CNN will offer viewers nonstop, unbiased programming across on-air and digital platforms at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions beginning later this month. The network’s robust political team will travel to Tampa, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C. for live programming and events from locations on the convention floors, sky booths and a studio integrated into the CNN Grills.
CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, Piers Morgan, Candy Crowley, Soledad O’Brien, John Berman, Brooke Baldwin and Suzanne Malveaux will be on the ground in Tampa and Charlotte during the Republican and Democratic parties’ respective conventions to provide comprehensive coverage. Special evening programming will kick off each week and will be followed by daily programs beginning at 5 a.m. and continuing through prime time and a midnight broadcast with Piers Morgan. Chief national correspondent John King will be on hand in both convention cities with Magic Wall technology, in addition to chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst David Gergen.
“As the only cable news channel that has not picked sides in this election, CNN has a unique lens with which to cover these conventions,” said Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president. “In Tampa and in Charlotte, we will give both parties an opportunity to showcase their platforms while also asking tough questions of Republicans and Democrats. Coverage of the conventions will dominate our air over two weeks as CNN's deep bench of anchors, political reporters and analysts help Americans make an informed choice about their vote.”
A full breakdown of CNN’s programming over the course of the two convention weeks is after the jump.CNN Digital Gives Users Anytime, Anywhere Access to the 2012 Political Conventions
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Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) speaks to CNN’s John Berman about the Romney and Ryan Medicare plans and latest polling on GOP VP choice.
When asked about the Medicare plans, Rep. Gingrey said, “It's the same game plan, even though you may have a different center fielder. The straw that stirs this drink obviously is Mitt Romney. He is going to be the next president of the United States. Paul Ryan is going to be the vice president. And I think they’ll get on tweaking around the edges in regard to the plan.”
John Berman then presented results of a USA Today/Gallup poll showing 43 percent of independents rating the VP choice as fair/poor.
Rep. Gingrey responded, “Well, it would indicate at this point in time the Democrats are doing a pretty good job of continuing to scare seniors. But the only poll that really matters as you know, John, is that poll on November the 6th and we get the final count.”
Early Start with John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin airs weekday mornings from 5-7am ET on CNN.
President Obama Campaign Senior Advisor David Axelrod opens up to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien about Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposals, Gov. Chris Christie selection as keynote speaker at the RNC and the difference in plans for Medicare.
Axelrod says, “Well, look, I think that [Governor Chris Christie} do a great job for Governor Romney. The problem for Governor Romney isn't his keynote speaker. It's his point of view. And, you know, that's what I think Americans are going to evaluate - his history, his vision for the country. And so, you know, he'll have an entertaining keynote speaker, and no doubt that Governor Christie will do a good job and bring that lacerating humor of his to the task. But it's not going - it’s not going to make the vision any more appealing.”
Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.
Former Governor John Sununu (R-NH) and CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien debate the impacts of President Obama, Romney and Ryan plans on Medicare. Sununu argues that President Obama’s plan reduces services and support, while O’Brien points out that there is a reduction in expected rate of growth.