CNN's senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman (@bencnn) is inside Syria, where he's been reporting from Aleppo and other parts of northern Syria for the past several days.
Read more on the situation in Aleppo here.
In an announcement Monday by the Commission on Presidential Debates, CNN chief political correspondent and anchor Candy Crowley was named as moderator of the second of the 2012 general election presidential debates. Her selection as moderator makes her the first woman in two decades to be chosen for this prestigious role.
Crowley will moderate the only town hall-style presidential debate between President Barack Obama and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The debate will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16 on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. The town hall debate will be the only format that allows undecided voters to ask questions of the candidates directly on foreign policy and domestic issues.
“As someone who is in awe and grateful every day to be in a country where freedom of the press, free speech and free elections are a way of life, I am wowed, amazed and excited by the opportunity to moderate a 2012 presidential debate," said Crowley. "Congratulations are in order as well to Martha, Jim and Bob. I am so proud to be in their company.”
“Candy’s brand of political reporting makes her the perfect choice for this role. Her special style of storytelling brilliantly connects what’s happening on the campaign trail to America’s voters,” said Sam Feist, Washington bureau chief. “We’re so proud that one of our own has been selected for this high honor.”
Crowley came to CNN in 1987 after serving in various reporting roles at NBC News and the Associated Press. She took the anchor chair of State of the Union with Candy Crowley, the network’s Sunday morning political hour of newsmaker interviews, in February 2010. In her role as chief political correspondent, Crowley covers a broad range of stories, including presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races and major legislative developments on Capitol Hill. Her assignments have taken her to all 50 states and around the world.
In her career, Crowley has covered the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Howard Dean, Bob Dole, Jesse Jackson, Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney, among others. Since the presidential nomination of Jimmy Carter, she has covered all but one of the national political conventions.
Candy earned a bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. Follow Candy on Twitter @CrowleyCNN.
A downloadable photo of Candy Crowley may be found here (Photo credit: Edward M. Pio Roda / CNN):
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Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA) opens up about why he thinks the Romney-Ryan ticket will get independent and undecided voters interested.
Gov. McDonnell says, “I think what Paul Ryan brings to the ticket is now a serious conversation about debt, taxes, spending, energy, entitlement reform. These are the things that will determine what kind of country we’ve got for our kids and our grandkids. They need to be talked about and Paul Ryan is a good guy to do it. So I think independent voters when they realize that we have these serious problems will say, yes, we do need to make some changes and this is the team to do it because the status quo with Biden and Obama is unacceptable.”
Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that Paul Ryan selection for the GOP ticket will spell disaster for the middle class, seniors.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz says, “Well, what makes severely conservative extreme Republicans delighted makes seniors here in my home state of Florida really gravely concerned and rightfully so as well as the middle class, because Mitt Romney's full embrace of the Ryan budget by actually nominating and selecting its author and architect to be his running mate really spells disaster for the middle class, spells disaster for seniors, because Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan both want to end Medicare as we know it. They both want to shred the safety net that is the Medicare healthcare safety net for seniors that's been in place for more than 50 years that would add more than $6,000 in premiums under Paul Ryan's proposal that Mitt Romney has embraced to seniors premiums in Medicare and that would really force us back to the days for senior that would - that had them choosing between medicine and meals and had them choosing between healthcare and paying their rent and literally surviving. It's unacceptable. It's devastating and it’s another clear picture where Mitt Romney stands.”
President Obama Campaign Surrogate Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) details the differences between how the Affordable Care Act and Paul Ryan’s plan would affect Medicare.
Rep. Van Hollen says, “And the issue of course during the campaign here is going to be what the American people think about the plan that [Ryan’s] authored because as Nan [Hayworth] said, he is the chief architect of the House Republican plan. It's a very ideological plan. It's a very right wing plan. And I think it would have terrible consequences for the vast majority of the American people.”
Early Start with John Berman & Zoraida Sambolin airs weekday mornings from 5-7am ET on CNN.
Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY) tells CNN Anchor Zoraida Sambolin that GOP VP pick Rep. Paul Ryan is right for the job.
Rep. Hayworth says, “Paul Ryan is sincere. He is substantive. He's serious about what he does. He is deeply patriotic and he is courageous. He is principled. He has presented a plan that really will fulfill the obligations we have to those most in need and those relying on our safety net and still allow the economy to grow.”
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