March 22nd, 2012
09:58 PM ET

Newt Gingrich on Robert DeNiro's joke

In the aftermath of actor Robert DeNiro's recent "white first lady" joke, and subsequent labeling of Gingrich as a "hypocrite" for demanding an apology, the former House Speaker offered his reaction tonight on "Piers Morgan Tonight":

"I just thought De Niro’s quote was in bad taste. If it had been a Conservative talk radio show host, who said exactly the same thing, but reversed the racial reference, the Left would have exploded with rage," says Gingrich. "But of course, if it's one of their own, and after all it's only attacking Republicans, that's perfectly appropriate."

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
March 22nd, 2012
12:17 PM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Ann Romney talks campaign distractions

In the aftermath of Mitt Romney's impressive victory in the Illinois primary, Piers Morgan welcomed his wife Ann Romney for a live, exclusive interview last night.

Celebrating her 43rd wedding anniversary to the former Massachusetts governor, Mrs. Romney addresses the recent drama surrounding adviser Eric Fehrnstrom's Etch-A-Sketch comment:

"Obviously he was talking about how we're going to change focus, and we're going to change what we're going to do in the organizational sense of changing. Not Mitt changing positions."

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
March 22nd, 2012
12:00 PM ET

CNN Presents: NFL Bounty Hunting, Tax Identity Fraud, & more – Sunday, March 25

CNN's Drew Griffin and Randi Kaye host a three-story magazine episode of CNN PRESENTS for Sunday, March 25, that includes an investigation by correspondent Ed Lavandera into the NFL “bounty scandal” – the practice by some coaches of paying players for vicious hits on the field, and a report by correspondent Kaj Larsen on people who spend years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit, but who get no compensation from the state that convicted them.  Also included in this week's edition of the program, Randi Kaye investigates what’s been described by law enforcement as the new “crack cocaine of crime” – a disturbing trend of identity thieves who go online and steal tax refunds from filers.

This edition of CNN PRESENTS will air on Sunday, March 25 at 8:00pm and 11:oopm ET & PT.


Topics: CNN • CNN Presents • Drew Griffin
March 22nd, 2012
08:51 AM ET

Tea Party Express chair: Etch-a-Sketch line won't go away

Tea Party Express chair Amy Kremer appears on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien to discuss Romney campaign aide's Etch-a-Sketch comment and how it will affect the GOP race.

Kremer says, “I don’t think it’s going to go away and the reason… is because his opponents are going to keep it front and center.”

She continues, “[Tea Party members] are educated on the issues… Social media and the internet [have] also allowed people to go back and do research on these candidates and their records. They don’t just make decisions based off the talking points that they’re given at a podium. They’re investigating and I think they’re going to decide which candidate they want.”

Kremer adds, “The people across the country want a fiscal conservative…. That’s why we want theses candidates to stay focused on the economy and the fiscal issues of jobs, jobs, jobs. Getting the gas prices down…. They need to get off the social issues and focus on what is important to Americans.”

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

March 22nd, 2012
08:16 AM ET

Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien reviews impact of Etch-a-Sketch moment that made headlines yesterday on the show

One day after Mitt Romney Senior Advisor Eric Fehrnstrom had the Etch-A-Sketch moment on CNN's Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien, CNN Anchor Soledad O'Brien, CNN Contributor Will Cain, political comedian John Fugelsang and The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza discuss the potential impact of the sound bite on the GOP hopeful's campaign on the show where it all started.

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