March 2nd, 2012
05:06 PM ET

Santorum to Blitzer on Limbaugh: "He's being absurd."

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum spoke with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about his recent comments calling Pres. Obama a snob and his thoughts about conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s recent controversial remarks. A highlight from the interview is below. This interview is scheduled to air in the 5 p.m. ET hour of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN.

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CNN Political Ticker: Santorum calls Limbaugh comments 'absurd'
March 2nd, 2012
03:51 PM ET

CNN Anchors, Correspondents out in Full Force on Super Tuesday

Live Election Roundtable on Kicks Off Coverage; Virtual Convention Floor Makes its Debut

As the proven destination for politics across all platforms, CNN plans extensive coverage of the Super Tuesday caucus and primary contests on March 6. Anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, John King and Candy Crowley will headline the network’s America’s Choice 2012: Super Tuesday special programming from the CNN Election Center beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Gloria Borger and David Gergen, along with CNN political contributors Donna Brazile, Ari Fleischer, Hilary Rosen, Erick Erickson, Paul Begala and Alex Castellanos, will join the coverage to provide analysis and insight. Beginning at 1 a.m. on March 7, the network will air a live special edition of Anderson Cooper 360º.

“CNN will deploy more resources in the field to cover Super Tuesday than any other television network,” said Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president. “These contests will play a pivotal role in determining the direction of the rest of this campaign.”



March 2nd, 2012
02:35 PM ET

CNN's Ashleigh Banfield rides through area under tornado warnings

After covering the devastating tornadoes live from Harrisburg, IL for Early Start, CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield  found herself in the middle of a a potentially dangerous warning.

She and her producer did make it safely through the storm.

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

Topics: Ashleigh Banfield • CNN • Early Start
March 2nd, 2012
01:52 PM ET

CNN Provides Live Coverage Saturday Night of Washington Caucus Results: 8PM – 9PM ET

On Saturday, March 3, CNN will air America’s Choice 2012: Washington Caucuses live from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will lead coverage from Washington, D.C. and will be joined by anchor and chief national correspondent John King at the Magic Wall. Chief political analyst Gloria Borger and CNN contributors Hilary Rosen and Ari Fleisher will be on hand to provide analysis as the results are reported. National political correspondent Jim Acosta and senior correspondent Joe Johns will report from the Super Tuesday state of Ohio. Political reporter Shannon Travis and reporter/producer Paul Vercammen will be live from Washington State.


Award-winning ‘CNN Business Traveller’ returns to CNN International in March
March 2nd, 2012
10:49 AM ET

Award-winning ‘CNN Business Traveller’ returns to CNN International in March

CNN International today announced the return of its award-winning monthly CNN Business Traveller’ programme, which will launch on Thursday 15 March.

‘CNN Business Traveller’ hosted by CNN business and travel expert Richard Quest is the definitive authority on making the most of doing business on the road, and aims to give discerning viewers the edge on their fellow travellers.


Topics: Richard Quest
March 2nd, 2012
10:27 AM ET

Ohio GOP: Primary is going to be dead heat

Kevin DeWine, Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, tells CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien that the 2012 GOP primary in Ohio is going to be a tight race.

DeWine says, “This thing is going to be a two-man race. It’s going to be very, very close in Ohio over the course of the next few days. And it's going to be - it’s going to be because of two things. You're seeing all the candidates in here spending time and energy putting campaign ads on TV and doing radio ads, but you're also - the Buckeye voters are also getting a great opportunity to see the candidates up close and personal doing real, real retail politicking. And I think that's having an impact as we - as we roll into Super Tuesday here in the Buckeye State.”

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


Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
March 2nd, 2012
09:46 AM ET

Rep. John Lewis on AL voter ID law: We must respect the dignity, worth of everyone

Kerry Kennedy and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) discuss the "Bloody Sunday" anniversary and controversial voter ID legislation in Alabama.

Rep. Lewis says, “But in many parts of America today people are passing voter ID laws, making it difficult for many people to participate in a democratic process. The Vernon Center based in New York has reported that maybe more than 5 million people would be denied the right to participate in a democratic process. Because of these voter IDs, early voting, making it hard and difficult for young people, minority, seniors and others to vote on Election Day.”

He adds, “I feel like we're still marching and it's necessary to march again. It is not right. It's not fair. It's unjust to treat the Latino population or any population the way people are being treated. In the state of Alabama and in so many other states in America, Hispanics, Latinos live in constant fear. These laws are bad. They are bad for our fellow human beings. I don't think there's any such thing as an illegal human being. We all are legal. People must be treated with a sense of dignity. We must respect the dignity and the worth of every human being.”

Kennedy states, “Well, you know, this was legislation passed in order to get people to self deport. And it's really to harass and terrify people into leaving the state of Alabama and it's had terrible, terrible consequences. They are not only going to lose up to six percent of their GDP because of job loss. They're going to lose up to 140,000 jobs in Alabama. This is legislation that's opposed by the Homebuilders Association, by the Chamber of Commerce, and by human rights groups.”

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

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March 2nd, 2012
08:55 AM ET

GOP strategist: finding a fired up Romney supporter is like a game of Where's Waldo

Democratic Strategist Penny Lee, Republican Strategist Joel Sawyer and CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser talk with CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin about endorsements for presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Sawyer says, “You know, finding a fired up Romney supporter is like a game of where's Waldo. I mean, it's that he's the practical choice. You know, he's the choice that you make with your head."

He adds, “But you look at these rallies across the country, and you know, when they were here in South Carolina, Santorum, Paul, Gingrich all have a very passionate base of support, where as with Romney, it's almost like people are resigned to support him. And that's got to be frightening for him heading into these Super Tuesday contests.”

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


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