Guess who was spotted in the CNN Grill...
August 29th, 2012
10:50 PM ET

Guess who was spotted in the CNN Grill...

The CNN Grill opened it's doors on Monday, August 27 and is the hottest place to be in Tampa during the 2012 RNC.

Politicians, newsmakers, celebrities and press have all been spotted inside the CNN Grill. Not to mention, the grill is also the only place to host the Romney family, the Gingrich family AND the Santorum family, all in one day!

Check out who has been spotted in the #CNNGrill:

Thursday, August 30

John & Cindy McCain

Former FL Gov.  Jeb Bush

Gov. Tim Pawlenty

Former VA Gov. Jim Gilmore (RNC Chair)

Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford

Rep. Marsha Blackburn

Rep. Peter King

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DNC Chair)

Tom Friedman

Rep. Mary Bono Mack & Connie Mack

Stephen Baldwin

Jon Voight

Sen. Norm Coleman

Sen. John Barrasso

Norah O'Donnell

Kevin Madden

Eric Fehrnstrom

Taylor Hicks

Foster Friess

Sam Donaldson

Tim Daly

Angus T. Jones

Evan Handler

Carol Kane

Rachael Harris

Cokie Roberts

Jonathan Karl

Bob Walker, fmr PA Congressman

Beth Myers

Gail Gitcho

Wednesday, August 29

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Guilani

Sen. Rob Portman

Rep. Chris van Hollen

Herman Cain

Carol Kane

Taylor Hicks

Gov. Louis Fortino

Sen. Kelly Ayotte

Rachael Harris

Angus T. Young

Tim Daly

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sen. Rick Santorum & family

Newt & Callista Gingrich

Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

Stephen Baldwin

Ty Pennington

Rep. Sean Duffy

Gov. Mark Sanford

Sen. John Barrasso

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Dan Rather

Jon Voight

Sen. Kelly Ayotte

The Daily Show crew

David Gregory

Tom Brokaw

Brad Arnold

Kevin Madden

Eric Fehrnstrom

Tim Daly

Evan Handler

Rachel Harris

Angus T. Jones

Carol Kane

Monday, August 27, 2012:

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

Sen. Rand Paul

Woody Johnson

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Ben, Matt, Tagg, Josh & Craig Romney

Tom Brokaw

Evan Handler

Tim Daly

August 29th, 2012
10:35 PM ET

Michele Bachmann on Mitt Romney's popularity among women voters

Piers Morgan joined Minnesota Senator Michele Bachmann on the convention floor and talked about everything from the convention speakers to the latest polls. The most recent polls show Mitt Romney losing in the popularity battle for women voters against Barack Obama. "You've gotta aggregate the data," Bachmann explained, "because if you look at it, married women tend to support Mitt Romney more, single women tend to support Barack Obama more."

"Mitt Romney's going to make life a lot more affordable. He's gonna bring prices down and that's really good for women because women do a lot of the shopping in families."

The former presidential candidate also weighed in on Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan. She says Ryan's "insider expertise, knowing the budget better than anyone else on Capitol Hill" is a great asset to the GOP ticket.


Topics: CNN
August 29th, 2012
05:04 PM ET

Jeb Bush on deportation: I think there's a better way of saying we need to control the border.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush spoke with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about immigration and more. Bush told Blitzer, “Finding a permanent solution to the DREAM Act, qualified people, is definitely the responsibility of the next president.”  A highlight from the interview is after the jump and a full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2012.08.29.html. This interview aired today on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer in the 4 p.m. ET hour.

Please credit all usage of the information to CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer FULL POST

CNN Political Ticker: Jeb Bush's criticism of 'self-deportation'
Condoleezza Rice to CNN's Hala Gorani: U.S. should help arm rebels in Syria
August 29th, 2012
04:27 PM ET

Condoleezza Rice to CNN's Hala Gorani: U.S. should help arm rebels in Syria

On Wednesday former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sat down with CNN’s Hala Gorani to discuss whether the U.S. should arm rebels in Syria and why she believes America’s voice is “muted” under U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration. Speaking to CNN at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Rice is expected to speak Wednesday evening at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

RICE ON ARMING SYRIAN REBELS:
“I think the United States should be participating in...the arming of those rebels, because we have to remember, and you know this region as well as anyone, there are regional agendas by the outside powers that are essentially confessional agendas. Sunnis arming Sunnis, Shia arming Shia. The United States and Europe bring a more balanced approach to the region. And so, yes, we should be participating in it.”

