March 21st, 2012
10:25 AM ET

Trayvon Martin's Neighbors Speak Up on AC360

Anderson Cooper speaks with two neighbors who called 911 when Trayvon Martin was killed. They have some startling claims about how police responded to the shooting.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
March 21st, 2012
09:59 AM ET

Romney advisor: 'Big win in a big state;' 'you hit a reset button for the fall campaign'

On Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, Mitt Romney Senior Advisor Eric Fehrnstrom talks Illinois primary and Romney's decision to step aside in 2008 election.

Fehrnstrom says, "It was a big win in a big state…. You have to wonder where his opponents feel that they can win enough delegates to overtake what is really a commanding lead in the delegate count.”

When CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien asks about Romney stepping aside for McCain in 2008 and what happens if the other candidates don’t step aside for Romney this year, he replies, “At the time, John McCain did not have the delegates he needed to clinch the nomination but he was clearly on a path to doing that. The math was very challenging for Mitt Romney. And he made the decision that at that time, the country being at war in Iraq, it was important for John McCain to begin to rally the party behind him so he could prepare himself for the fall election campaign. Mitt Romney stepped aside. Now, in Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, these are both decent, honorable men who have run good campaigns. They are good Americans. They are good Republicans. And ultimately, I’m confident they'll make a decision that's not only right for their party, but right for them.”

He continues, “I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch a Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”

O’Brien questions this thinking and CNN senior political analyst Ron Brownstein adds, “You get a second look, there's no question about it. But it is not a complete, I think, blank slate.”

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

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March 21st, 2012
09:38 AM ET

Rep. Corrine Brown: People don't think system is fair

Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) says she would like to see a thorough investigation into the Trayvon Martin shooting and that the Stand Your Ground law "needs to be reviewed."

Brown says, "People don't think the system is fair to Mr. Martin."

She continues, "America is better than this.... We have to take this as a teaching moment and figure out what we can do to correct this. There's something wrong with this picture.

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

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March 21st, 2012
08:33 AM ET

Santorum rep: 'Prepared to go the distance;' Santorum campaign is 'a great American story'

This morning on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, Rick Santorum Communications Director Hogan Gidley spoke about Illinois primary loss and moving forward.

Gidley says, “Louisiana is the halfway point…. We’re prepared to go the distance…. We’ve stretched out our campaign that way. We’ve got a very low burn rate. We’re prepared to go on into the other states.”

When O’Brien asks him what happened in Illinois, he replies, “Illinois is a tailor made state for Mitt Romney. It’s a hugely moderate state…. It’s Obama’s home state. Of course Mitt Romney is going to play well there. We continue to do well amongst conservatives…. What does it say about Mitt Romney to spend $13 for every vote he gets, we spend three. That either makes him a horrible business man or a horrible candidate.”

Gidley adds, “The conservative side of this ballot is being split up by two other people. By Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich. So, The fact we’re even competing with Mitt Romney is absolutely amazing at this point. I mean it’s just a great American story.”

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

March 21st, 2012
08:16 AM ET

Rep. Steve Israel: 'There are so many Mitt Romneys;' can't seal deal

DCCC chair Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) discusses Illinois GOP primary and winning the the white collar, 'moderate, independent, suburban' vote over Republicans.

He says, "Mitt Romney can't even seal the deal with himself because there are so many Mitt Romneys."

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