March 14th, 2012
12:58 PM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Wolf Blitzer talks with Governor Luis Fortuno on a special edition of PMT

As Guest Host Week continues, last night CNN's Wolf Blitzer stands in for Piers Morgan, anchoring a special midnight edition of the program. The host of "The Situation Room" welcomed Governor Luis Fortuno to "Piers Morgan Tonight" for an engaging discussion on GOP politics.

A Mitt Romney surrogate, the Republican governor from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is considered a rising star in the party, and has been mentioned as a potential vice presidential candidate.

"It is not about the faces that actually are going to be seen in our ticket in November. It's about the values that will be behind those faces," insists Fortuno. "And the Hispanic community share many values with the Republican Party, we just have to stress those regardless of which faces will appear on our ticket."

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
March 14th, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Adrien Brody: took "Detachment" role to encourage young people to explore lives, become individuals

On Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien actor Adrien Brody discusses his new film “Detachment” and his return to his alma mater, LaGuardia High School.

On his character in the movie, Brody says, “… He’s not quite detached. He ends up being ultimately attached through the process of meeting some people who I think share some of the - the sense of isolation that he feels in the world. And I think that’s the common thread here is that so many people feel a sense of detachment from the world around them. And he is a very complex man who suffered a lot in his youth. But he’s compelled to be a guiding voice for these youngsters and - and it’s - it’s so crucial.”

When O’Brien asks Brody if he based the role after his father who was a junior high school teacher, he responds, “… My father is an amazing, kind and generous and thoughtful human being.”

He continues, “And I don’t feel like this film is really just a commentary about the state of affairs in the public school system. I think it’s about the failings of - of all the systems - the home, the family unit. That’s where education begins. And the reason I took this role was how much I understand the value of having a father figure, some guidance, and that that education really has to come from your parents and…to encourage young people to, you know, explore… their lives and become individuals and to be curious about the world around them.”

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

March 14th, 2012
11:32 AM ET

George Clooney: Sudan is 'committing war crimes;' will give testimony to Congress

On Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien actor and director George Clooney and John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, discuss their efforts to raise awareness about violence in Sudan.

Clooney says, “Well, they don't allow any press there. They don't allow any cameras there, but more important than that is it's very difficult to catch these images even with a satellite, because it's not running continuously. So, it requires coordination between on the ground and in the air. But what's important about this is… these are war crimes. When you are indiscriminately bombing innocent civilians, you are committing war crimes and that is what they're doing. It's a cowardly act, and that's what they're doing.”

Clooney and Prendergast will testify to Congress about Sudan.

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

March 14th, 2012
11:18 AM ET

CNN goes undercover in Mauritania

Two CNN Digital reporters recently traveled to Mauritania - a West African country that recently abolished slavery. The Mauritanian government denies the practice still exists, but the United Nations estimates 10% to 20% of Mauritanians live in slavery today. The crew wanted to investigate the situation as part of the Freedom Project, CNN’s effort to shine a light on modern-day slavery.


Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Freedom Project • SXSW
March 14th, 2012
10:19 AM ET

Santorum rep. on primary wins and other candidates; Romney as 'Barack Obama light'

Rick Santorum Senior Strategist John Brabender opens up to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien about campaign, other candidates after primary wins in Mississippi and Alabama.

Brabender says, “Yes, I mean, everybody thought I think Romney was going to win Mississippi and everybody thought Gingrich was going to win Alabama and Rick Santorum won both of them coming off the heels of winning Kansas on Saturday. So it's an exciting time for the campaign and I think Rick Santorum said it best that a lot of average Americans are showing people the pollsters don't know as well as they do. And so it was a pretty big upset last night and certainly gives the campaign a tremendous amount of momentum.”

He continues, “Rick Santorum made it very loud and clear that he's not running to be the conservative alternative for Mitt Romney, he’s running to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama…. The belief among conservatives is we're not going to ever beat Barack Obama by just putting up Barack Obama light, and so there is a real path that says if conservatives and Tea Party supporters decide that we are now going to unite behind one candidate, not only will he be the nominee but I strongly believe will beat Barack Obama.”

When O’Brien asks Brabender about Romney saying that Santorum “is at the desperate end of his campaign,” he replies, “I’m not sure I’m going to listen to the value judgment of a guy who strapped his dog on the top of the roof of his car and went hurling down the highway.”

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

March 14th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

Romney advisor: Money has bearing on the ability to beat President Obama

Mitt Romney Senior Advisor Jim Talent discusses the GOP delegate race and Santorum's ability to raise money.

Talent says, “[John McCain] lost 19 states and he won the nomination. You know, when you have a contest with a number of people in it, you're not going to win everywhere…. So, we're going to go now to Puerto Rico, Missouri, and Illinois. I expect to do well in those states as well.”

When CNN Contributor Will Cain asks him if the votes from Mississippi and Alabama were virtually meaningless to campaign, Talent responds, “No, they're very meaningful. We needed votes to get delegates. I mean, once you get past the initial stage of the primary, so it's not shut down early, and given the process this year, that was going to be the case, because as you know, so many are back-end loaded, then you have to get to the total that you have to get to. And that’s what we’re doing. We're really running against the delegate total more than against the others. And by that standard, we're doing really well. I mean, we won more delegates than anybody else won yesterday.”

On campaign financing, Talent states, “…If you can't raise any money, it has a bearing on whether you're a good candidate and whether you can beat Barack Obama. It's all part of being a good candidate, having an organization, having a strong message, being energetic on the stump, raising money. And this is the national campaign that is moving towards the nomination. I mean, we're doing as well or better than McCain did four years ago. Like I said, we're doing better than four or five months ago I thought we would do in the South, at least as well as we expected.”

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