March 8th, 2012
05:03 PM ET

CNN's Jason Carroll only reporter to interview James Cameron aboard his ship for deep sea dive

CNN national correspondent Jason Carroll interviews director/filmmaker, James Cameron, on board Cameron’s expedition ship the Mermaid Sapphire, about his diving mission to the world's deepest point—Challenger Deep.

Challenger Deep is located nearly seven miles below the surface in the Pacific’s Mariana Trench. Cameron along with a team of scientists and National Geographic will attempt the dive to the deepest part of the trench later this month.

Carroll was the only news reporter invited on the ship during Cameron’s test dives off the coast of Papua New Guinea. There he got a first hand look at Cameron’s single pilot specially-built submersible – the “DEEPSEA CHALLENGER.”

Cameron plans to spend six hours at the bottom of the trench filming and collecting samples for research in marine biology, microbiology, astrobiology, marine geology and geophysics.

Carroll speaks about Cameron’s mission and writes about his experience on

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March 8th, 2012
11:27 AM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Cindy McCain wont be seeing HBO's "Game Change"

Last night,  "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a woman who is no stranger to political process and life inside an election campaign, Cindy McCain.

The wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, the businesswoman and philanthropist offered a very negative reaction to the upcoming film "Game Change":

"I lived this, and from everything I've read and heard it doesn't even resemble what took place," said McCain in reference to the HBO movie documenting the Republican Party during the 2008 presidential election. "I can go to Disneyland for fiction."

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
March 8th, 2012
09:24 AM ET

Michele Bachmann discusses Twitter threats, Limbaugh and foster children

On Starting Point to talk about their bipartisan effort to help America's foster children, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) respond to the Rush Limbaugh controversy and Bachmann discusses personal threats.

Bachmann says, “… I think when you see the overkill that's being done against Rush Limbaugh and then you see the comments that were said about me and absolutely no response whatsoever, there's no comparison here.”

She adds, “So, why is it that there is outrage when it is an issue on the left, but there's zero outrage on the right. To me, it doesn't matter whether a woman is a Republican or democrat or whether she's liberal or conservative. This sort of violent talk should not be acceptable for anyone.”

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

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March 8th, 2012
09:10 AM ET

Rep. Mike Rogers: US must have "credible military option" against Iran

On Starting Point, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) talks with CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien about Iran and Syria.

Rogers says, “I do believe with a high degree of confidence that there were activities [in Iran] that were related to their nuclear weapons program. What they were is still up for some debate. But, clearly, that's one site that they were engaged in some activity. And there are several different avenues that they're pursuing all at the same time, enrichment being one, missile testing being another, and then weaponization.”

He continues, “I wish we would draw [sanctions] a little tighter. There are things that we can do starting in July we can move up on the timetable and continue to put pressure on them. But they are very clever, and they understand if they can delay a little bit, they can continue to work on their program.”

“I believe that if this is going to work we have to have a credible military option. Meaning, Iran has to believe that we'll do something if they continue to pursue down this path. So continue sanctions and then show that the United States is serious when we say all options on the table. We can't say all options on the table, oh, by the way, Israel, we don't want you to do anything. That's not very credible. So we need to make our argument credible.”

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

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March 8th, 2012
07:00 AM ET

"Joe the Plumber" on running for office and views on homosexuality

Congressional candidate Samuel Wurzelbacher, commonly known as “Joe the Plumber”, joins Early Start to discuss his qualifications to run for political office and his previous controversial statements about homosexuality.

On what qualifies him to run for Congress, Wurzelbacher says, “Politicians… live off the backs of broke taxpayers. They constantly take advantage of us. They don't get anything done. There's never-ending money from the taxpayer, not enough American people are stepping up. My qualification is that I’m an American and I’ve served my country in the military, and I’m going to serve my country in Congress. The whole idea from our Constitution and the creation of our country is for people to come out of the community, represent their constituents, their fellow Americans, and then go back to the community. Right now, unfortunately, you’ve got career politicians that lose touch with the reality of what is America… So, I have lots of qualifications.”

When CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin asks Wurzelbacher to explain his stance on homosexuality, he accuses her of “trying to do a gotcha moment” to which Samoblin responds, “It’s not a gotcha moment. These are things that you said and I think people voting for you should have an opportunity to understand whether or not you have changed your positions on these two issues here.”

Wurzelbacher continues, “I have spoke with Jimmy LaSalvia over at GOProud and I’m in an agreement that I’m going to work towards all Americans, homosexuals, straight. They want jobs. That's what it comes down to. I’m allowed to have my opinion as an American but it seems the left is very intolerant when you have an opinion other than what they state.”

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

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