RICE ON AMERICA’S ‘MUTED’ VOICE:
“I do think that this is a time when people are questioning American leadership. You hear where is America? Where does America stand? In part, we've been pretty muted with our voice. I think there was a hope that if we were quieter, people would join us. Well, actually, that doesn't seem to be the case. We have the president of Egypt going to China as his first stop. When has that been the case? And so I think it's a combination of too muted a voice and also our troubles here at home.

**Any use of this material must credit CNN.**

VIDEO LINK: http://on.cnn.com/NXf4vi 

FULL TRANSCRIPT AFTER THE JUMP:

FULL POST

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Topics: CNN International • Egypt • Hala Gorani • Iran • Iraq • Syria
August 29th, 2012
12:38 PM ET

Rep. Van Hollen greets Sen. Portman: " Mr. President."

This morning Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) both appeared on the Starting Point set at the CNN Grill in Tampa for separate interviews with CNN Anchor John Berman.

Van Hollen walked up to Portman, shook his hand and said, "Mr. President."

Van Hollen is playing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) during debate prep with Vice President Joe Biden, while Portman is playing President Obama at debate prep with Mitt Romney.

VIDEO (Rep. Chris Van Hollen interview): http://on.cnn.com/NWFf5k

VIDEO (Sen. Rob Portman interview): http://on.cnn.com/NWFpd0

Starting Point airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: CNN • CNN Grill • CNN Politics • John Berman
August 29th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

Plaquemines Parish Pres.: Isaac is flooding some areas more than Katrina

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungusser gives updates on Hurricane Isaac’s impact on his Parish in Louisiana.

Nungesser says, “Those levees, we were raising them every year for the last several years with parish money. We know we had a potential storm surge of nine to 12 feet. We had an eight foot levee. We knew this was going to be a challenge and this storm was not a category 1. This thing delivered a punch and we saw water come over those levees more than Gustav and Ike. And it continues to flow. Wood lawn is an area on the east bank that has never had water. Not even Katrina flooded that area. The highest area on the east along the Mississippi River, there's 5 feet of water at the Woodlawn building for this storm. This storm continues to pump water into that area like we've never seen before.”

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

August 29th, 2012
08:08 AM ET

Plaquemines Parish president: Worse than "worst case scenario"

Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser gives update on levee overtopping from Hurricane Isaac, which could lead to significant flooding.

Nungresser says, “Well, the levees are topping in several locations. We’re trying to get the few people who have stayed beyond, out…. We’ve got a serious situation over there.”

He continues, “Not only did we see the worst case scenario, it got worse than that by this storm just stalling…. So the levees can only take so much. We actually we were in the process of raising the those levees prior to this event.”

CNN Anchor Zoraida Sambolin asks, “Raising it as part of the billions of dollars that were spent on the levees or raising it because of this impending storm?”

Nungresser responds, “This is a levee that is a Parish levee that was left out of the federal system. So we were spending Parish money to raise it to give them a fighting chance. We just needed a couple more years without a major storm and it doesn’t look like we got that.”

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Topics: Breaking News • CNN • Early Start • Zoraida Sambolin
August 29th, 2012
07:01 AM ET

HBO's '41' airs on CNN Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8:00pm ET&PT

Produced for HBO and written and directed by Jeffrey Roth and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, '41' was filmed over a 17-month period and tells George Herbert Walker Bush’s story in his own words – providing an intimate glimpse of the life of the 41st president of the United States.

Beginning with his childhood memories from time spent at his grandfather’s home at Walker’s Point in Maine, to his experiences as an 18-year-old Naval aviator during World War II, to being a Texas oil man, his time in the U.S. Congress, serving as President Nixon’s Ambassador to China, and ultimately, to his service as vice president and president of the United States, this film spans the very full life of the now 88-year-old former President Bush.  Now the Bush family patriarch, the 41st President of the United States, reflects on the highs and lows of his life, from his summer compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, and his presidential library in Texas, with contributions and moving recollections shared with his beloved wife of 67 years, Barbara Bush, and including the presidency of his son, George W. Bush, and  his own last election against President Bill Clinton, whom he now counts as a friend.

'41' debuts on CNN on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET & PT.  PREVIEW VIDEO: http://itsh.bo/SNtuio

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