing same-sex marriage in New Jersey. But he's encouraging the Legislature to allow his constituents to have the final say:

"Let's put it on the ballot, and let's let people decide," Christie tells Piers Morgan.

TUNE IN tomorrow night at 9pmET/PT.

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
February 20th, 2012
12:05 PM ET

GOP Candidates to Appear for Final Debate before Super Tuesday

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Republican presidential hopefuls will face-off for the final debate before a dozen states take to the polls on Super Tuesday. CNN anchor and chief national correspondent John King will moderate the two-hour debate, which will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET from the Mesa Performing Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.

King, Wolf Blitzer and Erin Burnett will anchor their respective programs live from Mesa on the days surrounding the CNN debate. Anderson Cooper will anchor special, post-debate coverage.

National political correspondent Jim Acosta, senior political correspondent Joe Johns and CNN Radio’s Lisa Desjardins will report from Arizona. In addition, chief political analyst Gloria Borger, senior political analyst David Gergen and CNN political contributors John Avlon, Donna Brazile, Erick Erickson, James Carville and Ari Fleischer will be on site in Arizona to provide insight and analysis across all programming. On the campaign trail covering the candidates leading up to the Arizona and Michigan primaries are reporter-at-large Peter Hamby, political reporter Shannon Travis, and political producers Rachel Streitfeld and Shawna Shepherd.

All four of the leading Republican presidential contenders will participate in Wednesday’s debate: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. In addition to questions posed to the candidates by King and Arizona Republicans in the audience, the network will solicit questions and comments submitted in real-time from CNN.com, the CNN Politics fan page on Facebook and by using the #CNNDebate hashtag on Twitter. FULL POST