March 13th, 2012
09:25 PM ET

Pawlenty: You also need not just the entertainer-in-chief, you need somebody who can actually be president

CNN’s Erin Burnett spoke with Romney supporter Tim Pawlenty about the night's big races. A full transcript from the interview will be posted on

Please credit all usage of the interview to CNN’s Erin Burnett, OutFront



Highlight from Full Interview

BURNETT:  Governor, and I hear your points.  But it does seem the Republican Party has a - has a real issue and potentially a bigger split or, you know, more existential question coming its way.  But you look at the exit polls tonight, Alabama and Mississippi, 55 percent of the people in Alabama, Mitt Romney is not conservative enough; 52 percent of them in Mississippi.

It does seem, it is - the numbers show it.  We've seen it in every state.  The truly conservative base of your party does not seem to be supporting Mitt Romney.

PAWLENTY:  Well, I would encourage you, Erin, to, before you make a final judgment about that, to look at the results tonight, because if it turns out that Mitt wins one or both of those states, your premise could be undermined immediately.  I mean if Mitt Romney does well in those Southern states tonigthe script gets rewritten.  I mean that's a breakthrough moment and really defies what your question just suggested.


March 13th, 2012
08:10 PM ET

Romney: Santorum is at the desperate end of his campaign

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Mitt Romney says that Rick Santorum is "at the desperate end of his campaign." A highlight from the interview is after the jump.

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


March 13th, 2012
03:09 PM ET

AC360 invu W/UN Hummanitarian Chief back from Syria

Women and children massacred in Syria, as the Assad regime continues to insist it is not killing citizens. We're Keeping Them Honest. Also, Anderson speaks with UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos, who just got back from Syria.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
March 13th, 2012
01:18 PM ET

'72 Hours Under Fire'

CNN's unfiltered look at reporting in Syria – '72 Hours Under Fire' – will air Friday, March 16, at 11pmE and 2amE, and Saturday, March 17, at 8pmE, 11pm E and 2amE.

Homs, Syria – considered one of the most dangerous places CNN has ever covered – is at the heart of a one-hour special documenting the challenges and dangers faced by a CNN team while on assignment there. As told by the journalists who risked their lives to get into Homs and the CNN news executives tasked with keeping them safe, 72 Hours Under Fire gives viewers an inside look at the complexities and risks involved in getting the story out of Syria.

“Homs is as challenging an editorial operation as we have encountered,” says Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director of CNN International. FULL POST

Topics: Arwa Damon • CNN • Syria
March 13th, 2012
12:36 PM ET

Fareed Zakaria Launches Quarterly Series on American Renewal on CNN and in TIME Magazine

Global Lessons: The GPS Road Map for Saving Health Care debuts Sunday, March 18 at 8:00pm ET & PT

CNN and TIME’s Fareed Zakaria will launch a quarterly series of television specials for CNN/U.S. and CNN International and feature articles for TIME that pursue solutions to the most pressing issues central to the 2012 election: health care, immigration, jobs, and energy, it was announced today.  The first special, Global Lessons: The GPS Road Map for Saving Health Care, will debut on Sunday, March 18 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET & PT on CNN/U.S., and on CNN International on Saturday, March 24 at 9:00pm ET.  The companion article for TIME will be in the edition that hits newsstands on Friday, March 17.

“We Americans need to recognize that there are many areas where we could learn a lot from what other countries are doing.  America’s best companies routinely benchmark to global standards.  What we’re trying to do in this series is just that – look around the world and ask, ‘what can we learn?’  In the process, we also found areas where we could teach the rest of the world a thing or two.” Zakaria said. FULL POST

Vinnie Malhotra Joins CNN as Senior Vice President, Development and Acquisitions
March 13th, 2012
11:58 AM ET

Vinnie Malhotra Joins CNN as Senior Vice President, Development and Acquisitions

Vinnie Malhotra, a former program development executive at ESPN and long-time ABC News producer, joins CNN as senior vice president for development and acquisitions, it was announced by Mark Whitaker, CNN Worldwide managing editor.


Topics: CNN • CNN Press Releases
March 13th, 2012
09:56 AM ET

Sandra Fluke on Starting Point: It's been 'difficult;' discusses Op-Ed and responds to criticism

Sandra Fluke, Georgetown law student who has become a focal point in the contraception debate, discusses her Op-Ed released today and responds to criticism on her stance on contraception.

When CNN’s Soledad O’Brien asks her how the last couple of weeks have been for her, Fluke responds, “They’ve been difficult to say the least, but I’m doing okay."

Fluke adds, “One of the other low points in this process has been the misinformation that’s being put out to the public about this debate and that’s one of the main reasons that I wanted to submit the Op-Ed. Because I wanted people to understand that this is neither government subsidized contraception nor is contraception as incredibly cheap as some people have shared.”

When CNN contributor Will Cain asks if they can agree that the debate is about whether employers should determine health care benefits or if the government should have certain requirements, Fluke replies, “…. Well, not exactly. I think there are multiple ways to limit access. Certainly making something illegal would be the most extreme form. Not covering it as a health care benefit the way other types of health care benefits are covered is another way to limit access and that’s what many women across the country are currently experiencing… even if they have insurance, co—pays can be as high as $50 a month which is significant for a woman not making a lot of money.”

Fluke then disagrees with Cain when he asks if her logic can be applied to so many other things that health care doesn’t cover such as gym memberships.

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 13th, 2012
08:49 AM ET

Alabama GOP chairman: Gingrich is "out of the ball game" if he doesn't win today

Bill Armistead, Alabama GOP chairman, weighs in on his state's primary and explains why Gingrich resonates with Alabama voters.

Armistead says, “[Gingrich is] our next door neighbor, and we've seen a lot of him over the past. And while he did take a backseat for a while he has stumped extensively here for Alabama. You would think he was running for governor here because of his campaigning, going to restaurants, going to church on Sunday. He is showing up everywhere. He's got to do extremely well in Alabama and Mississippi just to stay in the race.

He continues, “… In all reality if [Gingrich] doesn't win Mississippi and Alabama, I think it's a big bump in the road. I don't see how it goes forward. If he loses one he may go a little bit longer. If he loses them both, I believe he's out of the ball game and then it will be a one to one between Santorum and Romney.”

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

March 13th, 2012
08:19 AM ET

CNN legal contributor on FL shooting of Trayvon Martin: Stand Your Ground law moves Castle Doctrine to the street

CNN Legal Contributor and Criminal Defense Attorney Paul Callan explains 'Stand Your Ground' law in connection with the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Callan tells CNN's Ashleigh Banfield, "…The police have said Mr. [George] Zimmerman, when he was questioned, indicated that he was acting in self-defense, that [Martin] had attacked him and that he had the right to protect himself with a weapon. And Ashleigh, I have to tell you, Florida is one of about 15 states in the United States that have something called a 'Stand Your Ground' law…. And it's very easy to assert self-defense in Florida. This law was signed by Governor Jeb Bush in 2005, and it changed the law in Florida. It said basically that even if you're outside of your home, if you think you're under attack and you have to protect yourself, you can use deadly physical force if you're in fear. You don't have to run or retreat.”

When Banfield asks if the 'Stand Your Ground' law is different than the 'Castle Doctrine,' he adds, “… What Florida has done is it's taken the 'Castle Doctrine,' which means you, basically, can protect your home and it's allowed you to use that same doctrine in the street. It moves the 'Castle Doctrine' to the street, and they name it 'Stand Your Ground' in Florida.”

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

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Topics: Ashleigh Banfield • CNN • Early Start